Sakura (Lead song)

Sakura (サクラ) is the twenty-third single by the Japanese hip-hop group Lead, released five months after their previous single Green Days/Strings, on February 26, 2014. The single performed well on the Oricon charts, taking the #3 slot for the weekly ranking, remaining on the charts for two weeks.

"Sakura"
Lead - Sakura.png
Single by Lead
from the album The Showcase
B-side
  • With U
  • Akaneiro Aomaru Koro Ni (Jacket A)
  • Just do it (Jacket B)
  • Can't Stop Loving You (Jacket C)
ReleasedFebruary 26, 2014
Recorded2014
GenreJ-Pop, hip hop
LabelPony Canyon
PCCA-70398 (CD)
PCCA-03981 (Jacket A, CD+DVD)
PCCA-03982 (Jacket B, CD+DVD)
PCCA-03983 (Jacket C, CD)
Songwriter(s)AnDisM • YUKIYOSHI
Producer(s)AnDisM
Lead singles chronology
"Green Days/Strings"
(2013)
"Sakura"
(2014)
"Omoide Breaker"
(2014)

The single was released as a standard CD edition, along with three limited edition, two of which were CD+DVD combos, each carrying different content. While every edition contained the b-side "With U", each edition harbored a bonus track. The CD+DVD editions not only contained differing content on the CD portions, but also harbored different content on the DVDs.

InformationEdit

Sakura (サクラ) is the twenty-third single by the Japanese hip-hop group Lead and first of 2014. The single charted well on the Oricon Singles Charts, taking the #3 spot for the week and remaining on the charts for two consecutive weeks.[1] This became the group's fifth consecutive single to chart in the top five of the Oricon charts, beginning with Wanna Be With You, which was released two years prior in March 2012.[2]

The single was released in four editions, a regular CD, two limited edition CD+DVD combo packs, and a limited CD only edition. The standard CD contained the title track, the coupling track "With U" - which was available on every edition - and the corresponding instrumentals.[3] The type A CD+DVD housed the two tracks, the bonus track "Akeneiro Somaru Koro Ni" (茜色染まるころに / Around Midnight) and their corresponding instrumentals, while the DVD portion contained the music video for "Sakura" and the making video.[4] The limited type B CD+DVD harbored the bonus track "Just Do It" (stylized as Just do it) on the CD, while carrying the dance version "Sakura" on the DVD, along with the recording document of the song "With U."[5] The limited CD only version carried the bonus track "Can't Stop Loving You," along with the corresponding instrumental.[6]

The lyrics to "Sakura" were written by AnDisM, while the composition and arrangement was performed by musical composer YUKIYOSHI.[7] AnDisM also wrote and composed the single's coupling tracks "With U", "Akeneiro Somaru Koro Ni" and "Just do it."[8][9][10] AnDisM had worked with Lead for their previous song "Green Days," where they wrote both the lyrics and the musical composition.[11]

PackagingEdit

Sakura was released in four editions, three of which were limited editions. Along with the standard CD, the single was given two CD+DVD versions with different bonus tracks on the CD portion and differing content on the DVD portions. The limited CD contained one bonus track.

The regular edition contained the title track and the coupling track "With U," along with both songs' corresponding instrumentals. The single's cover was also the only one where each member was in a separate frame, while a white border on the bottom housed the title.

The type A limited edition harbored both songs, along with the track "Akeneiro Somaru Koro Ni" and the instrumentals. The DVD contained the music video for "Sakura" and the video's off-shot. The type B limited editions contained the bonus track "Just do it" coupled with the other tracks. The DVD carried the dance version of "Sakura" and the recording document of "With U." While the type C limited edition did not carry a DVD, it did harbor the bonus track "Can't Stop Loving You."

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by AnDisM.

CD
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Sakura" (サクラ)YUKIYOSHI4:06
2."With U"AnDisM4:25
3."Sakura" (Instrumental)YUKIYOSHI4:06
4."With U" (Instrumental)AnDisM4:25
Total length:17:02
CD (Type A)
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Sakura"YUKIYOSHI4:06
2."With U"AnDisM4:25
3."Akeneiro Somaru Koro Ni" (茜色染まるころに / Around Midnight)AnDisM3:53
4."Sakura" (Instrumental)YUKIYOSHI4:06
5."With U" (Instrumental)AnDisM4:25
6."Akeneiro Somaru Koro Ni" (Instrumental)AnDisM3:50
Total length:24:45
CD (Type B)
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Sakura"YUKIYOSHI4:06
2."With U"AnDisM4:25
3."Just do it"AnDisM3:58
4."Sakura" (Instrumental)YUKIYOSHI4:06
5."With U" (Instrumental)AnDisM4:25
6."Just do it" (Instrumental)AnDisM3:55
Total length:24:55
CD (Type C)
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Sakura"YUKIYOSHI4:06
2."With U"AnDisM4:25
3."Can't Stop Loving You"AnDisM3:38
4."Sakura" (Instrumental)YUKIYOSHI4:06
5."With U" (Instrumental)AnDisM4:25
6."Can't Stop Loving You" (Instrumental)AnDisM3:35
Total length:24:15
DVD (Type A)
No.TitleLength
1."Sakura" (Music Video)4:16
2."Sakura" (Music Video Off-Shot)19:41
DVD (Type B)
No.TitleLength
1."Sakura" (Music Video) (Dance ver.)4:03
2."With U" (Recording Document)14:12

Charts (Japan)Edit

Release Chart Peak position
February 26, 2014 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "サクラ(初回限定盤B) / Lead / ORICON NEWS". Oricon. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Leadのシングル作品". Oricon. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sakura [Regular Edition]". CD Japan. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Sakura [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]". CD Japan. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sakura [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]". CD Japan. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sakura [Limited Edition / Type C]". CD Japan. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lead サクラ 歌詞". J-Lyric. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lead With U Lyrical Information". J-Lyric. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "茜色染まるころに 歌詞 Lead". Mojim. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Just do it / Lead Lyrics". Kashi-Navi. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "「GREEN DAYS」 / Lead ギターコード譜". Gaffuku. Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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