Gossip Candy

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Gossip Candy
Kumi- Gossip Candy (CD Only).jpg
EP by Koda Kumi
Released July 7, 2010 (2010-07-07)
Genre
Label Rhythm Zone
Koda Kumi chronology
"Can We Go Back"
(2010)
"Gossip Candy"
(2010)
"Suki de, Suki de, Suki de./Anata Dake ga"
(2010)

Gossip Candy is an extended play by Japanese recording artist and songwriter Kumi Koda. It was released on July 7, 2010, by Koda's record label, Rhythm Zone. Koda's fifth extended play, Gossip Candy consists of five recordings; Lollipop, Inside Fishbowl, Outside Fishbowl, For You, and a cover of Got to Be Real, originally performed by Cheryl Lynn. It was released in three different formats: Digital EP, CD and CD+DVD. The CD only version was re-released as the "Dream Music Park" edition with a bonus baseball cap. The Dream Music Park concert was later released on the CD+2DVD edition of Dejavu.[1][2][3][4]

Gossip Candy contains predominantly pop-rock and dance music. Kumi contributed by writing the lyrics to all songs except Got to Be Real. Several composers were hired to help with the EP's content. Gossip Candy received favorable reviews from music critics who commended the EP's production and commercial appeal. It reached #4 on the Oricon Singles Chart and was certified gold by the RIAJ for shipments of 100,000 units.[5] Lollipop, Inside Fishbowl, and Outside Fishbowl served as the promotional singles. Lollipop was certified platinum for 250,000 digital shipments.

Along with the success of the single, Lick me♥ reached #31 on the Japan Hot 100 chart on the week end of July 19, 2010.[6]

Lollipop was certified platinum for 250,000 downloads in January 2014.[7] Inside Fishbowl and Outside Fishbowl did not chart in any Japanese music charts, but were marketed as promotional singles by Rhythm Zone.[8] All three songs featured an accompanying music video, which were included on the DVD version of Gossip Candy.[1]

Gossip Candy was performed at the 2010 Dream Music Park concert in Japan.[9] Lollipop, Inside Fishbowl and Outside Fishbowl were performed during Koda Kumi's 10th Anniversary: Fantasia in Tokyo Dome,[10] and her Live Tour 2011: Dejavu.[11] Inside Fishbowl was also performed during her Live Tour 2013: Japonesque.[12] Lollipop, Inside Fishbowl and Outside Fishbowl were included on her Summer Single Collection 2013,[13] while Lollipop appeared on her 2015 greatest hits album Summer of Love.[14]


Background and Composition[edit]

On July 1, 2010, Kumi announced the release of her summer single Gossip Candy while on her 2010 Universe tour. Kumi confirmed that the EP would include four tracks, which were untitled at the time.[9] Gossip Candy is her fifth extended play single, one year after the release of her summer single 3 Splash.[15] Gossip Candy consists of four original recordings and one cover song: Lollipop, Inside Fishbowl, Outside Fishbowl, For You, and a cover of Got to Be Real, originally performed by Cheryl Lynn.[1]

Gossip Candy opens with the first track, Lollipop, which has been described as a pop and R&B song.[16] A song that metaphorically describes men as "accessories", Lollipop boasts themes of erotica and kawaii culture.[16] Both Inside Fishbowl and Outside Fishbowl feature the same lyrical content, but are arranged different: both are arranged and composed by Niclas Lundin and Joakim Hahlin.[1] Both tracks were noted for its rock and electronic elements.[17] Also, much like her 2006 winter single Yume no Uta/Futari de..., both tracks have similar melodies: one darker and one lighter. For You has been described as a low-tempo love song.[17]

Promotional Adevertisements[edit]

Lollipop was used as the promotional song for 7-Eleven in Japan, Sony Ericsson and was chosen as the POWER PLAY song for NTV's Happy Music (HAPPII Music / ハッピーMusic).[18]

Outside Fishbowl was used as the ending theme to the Japanese release of season three of Prison Break.[19]

Inside Fishbowl was used as the ending theme for Guru Guru NAINTINAIN (ぐるぐるナインティナイン / Round-Round 99).[20]

Got To Be Real was used as the promotional theme for Pepsi's new product in Japan, PEPSI NEX.[21] The promo for the product was alongside Japanese band L'Arc-en-Ciel, who performed I Love Rock 'n' Roll.[22][23]

Reception[edit]

Gossip Candy received favourable reviews from music critics. Chris True from AllMusic highlighted Lollipop as a career stand out track from Kumi's discography.[24] A reviewer from CD Journal complimented the production of Lollipop, labeling it a "gracious candy pop chorus".[16] The reviewer also commended Kumi's "wide range" and "outstanding" vocal abilities on the EP.[16] An editorial review from Amazon.co.jp complimented her "different" vocals and praised the songs "rich music".[25]

On the Japanese Oricon Singles Chart, Gossip Candy debuted at #4, Kumi's lowest charting EP on the chart.[26] The EP lasted eleven weeks in the top 100, selling 84,000 units,[27] and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of 100,000 units.[28] This became her fifth consecutive EP to have shipped over 100,000 units since 2004's Love & Honey,[29] 2006's 4 Hot Wave,[30] 2008's Moon,[31] and 2009's 3 Splash.[32]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Lollipop" Koda Kumi Ian Curnow • Julie Morrison • Jane Vaughan 3:23
2. "Inside Fishbowl" Koda Kumi Niclas Lundin • Joakim Hahlin 3:29
3. "Outside Fishbowl" Koda Kumi Niclas Lundin • Joakim Hahlin 3:28
4. "For You" Koda Kumi Ryuichiro Yamaki 5:54
5. "Got to Be Real" (Cheryl Lynn cover)) David FosterCheryl LynnDavid Paich David Foster • Cheryl Lynn • David Paich 4:03
Total length: 20:16
DVD: music video
No. Title Length
1. "Lollipop" 3:55
2. "Inside Fishbowl" 3:25
3. "Outside Fishbowl" 3:36

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Japan Weekly (Japan Hot 100)[6] 11
Japan Daily (Oricon)[26] 3
Japan Weekly (Oricon)[26] 4
Taiwanese East Asian (G-Music)[33][A][B] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[34] Gold 84,358[27]
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Platinum 250,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Alternate versions[edit]

Lollipop

  1. Lollipop: found on the single (2010) and corresponding album Dejavu (2011)
  2. Lollipop [Pink Chameleon's Remix]: found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 3 (2011)

Inside Fishbowl

  1. Inside Fishbowl: found on the single (2010)
  2. Inside Fishbowl [Sunset In Ibiza Dubstep Remix]: found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 6 (2014)

Outside Fishbowl

  1. Outside Fishbowl: found on the single (2010)
  2. Outside Fishbowl [Sunset In Ibiza Dubstep Remix]: found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 6 (2014)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ G-Music positions refer to the combined albums and physical singles chart.
  2. ^ Week references for G-Music: "3 Splash" 2010 week 9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Koda, Kumi (2010). Gossip Candy (Liner notes). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. RZCD-46588. 
  2. ^ Koda, Kumi (2010). Gossip Candy (Liner notes). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. RZCD-46589. 
  3. ^ Koda, Kumi (2010). Gossip Candy; Dream Music Park edition (Liner notes). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. RZC1-46590B. 
  4. ^ "Gossip Candy by Kumi Koda". iTunes Store NZ. July 7, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gossip Candy / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/07/19". Billboard (in Japanese). July 19, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: January Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. February 28, 2014. Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ 倖田來未ニューシングルにキー&歌詞が異なる同曲2曲 [Kumi Koda new single features two different songs that are the same song, with the key and lyrics changed]. Natalie (in Japanese). May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b CD Journal Staff (July 1, 2010). "Koda Kumi, the first outdoor alone performances now held weekend!" (in Japanese). CD Journal. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ Koda, Kumi (2010). Koda Kumi Live Tour 2010 Anniversary Tour (DVD). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. 
  11. ^ Koda, Kumi (2010). Koda Kumi Live Tour 2011 Dejavu (DVD). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. RZBD-59042~3. 
  12. ^ Koda, Kumi (2013). Koda Kumi Live Tour 2013: Japonesque (DVD). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. RZBD-59496~7/B. 
  13. ^ "Summer Single Collection 2013" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Koda, Kumi (2015). Summer of Love (CD). Kumi Koda. Japan: Rhythm Zone. RZCD-59786. 
  15. ^ CD Journal Staff (July 10, 2009). "Koda Kumi / 3 Splash out of print" (in Japanese). CD Journal. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c d CD Journal Staff (July 7, 2010). "Koda Kumi / Gossip Candy out of print" (in Japanese). CD Journal. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Rhythm Zone staff (July 7, 2010). "Kumi Koda – Gossip Candy". Koda's Official Website. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  18. ^ "KDOA KUMI "Lollipop" / mu-mo". mu-mo. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  19. ^ "プリズン・ブレイク3 (PRISON BREAK3)". NTV Japan. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  20. ^ "KODA KUMI "Inside Fishbowl" for Guru Guru Ninety-nine". Recochoku. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Koda Kumi: PEPSI NEX". DailyMotion. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  22. ^ "New TV-CM "PEPSI NEX"". Suntory. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  23. ^ "L'Arc~en~Ceil CM (PEPSI NEX)". MusicHubz. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ True, Chris. "Kumi Koda – Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  25. ^ Amazon Staff. "Kumi Koda – Gossip Candy". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  26. ^ a b c 倖田來未のリリース一覧 [A Look at Kumi Koda's Releases]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved May 21, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  28. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年7月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (July 2010)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. August 10, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  29. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2004年6月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (June 2004)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  30. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2006年7月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (July 2006)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  31. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2008年6月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (June 2008)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  32. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年7月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (July 2009)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "G-Music J-Pop Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Japanese single certifications – Kumi Koda – Gossip Candy" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 3, 2016.  Select 2014年月 on the drop-down menu
  35. ^ "Japanese single certifications – Kumi Koda – Lollipop" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 3, 2016.  Select 2014年月 on the drop-down menu

External links[edit]

  • 3 Splash – Kumi Koda's official website.