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Sports
スポーツ
Studio album by Tokyo Incidents
Released February 24, 2010 (2010-02-24) (Japan)
March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26) (Taiwan)[1]
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, rock
Length 47:14
Label EMI Music Japan
Virgin Music
Professional reviews
Tokyo Incidents chronology
Variety
(2007)
Sports
(2010)
Singles from Sports
  1. "Senkō Shōjo"
    Released: November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21) (digital download)
  2. "Nōdōteki Sanpunkan"
    Released: December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02)
  3. "Kachiikusa"
    Released: January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16) (radio single)
  4. "Sweet Spot"
    Released: February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08) (digital download)

Sports (スポーツ Supōtsu?) is the fourth album by Japanese rock band Tokyo Incidents, released on February 24, 2010.[2]

Contents

Background

This is the first Tokyo Incidents album since 2007's Variety. In 2008, vocalist Ringo Shiina focused on a string of releases to celebrate her 10th anniversary since her solo debut, such as a B-side collection, a singles box set and a string of concerts.[3] In 2009, she released a new single, "Ariamaru Tomi", and an original album, Sanmon Gossip.[3]

Promotion

The first single released from the album was "Senkō Shōjo." It was released as a digital download in November 2007, two months after the release of their third album, Variety.[4] It was written and recorded in the Variety sessions.[5]

The second single, "Nōdōteki Sanpunkan," was released three months before the album, in December 2009. Both singles has commericial tie-ups. "Senkō Shōjo" was used in Subaru Stella car commercials,[6] and "Nōdōteki Sanpunkan" was used in an Ezaki Glico Watering KissMint gum commercial, featuring Shiina as the spokesperson.[7]

The track "Kachiikusa" was used for the second batch of Watering KissMint commercials. It was released to radio, as well as cellphone download, on the 16th of January.[8] It reached #30 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100[9] and #58 on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100.[10] The band later performed this song on Music Station, a week before the album's release.[11]

The track "Sweet Spot" was released as a digital download on iTunes on the 8th of February.[12] It reached #13 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 the week of the album's release.[13]

Tokyo Incidents will embark on a new all-country concert tour, "Ultra C" (ウルトラC?), in March 2010.[14]

Content and structure

Track list symmetry
01. 生きる 13. 極まる
02. 電波通信 12. 閃光少女
03. シーズンサヨナラ 11. スイートスポット
04. 勝ち戦 10. 乗り気
05. FOUL 09. FAIR
06. 雨天決行 08. 絶体絶命
07. 能動的三分間

The album, much like many of Shiina's solo works and the band's previous albums (such as Shōso Strip, Adult), features a symmetrical track list. Tracks are paired to another in title length, type of script and placement of grammatical particles.

"Ikiru" and "Kimaru" are both plain-form verbs with a single kanji (in fact, the standard reading of "極まる" is "kiwamaru"). Both songs end with a band arrangement and begin with a sparsely arranged section.

"Denpa Tsūshin" and "Senkō Shōjo" are both songs with four kanji in their titles. Both deal with electricity in some way.

"Season Sayonara" and "Sweet Spot" are both written in katakana. Both titles feature two words that begin with s sounds.

"Kachiikusa" and "Noriki" are both set phrases associated with sports. Both are continuative verb/noun compounds, with two kanji and one hiragana character.

"F.O.U.L." and "F.A.I.R." are both English words in latin script. Unlike some previous pairs, such as "Meisai" and "Ishiki" which name the paired song in the lyrics, neither song is named in "F.A.I.R." (but both are named in "F.O.U.L.").

"Utenkekkō" and "Zettai Zetsumei" are four kanji compounds that are set phrases associated with sports.

In the vein of Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana and Sanmon Gossip, the central song with no paired track was the leading promotional song ("Nōdōteki Sanpunkan").

Track listing

# Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ikiru (生きる To Live?)"   Ringo Shiina Ichiyō Izawa 5:26
2. "Denpa Tsūshin (電波通信 Electro-communication?)"   Shiina Izawa 3:24
3. "Season Sayonara (シーズンサヨナラ Season Final?)"   Ukigumo Ukigumo 3:38
4. "Kachiikusa (勝ち戦 Victory?)"   Shiina Shiina 3:28
5. "F.O.U.L."   Ukigumo Ukigumo 2:31
6. "Utenkekkō (雨天決行 Playing Through the Rain?)"   Shiina Izawa 2:49
7. "Nōdōteki Sanpunkan (能動的三分間 Active Three Minutes?)"   Shiina Shiina 3:00
8. "Zettai Zetsumei (絶体絶命 Last Stand?)"   Shiina Izawa 3:06
9. "F.A.I.R."   Shiina Ukigumo 3:55
10. "Noriki (乗り気 Eagerness?)"   Shiina Izawa 2:51
11. "Sweet Spot (スイートスポット Suīto Supotto?)"   Shiina Shiina 3:50
12. "Senkō Shōjo (閃光少女 Flash Girl?)"   Shiina Seiji Kameda 2:59
13. "Kimaru (極まる To Terminate?)"   Ukigumo Ukigumo 6:17

Japan Sales Rankings

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
February 24, 2010 (2010-02-24) Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 106,831 150,461 3 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart
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Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
Best Selection 2010 by Tōhōshinki
Oricon weekly number-one album
March 8, 2010
Succeeded by
Journey by Shota Shimizu

References

  1. ^ ""【12/20蘋果日報】椎名林檎愛月球漫步 從MV跳到賣口香"". 2009-12-20. http://www.gold-typhoon.com.tw/news/view/1765. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 
  2. ^ ""東京事変". http://www.emimusic.jp/tokyojihen/disco/. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 
  3. ^ a b ""ディスコグラフィ- ::::: NEW :::::"". Kronekodow. http://www.kronekodow.com/html/03disco. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 
  4. ^ "閃光少女 - Single". iTunes (Apple Inc.). http://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id267392719. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 
  5. ^ "「閃光少女」オフィシャル・インタビュー". EMI Music Japan. http://www.emimusic.jp/vmc/artist/domestic/tokyojihen/interview_071121.php. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 
  6. ^ "東京事変 「閃光少女」がCMソングに決定!". Vibe-Net. 2007-11-15. http://www.vibe-net.com/news/?news=0032667. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 
  7. ^ "椎名林檎がCM初出演、テーマソングは「能動的三分間」". Natalie. 2009-11-17. http://natalie.mu/news/show/id/23869. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  8. ^ "椎名林檎、キスミントのCM第2弾「遠心力編」に出演!". Kronekodow. http://www.kronekodow.com/html/01info/index.html. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  9. ^ Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN 2010/02/01
  10. ^ レコード協会調べ 2010年01月13日~2010年01月19日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>
  11. ^ ""出演者ライナップ 2010/02/19"" (in Japanese). Music Station. http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/music/contents/m_lineup/1002/index2.html. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  12. ^ ""スイートスポット - Single 東京事変"". iTunes. 2010-02-08. http://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id350986035. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  13. ^ Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN 2010/03/08
  14. ^ ""東京事変2年半ぶりニューアルバムは「スポーツ」"". Natalie.mu. 2009-12-14. http://natalie.mu/news/show/id/25108. Retrieved 2010-1-6. 

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