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Spending All My Time

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"Spending All My Time"
Spending all my time cover.jpg
CD only cover.
Single by Perfume
from the album Level3
B-side "ポイント (Point)
Hurly Burly"
Released August 15, 2012
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre J-pop, dance-pop, electropop, electro
Length 3:53
Label Universal J
Songwriter(s) Yasutaka Nakata
Producer(s) Yasutaka Nakata
Perfume singles chronology
"Spring of Life"
(2012)
"Spending All My Time"
(2012)
"Mirai no Museum"
(2013)
"Spring of Life"
(2012)
"Spending All My Time"
(2012)
"Mirai no Museum"
(2013)
Music video
"Spending all my time" on YouTube

"Spending All My Time" (stylized as "Spending all my time") is a song by Japanese girl group Perfume from their fourth studio album Level3 (2013). The song was released as the album's second single on 15 August 2012. It was written, composed and produced by Yasutaka Nakata. The song is a dance pop track, which features instrumentation from synthesizers and keyboards. It is the group's first English-language single, and their second English effort since their 2008 track, "Take Me, Take Me", from their debut album Game.

"Spending All My Time" received favorable reviews from music critics, who commended the group's English-language attempt and praised the production and composition. The song became their seventh consecutive single to stall at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart in Japan. The track became their first charting single in Taiwan. Yusuke Tanaka directed the accompanying music video for the single, which shows Perfume dancing and making gestures in a room. Perfume have performed the song in a number of live performances throughout Japan.

Background and composition[edit]

Japanese producer and Capsule musician Yasutaka Nakata had written, arranged and composed the song.[1] Nakata has collaborated with all of Perfume's records and songs from 2003 onwards.[2] It was recorded in Tokyo, Japan and was mixed and mastered by Nakata.[1] It is a dance and techno,[3][4] and incorporates instrumentation from synthesizer and keyboards.[1] Writing for Land of Rising, Alex Shenmue noted "'Spending all my Time' brings back the techno sounds after the dreaming atmosphere of Sleeping Beauty [...]”[4] "Spending All My Time" is the group's first English-language single to date, and their second overall.[a] A writer for CDJournal had compared the song to works by French disc jockey David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, but called the composition “a little different,” to their previous work.[6]

Perfume had found recording English lyrics hard; member Kashiyuka explained, "'Spending all my time' is completely in English, so I struggled really hard with the pronunciation. When I’m singing along to the melody, my accent becomes more Japanese – like katakana-speak, so I’m wondering what people outside Japan will think when they hear it [...] Also, it’s not a particular word, but I’m interested to know which genre people will classify us in as artists."”[7]

Reception[edit]

"Spending All My Time" received favorable reviews from most music critics. Shenmue wrote that the new mix for the album “fits the album's concept.”[4] Selective Hearing's writer Nia felt she could see the song alongside "Enter the Sphere" and "Party Maker" “blasting in a club, but there are also some surprisingly calm tracks on the album. It’s kind of like a series of crescendos and decrescendos”.[8] Ian Martin, who had written their extended biography at Allmusic, had highlighted the song as an album standout and career standout.[9] Patrick St. Michael, writing for The Japan Times, said the composition wasn't an “improvement” but commented that it was “simple, catchy pop”.[3] A writer from CDJournal had favored the production and composition, comparing it to Western music.[6]

The song charted in both Japan and Taiwan. Reaching number two on the Oricon Singles Chart,[10] it became the group's eighth consecutive single to stall at number two. The song also reached number two on the Japan Hot 100 chart.[11] The song reached number eight in Taiwan, becoming their first charting single in that country.[12][A] In August 2012, "Spending All My Time" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of 100,000 physical units.[13]

Release and promotion[edit]

Selected as the second single of Level3, the song was released as a stand-alone digital download on 15 August 2012.[14] Two CD singles were issued; a standalone CD with which included the b-sides "Point" and "Hurly Burly", and a bonus DVD version.[15] The first B-side "Point" was used as the commercial song for "KIRIN Chu-hi Hyoketsu Yasashii Kajitsu no 3%".[16] The second B-side, "Hurly Burly" was used as the commercial song for "KIRIN Chu-hi Hyoketsu".[16] "Hurly Burly" was used as the closing theme song to the 2014 short film Fastening Days.[17]

The official music video was directed by Japanese director Yusuke Tanaka and premiered on Perfume's YouTube channel in June 2013. It features Perfume in school uniforms and shows them making dance moves and hand-and-feet gestures towards each other in a room.[18] The group are based inside a locked room, as member A-chan unsuccessfully tries to open the door.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Yasutaka Nakata.

CD
No. Title Length
1. "Spending all my time" 3:53
2. "Point" (ポイント) 3:47
3. "Hurly Burly" 5:13
4. "Spending all my time" (Original Instrumental) 3:53
5. "Point" (Original Instrumental) 3:47
6. "Hurly Burly" (Original Instrumental) 5:13
Total length: 24:26

Credits and personnel[edit]

Details adapted from the liner notes of the "Mirai no Museum" CD single.[1]

Song credits[edit]

Visual credits[edit]

  • Yusuke Tanaka – director
  • Takahiko Kajima – video producer
  • Kazunali Tajima – camera
  • Mikiko – choreographer

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Japan 15 August 2012 CD single Universal Music Japan, Perfume Records [1]
CD/DVD [20]
Taiwan [20]
Japan Digital download [14]
United States [21]
Australia [22]
New Zealand [23]
Canada [24]
United Kingdom [25]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Week references for G-Music: JPN 2012 week 15, "Spending All My Time" 2012 week 35, Love the World 2012 week 41, "Mirai no Museum" 2013 week 10, "Magic of Love" and Perfume World Tour 1st 2013 week 21, Level3 2013 week 40, "Sweet Refrain" 2013 week 48, "Cling Cling" 2014 week 30, Perfume 3rd Tour JPN and Perfume 4th Tour in Dome: Level3 2014 week 44.
  1. ^ "Spending All My Time" is the group's first English-language single, but their second overall English song. The first was "Take Me, Take Me" which was on the group's 2008 album Game.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Level 3 (Album). Perfume. Universal Music Japan; Universal J; Perfume Records. 2013. UPCP-1001. 
  2. ^ "Perfume" (in Japanese). Tokuma Japan Communications. Archived from the original on March 16, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b St. Michael, Patrick (22 October 2015). "Perfume "Level 3"". The Japan Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Shenmue, Alex (29 October 2014). "Perfume - Level 3 album review". Land of Rising. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Game (Album). Perfume. Tokuma Japan Communications. 2008. TKCA-73325. 
  6. ^ a b "Perfume / Spending all my time [CD]". CDJournal. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Unknown author. "Interview with Japanese pop sensation Perfume". Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Nia (29 November 2013). "Perfume – Level3 album review". Selective Hearing. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Martin, Ian (29 November 2013). "Perfume – Songs, Highlights, Awards and Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Perfumeの作品 [Perfume Products]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). 22 August 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "G-Music J-Pop Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2012年8月" [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (August 2012)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Spending All My Time – Single – Perfume". iTunes Store (JP). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Spending all my time (CD and DVD edition). Perfume. Universal Music Japan. 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "KIRIN キリン 氷結". Kirin. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "YKK presents "Fastening Days."". YKK. YKK Cooperations. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "[MV] Perfume「Spending All My Time」". Youtube.com. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot Airplay". Billboard (in Japanese). August 27, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Spending All My Time" (CD and DVD single). Perfume. Universal Music Japan; Universal J; Perfume Records. 2012. 
  21. ^ "Spending All My Time – Single – Perfume". iTunes Store (US). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Spending All My Time – Single – Perfume". iTunes Store (AU). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Spending All My Time – Single – Perfume". iTunes Store (NZ). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Spending All My Time – Single – Perfume". iTunes Store (CA). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Spending All My Time – Single – Perfume". iTunes Store (UK). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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