So Much Love for You

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"So Much Love for You"
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Single by Kokia
from the album Uta ga Chikara
Released April 21, 2004 (2004-04-21)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre J-pop
Length 4:59
Label Victor Entertainment
Songwriter(s) Kokia
Producer(s) Daisuke Kahara
Kokia singles chronology
"The Power of Smile/Remember the Kiss"
(2003)
"So Much Love for You"
(2004)
"Yume ga Chikara"
(2004)
"The Power of Smile/Remember the Kiss"
(2003)
"So Much Love for You"
(2004)
"Yume ga Chikara"
(2004)

"So Much Love for You" (stylised as so much love for you♡) is Kokia's 11th single, released on April 21, 2004.[1]

Background[edit]

"So Much Love for You" was the first single released after Kokia's commercially successful third album, Remember Me.[2] During this stage of her career, Kokia had releases that generally charted in the low end of the top 40.[2] The song was released two months after the announcement of Kokia's involvement with the 2004 Summer Olympics, after she was picked to sing the official encouragement song for the Japan team by the Japanese Olympic Committee[3]

Promotion[edit]

"So Much Love for You" was used as the theme song for the Fuji Television variety show U, Umain Desu..[1] The B-side "New Season (Yume ni Mukatte Fuku Kaze)" also received some promotion, as it was used in commercials for the National Vocational School Publicity Research Society.[1] Kokia was featured in many music-related magazines in April and May 2004, such as "CD Data," "Chai," "Gekkan Songs," "J Groove Magazine," "Kansai Isshūkan," "Myojo," "Newsmaker," "Sweet," "What's In?" and "Zappi."[4] Kokia also had several regular appearances on TV shows in this time, such as on U-Wide Garden Music from the 12th to the 18th of April and TV Osaka Nude from the 19th to the 23rd of April.[4]

Composition[edit]

"So Much Love for You" is an upbeat pop song. It is based around an arrangement of guitars and light percussion instruments, along with background piano and added sound effects. The chorus sections feature added bass/percussion. The lyrics talk about being in love. The song's protagonists says that she will feel happily in love no matter what they are looking at, and no matter where they are together. They ask their lover, who has "fallen ill with love," to embrace all of them, since they want to feel their true feelings from the voice in their heart.[5]

Including the B-sides, all three songs on the single are upbeat pop songs with similar arrangements. "New Season" has an extremely similar arrangement to "So Much Love for You," except for added synthesisers used to create background percussion sounds and a greater focus on the piano in the song mixing. "I Shiteru," however, is based around stringed instruments, guitar and electronic sound effects. The lyrics of "New Season" talk about new beginnings. The person feels that a wind blowing towards tomorrow is calling them forward, and that they have a premonition something will happen if they go.[6] Of "I Shiteru," the lyrics ask somebody if they know how much the song's protagonist cares about them.[7]

Music video[edit]

Kokia in the music video for "So Much Love for You."

The music video was directed by Shin'ichi Kudō (工藤伸一.)[8] it is centred on four different scenes: shots of tall buildings, Kokia floating in a pink heart against a blue sky, Kokia on the top of a building with a pink heart balloon and two children dressed up in pink rabbit costumes, and shots of couples together in a sunny park. No two couples are the same in terms of race or age. While the first half of the video simply cuts between these scenes, in the second half the scenes start to change. The couples look up, and in the building shot musical notes begin to fall from the sky. The note heads are replaced with pink hearts. The couples then pose together with a gigantic pink heart.

Chart ranking[edit]

Commercially, the song debuted at #40 in its first week, selling over 3,500 copies.[2] It spent one further week in the top 100, and three further weeks placing between 100 and 200.[2] By the end of its chart run, the single had sold 6,700 copies.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger(s) Length
1. "So Much Love for You" Kokia Daisuke Kahara 4:59
2. "New Season (Yume ni Mukatte Fuku Kaze) (New season~夢に向かって吹く風~, New Season (Wind Blowing Towards Dreams))" Kokia Kokian's 3:26
3. "I Shiteru (iしてる, I Love You)" Kokia Ryōsuke Nakanishi 3:38
4. "So Much Love for You (Instrumental Version)" Kokia Kahara 5:00
Total length: 17:03

Japan Sales Rankings[2][edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
June 23, 2004 (2004-06-23) Oricon daily singles chart
Oricon weekly singles chart 40 3,500 6,700 5 weeks
Oricon yearly singles chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "KOKIA|夢がチカラ|@Victor Entertainment" (in Japanese). JBook. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-06-12.  (subscription only)
  3. ^ アテネオリンピック日本代表選手団 公式応援ソング制作発表記者会見 (in Japanese). Japanese Olympic Committee. 2004-03-04. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  4. ^ a b "KOKIA OFFICIAL WEB SITE - INFORMATION". Mother Land (in Japanese). 2006. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ "so much love for you - KOKIA 歌詞情報 - goo 音楽" (in Japanese). Goo Ongaku. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  6. ^ "New season~夢に向かって吹く風~ - KOKIA 歌詞情報 - goo 音楽" (in Japanese). Goo Ongaku. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  7. ^ "KOKIA iしてる 歌詞" (in Japanese). J-Lyric. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  8. ^ "KOKIA 楽曲名 so much love for you". Space Shower (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-04-15.