River (AKB48 song)

"River" is the 14th major single by the Japanese idol group AKB48, released on 21 October 2009.[1][2][3] It was the first AKB48 single to top the Oricon weekly singles chart,[4][5] having sold 179,000 copies in its first week.[6] Thus it became the group's best selling single, beating "Namida Surprise!", which by then had sold 144,000 copies in 18 weeks.[6]

"River"
AKB48 RIVER Regular Edition (KIZM-43) cover
Regular Edition cover
Single by AKB48
from the album Kamikyokutachi
B-side Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara"
"Hikōkigumo (Theater Girls Ver.)
Released October 21, 2009 (Japan)
Format CD Single
Genre J-pop
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Songwriter(s) Yasushi Akimoto, Yoshimasa Inoue
Producer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
AKB48 singles chronology
"Iiwake Maybe"
(2009)
"River"
(2009)
"Sakura no Shiori"
(2010)
Music videos
"River" on YouTube

Music video
"Kimi no Koto Suki Dakara" on YouTube / Under Girls

Music video
"Hikōkigumo" on YouTube (Theater Girls Ver.) / Theater Girls
Theater Edition cover
Theater Edition cover

Music video

The music video was filmed at Iruma Air Base.

Release

The single was released in two versions: Regular Edition (通常盤) (CD+DVD, catalog number KIZM-43/4); and Theater Edition (劇場盤) (CD only, catalog number NMAX-1087). The bonuses for the first-press limited edition included a handshake event ticket for various locations (Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Tokyo), as well as a voting card for the AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2010. On the theater edition, the bonuses included a handshake event ticket (Tokyo Big Sight, SKE48 Theater), a special performance ticket lottery (live stage performances, karaoke competition, AKB meeting), and a random member photo.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

CD
No.TitleMusicArrangerLength
1."River"Yoshimasa InoueYoshimasa Inoue 
2."Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara / Under Girls" (君のことが好きだから / アンダーガールズ "Because I love you")Tetsurō OdaYūichi "Masa" Nonaka 
3."Hikōkigumo (Theater Girls Ver.) / Theater Girls" (ひこうき雲(シアターガールズver.) / シアターガールズ)Hideki NaruseNonaka 
4."River (off vocal ver.)"Inoue  
5."Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara (off vocal ver.)"Oda  
Total length:21:43
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."River (music video)" 
2."Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara (music video)" 
3."Hikōkigumo (Theater Girls ver.) (music video)" 
4."Shifuku no Toki Special ~Date no Toki ni Iwaretai Hitokoto~" (私服のときスペシャル ~デートの時に言われたい一言~ "Informal clothes special ~A word I want to say on a date~") 

Members

(Team affiliation at the time of the release.)

"River"

(Front members are in bold, Center: Minami Takahashi, Atsuko Maeda)

"Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara"

Performed by Under Girls: (Front members are in bold, Center: Aki Takajō)

"Hikōkigumo"

Theater Girls:

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Japan (Oricon Weekly Singles Chart) 1
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[7] 2
Japan (RIAJ Digital Track Chart) 17

JKT48 version

"River"
JKT48RiverREG
Regular Edition
Single by JKT48
from the album Mahagita
B-side "Sakura no Shiori"
"Mirai no Kajitsu"
"Kimi ni Au Tabi Koi wo Suru" (Regular Edition)
Released May 11, 2013 (Theater Edition)
May 17, 2013 (Regular Edition)
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Label Hits
JKT48 singles chronology
"River"
(2013)
"Yuuhi wo miteiru ka? -Apakah Kau Melihat Mentari Senja?-"
(2013)
Theater Edition
Theater Edition

"River" was the first single of the Indonesian idol group JKT48, released on 11 May 2013 under the label Hits Records. It has been performed by selected members from JKT48's Team J and JKT48 trainees. The single is JKT48's version of AKB48's song.

Track listing

The single has two versions: Regular Edition (CD+DVD); and Theater Edition (CD only).[8]

Regular edition

CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."River"Yasushi Akimoto, Yoshimasa Inoue 
2."Mirai no Kajitsu" (Buah Masa Depan)  
3."Sakura no Shiori" (Pembatas Buku Sakura)  
4."Kimi ni Au Tabi Koi wo Suru" (Jatuh Cinta Setiap Bertemu Denganmu)  
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."River Music Video" 
2."River Behind the Scenes" 
3."Mirai no Kajitsu Behind the Scenes" 

Bonus

  • Special Photo
  • JKT48 Card Battle Game Digital Card

Theater edition

CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."River"Yasushi Akimoto, Yoshimasa Inoue 
2."Mirai no Kajitsu" (Buah Masa Depan)  
3."Sakura no Shiori" (Pembatas Buku Sakura)  
Bonus
  • JKT48 Trump Card
  • Handshake ticket

Personnel

"River"

Center: Melody Nurramdhani Laksani, Devi Kinal Putri

  • Team J: Aki Takajo, Ayana Shahab, Beby Chaesara Anadila, Delima Rizky, Devi Kinal Putri, Gabriela Margareth Warouw, Haruka Nakagawa, Jessica Vania, Jessica Veranda, Melody Nurramdhani Laksani, Nabilah Ratna Ayu Azalia, Rena Nozawa, Rezky Wiranti Dhike, Rica Leyona, Shania Junianatha, Stella Cornelia

"Mirai no Kajitsu -Buah Masa Depan-"

  • Trainee: Alicia Chanzia, Annisa Athia, Cindy Yuvia, Della Della, Jennifer Hanna, Lidya Maulida Djuhandar, Natalia, Noella Sisterina, Octi Sevpin, Ratu Vienny Fitrilya, Riskha Fairunissa, Rona Anggreani, Shinta Naomi, Sinka Juliani, Thalia, Viviyona Apriani

"Sakura no Shiori -Pembatas Buku Sakura-"

  • Team J: Aki Takajo, Ayana Shahab, Beby Chaesara Anadila, Cindy Gulla, Delima Rizky, Devi Kinal Putri, Diasta Priswarini, Frieska Anastasia Laksani, Gabriela Margareth Warouw, Ghaida Farisya, Haruka Nakagawa, Jessica Vania, Jessica Veranda, Melody Nurramdhani Laksani, Nabilah Ratna Ayu Azalia, Rena Nozawa, Rezky Wiranti Dhike, Rica Leyona, Sendy Ariani, Shania Junianatha, Sonia Natalia, Sonya Pandawarman, Stella Cornelia
  • Trainee: Alicia Chanzia, Annisa Athia, Cindy Yuvia, Della Delila, Dellia Erdita, Dena Siti Rohayati, Dwi Putri Bonita, Fakhiryani Shafariyanti, Intar Putri Kariina, Jennifer Hanna, Jennifer Rachel Natasya, Lidya Maulida Djuhandar, Nadhifa Karimah, Nadila Cindy Wantari, Natalia, Noella Sisterina, Novinta Dhini, Octi Sevpin, Priscilla Sari Dewi, Ratu Vienny Fitrilya, Riskha Fairunissa, Rona Anggreani, Saktia Oktapyani, Shinta Naomi, Sinka Juliani, Thalia, Thalia Ivanka Elizabeth, Viviyona Apriani

"Kimi ni Autabi Koi wo Suru -Jatuh Cinta Setiap Bertemu Denganmu-"

  • Team J: Aki Takajo, Ayana Shahab, Beby Chaesara Anadila, Cindy Gulla, Devi Kinal Putri, Gabriela Margareth Warouw, Ghaida Farisya, Haruka Nakagawa, Jessica Vania, Jessica Veranda, Melody Nurramdhani Laksani, Nabilah Ratna Ayu Azalia, Rena Nozawa, Rezky Wiranti Dhike, Sendy Ariani, Shania Junianatha

Other versions

  • The song was redone in Mandarin by the Chinese idol group SNH48 and was included on their first single, "Heavy Rotation".
  • The Thai idol group BNK48 covered the song and included it on the group's first album, River, released in 2018.

References

  1. ^ "AKB48 14th Maxi Single 発売決定!". AKB48 (in Japanese). 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. ^ "KING RECORDS OFFICIAL SITE RIVER(通常盤) 音楽" (in Japanese). King Records. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  3. ^ "AKB48「AKB48も楽曲も進化する!!新たなスタートへ」-ORICON STYLE ミュージック" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  4. ^ "RIVER AKB48のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  5. ^ "No stopping the AKB48 juggernaut". The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network (in Japanese). Singapore Press Holdings Ltd . Co. 2011-06-25. Archived from the original on 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  6. ^ a b "AKB48初のシングル首位、17.9万枚で09年女性アーティスト初動売上トップに" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  7. ^ "AKB48 Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "JKT48 Discography". AKS.

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