Sanmon Gossip

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Sanmon Gossip
The face, arm and knee of a crouching naked woman.
Studio album by Ringo Sheena
Released June 24, 2009 (2009-06-24) (Japan)
June 24, 2009 (2009-06-24) (Korea)
June 26, 2009 (2009-06-26) (Taiwan)
Genre jazz pop, acid jazz
Length 50:05
Label EMI Music Japan (Distributor)
Virgin Music (Label)
Producer Bakeneko Killer[1]
(Ringo Sheena & Uni Inoue)
Ringo Sheena chronology
Watashi to Hōden
Sanmon Gossip
Saturday Night Gossip

"Sanmon Gossip" (三文ゴシップ?, "The Threepenny Gossip"), official English title: Superficial Gossip, is the fourth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Ringo Sheena, released on June 24, 2009 in Japan through EMI Music Japan and Virgin Music. The album debuted at number 1 with 120,446 units sold and is certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan [2] .[3]


It was 2 years and 4 months since she had last released an album under the name Ringo Sheena, and was also the first time in about six years since she released an album on her own because her previous album, Heisei Fūzoku, was released as a joint project with Neko Saito.

Ringo Sheena composed all 14 songs, and she collaborated with various musicians and producers such as Neko Saito, Takayuki Hattori, Masayuki Hiizumi, Ukigumo, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions. Each song was given the various elements, such as pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and orchestra.

All songs, except 2 songs "Karisome Otome" and "Marunouchi Sadistic," are new compositions. "Karisome Otome (Death Jazz ver.)", released before by digital distribution, is featured on the album and "Marunouchi Sadistic (Expo Ver.)," used as background music at the ending of her concert "Ringo Expo 08", is featured as a bonus track.

The track list is symmetric about the middle song (excluding the bonus track "Marunouchi Sadistic (Expo Ver.)"), as has been the case with all her albums except Muzai Moratorium.

This album title comes from the Gibson SG, an idea which she hit upon before Heisei Fūzoku was completed. Although she was charmed by the shape of the SG, she had not used it. At that time she thought that she would make the album of the jacket using an SG and that started the naming of this album. She associated the word "Sanmon" with "S" and the word "Gossip" with "G", which are her favorite words.

The song "Shun" was covered by R&B musician Daichi Miura on his tour Daichi Miura Live Tour 2010: Gravity on November 20, 2009.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ringo Sheena unless otherwise noted; all music composed by Ringo Sheena.

No. Title Lyrics Arranger(s) Length
1. "Ryūkō" (official English title: "Vogue")
Masayuki Hiizumi & Ringo Sheena 4:16
2. "Rōdōsha (労働者 Laborer?)" (official English title: "Blue collar")   Takafumi Ikeda 5:01
3. "Mittei Monogatari (密偵物語 The secret agent story?)" (official English title: "Clandestine") Jack Brown Takayuki Hattori 3:10
4. "Zero Chiten Kara (〇地点から From point 0?)" (official English title: "Original intention")   Nobuhiko Nakayama & Bakeneko Killer[1] 3:18
5. "Karisome Otome (カリソメ乙女?) (DEATH JAZZ ver.)" (official English title: "Temporary virgin (Death Jazz ver.)")   Soil & "Pimp" Sessions 2:29
6. "Tsugō no Ii Karada (都合のいい身体 The convenient body?)" (official English title: "The leading hitter")   Neko Saitō 3:14
7. "Shun"  
8. "Futari-bocchi Jikan (二人ぼっち時間 Time of just the two of us?)" (official English title: "Just the two of us")   Neko Saitō 3:05
9. "Mayakashi Yasaotoko (マヤカシ優男 Counterfeit gentleman?)" (official English title: "Fake fellow")   Soil & "Pimp" Sessions 3:57
10. "Togatta Teguchi (尖った手口 Sharp trick?)" (official English title: "Sharp practice")
  • Ringo Sheena
  • Rap: Mummy D[4]
Nobuhiko Nakayama & Mr. Drunk[4] & Bakeneko Killer[1] 3:02
11. "Irokoizata (色恋沙汰 Love affair?)" (official English title: "Excitement")   Takayuki Hattori 3:00
12. "Bonsai Hada (凡才肌 Ordinary ability?)" (official English title: "Ordinary ability")   coba & Ringo Sheena 3:48
13. "Yokyō (余興 entertainment?)" (official English title: "Alone")   Yukio Nagoshi 3:53
14. "Marunouchi Sadistic" (Expo version)   Ukigumo 2:59
Total length: 50:05


  • All the official English titles are given at Ringo Sheena's website.[6]


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bakeneko Killer (化猫キラー Goblin-cat Killer?) is a producing team Ringo Sheena and Uni Inoue formed.
  2. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年6月
  3. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年6月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  4. ^ a b c Daisuke Sakama, a.k.a. Mummy D or Mr. Drunk.
  5. ^ Josei, Akita Goldman and Midorin.
  6. ^ "Superficial Gossip / SHEENA RINGO". website. kronekodow. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ 椎名林檎、6年ぶりソロアルバムが初日1位 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  8. ^ "2009年06月22日~2009年06月28日のCDアルバム週間ランキング(2009年07月06日付)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  9. ^ 2009年オリコン年間ランキング アルバム (in Japanese). Oricon. December 18, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "<iTunes リワインド 2009>トップソング&トップアルバムチャート" (in Japanese). BARKS. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Shio, Koshō by Greeeen
Oricon Weekly number-one album
July 6, 2009
Succeeded by
Zankyō by Masaharu Fukuyama