Kioku (Misia song)

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Single by Misia
from the album Soul Quest
Released May 25, 2011
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 5:11
Label Ariola Japan
Writer(s) Misia, Gorō Matsui, BZ4U
Producer(s) Shirō Sagisu
Misia singles chronology
"Hoshi no Yō ni..."
Music video
Kioku on YouTube

"Kioku" (記憶?, lit. "Memory", stylized as "La Mémoire" on the cover) is the twenty-fifth single by Japanese recording artist Misia.[1] It was released on May 25, 2011 as the sole physical single from Misia's tenth studio album Soul Quest.[2]


The song was written by Misia and Gorō Matsui, composed by Japan-based Korean producer BZ4U and produced by Shirō Sagisu.[1] It was released nearly a year and a half since "Hoshi no Yō ni..." (2009) as the lead single from Misia's tenth studio album Soul Quest.[3] "Kioku" served as theme song for the TV Asahi drama Iryū Sōsa (遺留捜査?).[4] The single includes two B-sides: "Kono Mama de Tonight," a duet with Hawaiian singer-songwriter John Paul "JP" Lam, and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," a cover of the 1967 Frankie Valli song.[1] The first press edition of the single includes a bonus remix of "Maware Maware."[1]


TV Asahi producer Yumiko Miwa chose "Kioku" as theme song for Iryu Sosa specifically because of the way it complemented the drama. In a press release, she commented:

I had always loved Misia's powerful and romantic voice. Because Iryu Sosa is a suspense drama, the episodes don't always have happy endings, so I wanted a song that would convey sympathy and hope. Misia took my thoughts into consideration and presented us with a beautiful song, I'm very grateful. "Kioku" is such a wonderful song that every time I listen to it I get goosebumps. Thank you so much.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Kioku" was directed by the directing duo Electrotnik.[6] It premiered on May 11, 2011 on Space Shower TV. The video features pictures of "fond memories," some submitted by fans through an online submission campaign set up by Misia's team.[7] A baby picture of Misia surrounded by her older brother and sister can be seen near the end of the video.[8] A doll made of newspaper also appears throughout the video.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at number 14 on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart on May 24, 2011.[9] It peaked at number 21 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart with 5,540 copies sold.[10] The single charted for four weeks and sold 7,954 copies in total.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Kioku" (記憶 "Memory") Misia, Gorō Matsui BZ4U 5:11
2. "Kono Mama de Tonight (with JP)" (このままでTonight (with JP) "This Way Tonight") Matsui JP, Brandon Fraley 4:44
3. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio Crewe, Gaudio 6:15
4. "Kioku (Instrumental)"   BZ4U 5:13
Total length: 21:21


Chart (2011) Peak
Billboard Japan Hot 100[13] 22
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay[14] 25
Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay[15] 12
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales[16] 24
Oricon Daily Singles[9] 14
Oricon Weekly Singles[10] 21

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[17] May 25, 2011 CD, digital download Ariola Japan
Taiwan[18] June 3, 2011 CD Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan


  1. ^ a b c d "NEW RELEASE MISIA 記憶" (in Japanese). Rhythmedia. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  2. ^ "MISIA 10th フルアルバム!". HMV (in Japanese). HMV Japan KK. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  3. ^ "MISIA早くも新曲発表「君には嘘をつけない」". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  4. ^ "MISIA 新曲がドラマ「遺留捜査」主題歌に!全国ツアーもスタート". Biglobe Music (in Japanese). Nec Biglobe. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  5. ^ "MISIA、新曲「記憶」がドラマ『遺留捜査』主題歌に". Barks (in Japanese). ITmedia. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  6. ^ "MISIA 記憶" (in Japanese). 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  7. ^ "MISIA 「記憶」プロモーションビデオ写真募集" (in Japanese). Rhythmedia. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  8. ^ "MISIA、最新PVには赤ちゃんMISIAも登場". Barks (in Japanese). ITmedia. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  9. ^ a b "AKB48、発売1日で前作の初動売上に並ぶ94.2万/チーム・アミューズ2位☆5/24付 シングルデイリー" (in Japanese). 2011-05-25. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  10. ^ a b 2011年6月第1週の邦楽シングルランキング情報 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  11. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Research. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  12. ^ "【周榜单】2011/06/27付 (单曲TOP200)" (in Chinese). 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2011-06-06. Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay". Billboard (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2011-06-06. Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay". Billboard (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2011-06-06. Archived from the original on 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales". Billboard (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2010-06-06. Archived from the original on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  17. ^ 記憶(初回生産限定盤) (in Japanese). JBooks Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  18. ^ 記憶 (in Chinese). Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 

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