Over the Rainbow (Mai Kuraki album)

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Over the Rainbow
Studio album by Mai Kuraki
Released January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre J-pop, R&B
Length 55:44
Label Northern Music
Producer Mai Kuraki, Daikō Nagato
Mai Kuraki chronology
Future Kiss
Over the Rainbow
Mai Kuraki Best 151A: Love & Hope
Singles from Over the Rainbow
  1. "1000 Mankai no Kiss"
    Released: March 9, 2011
  2. "Mou Ichido"
    Released: May 25, 2011
  3. "Your Best Friend"
    Released: October 19, 2011
  4. "Strong Heart"
    Released: November 23, 2011

Over the Rainbow is the tenth studio album by Japanese musician Mai Kuraki. It was released on January 11, 2012.[1]


The album has four singles, namely:

It also includes the following songs:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Amazon Japan 4/5 stars (link)
EmbraceYou 5/5 stars (link)
FM 139.7 4/5 stars (link)
HMV Japan 4/5 stars (link)
MSN Music Japan Positive (link)
Oricon 75 of 100 (link)
Rakuten 4.6/5 stars(link)
Yahoo! Japan 5/5 stars (link)

The album received critical reception from different sites. EmbraceYou, a web magazine (webzine) based in New York City, stated that "every track (in this album) sells in its own unique way."[3] FM 139.7, a blogsite dedicated to East Asian pop culture, described Over the Rainbow as "the final stage of Kuraki's evolution from R&B to J-pop, while maintaining some of her earlier youthful R&B momentum."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mai Kuraki, except track 1, 5, 8, 10 (Kuraki/Giorgio Cancemi) and track 9 (Kuraki/Michael Africk).

No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Strong Heart" (first DVD and 38th overall single/theme song for the 2011 Kansai TV/Fuji TV Japanese drama HUNTER ~Sono Onna-tachi, Shoukin Kasegi~[6]) Mai Kuraki, Giorgio Cancemi Cancemi Cancemi 4:20
2. "Another Day*Another World"   Aika Ohno Masazumi Ozawa 3:56
3. "Sayonara wa Madaiwanai de (Album Edition)" (B-side of 1000 Mankai no Kiss)   Footbread Footbread, Park Sang-hyun (guitar) 4:35
4. "Stay the Same" (Sanrio's image song for Wish Me Mell[7])   Cancemi Cancemi 5:12
5. "Your Best Friend" (37th single/ending theme for the 20th season of the Yomiuri TV/Nippon Television animation Case Closed) Kuraki, Cancemi Cancemi Cancemi 5:52
6. "Mou Ichido" (36th single/theme song of the 2011 Tokai TV/Fuji TV Japanese drama Devil in the Mist)   Hirokazu Tajiri Tajiri 4:00
7. "Brave Your Heart (featuring Alex Ru)" (theme song for the 2012 movie The Love Leading to Tomorrow)   Akihito Tokunaga Tokunaga 4:58
8. "Sun Will Shine on U" (theme song of TV Kanazawa's となりのテレ金ちゃん) Kuraki, Cancemi Cancemi Cancemi 4:20
9. "Love One Another (with Michael Africk)" (digital single for the benefit of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami victims) Kuraki, Michael Africk Africk Africk, Miguel Sá Pessoa, Perry Geyer 3:58
10. "Step by Step" (B-side of Your Best Friend/official image song of the Nemu no Sato Hotel and Resort, Mie Prefecture[8]) Kuraki, Cancemi Cancemi Cancemi 4:58
11. "1000 Mankai no Kiss" (35th single/official image song of Kose Corporation's Esprique Precious make-up line)   Ohno Takeshi Hayama 5:03
12. "La La La * La"   Tokunaga Tokunaga 4:29



(This album finished second behind EXILE's "EXILE Japan/Solo".)

Released Chart Peak Debut sales Sales total Chart run
January 11, 2012 Daily Albums Chart 2 11,080 49,998[9] 11 weeks[9]
Weekly Albums Chart 2 29,618
Monthly Albums Chart 14 44,374
Yearly Albums Chart TBD 49,998

Billboard Japan[edit]

Release Chart Peak position
January 11, 2012 Billboard Japan Hot Albums 2[10]


Released Chart Peak Chart run
January 11, 2012 Weekly Album Download Chart 11 1 week


Released Chart Peak Chart run
January 11, 2012 Power Countdown Japan Hot 30 (Albums Chart) 2[11] 3 weeks

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Distributor Format
Japan January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11) Northern Music J-Disc Being CD, CD+DVD, Digital download
Hong Kong January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13) Forward Music Forward Music
South Korea February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01) CNL Music CJ E&M


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