Love Rain (Toshinobu Kubota song)

"Love Rain (Koi no Ame)" is a song recorded by Japanese R&B singer Toshinobu Kubota for his compilation album, Love & Rain: Love Songs (2010). The song was released on June 6, 2010, as the lead single from the album.

"Love Rain (Koi no Ame)"
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Single by Toshinobu Kubota
from the album Love & Rain: Love Songs
ReleasedJune 6, 2010
Recorded2010
GenreR&B, pop
Length4:52
LabelSME Records
Songwriter(s)Toshinobu Kubota
Toshinobu Kubota singles chronology
"Star Light"
(2010)
"Love Rain (Koi no Ame)"
(2010)
"Nagareboshi to Koi no Ame"
(2011)
Music video
"Love Rain (Koi no Ame)" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

"Love Rain (Koi no Ame)" was written and produced by Kubota, and arranged by Yoichiro Kakizaki.[1] It served as the theme song for the Japanese TV drama Tsuki no Koibito ~Moon Lovers~. It is noted that the English version of the song appears on the album Gold Skool. The song also appears on Kubota's compilation album The Baddest: Hit Parade. On July 19, 2010, Kubota performed the song alongside the Bank Band at the AP Bank Fes' 2010. The performance was featured the Bank Band's concert DVD "Live & Documentary DVD: Ap Bank Fes '10".

The B-side, "Timeless Affection", is the full version of the interlude songs featured on Kubota's fifteenth album Timeless Fly.

Music videoEdit

 
Kubota in the music video "Love Rain (Koi no Ame)".

Kubota also shot a music video for "Love Rain (Koi no Ame)". The music video began with Kubota singing in an empty room on a pedestal on stage, while video recording his performance. He is later seen video recording himself before a huge open comic book sketch. Kubota is also seen in a forest during night time. Other scene during the music video include the usage of video shots of many comic book sketches shown throughout the music video.

Chart performanceEdit

The song charted at number 3 on the Oricon Daily Singles and number 3 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart, selling 22,000 copies in the first week of its release.[2][3] "Love Rain (Koi no Ame)" also chart at number 5 on Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart. During the week of June 16 to June 22, 2010, the song also peaked at number 1 on the RIAJ Digital Tracks chart.[4]

Track listingEdit

  • CD Single
  1. Love Rain (Koi no Ame)
  2. Timeless Affection (Full version)
  3. Love Rain (Koi no Ame) (Instrumental)

Charts and certificationsEdit

Release Chart Peak position Sales total
June 6, 2010 Japan Oricon Daily Singles Chart 3 500,000
Japan Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 3[5]
Japan Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 14
Japan Billboard Hot 100 5
RIAJ Digital Track Chart 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ LOVE RAIN ~ Koi no Ame ~ (Regular Edition). Oricon Style. Retrieved on October 20, 2012
  2. ^ TOP3 comeback since the theme song for the first time in 14 years, "Ronbake" Toshinobu Kubota. Oricon Style. Retrieved on October 8, 2012
  3. ^ Kubota Toshinobu. Note: This is a tag search from the website. Oricon Live Journal. Retrieved on October 7, 2012
  4. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue June 22, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  5. ^ "久保田利伸のシングル売上ランキング 2ページ目".