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"4 Hot Wave"
Single by Kumi Koda
from the album Black Cherry
Released July 26, 2006
Format CD, DVD
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, R&B, Rock
Label Rhythm Zone
Kumi Koda singles chronology
Koi no Tsubomi
4 Hot Wave
Yume no Uta / Futari de...
The CD + DVD Cover
The CD + DVD Cover

"4 Hot Wave" is Kumi Koda's 32nd single under the Rhythm Zone label. This is a quadruple A-side single, meaning it has four songs considered A-sides on it, a first for Kumi Koda. It was released on July 26; roughly 2 months after the release of her last single, "Koi no Tsubomi". The covers of this single were taken while Kumi was in Morocco to shoot her new photobook, "Maroc", which is also due out in July. This single has also become her highest selling single ever and surpassed the sales of her previous highest-selling single, "Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba", in only 3 weeks.


Overview has described the four songs that are to be released on the single.

  • "Ningyo-hime" is to be a song with a "impressive crashing rock sound",
  • "I'll Be There" is a "mid-tempo tune that'll make you feel summer",
  • "Juicy" is a "hard R&B track that matches those from the US", and
  • "With Your Smile" is a "aggressive dance tune".

Television advertisements

"I'll Be There" was featured in a television advertisement for Seabreeze, a sun-tan lotion company. This advertisement showed a group of young adults on a beach; it did not feature Kumi.

"Juicy" will be featured in a television advertisement for Gem Cerey.

"With Your Smile" is the image song for NTV's 2006 Japan Pro Baseball and was also featured in a Dwango television advertisement.

"Ningyo-hime" was featured in a Vodafone 705T television advertisement. Vodafone was a popular mobile service in Japan.

Track listing

CD portion

  1. Introduction: I'll Be There
  2. Ningyo-hime (人魚姫 ?, Mermaid Princess)
    Written by Kumi Koda
    Composed and arranged by Miki Watanabe
  3. I'll Be There
    Written by Kumi Koda
    Composed by Shintaro Hagiwara
    Arranged by tasuku
  4. Interlude: Juicy/Ningyo-hime
  5. Juicy
    Written by Yo Taira (Digz, Inc.)
    Composed and arranged by STY (Digz, Inc.)
  6. With Your Smile
    Written by Kumi Koda
    Composed by Toru Watanabe
    Arranged by h-wonder
  7. Outroduction ~With your smile~

DVD portion

  1. Juicy (music video)
  2. With Your Smile (music video)
  3. I'll Be There (music video)
  4. Ningyo-hime (music video)
  5. "Maroc" Photobook Offshoot (First Press Editions only)

Music videos

The music videos for these 4 songs are interconnected starting with Juicy to With Your Smile to I'll Be There to Ningyo-hime. The clearest similarities are among the first three music videos, following a plot regarding Kumi distracting a group of men via seduction and stealing a treasure map, only to be chased while looking for whatever treasures the map leads to. Ningyo-Hime, the final music video in the saga, shows where and what the "triad-treasure" lead to.

Live performances

  •  July 3, 2006 – Popjam DX – Medley (I'll Be There / Ningyo-hime)
  • July 21, 2006 – Music Station – "I'll Be There"
  • July 22, 2006 – MelodiX! – "I'll Be There"
  • July 28, 2006 – Music Station – "Ningyo-hime"
  • July 29, 2006 – Music Fair 21 – "I'll Be There" (with TRF), "Koi no Tsubomi" (with TRF), "Joy" (with TRF), "Ningyo-hime"
  • July 29, 2006 – CDTV – "Ningyo-hime"
  • July 30, 2006 – Cable Awards
  • August 3, 2006 – Utaban – "I'll Be There"


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
July 26, 2006 Oricon Daily Charts 1
Oricon Weekly Charts 2 207,484 390,685 17+
Oricon Monthly Charts 1
Oricon Yearly Charts 14


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