Happy Birthday (NEWS song)
|Single by NEWS|
|from the album Color|
|B-side||Gan Gan Ganbatte
Game of Love
|Released||October 1, 2008|
|NEWS singles chronology|
"Happy Birthday" is the tenth single of the Japanese boy group NEWS. It was released on October 1, 2008, in two editions; a regular edition which contains two b-sides: Gan Gan Ganbatte and Push On!, and a limited edition which also contains Happy Birthday and its b-side Gan Gan Ganbatte from the regular edition, as well as another b-side entitled Game of Love and an instrumental version of Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday is NEWS tenth consecutive number-one single since their debut in 2004. This single makes them the second group to have this distinction (the other being KinKi Kids, who currently has twenty-seven consecutive number-one singles).
Happy Birthday was written and composed by Japanese Hip-hop artist SEAMO. Happy Birthday reached the number-one spot on both the daily and weekly Oricon charts, selling 201,304 copies in its first week; just 38 more copies than their previous single Summer Time, which sold 201,266 copies in its first week.
- September 24, 2008 - CDTV 15th Anniversary
- September 29, 2008 - Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ
- October 3, 2008 - Music Station
|2.||"Gan Gan Ganbatte (written by zopp)"||3:54|
|3.||"Push On! (written by Aya Hawerukazu)"||3:07|
|3.||"Game of Love (written by Yu Shimoji/rap by JACRREN)"||4:17|
|4.||"Happy Birthday (Instrumental)"||3:48|
The music video for Happy Birthday was filmed using a green screen and cardboard cut outs. The music video is very simple. It features all six-member singing, dancing and playing with the cardboard cut outs.
|Release||Chart||Peak position||First week sales||Sales total|
|October 1, 2008||Oricon Daily Singles Chart||1|
|Oricon Weekly Singles Chart||1||201,304|
|Oricon Monthly Singles Chart||2||227,644|
|Oricon Yearly Singles Chart||26|
Billboard Japan chart
|October 1, 2008||Billboard Japan Hot 100||1|
"The Birthday (Ti Amo)" by Exile
|Oricon weekly number-one single
October 13, 2008
"Taboo" by Kumi Koda
|Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
October 13, 2008
"Love, Too Death, Too" by Porno Graffitti
- "NEWS tied with KinKi Kids for tenth consecutive single" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- "New NEWS song written by SEAMO" (in Japanese). livedoor. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- "NEWS crazy about smell of a rose" (in Japanese). livedoor. Retrieved 2008-10-12.[dead link]
- NEWS (2008). Break Point (Making of). Japan.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-10-12.[dead link]