Shopping (Inoue Yōsui and Okuda Tamio album)

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Studio album by InoueYōsuiOkudaTamio
Released March 19, 1997
Recorded at Hitokuchizaka, Sony Music Shinanomachi, Paradise Komazawa, Greenbird Suginami
Genre J-pop, rock
Length 52:28
Label For Life Records/Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Producer Yōsui Inoue, Tamio Okuda
Yōsui Inoue chronology
Eien no Sur
Tamio Okuda chronology
Singles from Shopping
  1. "Arigatou"
    Released: February 13, 1997

Shopping (ショッピング Shoppingu?) is the first album by InoueYosuiOkudaTamio, the duo consisting of Japanese singer-songwriters Yōsui Inoue and Tamio Okuda. It was released in February 1997 under For Life and SME, two different labels that Inoue and Okuda had contracted with, respectively.

They formed songwriting team in the mid 1990s, the era that Okuda disbanded Unicorn and launched his solo career. 1995 saw the first release of their collaborative material, "Tsuki Hitoshizuku" co-written and sung by pop icon Kyoko Koizumi. In the following year, the pair wrote the song "Asia no Junshin" for Puffy, the new female pop duo produced by Okuda. It was released as Puffy's debut single in May 1996 and became a huge hit, peaking at number-three on the Japanese Oricon singles chart and selling over 1.18 million copies. Shopping features the remake versions of above‐mentioned songs by Inoue and Okuda, along with 10 of new songs that they wrote together.

Prior to the album, "Arigatou" was released as a single in February 1997. Both lead single and the album received moderate commercial success, entering top-ten on the Japanese Oricon Charts. In 2001, Inoue remade the song "Tebiki no You na Mono" on his album United Cover. Ten years after the album release, the pair recorded its successor Double Drive.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Yōsui Inoue and Tamio Okuda, except lyrics for "Tsuki Hitoshizuku" co-written by Kyoko Koizumi

  1. "Wabisuke (侘び助?)" - 3:08
  2. "2 Cars" - 4:32
  3. "Soutou na Ketsui (相当な決意?)" - 4:24
  4. "Shopping (ショッピング Shoppingu?)" - 2:40
  5. "Igai na Kotoba (意外な言葉?)" - 5:48
  6. "Colorful (カラフル Karafuru?)" - 3:37
  7. "2500" - 6:39
  8. "A to B (AとB Ē to Bī?)" - 4:57
  9. "Tsuki Hitoshizuku (月ひとしずく?)" - 4:13
  10. "Tebiki no You na Mono (手引きのようなもの?)" - 4:57
  11. "Arigatou (ありがとう?)" - 3:36
  12. "Asia no Junshin (アジアの純真 Ajia no Junshin?)" - 3:53

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position Weeks Sales
1997 Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 100)[1] 4 9 350,000[2]


Year Single B-Side Chart Position Weeks Sales
1997 "Arigatou" "Wabisuke" (Outtake) Japanese Oricon Weekly (top 100)[3] 10 10 249,000[4]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number
Japan March 19, 1997 For Life Records CD FLCF-3679
Sony Music Entertainment Japan SRCL-3769