Gift (Kanjani Eight EP)

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GIFT
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GIFT ~White~
by Kanjani8
Released December 23, 2009 (White)
December 24, 2009 (Red)
December 25, 2009 (Green)
Genre Pop
Length 8:48 (White)
10:03 (Red)
13:58 (Green)
Label Imperial Records
Alternative cover
Gift ~Red~
Gift ~Green~

"GIFT" is a triple-single released by the Japanese boyband Kanjani Eight—stylized Kanjani∞. The three singles are the band's 11th, 12th, and 13th singles. The songs were released during the Christmas period[year missing]. Each single release, except "Green", contains two songs; Green has three songs. Each single has cover art reflecting the color theme of each single. GIFT was advertised as a gift from the group members to their fans. The three singles were sold at a special price of ¥888 and were a limited-press release.

The "GIFT" singles have seven Christmas-themed songs; some were written or composed by members of the group. Shota Yasuda designed the label for the single; Kanjani8 collectively photographed the backstage activities and provided creative ideas for the jacket design. Like the previous singles since "It's My Soul", member Tadayoshi Okura dresses as Santa Claus as the singles' joke for this release. He appears in the outfit on "Gift ~Green~", completing the group picture that spans the backs of all three singles.

On December 29, 2009, it was announced that Kanjani8 had broken an Oricon record by having three singles released on three consecutive days, and monopolized the top ten weekly rankings by reaching the top three. This was the first time an album or single release had done this. When they were asked about it, member You Yokoyama said, "Being the first to have a three day consecutive release and be the first to have it in the top 1, 2, 3 spots make me really happy".[1]

Track listing[edit]

White[edit]

  1. "Fuyu Koi" (冬恋?, "Winter Love)
  2. "Kimi no uta wo utau" (君の歌をうたう?, "I'll sing your song)

Red[edit]

  1. "I wish"
  2. "Minus 100 do no Koi" (マイナス100度の恋?, Minus 100 Degrees Love)

Green[edit]

  1. "Yuki wo kudasai" (雪をください?, Please give me snow)
  2. "One day in winter"
  3. "Snow White"

Charts[edit]

Single Day/Week Oricon Chart Peak Position Sales Total
White Day 1 Oricon Daily Ranking 1 23,977
Week 1 Oricon Weekly Ranking 1 134,811
Month Oricon Monthly Ranking 2
Year Oricon Monthly Ranking 44 136,003
Red Day 1 Oricon Daily Ranking 1 26,686
Week 1 Oricon Weekly Ranking 2 132,887
Month Oricon Monthly Ranking 3
Year Oricon Monthly Ranking 46 133,978
Green Day 1 Oricon Daily Ranking 1 55,714
Week 1 Oricon Weekly Ranking 3 135,210
Month Oricon Monthly Ranking 4
Year Oricon Monthly Ranking 43 136,508
Preceded by
"Hatsukoi" by Masaharu Fukuyama
Oricon Weekly number-one single
"Gift (White)"
January 4, 2010
Next:
"You Were.../Ballad" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
"Fuyu Koi"
January 4, 2010
Next:
"Fly Away" by Rake

References[edit]

  1. ^ 関ジャニ∞が史上初の週間1~3位独占! 横山「とても嬉しい」 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2009-12-30.