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"Truth/Kaze no Mukō e"
Arashi truth-kaze.jpg
Single by Arashi
from the album All the Best! 1999–2009
B-side"Smile"
ReleasedAugust 20, 2008 (2008-08-20)
FormatCD single, CD+DVD
Recorded2008
GenrePop
LabelJ Storm
Arashi singles chronology
"One Love"
(2008)
"Truth/Kaze no Mukō e"
(2008)
"Beautiful Days"
(2008)

"Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" (truth/風の向こうへ, Truth/Beyond the Wind) is a single released by Japanese boy band Arashi. It was released on August 20, 2008 by their record label J Storm. "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" was released in three formats: a regular edition and two limited editions. The regular edition comes with a bonus track titled "Smile" (スマイル, "Sumairu") and the instrumentals of all the songs while the limited editions both come with a DVD.

Single information[edit]

"Truth" was used as the theme song for Arashi member Satoshi Ohno's 2008 drama Maō while "Kaze no Mukō e" was used as the theme song for the news coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics on NTV, featuring member Sho Sakurai as the main newscaster. In stark contrast to "Truth", which is a fast-paced dance number with a mood similar to the drama's setting and atmosphere, "Kaze no Mukō e" is a more upbeat pop song that, in tradition with other songs used by Japanese broadcasters for their respective Olympic coverage, tries to inspire athletes.

The single is the group's first double A-side single in four years since their 2004 "Hitomi no Naka no Galaxy/Hero" single and the regular edition for "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" is the first since "Nice na Kokoroiki" not to have the members featured in the cover. The promotional video for "Kaze no Mukō e" premiered on August 8, 2008, in time for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Prior to the video's release, news program News Zero ran a feature featuring Sakurai writing the rap lyrics and recording the song. Arashi also provided the theme song, "Hero", for the news coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games four years earlier on NTV.

In 2009, "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" was listed as one of The Best 10 Singles in the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award 2009 and also named the Single of the Year.[1]

Music video[edit]

"Truth"[edit]

The music video begins with an orchestra of string instrumentalists such as violinists playing the introduction of "Truth". Arashi appears in front of orchestra dancing in red and black clothes. For the verses that are sung solo or in groups to two or three, a solo shot of the member singing his own respective part is shown while he is leaning against a concrete wall. The video continues to switch from shots of the orchestra to Arashi dancing in sync with the beat of the song and to solo shots of the members. In the closing, Ohno holds the white lily flower seen occasionally throughout the video.

"Kaze no Mukō e"[edit]

Directed by Hideaki Sunaga (須永秀明, Sunaga Hideaki),[2] the music video begins with Sakurai with his hands clasped together. The video then moves on to show Arashi standing in a circle singing while the camera steadily spins around them. With each member wearing clothes in white and silver, the video transitions between the group circle and solo shots. During the rap portion of the song, Sakurai stands in the center of the circle. In the closing, an image of the sky is blended in with the video as Arashi sings the last two lines of the song.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at the top spot on the Oricon daily chart with total index sales figure of 119,227 (an estimated 208,647 copies sold),[3] which surpassed the first day sales indexes for their previous singles released during the year ("Step and Go" with 107,689 copies sold and "One Love" with 130,567). Also during the single's week of release was the eighth and final week of "One Love" in the Oricon Top 10, the first time two Arashi singles charted in the weekly Top 10 at the same time. The single sold an estimated 467,288 copies in its first week, overtaking fellow Johnny's boy band KAT-TUN's first week sales of their seventh single "Don't U Ever Stop" of 381,672 copies, making it the biggest first week sales for a single in Japan in 2008.[4][5]

Two months after its release, the single crossed the 600,000 mark, making it the first and only single of 2008 to do so. According to Oricon, "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" is officially Japan's best-selling single of 2008.[6][7] On January 1, 2009, "Truth" officially ranked at number seven on Billboard's Japan Hot 100 2008 Year-end list.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Regular edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Truth"HydrantHydrantWataru Maeguchi4:50
2."Kaze no Mukō e"
  • Pippi Svensson
  • Anders Dannvik
Hans Johnson3:40
3."Smile"
  • Erik Lidbom
  • Youth Case
  • Lidbom
  • Youth Case
Gin Kitagawa3:38
4."Truth" (Instrumental)HydrantHydrantMaeguchi4:50
5."Kaze no Mukō e" (Instrumental)
  • Sakurai
  • Tada
  • Svensson
  • Dannvik
Johnson3:40
6."Smile" (Instrumental)
  • Lidbom
  • Youth Case
  • Lidbom
  • Youth Case
Kitagawa3:36
Total length:24:14

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan August 20, 2008 (2008-08-20)[13] CD single (JACA-5113)[13]
CD+DVD (JACA-5109)[14]
CD+DVD (JACA-5111)[15]
J Storm
Korea August 27, 2008 (2008-08-27)[16] CD single (SMJTCD276)[16]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD274B)[17]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD275B)[18]
SM Entertainment
Taiwan September 5, 2008 (2008-09-05)[19] CD single (JAJSG27014)[19]
CD+DVD (JAJSG27014/A)[20]
CD+DVD (JAJSG27014/B)[21]
Avex Taiwan
Hong Kong September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08)[22] CD single[22]
CD+DVD[23]
CD+DVD[24]
Avex Asia

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Peak position for "Truth". "Kaze no Mukō e" peaked at number 69.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award 2009". Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  2. ^ ""Kaze no Mukou e" music video" (in Japanese). Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  3. ^ "A good start for NTV's Olympic theme song by Arashi" (in Japanese). Oricon. August 20, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Charts: Arashi spreads "Truth," Amuro still on top". Tokyograph. August 27, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  5. ^ a b 2008年09月第1週の邦楽シングルランキング情報 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  6. ^ "Oricon Yearly Singles Ranking 2008 - Arashi monopolizes 1st and 2nd spots for the first time in 19 years" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  7. ^ a b c "Oricon Yearly Singles Ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  8. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year End 2008" (in Japanese). Billboard. Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
  9. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "G-Music Combo Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "G-Music J-pop Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2008年8月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2009-10-14.
  13. ^ a b "truth/Kaze no Muko e [Regular Edition]". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  14. ^ "truth/Kaze no Muko e [w/ DVD, Limited Edition 1]". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  15. ^ "truth/Kaze no Muko e [w/ DVD, Limited Edition 2]". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  16. ^ a b "Arashi - Truth/風の向こうへ [통상판]" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  17. ^ "Arashi - Truth/風の向こうへ [초회한정판 1] (CD+DVD)" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  18. ^ "Arashi - 風の向こうへ/Truth [초회한정판 2] (CD+DVD)" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  19. ^ a b "truth/前往風的彼方(普通版)" (in Chinese). Avex. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  20. ^ "truth/前往風的彼方(初回版1)" (in Chinese). Avex. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  21. ^ "truth/前往風的彼方(初回版2)" (in Chinese). Avex. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  22. ^ a b "truth / Kaze no Muko e (Normal Edition) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  23. ^ "truth / Kaze no Muko e (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition A) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  24. ^ "Kaze no Muko e / truth (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition B) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-01-15.

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