Happy Life

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"Happy Life"
Happy Life.png
Single by Mika Nakashima and Salyu
ReleasedMay 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)
Genre
Length3:42
LabelSony Music Associated Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Takeshi Kobayashi
Mika Nakashima singles chronology
"Koi o Suru"
(2017)
"Happy Life"
(2017)
"A or B"
(2017)
Salyu singles chronology
"What a Wonderful World"
(2016)
"Happy Life"
(2017)
Audio sample
"Happy Life"

"Happy Life" is a song recorded by Japanese singers Mika Nakashima and Salyu. It was released as an exclusively digital single by Sony Music Associated Records on May 12, 2017.[1] It was co-written by Takeshi Kobayashi and Yuko Ando and composed, arranged and produced by Kobayashi.[2] The song was subsequently included as a B-side on the single "A or B".[3] "Happy Life" was used in Tokyo Metro's televised commercial campaign Find My Tokyo, starring actress Satomi Ishihara.[2]

Composition[edit]

Kobayashi wrote the song with an image in mind of a woman working in the urban area of Tokyo.[2] Salyu was invited to be a featured artist on the song because Kobayashi wanted the song to represent friendship among women; he thought having two unique voices rather than one would better symbolize this theme.[2] Yuko Ando also co-wrote the lyrics to "Happy Life", adding a third female creative voice to the mix.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"Happy Life" was praised for the "peaceful quality" of the song.[4] CDJournal critics also praised the combination of Nakashima and Salyu's voices, describing it as a duet that leaves you "basking in the afterglow".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "小林武史プロデュース、中島美嘉×Salyu「Happy Life」東京メトロ新CMタイアップに決定". Musicman-Net. March 31, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "新CMソングは中島美嘉×Salyu、石原さとみの東京メトロCMが2年目へ". Barks. March 31, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "中島美嘉、10月発売のシングル「A or B」のアートワークを公開". CDJournal. September 15, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "中島美嘉 / A or B - CDJournal". CDJournal. Retrieved February 12, 2018.