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05/04/2007

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Tracy

[this is good] I havn't heard this song by Ayu before.  I like it! It is cute!
Kawaii! I am glad you included the link to where you bought it
from.  Your "niecelets" will love it!! I am listening to Ayu's
"Butterfly" song now.  Have you heard it before? It has a catchy
beat and Emma and Liz may like it too!!

mayumi

Is this a new hikki song? The video was so kawaii!! I'm sure you nieces would love it! ^___^*

Mikey

Yeap, it's a Cd Single in Japan. I got the Princesses the CD + Booklet created by Hikki... Should be easy for them to learn the words - since there are'nt many of them except "kuma"! ^^

"On November 22, 2006, Utada released an anticipated new single, "ぼくはくま (, Boku wa Kuma?, lit. I'm a Bear)."
The song is tied with Passion as her lowest charting single as it
placed #4 in its first week, and it also has the lowest first-week
sales of her career. Even so, its been her first single since "Dareka
no Negai Ga Kanau Koro" to chart at more than three consecutive or
non-consecutive weeks in the "Top 10 Oricon singles" chart. As of the
end of the week for March 31, 2007,
the single has sold 144,928 copies, although it should be noted that
Oricon only counts the standard edition sales of this and all singles,
meaning that actual total sales may be higher than published. In the
singles favor, the sales have been outstandingly resilient. Despite low
first week sales, Boku wa Kuma stayed in the top twenty for nine
consecutive weeks, selling more than 10,000 copies each week up until
its seventh.[16]
Despite such initially slow sales, it's already her most successful
single since "Be My Last" in 2005 and has surpassed the sales of her
previous two singles: "Passion" and "Keep Tryin'".[16]


Boku wa Kuma's title is a reference to her stuffed bear named
Kuma-chan, later renamed Kuma-Chang, and is her first time writing a
children's song. Oricon Style did confirm that "Boku wa Kuma" and its
karaoke version were the only tracks on this new single, as originally
there were to be six, including either an A or B-side with another new
track, "Hero".[17]Included
in the first press edition of the single will be a picture book created
by Utada, and the single will be used in Japan's NHK channel's Minna no Uta
children's program commercials as an advanced promotional tool from
November 2006 through January of 2007. This is also Utada's first
single release to have three different pressings: one limited edition
that includes a picture book, a standard single and cover, and then
finally one CD+DVD combo pack (that is confirmed to only contain a
music video for the single in its tracklist)."






Mikey

Thanks for the good wishes and support you've shown! :)

I think that you are thinking of this song from Smile DK:

"Veronica and Nina first formed their band as Smile and published their first album Smile in 1998. It received wide attention, especially in Japan. Several songs in this album were included in EMI Dancemania compilations, of which one of the songs, "Butterfly", was eventually licensed by Konami into the first version of Dance Dance Revolution. Since then, Butterfly has become one of the most popular songs in Dance Dance Revolution's history."

I've seen lots of references to this song being by Ayu, so you're not alone! It's so confusing - especially when a lot of information is only in Japanese or "engrish". I do think that the Niecelets would love this song, and I'm a gonna' get it for them somehow. "Uncle Mikey - It's not just a job - it's an adventure!" ^^

Now I remember! - I heard this song - in the back ground of a video with two crazy Korean girls doing DDR! :P

Here's another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl6D0Tz_1Aw


And you're a certified "Auntie" to the girls now! Yes, they do have something of a world-wide fan club! lol

Rosie Lou

This is sooo cute! I love it when the little bear plays the guitar :)

Mikey

Very cute indeed! It's Hikki's first children's song. Just in time for Emma and Liz! :)

Rosie Lou

Hee, they're lucky to have an uncle with great music choice :)

Mikey

Thanks Rosie!

ペギー

i am singing this non-stop

it's soooooooooo damn cute!!!!!
i am learning Japanese!! for real, paid for it...hahahahahaha

 

Mikey

[this is good] I thought that you might like it especially! :)

Yes, I sent the cute CD and "limited edition" booklet (it has drawings by Hikki about the bear) to the Princesses this Friday... Then they can rip it into their iTunes. I am encouraging Emma to make new Playlists for lil' Liz... for her new pink Shuffle... hehe

Boku wa kuma kuma kuma kuma! ^^

Rayner Brogan

[this is good] Good and interesting article, thanks!

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