Won't Be Long

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This article is about the single by Exile & Kumi Koda. For the 1960 song/single by Aretha Franklin, see Won't Be Long (Aretha Franklin song). For the song/single by The Hives, see The Black and White Album.
"Won't Be Long"
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Single by Exile & Koda Kumi
from the album Black Cherry
Released November 21, 2006
Format CD single
Genre J-pop
Length 20:53
Label Rhythm Zone
Exile & Koda Kumi singles chronology
"Yes!"
(2006)
"Won't Be Long"
(2006)
"Everything"
(2006)
Koda Kumi chronology
"Yume no Uta/Futari de..."
(2006)
"Won't Be Long"
(2006)
"Cherry Girl/Unmei"
(2006)

"Won't Be Long" (stylized at WON'T BE LONG) is a collaboration single by Japanese group Exile and singer-songwriter Koda Kumi. It debuted on #2 on Oricon and stayed there for the weekly ranking, bringing its monthly rank to #6.

Information[edit]

Won't Be Long feat. Koda Kumi is Japanese band Exile's collaborative effort with Japanese R&B-turned-pop artist Kumi Koda. It charted #2 on Oricon and remained on the charts for over six months.[1] Due to the high ranking and length on the charts, the single took #6 on the monthly charts.

Won't Be Long is a cover of the same song, originally released by Japanese band Da Bubble Gum Brothers on August 22, 1990.[2]

Prior to the single's physical release, it reached one million downloads. Due to Koda Kumi being, at the time, Avex's most popular artist, the single charted higher than the original release.[3]

Despite Takahiro joining Exile as a new vocalist around the time of the single's release, the song did not feature him and only featured Shun. The song was unveiled on December 30, 2006 during the 48th Japan Record Awards, but still omitted Takahiro.[4][5]

The song was used in television commercials for dwango.jp, mu-mo and music.jp.

This song appeared on the Nintendo DS game version of Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Touch de Dokodon! (太鼓の達人DS: タッチでドコドン! / Master Taiko DS: Dokodon in Touch!) under its J-Pop section.[6][7]

Other versions[edit]

In 1990s, Kwok Cheung Lee (李國祥) from Hong Kong covered this song with Cantonese and Mandarin-Chinese versions - "全為了你" (All for you) and "充滿光彩" (Fulfilled colors).

Koda Kumi also released two solo versions on her album Black Cherry (2006): Won't Be Long [Red Cherry Version] and Won't Be Long [Black Cherry Version]. Exile also had a different version on their album EXILE EVOLUTION (2007), this version featuring Japanese rapper NEVER LAND.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bro.Korn.

CD
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Won't Be Long" h-wonder 5:14
2. "Won't Be Long" (Karaoke) h-wonder 5:13
3. "Won't Be Long" (Karaoke for Guys) h-wonder 5:13
4. "Won't Be Long" (Karaoke for Ladies) h-wonder 5:13
Total length: 20:53
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Won't Be Long" (Music video)  
2. "Won't Be Long" (Making Video)  

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak position First week sales Sales total
November 22, 2006 Oricon Daily Charts 2
Oricon Weekly Charts 2 130,710 235,770
Oricon Monthly Charts 6
Oricon Yearly Charts 56

Alternate versions[edit]

WON'T BE LONG

  1. WON'T BE LONG feat. Koda Kumi: Found on the single (2006)
  2. WON'T BE LONG [Karaoke for Guys]: Found on the single (2006)
  3. WON'T BE LONG [Karaoke for Girls]: Found on the single (2006)
  4. WON'T BE LONG [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2006)
  5. WON'T BE LONG [Black Cherry Version]: Found on Koda Kumi album Black Cherry (2006)
  6. WON'T BE LONG [Red Cherry Version]: Found on Koda Kumi album Black Cherry (2006)
  7. WON'T BE LONG feat. NEVER LAND: Found on EXILE album EXILE EVOLUTION (2007)
  8. WON'T BE LONG [United Colors Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 4 (2012)
  9. WON'T BE LONG feat. VERBAL from m-flo & DOBERMAN INFINITY: Found on Exile Tribe album EXILE TRIBE REVOLUTION (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WON'T BE LONG / EXILE&KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ "WON'T BE LONG DA BUBBLE GUM BROTHERS Discography". DBGB. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "EXILE & KODA KUMI, new record broken after 15 years!". Oricon News. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "48th Japan Record Awards results". AV 100 FUN. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "EXILE & Koda Kumi - Won't Be Long LIVE @ 48th Japan Record Taisho". Veoh. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Taiko no Tatsujin DS - Won't Be Long". YouTube. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Taiko Time: Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Touch de Dokodon! song list". Taiko Time. Retrieved June 21, 2016.