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"Uza" (stylized in Japanese as "UZA", meaning "Annoying" and pronounced "oo-zah") is the 28th major single by the Japanese female idol group AKB48, released in Japan on October 31, 2012.[1]

"Uza"
AKB48 - UZA (Type-A, Regular Edition, KIZM-173) cover.jpg
Type-A Regular Edition cover
Single by AKB48
from the album Tsugi no Ashiato
B-side
  • "Tsugi no Season"
  • "Kodoku no Hoshizora" (Type-A)
  • "Scrap & Build" (Type-K)
  • "Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero" (Type-B)
  • "Otona e no Michi" (Theater Edition)
ReleasedOctober 31, 2012 (2012-10-31) (Japan)
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreJ-pop, Electro-pop
LabelYou, Be Cool! / King
Songwriter(s)Yasushi Akimoto (lyrics)
Producer(s)Yasushi Akimoto
AKB48 singles chronology
"Gingham Check"
(2012)
"Uza"
(2012)
"Eien Pressure"
(2012)
AKB48 songs singles chronology
"Sugar Rush"
(2012)
Music videos
Uza (preview) on YouTube
Uza (Dance Ver.) on YouTube
Tsugi no Season (preview) on YouTube

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The single was first announced on Yasushi Akimoto's Google+ and the title song premiered live on September 18, 2012, at the AKB48's rock-paper-scissors tournament at Nippon Budokan.[2]

Mayu Watanabe was originally one of the centers, along with Jurina Matsui, however due to heavy choreography involved in this song, Yuko Oshima, a more experienced dancer, later replaced Watanabe's center position.[citation needed]

It was released in four versions: Type-A, Type-K, Type-B, and Theater Edition.

The music video for the title song was directed by Joseph Kahn, the director of the music video for "Gingham Check".[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

Type-AEdit

CD
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Uza" (UZA, "Annoying")  
2."Tsugi no Season" (次のSeason, "Next Season")Under Girls 
3."Kodoku na Hoshizora" (孤独な星空, "Lonely Starry Sky")New Team A 
4."Uza off vocal ver."  
5."Tsugi no Season off vocal ver."  
6."Kodoku no Hoshizora off vocal ver."  
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Uza Music Video" 
2."Uza Music Video -Dance ver.-" 
3."Tsugi no Season Music Video" 
4."Kodoku na Hoshizora Music Video" 
5."Gingham Check Music Video (Directed by Eiki Takahashi)" (ギンガムチェック Music Video 〜高橋栄樹監督ver.〜) 

Type-KEdit

CD
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Uza" (UZA, "Annoying")  
2."Tsugi no Season" (次のSeason, "Next Season")Under Girls 
3."Scrap & Build" (スクラップ&ビルド)New Team K 
4."Uza off vocal ver."  
5."Tsugi no Season off vocal ver."  
6."Scrap & Build off vocal ver."  
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Uza Music Video" 
2."Uza Music Video -Dance ver.-" 
3."Tsugi no Season Music Video" 
4."Scrap & Build Music Video" 
5."Gingham Check Music Video (Directed by Eiki Takahashi)" (ギンガムチェック Music Video 〜高橋栄樹監督ver.〜) 

Type-BEdit

CD
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Uza" (UZA, "Annoying")  
2."Tsugi no Season" (次のSeason, "Next Season")Under Girls 
3."Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero" (正義の味方じゃないヒーロー, "Hero who is not on the Side of Justice")New Team B 
4."Uza off vocal ver."  
5."Tsugi no Season off vocal ver."  
6."Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero off vocal ver."  
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Uza Music Video" 
2."Uza Music Video -Dance ver.-" 
3."Tsugi no Season Music Video" 
4."Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero Music Video" 
5."Gingham Check Music Video (Directed by Eiki Takahashi)" (ギンガムチェック Music Video 〜高橋栄樹監督ver.〜) 

Theater EditionEdit

CD
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Uza" (UZA, "Annoying")  
2."Tsugi no Season" (次のSeason, "Next Season")Under Girls 
3."Otona e no Michi" (大人への道, "Road to Adulthood")Kenkyūsei 
4."Uza off vocal ver."  
5."Tsugi no Season off vocal ver."  
6."Otona e no Michi off vocal ver." (大人への道 off vocal ver.)  

MembersEdit

"Uza"Edit

Center: Yūko Ōshima, Jurina Matsui.[3]

"Tsugi no Season"Edit

The song is performed by Under Girls.[4] Center: Rina Kawaei

"Kodoku na Hoshizora"Edit

"Scrap & Build"Edit

"Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero"Edit

"Otona e no Michi"Edit

The song is performed by kenkyūsei (trainees).

Oricon chartsEdit

Release Oricon Singles Chart Peak position Debut sales (copies) Sales total (copies)
October 31, 2012 Daily Chart 1[5] 884,602 1,257,867
Weekly Chart 1[6] 1,128,696
Monthly Chart 1 1,128,696
Yearly Chart 4 1,215,079

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "大島優子&松井珠理奈のWセンター!AKB新曲「UZA」お披露目" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  2. ^ "優子&珠理奈Wセンター! AKB新曲「UZA」初お披露目" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  3. ^ "<速報>AKB48、28thシングルセンター決定" (in Japanese). modelpress. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  4. ^ AKB48 28th Maxi Single「UZA」のジャケ写が解禁! [AKB48 28th Maxi Single "UZA"' CD jacket revealed] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  5. ^ @hisaka2u (October 31, 2012). "ORICON STYLE編集長のTwitter 2012年10月31日の発言" (Tweet). Retrieved October 31, 2012 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "【オリコン】AKB48、女性初の10作目ミリオン CD総売上2000万枚突破" (in Japanese). Oricon. November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.

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