Funky Town (Namie Amuro song)

Funky Town (Namie Amuro song)

"Funky Town" is Namie Amuro's 32nd solo single under the Avex Trax label. It was be released in CD and CD&DVD formats on April 4, 2007, three months after the release of her previous single "Baby Don't Cry".

"Funky Town" was ranked #44 on Recochoko's Download Chart and the video was ranked #4 on the PV Download Chart.

Overview

For the release of "Funky Town", Amuro returned to work with frequent married producers Michico and T. Kura. The song is described as being a dancey new number, produced by frequent collaborators T. Kura & Michico along with the L.L. Brothers. The b-side, entitled "Darling," is said to be an adult and stylish dance tune produced by Coldfeet. Also, uncommon for Amuro, first pressing editions of the "Funky Town" single came with a disco ball keychain - the CD&DVD version came with a gold disco ball keychain, and the CD only came with a silver disco ball keychain.

Commercial endorsements

"Funky Town" will be used in a new commercial campaign for a redesigned version of the lemon tea Lipton Limone. The new commercial featured Amuro herself and will be broadcast from March 20 onwards.

Chart Performance

Commercially, Funky Town didn't match the success of her previous single with about only 55,000 copies sold on the Oricon Charts, but was a strong online digital seller with over 440 000 downloads purchased.

Music video

The promotional video for "Funky Town" found Namie working with director , instead of long-time director .

The video begins with the words "Funky Town" on the screen,in the same font seen on the single's cover.The video featured scenes of Namie performing choreography with a group of dancers all wearing black in a black room in featuring a car; dancing against a large screen featuring footage of her face on it; and towards the end singing amid a pile of golden disco balls.

Track listing

CD only format

  1. "Funky Town" (T.Kura, Michico, L.L. Brothers) – 3:47
  2. "Darling" (Coldfeet) – 5:03
  3. "Funky Town (Instrumental)" (T.Kura, michico, L.L. Brothers) – 3:47
  4. "Darling (Instrumental)" (Coldfeet) – 4:55

CD and DVD

CD portion

  1. "Funky Town" (T.Kura, Michico, L.L. Brothers) – 3:47
  2. "Darling" (Coldfeet) – 5:03
  3. "Funky Town (Instrumental)" (T.Kura, michico, L.L. Brothers) – 3:47
  4. "Darling (Instrumental)" (Coldfeet) – 4:55

DVD portion

  1. "Funky Town" (Video Clip)

Personnel

  • "Funky Town"
    • Namie Amuro – vocals
    • L.L Brothers, Warner, michico - additional vocals
    • GIANTSWING PRODUCTION (T.Kura, Michico, L.L Brothers) - productions
  • "Darling"
    • Namie Amuro – vocals
    • COLDFEET - productions
    • Lori Fine - keyboards
    • Watusi - programming & instruments
    • Terrassy - guitars

Production

  • "Funky Town"
    • Producers – T.Kura, michico, L.L. Brothers
    • Choreographer - Hirotsugu Kurosu
    • Director - Masāki Uchino
  • "Darling"
    • Producer - Coldfeet

TV performances

Charts

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
April 4, 2007 Oricon Daily Singles Chart #2
April 4, 2007 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart #3 34,292 54,030* 7 weeks

RIAJ certification

"Funky Town" has been certified gold for shipments of over 100,000 by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

References

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