Kizuna (Aya Ueto song)

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"Kizuna"
Kizuna standard.png
Single by Aya Ueto
from the album Ayaueto
Released November 7, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 4:55
Label Flight Master
Songwriter(s) T2ya
Producer(s) T2ya
Aya Ueto singles chronology
"Pureness"
(2002)
"Kizuna"
(2002)
"Hello"
(2003)
"Pureness"
(2002)
"Kizuna"
(2002)
"Hello"
(2003)
Alternative cover
Cover artwork for the limited edition
Cover artwork for the limited edition

"Kizuna" is the second single by Japanese recording artist Aya Ueto. It was released on November 17, 2002 as the second single from Ueto's debut studio album Ayaueto.

Overview[edit]

"Kizuna" was released only two months after her first single "Pureness". The single was issued in two formats: the limited edition, which includes a bonus CD-ROM featuring a special video message from Ueto as well as a program that allowed fans to receive e-mails from Ueto, and standard CD-only edition. The title track is a mid-tempo ballad and, like "Pureness," it was written and produced by T2ya.[1] It was recorded on September 13, 2002, one day shy of Ueto's seventeenth birthday. At the time, Ueto was busy filming her first feature film, Azumi, and had to learn the lyrics to "Kizuna" on the day of recording.

The song was used in commercials for Karaoke Station by Bandai, starring Ueto herself.[1] Due to her hectic filming schedule at the time, Ueto did not do any televised promotion for the single. The music video for "Kizuna" was shot on the rooftop of a hotel in Osaka.[2] The day of the video shoot, the crew of Azumi were moving locations from Kyoto to Hiroshima, so filming for the video was rushed in order to give Ueto enough time to get back to set the next day. Ueto has stated that the music video for "Kizuna" is one of her personal favorites.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Kizuna" debuted on the Oricon Daily Singles chart at number 3 and peaked at number 5 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart, with 32,250 copies sold in its first week.[3][4] The single charted for eleven weeks and has sold a total of 57,340 copies.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Kizuna" T2ya T2ya T2ya 4:55
2. "Tears" Natsumi Kobayashi Naoto Suzuki Suzuki 5:01
3. "Pureness (Million Plug Style Remix)" T2ya T2ya T2ya 4:22
4. "Kizuna (Instrumental)"   T2ya T2ya 4:55
Total length: 19:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Oricon Daily Singles[3] 3
Oricon Weekly Singles[4] 5
SoundScan Japan Weekly Singles[7] (limited edition) 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[8][9] November 7, 2002 CD, CD+CD-ROM Pony Canyon
Taiwan[10] January 17, 2003 CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2ヶ月連続シングルリリース記念「上戸彩年鑑 2002~2004」. Barks (in Japanese). ITmedia. 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b "上戸彩『5年間の軌跡を綴った、ファン待望のベストアルバムが完成!』". Oricon. 2006-09-13. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  3. ^ a b "【マターリ】CD売上げ報告スレ6【議論】" (in Japanese). 2002-11-07. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b 2002年11月第3週の邦楽シングルランキング情報 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  5. ^ kizuna. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Research. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  6. ^ ポニーキャニオン@売上データ補完スレ (in Japanese). 2011-01-21. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  7. ^ "週間 CDソフト TOP20" (in Japanese). SoundScan Japan. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  8. ^ kizuna (in Japanese). JBooks Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  9. ^ kizuna (in Japanese). JBooks Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  10. ^ 上戶彩/ 牽絆 (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved 2011-07-26.