This is a good article. Click here for more information.

Spice (Perfume song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Spice"
A picture of three girls, the members of Perfume, leaning and sitting on a circle window.
Single by Perfume
from the album JPN
B-side "Glitter"
Released November 2, 2011
Format
Recorded 2011
Genre House
Length 3:54
Label Tokuma Japan Communications
Writer(s) Yasutaka Nakata
Producer(s) Yasutaka Nakata
Perfume singles chronology
"Laser Beam/Kasuka na Kaori"
(2011)
"Spice"
(2011)
"Spring of Life"
(2012)

"Spice" (スパイス?, Supaisu)[1] is a song recorded by Japanese girl group Perfume for their third studio album, JPN (2011). It premiered on November 2, 2011 as the fifth and final single from the album in Japan. It was written, composed, arranged, and produced by Japanese musician and Capsule member Yasutaka Nakata. The single also included the B-side track "Glitter", which appeared on the parent album. It was also released on June 19, 2013 through European and Oceanic regions, and June 25 in North America. Musically, "Spice" is a house song.

Upon its release, the track garnered mixed reviews from music critics. Some critics highlighted the song as one of Perfume's best singles from their album, whilst some felt the composition was uninteresting. It was also successful in Japan, peaking at number two both on the Oricon Singles Chart and Billboard's Japan Hot 100 chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for physical shipments of 100,000 units. An accompanying music video was shot by Shimada Daisuke; it features the girls performing the song in a dining room. It was performed on the groups 2011 JPN concert tour.

Background and composition[edit]

"Spice" was written, composed, arranged, and produced by Japanese musician and Capsule member Yasutaka Nakata.[2] It was recorded, mixed, and mastered by him. The song was recorded in 2010 at Contemode Studios, Shibuya, Tokyo by Nakata. Together with the album’s remaining material, "Spice" has partial rights by Nakata through Yahama Music Communications.[2] The single also included the B-side track "Glitter"; another version, re-composed by Nakata, appeared on JPN instead.[3] It premiered on November 2, 2011 as the fifth and final single from the album.[3] It was also released digitally on June 19, 2013 through European and Oceanic regions, and June 25 in North America.[4][5]

The maxi CD of the single contains both "Spice" and "Glitter", plus their instrumental versions. The cover artwork was photographed by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Nomura and features the girls sitting on a circle window.[3][6] Musically, "Spice" was described as an house song with elements of pop music and synthpop.[7] Paul Browne from J-Pop Go noted that the song "sees Perfume step down gear a bit for a more mid-tempo effort."[8] A staff editor from Selective Hearing noted that the song incorporated elements of 80s synthpop music.[9] Ian Martin from The Japan Times said the song incorporated elements of Westernised pop music.[10]

Critical response[edit]

Upon its release, "Spice" received mixed reviews from most music critics. Asian Junkie editor Random J reviewed the song on his personal blog, and highlighted it as one of the best tracks on the album.[11] Similarly, Paul Browne from J-Pop Go also selected it as one of the album's best tracks.[8] A staff editor from CD Journal was positive in his/her review, complimenting Nakata's composition.[7] A staff editor from Selective Hearing was mixed in his/her review of the song; the reviewer said that it, "isn’t the greatest thing the group has done for an a-side but there’s enough to make it worth listening to. The layered vocals will probably hook most before they realize that they’ve heard all this before." As a result, the reviewer concluded that they would recommended the B-side "Glitter" over "Spice".[9] Ian Martin from The Japan Times was particularly negative in his review, labelling the song an "otherwise unremarkable closing number..."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Japan, "Spice" was successful on several record charts. It debuted at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart; it sold 75,688 units in its first week of sales.[12][13] It was the group's fifth consecutive charting single to reach number two on that chart.[12] The following week, the single fell outside the top ten to number 13, selling 7,136 units.[12] It lasted for 10 weeks on the chart, totaling 90,471 units by the end of 2011.[13] The song peaked at number two on Billboard's Japan Hot 100 chart.[14] It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for physical shipments of 100,000 units.[15]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video was directed by Shimada Daisuke.[16] The group's outfits from the single cover sleeve was used again for the video shoot.[3][16] The music video was released on October 27, 2011, through Tokuma Japan's official YouTube channel.[17] The music video appeared on the DVD single.[6] The music video also appeared on Perfume's DVD compilation sets for JPN and Perfume Clips (2014).[18][19]

Synopsis[edit]

Perfume dancing on a table in the music video for "Spice".

The music video opens with several shots of a dining table; it includes uneaten sweets, foods, and small pink bird ornaments. The first verse features close-ups of the girls singing and dancing to the song, in front of a beige backdrop. The chorus section has three scenes of each member; Kashiyuka is seen laying down with an electronics cable in her hand; Nocchi is seen at the dining table; and A-Chan is seen under a table with a cable telephone. During the instrumental break, close-up shots (yet very blurry) features a fish bowl that have small fishing swimming around.[16] The second verse repeats the first verses video shoots.[16]

The second chorus has the girls dancing on the table, knocking several pieces of food and tuppleware onto the ground. A-Chan is seen lying down on a pillow, whilst Kashiyuka balances a book and an apple on her head. Both of these scenes have them throwing several pieces of food onto the table. Nocchi is seen at the dining table, holding a fork and listen to music through her headphones. She witnesses a small door underneath a stool, opens it, and sees a small green room. In the room, a blurred image of a cup starts to become clear, and holds small candy. As the girls eat the pieces of candy, their cream-coloured dresses turn into the outfits from the cover sleeve from the single.[16] The girls start dancing in the fish bowl, surrounded by glittery lights. The final scene has the girls looking through the small door again, only to witness the dining room table empty; the small cup with candy appears in beige colouring rather than full-on vibrancy.[16]

Promotion and live performances[edit]

The song and its B-side track has been used in commercials and television series within Japan. "Spice" was used as the theme song for the Japanese Tokyo Broadcasting System television series, Sengyoshufu Tantei.[20] The B-side song, "Glitter", was first used in the commercial for Japanese company Kirin.[21][22] The group's producer, Yasutaka Nakata, was heavily influenced by the image of the drama when he wrote "Spice"; it’s also the first time that he produced a soundtrack for them.[23] The single was performed on their 2011 JPN concert tour, where it was included during the second segment. It was included on the live DVD, released in mid 2012.[24] The song was included on the group's 180 Gram vinyl compilation box set, Perfume: Complete LP Box (2016).[25]

Track listings and formats[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Details adapted from the liner notes of the parent album.[2]

Chart and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[3][6][26] November 2, 2011
  • Tokuma Japan Communications
  • Universal Music Japan
Australia[28] June 19, 2013 Digital download Universal Music Japan
New Zealand[4]
United Kingdom[29]
Germany[30]
Ireland[31]
France[32]
Spain[33]
Taiwan[34]
United States[5] June 25, 2013
Canada[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon Japan Staff (November 2, 2011). "Perfume – Spice". Amazon Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c JPN (CD Album; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan: Tokuma Japan Communications; Universal Music Japan. 2011. DJ0134. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Spice (CD Single; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan: Tokuma Japan Communications; Universal Music Japan. 2011. TKCA-73725. 
  4. ^ a b "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Australia). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Australia). June 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d Spice (CD Single; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan: Tokuma Japan Communications; Universal Music Japan. 2011. TKCA-73720. 
  7. ^ a b CD Journal Staff (November 11, 2011). "Perfume – Spice (single review)". CD Journal (in Japanese). Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Browne, Paul (January 15, 2012). "Perfume – JPN (album review)". Jpopgo.co.uk. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Selective Hearing Staff (November 11, 2011). "Perfume – Spice (single review)". Selective Hearing. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Martin, Ian (December 8, 2011). "Perfume – JPN (album review)". The Japan Times. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Random J (January 18, 2012). "Perfume – JPN (album review)". Random J Pop. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Perfumeの作品 [Perfume Products]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ a b "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). November 9, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年11月" [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (November 2011)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. December 10, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f Perfume (February 28, 2012). "Perfume – Spice (music video)". Perfume; published through YouTube. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  17. ^ Tokyo Hive Staff (October 27, 2011). "Perfume reveals the full PV for Spice!". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ Perfume CLlips (DVD compilatio; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan: Universal Music Japan, Universal J, Perfume Records. 2014. TKBA-1200. 
  19. ^ JPN (CD and DVD Album; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan: Tokuma Japan Communications; Universal Music Japan. 2011. TKCA-73730. 
  20. ^ Tokyo Hive Staff (October 2011). "Perfume to spice up Fukada Kyoko's drama Sengyoshufu Tantei". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ Oricon Style Staff (July 2011). "Check Out Perfume's Houketsu Sparkling CM for Kirin!". Oricon Style. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  22. ^ Tokyo Hive Staff (July 2011). "Check Out Perfume's Houketsu Sparkling CM for Kirin!". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  23. ^ Oricon Style Staff (September 27, 2011). "Perfume、深キョン主演作で初地上波ドラマ主題歌". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  24. ^ Perfume 3rd Tour JPN (DVD Live Album; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan Taiwan: Tokuma Japan Communications; Universal Music Taiwan. 2012. 0621680. 
  25. ^ Perfume: Complete LP Box (Six 12" Vinyls; Liner notes). Perfume. Japan: Tokuma Japan Communications; Universal Music Japan. 2016. TKJA-10066. 
  26. ^ a b "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Japan). November 2, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  27. ^ Oricon Style Staff (December 2011). "Oricon Singles Chart – 2011 Annual Chart". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Australia). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (United Kingdom). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Germany). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Ireland). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (France). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Spain). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Taiwan). June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Spice – EP – by Perfume". iTunes Store (Canada). June 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • "Spice" – Perfume's official website.