Eternity: Love & Songs

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Eternity ~Love & Songs~
KodaKumiEternityCD.jpg
Studio album by Kumi Koda
Released October 13, 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre J-pop, acoustic, jazz, rock
Label Rhythm Zone
RZCD-46204 (Japan
Kumi Koda chronology
Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 2
(2010)Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 22010
Eternity ~Love & Songs~
(2010)
Dejavu
(2011)Dejavu2011

Eternity ~Love & Songs~ (stylized as ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~) is the first cover album by Japanese pop/R&B singer-songwriter Kumi Koda. It contains hip-hop and electronic arrangements of many older Japanese songs released between 1970 and 1990. The album charted at #3 on Oricon and remained on the charts for fourteen weeks. The release of the album was also to celebrate Koda Kumi's ten years as an artist.

"Be My Baby" and "Megumi no Hito" became the two promotional tracks for the album. A remix of "Megumi no Hito" can be found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 4 and a "Be My Baby" remix is found on Beach Mix.

The album is certified Gold for shipment of 100,000 copies.

Information[edit]

Eternity ~Love & Songs~ is the first cover album by Japanese singer-songwriter Kumi Koda, released October 13, 2010. The album contains hip-hop and electronic arrangements of various Japanese songs released during the 1970s and 1980s. It charted #3 on the Oricon Albums Charts and remained on the charts for fourteen consecutive weeks.[1] The album's release was also to celebrate Kumi's tenth anniversary as a solo artist, having debuted on December 10, 2000 with her song "Take Back."[2]

Although the album contained predominately songs from the 1970s and 1980s, Kumi also covered "0-ji Mae no Tsunderella," which was recorded and released by her younger sister, misono, earlier in the year.[3] misono had also covered Ouyang Fei Fei's "Love•Is•Over" on her cover album Cover Album, released in January 2009, which Kumi also covered for this album (track #2).[4]

To help promote the album, the tracks "Be My Baby" (stylized as "BE MY BABY") and "Megumi no Hito" (め組のひと / Best of Me) were used as the two main promotional tracks. Both tracks were later given music videos on the first DVD to her ninth studio album Dejavu.[5] The music videos for the two songs mirrored each other in color coordination and overall style. "Be My Baby," which was more aggressive than its 1989 counterpart by Japanese band COMPLEX, was performed with Kumi and her dancers dressed in black in a dark room, while an LED dance floor flashed with "Be My Baby" in white on a black background.[6] "Megumi no Hito" kept the overall upbeat jazz vibe of the original 1983 song by seven man doo-wop group Rats & Star, and had Kumi and her dancers donning modified cocktail server uniforms in a white room, while the LED dance floor would flash black letters on a white background.[7]

Of the songs on the album, "Be My Baby" became the most popular, having been performed the most at several venues. This included a-nation's 10th Anniversary for Life Charge & Go!,[8] the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival[9] and at Isle of MTV Miyakojima.[10]

Music videos[edit]

While there were no corresponding music videos with the release of the album, videos for "Be My Baby" and "Megumi no Hito" were later released on her 2011 album Dejavu. Both videos would contrast each other, with "Be My Baby" being performed in a dark room with a black dance floor, and "Megumi no Hito" being performed in a white room with a white dance floor.

"Be My Baby" carried a more aggressive tone than the original version done in 1989 by rock back Complex. For the video, Kumi and her dancers were dressed in black and wearing sunglasses. The video was shot in a dark room with a black LED dance floor that would flash the words "Be My Baby" in white.

"Megumi no Hito" kept the overall upbeat jazz vibe of the original 1983 version by group Rats & Star. In the video, Kumi and her dancers wore modified cocktail server uniforms in a white room. While the studio was the same as "Be My Baby," the LED dance floor was white, instead flashing the letters in black. The dance performed during the song's chorus was similar to the original dance by Rats & Star.

Live performances[edit]

Eternity ~Love & Songs~ at Billboard Live[edit]

On December 6, 2010, Kumi began a sixteen show tour throughout Osaka and Tokyo to celebrate her tenth anniversary. She performed all the songs from the album and on February 23, 2011, she released the concert on DVD Eternity ~Love & Songs~ at Billboard Live. The live tour was accompanied by a live band.[11][12]

a-nation 10th Anniversary for Life Charge & Go![edit]

On July 30, 2011, a-nation held its tenth anniversary and lined up several artists to perform. This included Kumi, who performed "Be My Baby," "Poppin' love cocktail", which featured not only TEEDA, but all of the members of BACK-ON, and "Bling Bling Bling" which featured rapper AK-69.[8] This was also the first performance in which Kumi and BACK-ON's Kenji03 shared a stage and came out officially as a couple.[13] They would be married in December of the same year.

Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival[edit]

On October 9, 2011, Kumi performed "Be My Baby and "Ai no Kotoba" during her performance for the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival, which was held in Hanoi, Vietnam.[9][14] She performed alongside AKB48, EXILE, w-inds, AAA, Godai Natsuko and Ryōtarō Sugi.[15][16]

Isle of MTV Miyakojima[edit]

Kumi performed "By My Baby" in 2013 during Isle of MTV Miyakojima, where she performed alongside several other artists. These included AK-69, BACK-ON, INFINITY16, DAISHI DANCE, Far☆East Movement, Taku Takahashi, Miliyah Kato and WORLD ORDER.[10][17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original artist/
Arranger
Length
1. "Tattoo" Yuriko Mori Annri Sekine Akina NakamoriSeiji Kameda 4:18
2. "Love•Is•Over" (ラヴ・イズ・オーヴァー) Kaoru Ito Kaoru Ito Ouyang Fei Fei • Coldfeet 5:13
3. "Sweet Memories" Takashi Matsumoto Masaaki Omura Seiko Matsuda • Hiroshi Nakamura (i-dep/Sotte Bosse) 3:51
4. "Inai yo" (言えないよ / Can't say) Kan Chin Fa Takashi Tsushimi Hiromi Go • Gakushi 5:18
5. "0-ji Mae no Tsunderella" misono Naruya Ito misono • Akira Murata 4:35
6. "Megumi no Hito" (め組のひと / Best of Me) Masao Urino Daisuke Inoue Rats & Star • Alfred "The Angel" Tuoheny 3:37
7. "Be My Baby" Kōji Kikkawa Tomoyasu Hotei COMPLEX • TAZZ 3:17
8. "Chiisa na koi no uta" (小さな恋のうた / Little love song) Kiyosaku Mongol800 Mongol800 • Zentarō Watanabe 4:50
9. "Heart of Red Wine" (ワインレッドの心 / WAIN REDDO no Kokoro) Yōsui Inoue Kōji Tamaki Anzen Chitai • UTA 3:56
10. "I Love You, SAYONARA" Fumiya Fujii Yuji Ohdoi The Checkers • Jun Tanaka 5:04
11. "Swallowtail Butterfly 〜Ai no Uta〜" (あいのうた / Love Song) Shunji IwaiChara • Takeshi Kobayashi Takeshi Kobayashi Yen Town BandSuemitsu & the Suemith • Ittetsu Gen 4:44
12. "Sayonara no Mukogawa" (さよならの向う側 / Other Side of Goodbye) Yoko Aki Ryudo Uzaki Momoe Yamaguchih-wonder • Ittetsu Gen 5:17

Oricon Charts (Japan)[edit]

Release Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position First Week Sales (copies) Sales Total (copies)
October 13, 2010 Daily Chart 2 89,512 [18]
Weekly Chart 3 46,361
Monthly Chart 8 72,252
Yearly Chart (2010) 95 87,378

Alternate versions[edit]

Megumi no Hito

  1. Megumi no Hito: Found on the album (2010)
  2. Megumi no Hito [THE LOWBROWS Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 4 (2012)

BE MY BABY

  1. BE MY BABY: Found on the album (2010)
  2. BE MY BABY [4 Skips Remix]: Found on Beach Mix (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~ / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Koda Kumi sings the songs you've always loved". Conyac Translations & Koda Kumi Official. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "「・・・好きラララ」/0時前のツンデレラ 〜Piano Ver.〜 / misono / ORICON STYLE (archive)". Oricon Style Archive. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "misono - Cover ALBUM Review". Kurayami Monogatari. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dejavu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]". CD Japan. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "BE MY BABY / 倖田來未". avex Official YouTube. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  7. ^ "め組のひと / 倖田來未". avex Official YouTube. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "a-nation 10th Anniversary for Life Charge&Go!". MDPR. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "BE MY BABY (Live In Hanoi Viet Nam)". YouTube. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Isle of MTV Miyakojima / MTV JAPAN". MTV Japan. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ "小さな恋のうた (KODA KUMI ETERNITY~Love&Songs~at Billboard Live)". YouTube. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ "ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~ at Billboard Live". RhythmZone. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sexy Diva Koda Kumi Married". YouTube. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ai no kotoba (Live In Hanoi Viet Nam)". YouTube. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ "AKB48, Koda Kumi, EXILE, and more perform at Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ "2nd Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival to feature AAA, AKB48, EXILE, w-inds, Koda Kumi". TokyoGraph. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Koda Kumi - BE MY BABY (2013 MTV Live)". YouTube. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ [1].

External links[edit]

Koda Kumi Official