Itoshiki Hibi yo

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"Itoshiki Hibi yo"
Itoshiki Hibi yo cover.jpg
Single by Ken Hirai
from the album Japanese Singer
A-side "Itoshiki Hibi yo"
B-side "Run to You"
Released May 4, 2011
Format CD single
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 16:43
Label Defstar Records
Songwriter(s) Ken Hirai, Kiyoshi Matsuo
Producer(s) Ken Hirai, Reo
Ken Hirai singles chronology
"Aishiteru"
(2010)
"Itoshiki Hibi yo"
(2011)
"Kokuhaku"
(2012)
"Aishiteru"
(2010)
"Itoshiki Hibi yo"
(2011)
"Kokuhaku"
(2012)

"Itoshiki Hibi yo" (いとしき日々よ, lit. "Oh Sweet Days") is the thirty-fourth single by Japanese recording artist Ken Hirai.[1] The song was written by Hirai, composed by Kiyoshi Matsuo and production was handled by Hirai.[1] It was released on May 4, 2011 as the fifth single from Hirai's eighth studio album Japanese Singer.[2] "Itoshiki Hibi yo" serves as theme song for the second season of the TBS drama Jin.[1] The B-side, "Run to You" is used in Nexco Central Japan commercials starring actress Aya Ueto.[1]

The single debuted at number 9 on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart on May 3, 2011 and climbed to number 4 on May 9, 2011.[3][4] It peaked at number 7 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart with 13,766 copies sold.[5] The single ranked at number 24 on the Oricon Monthly Singles Chart for the month of May 2011 with 22,456 copies sold.[6]

The song was certified platinum for digital downloads by the RIAJ.[7]

"Itoshiki Hibi yo" was voted third most popular drama theme song of the spring season in a RecoChoku user poll.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Itoshiki Hibi yo" (いとしき日々よ Oh Sweet Days) Ken Hirai Kiyoshi Matsuo 6:03
2. "Run to You" Hirai Hirai 4:39
3. "Itoshiki Hibi yo (Less Vocal)"   Matsuo 6:00
Total length: 16:43

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Sales
Billboard Japan Hot 100[9] 6 25,328[10]
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay[11] 4
Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay[12] 3
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales[13] 7
Oricon Daily Singles[4] 4
Oricon Weekly Singles[5] 7
Oricon Monthly Singles[6] 24
SoundScan Japan Weekly Singles[14] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "平井堅 「JIN-仁-」で約3年ぶりとなるドラマ主題歌の発売が決定" (in Japanese). Biglobe Music. Biglobe. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  2. ^ 生まれてこのかた純国産、平井堅3年ぶりアルバム完成 (in Japanese). Natalie. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  3. ^ "韓国の男性5人組・MBLAQの1stが首位浮上/前日首位・ぱすぽ4位に☆5/3付 シングルデイリー". Oricon (in Japanese). 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  4. ^ a b チャン・グンソク首位返り咲き/ぱすぽ☆50位圏外へ☆5/9付 シングルデイリー. Oricon (in Japanese). 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  5. ^ a b 2011年05月第3週の邦楽シングルランキング情報 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  6. ^ a b シングル月間ランキング 2011年05月度. Oricon (in Japanese). 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  7. ^ 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. ^ "春ドラマ主題歌人気ランキング、1位はSMAP「not alone~幸せになろうよ~」" (in Japanese). Barks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Billboard. 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  10. ^ "【周榜单】2011/06/20付 (单曲TOP200)". Oricon (in Chinese). 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Billboard. 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Billboard. 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Billboard. 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  14. ^ "週間 CDソフト TOP20" (in Japanese). SoundScan. Retrieved 2011-06-12.