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Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?
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Regular Edition A
Single by Morning Musume '14
from the album 14shou ~The message~
Native title 笑顔の君は太陽さ/君の代わりは居やしない/What is LOVE?
Released January 29, 2014
March 1, 2014 (Event V)
Genre J-POP
Format CD Single, CD+DVD, DVD, digital download
Length 24:47
Label zetima zetima
Producer Tsunku
Morning Musume '14 Singles Chronology
Previous Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan 54th Single (2013)
Next Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 56th Single (2014)
Other Covers

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Regular Edition B

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Limited Edition A

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Limited Edition B

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Limited Edition C

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Limited Edition D

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Event V "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa"

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Event V "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai"

Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE? (笑顔の君は太陽さ / 君の代わりは居やしない / What is LOVE?; Your Smile Is the Sun / No One Can Replace You / What is LOVE?) is Morning Musume '14's 55th single and their first single adding the abbreviated year to the group name.[1] It was released on January 29, 2014 in 6 editions: 2 regular and 4 limited editions.[2] The first press for the regular editions included a trading cards of 11 kinds depending on the jackets (22 in total). The first press for all editions came with a 2-month calendar poster of 6 kinds.[3]

"Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai" was the official cheer song for Team Japan at the 2014 Winter Olympics. "What is LOVE?" was written to commemorate the 400th episode of NHK World show J-MELO, and it was also used as the ending theme from October 2013 to January 2014 and the opening theme from April 2014 to March 2015.[4]

The single debuted at #1 in the weekly Oricon charts, making it the first time in Morning Musume history that the group has ranked #1 in the weekly charts for 4 consecutive singles. The single sold 160,265 copies.

The Event Vs for "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa" and "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai" was sold at the single release events on March 1 and March 9, 2014.

TracklistEdit

Morning Musume '14 - Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (MV)

Morning Musume '14 - Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (MV)

Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (MV)

Morning Musume '14 - Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (MV)

Morning Musume '14 - Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (MV)

Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (MV)

Morning Musume '14 - What is LOVE? (MV)

Morning Musume '14 - What is LOVE? (MV)

What is LOVE? (MV)

CDEdit

  1. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
  2. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  3. What is LOVE?
  4. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa <Instrumental>
  5. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai <Instrumental>
  6. What is LOVE? <Instrumental>

Limited Edition A DVDEdit

  1. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Music Video)
  2. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Close-up Ver.)

Limited Edition B DVDEdit

  1. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Music Video)
  2. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Dance Shot Ver.)

Limited Edition C DVDEdit

  1. What is LOVE? (Music Video)
  2. What is LOVE? (Dance Shot Ver.)

Limited Edition D DVDEdit

  1. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Dance Lecture Video)
  2. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Dance Shot Ver.)
  3. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Making Of & Offshot Video)

Event V "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa"Edit

  1. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Michishige Sayumi Solo Ver.)
  2. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Fukumura Mizuki Solo Ver.)
  3. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Ikuta Erina Solo Ver.)
  4. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Sayashi Riho Solo Ver.)
  5. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Suzuki Kanon Solo Ver.)
  6. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Iikubo Haruna Solo Ver.)
  7. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Ishida Ayumi Solo Ver.)
  8. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Sato Masaki Solo Ver.)
  9. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Kudo Haruka Solo Ver.)
  10. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Oda Sakura Solo Ver.)

Event V "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai"Edit

  1. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Michishige Sayumi Solo Ver.)
  2. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Fukumura Mizuki Solo Ver.)
  3. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Ikuta Erina Solo Ver.)
  4. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Sayashi Riho Solo Ver.)
  5. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Suzuki Kanon Solo Ver.)
  6. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Iikubo Haruna Solo Ver.)
  7. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Ishida Ayumi Solo Ver.)
  8. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Sato Masaki Solo Ver.)
  9. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Kudo Haruka Solo Ver.)
  10. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Oda Sakura Solo Ver.)

Featured MembersEdit

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Morning Musume '14 Promoting "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa"

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Morning Musume '14 Promoting "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai"

Single InformationEdit

Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  • Music Video: Smith[5]
What is LOVE?

PromotionEdit

  • [2013.11.03] J-MELO (What is LOVE?)
  • [2014.01.13] HEY HEY HEY SP (Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai)
  • [2014.01.17] Music Dragon (Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa)
  • [2014.01.23] Music Japan (What is LOVE?)
  • [2014.01.23] The Girls Live (Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai)
  • [2014.01.30] The Girls Live (Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?)
  • [2014.01.31] Music Station (What is LOVE?)
  • [2014.02.03] Sound Room (Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai)
  • [2014.02.11] Sukkiri (Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai)

Concert PerformancesEdit

Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
What is LOVE?

Chart Positions and AchievementsEdit

Oricon Chart PositionsEdit

Daily & Weekly Ranking
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 1
119,442
4 3
4,486
1
8,089
5 1
6,343
1 149,361
7 26 26 22 5 22 2
2,499
16 7,890
36 46 45 39 34 48 45 40 1,711
46 - - - - - - 87 838
- - - - - - - 155 465
- - - - - - - 195 290
- - - - - - - 200 243
Monthly Rankings
Year Month Month Rank Sales Ref
2014 January 3 149,361 [27]
Yearly Ranking
Year Year Rank Sales Ref
2014 42 160,798 [28]

Total reported sales: 160,768

Other Chart RankingsEdit

Country Chart Highest
Position
Ref
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay 63 [29]
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay 36 [30]
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1 [31]
Billboard Japan Hot 100 4 [32]
COUNT DOWN TV 1
Billboard Japan Top Singles Sales Year End 2014 68 [33]
Flag of the United States (Pantone) United States US J-Pop Albums iTunes Charts 2 [34]

CertificationsEdit

Year Awarder Award / Certification
2014 Recording Industry Association of Japan Gold

AchievementsEdit

  • Group: 4th consecutive single to debut at #1 in the Weekly Oricon rankings
  • Group: 1st single to rank #1 on the Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales.
  • Group: 6th single in a row to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  • Group: What is LOVE? - 22nd Music Video to reach 1,000,000 views on YouTube
  • Group: Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai - 23rd Music Video to reach 1,000,000 views on YouTube
  • Group: Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa - 24th Music Video to reach 1,000,000 views on YouTube
  • National: First female group to release 55 singles.
  • National: First female group to have 55 singles debut in the Oricon Weekly Top 10.

TriviaEdit

  • This was Morning Musume's first triple A-side single, and their first major single to not have any B-sides.
  • Various billboards were put up to promote "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai".
  • "What is LOVE?" is the first Morning Musume music video entirely made of concert footage.
  • This was the first time concert footage was used in a Morning Musume music video since "Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookizo!~" in 2005.
  • In the January 5, 2014 episode of J-MELO, Sayashi Riho and Ishida Ayumi asked for viewers to send in videos dance covers of "What is LOVE?".
  • For their performance of "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai" on HEY HEY HEY SP they made a different ending pose than in the music video, which Michishige, Fukumura, Sayashi, Iikubo and Ishida formed the five Olympic rings with their arms.
  • This was the highest selling Hello! Project single of 2014.
  • As of February 2016, this is the highest selling single for all of the featured members.
  • As of February 2016, the official music videos for this single have over 1 million, 2 million, and 3 million views respectively; thus, they are 3 of 46 music videos for a single that have reached over 1,000,000 views on Morning Musume's official YouTube channel.

Additional VideosEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "モーニング娘。コメント、Berryz武道館、℃-ute×スマイレージ、「ええか!?」Dance Shot、J=J池袋、ハロプロ研修生MV MC:福田花音【ハロ!ステ#45】" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2013-12-03.
  2. "モーニング娘。に関してのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2013-12-06.
  3. "モーニング娘。'14 55th sg「笑顔の君は太陽さ/君の代わりは居やしない/What is LOVE?」購入者特典のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2013-12-26.
  4. http://www.nhk.or.jp/j-melo/nhkworld/english/new_song_project/index.html
  5. "【GREEN ROOM#25】 チャオ ツアー初日、℃-ute MV、New Fes!II、カントリー・ガールズ 小関ボイトレ ゲストMC:橋本愛奈(チャオ ベッラ チンクエッティ)" (in Japanese). GREEN ROOM (via YouTube). 2015-10-15.
  6. "道重さゆみ・鞘師里保・飯窪春菜・小田さくら(モーニング娘。'14)握手会(1/12 広島・上野学園ホール)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01-09
  7. "生田衣梨奈(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 リーフウォーク稲沢)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  8. "石田亜佑美(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 テラスウォーク一宮店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  9. "飯窪春菜(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 イトーヨーカドー幕張店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  10. "工藤遥(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 新星堂カルチェ5柏店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  11. "鈴木香音(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 リバーウォーク北九州)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  12. "佐藤優樹(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 エスパル福島)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  13. "鞘師里保(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 タワーレコード広島店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  14. "譜久村聖(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 タワーレコード神戸店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  15. "佐藤優樹(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 新星堂水戸店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01
  16. "鈴木香音(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 ゆめタウン八代)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  17. "生田衣梨奈(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 タワーレコード京都店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  18. "工藤遥(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 新星堂カルチェ5仙台店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  19. "道重さゆみ(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 イオンモール新潟南)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01
  20. "鞘師里保(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 タワーレコードあべのHoop店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  21. "小田さくら(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 イオンモール鶴見緑地)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  22. "石田亜佑美(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 ニットーモール)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  23. "小田さくら(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 イオンモール浜松志都呂)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  24. "飯窪春菜(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 ララスクエア宇都宮)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  25. "道重さゆみ(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 新星堂サンシャインシティアルパ店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  26. "譜久村聖(モーニング娘。'14)握手会イベント(1/13 ゆめタウン宇部店)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-01.
  27. http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/js/m/2014-01/
  28. http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/js/y/2014/p/5/
  29. http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=adult_airplay&year=2014&month=02&day=10
  30. http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=top_airplay&year=2014&month=02&day=10
  31. http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=sales&year=2014&month=02&day=10
  32. http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=hot100&year=2014&month=02&day=10
  33. http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=sales_year&year=2014
  34. http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=48981

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