Kabukichō no Joō

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"Kabukichō no Joō"
A woman with a straight fringe stares into the camera, and is surrounded by a Japanese drinking district.
Single by Ringo Sheena
from the album Muzai Moratorium
Released September 9, 1998 (1998-09-09)
Format CD Single
Length 8:57
Label Toshiba EMI / EAST WORLD
Songwriter(s) Ringo Sheena, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg
Producer(s) Hiroshi Kitashiro
Ringo Sheena singles chronology
"Kōfukuron"
(1998)
"Kabukichō no Joō"
(1998)
"Koko de Kiss Shite."
(1999)
"Kōfukuron"
(1998)
"Kabukichō no Joō"
(1998)
"Koko de Kiss Shite."
(1999)

"Kabukichō no Joō" (歌舞伎町の女王?, Queen of Kabukicho) is Japanese singer Ringo Sheena's 2nd single and it was released on September 9, 1998 by Toshiba EMI, East World. It was certified gold for 100,000 downloads to cellphones by the RIAJ in 2011.

Background[edit]

M1 is the song which Ringo Sheena wrote imagining Kabuki-cho before she actually visited there. M2 is a cover of Cyndi Lauper's song. However, she referred to Susanna Hoffs version. The Japanese translation appeared in the liner notes is the lyrics which Sheena translated freely. M3 is the songs in which she recorded "Kabukichō no Joō" and "Marunouchi Sadistic" in the style of singing to her own guitar accompaniment. She actually sang in outdoor at first. Since it didn’t sound like reality, she re-recorded it in studio and added sound effects, such as footsteps and noises of bustle.

The song was used as the theme song for the NHK music show Pop Jam in 1998 and in a Suntory commercial for The Cocktail Bar Mimosa. The song was covered as a part of a medley by Rie Tomosaka on the television show The Yoru mo Hippare on September 9, 2000. It was covered again by Yoshihiro Kai on his album 10 Stories (2007), in English by Allister member Scott Murphy from his album Guilty Pleasures 3 (2008), on Fragrance's album Colorful (2009) and by the Gypsy Vagabonz on G-Jazz Swing Cover (2011).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ringo Sheena, unless otherwise noted.

CD
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger(s) Length
1. "Kabukichō no Joō"   Seiji Kameda 2:51
2. "Unconditional Love" (Cyndi Lauper cover, partial Susanna Hoffs cover.) Cyndi Lauper, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg Seiji Kameda 3:46
3. "Jitsuroku -Shinjuku nite- Marunouchi Sadistic~Kabukichō no Joō (実録 -新宿にて- 丸の内サディスティック~歌舞伎町の女王?, An Actual Shinjuku Recording of Marunouchi Sadistic & Queen of Kabuki-cho)"     2:16

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (1998) Peak
position
Japan Oricon weekly singles[1] 50
Charts (2011) Peak
position
Japan RIAJ Digital Track Chart[2] 61

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[3] 51,000
RIAJ cellphone download certification[4] Gold (100,000)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Kabukichō no Joō

Unconditional Love

References[edit]

  1. ^ 「歌舞伎町の女王」 椎名林檎 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2011年11月16日~2011年11月22日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" [Record Association Investigation: November 16, 2011 to November 22, 2011 (For Short: Recokyō Chart (Chaku-uta Full))]. RIAJ (in Japanese). November 25, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "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. Retrieved April 21, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ レコード協会調べ 6月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: June Digital Music Download Certifications]. RIAJ (in Japanese). July 20, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2014.