Jpop diva Koda Kumi takes the #1 spot for this week’s Oricon weekly singles chart. She released her 45th single Alive/Physical thing on September 16, 2009.
The double A-side features the song Alive, which is the theme song for Kenichi Matsuyama’s new movie Kamui Gaiden. Alive is a ballad based on the Italian aria Lascia ch’io pianga written by Handel.While known for her more contemporary style, Koda surprisingly takes the classic to a fresh and brand-new level. Physical thing, the other track on this single, has a very similar feel to the singer’s other releases. The song is an uptempo dance number. This single was released in two versions, limited first press and standard versions, with different jacket designs. The limited offers a bonus DVD of the songs’ promotional videos. On its first week, Alive/Physical thing sold 32,468 copies.
At #2 are the cuties from Hello! Project’s °C-ute with their 10th single Everyday Zekkouchou!. The last single containing Erika Umeda, Everyday Zekkouchou!, is typical Japanese female idol pop fare. Despite their continuing diminishing numbers, °C-ute, still remains popular. The girls moved 23,747 records on their single’s debut week.
Taking the #3 spot is Kou Shibasaki with her new single Rabaso~ Lover Soul~. Shibasaki, one of the very few people in Japanese entertainment that have both popularity as a singer and as an actress, manages to hit the right notes with her new release. Rabaso~ Lover Soul~ is the ending theme of currently airing drama Otomen, which stars young actor Masaki Okada. As with the drama, the song is equally sweetly addicting. It managed 17,201 on its first week.
Still in the top 10 and going strong are enka singer Kiyoshi Hikawa and rock-duo B’z. They are at #4 and #5 consecutively.
Starting the bottom half of the top 10 at #6 is native Okinawan Cocco. Her new single did well selling 10,308.
Taking the #7 spot is Angela Aki with the last new single on the charts, Ai no Kisetsu. The singer-songwriter provided the theme song to the NHK Asadora, Tsubasa, with the title song. The single also contains her cover of It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday by American artist G.C. Cameron.
At #8 is Sono Saki E by Dreams Come True featuring Fuzzy Control. Domoto Tsuyoshi takes the #9 with Rain (Sunday Morning) / Ongaku wo Owaraseyo. Closing up the top 10 is Pornograffiti’s release Kono Mune wo, Ai wo Iyo.
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