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"Arashi" (stylized as A・RA・SHI) is a song recorded by the Japanese boy band Arashi. It was released on November 3, 1999, by the record label Pony Canyon as the band's first single. "Arashi" was used as the theme song for Arashi's mini-drama V no Arashi (Vの嵐) and for the 8th World Cup of Volleyball hosted by Japan in 1999, featuring the group as supporters. While both the regular and limited editions were released as a CD single containing two songs and its instrumentals, only the limited edition included a poster.

"Arashi"
Arashi-01-01-a-ra-shi.jpg
Single by Arashi
from the album Arashi No.1 Ichigou: Arashi wa Arashi o Yobu!
B-side"Ashita ni Mukatte"
ReleasedNovember 3, 1999 (1999-11-03)
FormatCD
Recorded1999
GenrePop, rock
Length18:08[1]
LabelPony Canyon
Songwriter(s)J&T, Kōji Makaino, Makaino Kōji
Arashi singles chronology
"Arashi"
(1999)
"Sunrise Nippon/Horizon"
(2000)

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Single informationEdit

Perhaps the group's most popular song, "Arashi" is a crowd favorite during concerts. When it was released, an estimated 80,000 fans showed up to attend the single's debut event. In 2006, its chorus ("You are my soul! Soul!") was the name of the band's South Korea concert, You Are My Seoul, Soul.[2]

Track listEdit

All music composed by Kōji Makaino.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Arashi"J&T4:26
2."Ashita ni Mukatte" (明日に向かって, "Facing Tomorrow")Yūzō Ōtsuka4:32
3."Arashi" (instrumental) 4:26
4."Ashita ni Mukatte" (instrumental) 4:32
Total length:18:08

Chart performanceEdit

Selling over 557,000 in its first week and over 970,000 copies by the end of its chart run, the single is the group's best-selling single.[3] The single was certified double platinum in Japan for a shipment of 800,000 copies.[4]

Charts and certificationsEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Japan Oricon Weekly Singles Chart[5] 1
Japan Oricon Yearly Singles Chart[6] 23

Sales and certificationsEdit

Country Provider Sales Certification
Japan RIAJ 557,430[5] Double Platinum[4]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Japan November 3, 1999 (1999-11-03)[7] CD (PCDJ-00001)[7] Pony Canyon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arashi single" (in Japanese). Utasuki Mstore. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "J-Pop Comes to Seoul". Seoul Metropolitan Government. October 18, 2006. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "Arashi Singles Ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 1999年11月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. November 1999 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 482: 9. January 10, 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  5. ^ a b 1999年11月第3週の邦楽シングルランキング情報 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 23, 2009.
  6. ^ ja:A・RA・SHI
  7. ^ a b "Arashi". Johnny's net (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 22, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010.

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