Summer Song (Yui song)

Summary

"Summer Song" is the twelfth single by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Yui. The single was released on July 2, 2008. "Summer Song" was aired on the last episode of Yui Locks on May 29, 2008.

"Summer Song"
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CD Normal Edition Cover
Single by Yui
from the album Holidays in the Sun
ReleasedJuly 2, 2008
GenreJ-pop
LabelSony Music Japan
Songwriter(s)Yui (lyrics & music)
Producer(s)Hisashi Kondo
Yui singles chronology
"Namidairo"
(2007)
"Summer Song"
(2008)
"Again"
(2009)

The Limited Edition includes a special postcard of Yui with a message written by her, an original summer calendar card sticker with Yui picture on it & bonus DVD.

Background and writingEdit

In interviews with Japanese magazines Pati Pati and Zipper, Yui said she finished the entirety of the song 3 years ago.[1][2] However, due to timing issues, as she would prefer to release it during the summer, the song was delayed until the release on July 2, 2008. In writing the lyrics, Yui said she wanted to imbue a feeling of, "wanting to get by with my own ability", and an image of, "longing to go to the sea". She also said she wrote the song from a girl's perspective, while recollecting her own memories she'd seen during past summers.[2]

The title "Summer Song" was chosen by Yui as she felt the feelings in the song could be expressed through the title. Before the single, no Japanese artist has ever taken the song title "Summer Song", which was also instrumental in the choosing of the title.[1]

Music videoEdit

The music video begins with Yui playing guitar on a wooden platform and on a grassy field, and a girl making a picture frame with her hands and capturing various scenes of summer. After drawing pool-cleaning duties along with a boy, they spray water at each other and run around the drained pool. In the middle of the video, the girl is shown holding two tickets to a fireworks festival, and quickly putting them away when the boy looks at her. At the end of the video, the girl manages to gather her courage and ask the boy to come with her, which he gratefully accepts.

The actors in the music video are the same as those starred in Yui's "Laugh Away" video, with model Anri Okamoto playing the leading actress and Hayashi Kento playing the leading actor. The same couple would act in Yui's fifteenth single, "Gloria".

Track listingEdit

Normal Edition

All tracks are written by Yui.

CD
No.TitleArranger(s)Length
1."Summer Song"northa+3:30
2."Oh My God"northa+2:47
3."Laugh Away ~Yui Acoustic Version~"Yui & northa+4:15
4."Summer Song ~Instrumental~"northa+3:30
Limited Edition

Normal Edition + DVD

DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Summer Song" (Video clip) 
2."Laugh Away ~Yui Acoustic Version~" (Video clip) 

Oricon sales chart (Japan)Edit

Release Chart Peak position First week sales Sales total
July 2, 2008 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 83,440 108,825
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 3
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 60

The single was certified gold by the RIAJ for having more than 100,000 copies shipped to stores.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "PATi PATi" (in Japanese). Sony. August 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Zipper" (in Japanese). September 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2008年07月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (July 2008)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). Retrieved August 18, 2011.