"Change" (stylised as "chAngE") is Japanese singer-songwriter Miwa's third major label single, released on September 1, 2010.[1]

Writing and inspiration

The song is an upbeat pop rock song. The lyrics describe a person with the desire to "change to be more like (themselves)."[2] The letters a and e being capitalised in the song's title represents Miwa's change from an acoustic guitar to an electric guitar. The guitar Miwa used for this release was a Joan Jett Model Gibson Melody Maker.[3]

Promotion

The song was used as the 12th opening theme song for the anime Bleach, airing since April 2010.[4]

On August 21, performed the song live on the Fuji TV music show Music Fair, and also collaborated with Ryoko Moriyama and Akiko Yano to perform covers of "Kono Hiroi Nohara Ippai" (Moriyama's debut single in 1967) and "Super Folk Song" a 1992 single by Yano.[5]

During promotions for the single, Miwa held the first "Miwa Keiongakubu" (miwa軽音楽部?, "Miwa's Light Music Club") event on the 5th of September, in which Miwa held a meeting with many high school guitarists (a group of 20 electric guitar players, chosen from 300 applicants at Miwa's official site). At the event, the 21 electric guitar players performed "Change" in unison.[6]

Music video

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Miwa in the music video.

The music video features Miwa performing the song with band members, in a cave lit by candles. Interspersed between the performance are two main separate scenes. The first features several women in a dark forest, whose white dresses are lit with glowing lights. The other is Miwa in a red dress, exporing a forest at daytime. The women occasionally feature in the same scenes as Miwa, as she explores the forest.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Miwa. 

No. TitleArranger Length
1. "Change"  Naoki-T 4:07
2. "You Can Do It!"  Akihisa Matsuura 3:55
3. "Amayadori" (あまやどり "Shelter from the Rain")Quatre-M 4:01
4. "Change (Instrumental)"  Naoki-T 4:07
Total length:
16:20

Chart rankings

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Japan Hot 100[7] 12
Oricon daily singles[8] 5
Oricon weekly singles[9] 8
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[10] 4

Reported sales

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[11] 20,000

References

  1. "miwa : chAngE 【初回生産限定盤】" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  2. "chAngE 歌詞情報 - goo 音楽" (in Japanese). Goo Ongaku. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. "Miwa Goes Electric". Gibson. 2010-10-27. 
  4. Oricon Style (2010-04-28). "アニメ&主題歌特集『1日の原動力はやっぱりアニメ!2010年春 注目のアニメ&主題歌』" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. "miwa、矢野顕子&森山良子とセッション!" (in Japanese). CDJournal. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  6. Oricon Style (2010-09-07). "miwa、憧れの軽音楽部を発足!" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  7. "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. September 13, 2010. Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  8. "シングル デイリーランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング". Oricon. September 6, 2010. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  9. Oricon. "chAngE(初回生産限定盤) - miwa" (in Japanese). Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  10. "レコード協会調べ2010年09月01日~2010年09月07日<略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  11. "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-08.  (subscription only)

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