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Labrador Retriever (song)

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Genre  J-pop
Label  You, Be Cool! / King
Length  4:55
B-side  "Kyō made no Melody" "Itoshiki Rival" "B Garden" "Heart no Dasshutsu Game" "Futari wa Dekiteru"
Released  May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)
Format  CD single, digital download

"Labrador Retriever" (ラブラドール・レトリバー, Raburadōru Retoribā) is the 36th single by the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. It was released in Japan on May 21, 2014 by King Records. This single was first performed at AKB48's concert in the National Olympic Stadium on March 29. It was the best-selling single of the year in Japan, with 1,786,825 copies.

Contents

Background

The lyrics were written by Yasushi Akimoto. In this single, Mayu Watanabe returns as the center of the main song after the release of "So Long !" 1 year and 3 months ago. The main song in this single, "Labrador Retriever", was revealed to the public on March 29, 2014 during the encore session of their first concert at the National Olympic Stadium.

This single will be released in five types; Type A (Normal / Limited Edition), Type K (Normal / Limited Edition), Type B (Normal / Limited Edition), Type 4 (Normal / Limited Edition) and Theater Edition.

The first presses of the single came with a ticket to vote in the AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Election (to choose the members to be featured in the next AKB48's single, to be released in the summer.)

AKB48 has been releasing a summer-themed CD in May every year since "Ponytail to Shushu", which was released in May 2010. 36 members were chosen to participate in the A-side song "Labrador Retriever", which has the same number as their 2012 single "Manatsu no Sounds Good!", but 4 more than last year's summer single, "Sayonara Crawl", that featured only 32 members.

Track listing

The first two songs on the CDs and the first two music videos on the DVDs are the same for all versions.

Type A

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

Type K

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

Type B

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

Type 4

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

Theater Edition

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto.

"Labrador Retriever"

The center performer for the title track is Mayu Watanabe. The list of performers is as follows:

  • AKB48:Anna Iriyama, Rina Kawaei, Haruna Kojima, Haruka Shimazaki, Minami Takahashi, Rie Kitahara, Mako Kojima, Yui Yokoyama, Nana Owada, Juri Takahashi, Mayu Watanabe, Yuki Kashiwagi, Nana Okada, Rena Katō, Yuria Kizaki, Miki Nishino, Minami Minegishi
  • SKE48: Ryoha Kitagawa, Jurina Matsui, Mina Ōba, Nao Furuhata, Akari Suda, Kanon Kimoto, Rena Matsui
  • NMB48: Sayaka Yamamoto, Fūko Yagura, Miori Ichikawa, Shyu Yabushita, Nagisa Shibuya, Miyuki Watanabe
  • HKT48: Rino Sashihara, Meru Tashima, Haruka Kodama, Aika Ōta, Sakura Miyawaki, Mio Tomonaga
  • "Kimi wa Kimagure"

  • Team A: Manami Ichikawa, Anna Iriyama, Karen Iwata, Haruka Katayama, Rina Kawaei, Natsuki Kojima, Haruna Kojima, Haruka Shimazaki, Minami Takahashi, Kayoko Takita, Makiho Tatsuya, Chisato Nakata, Chiyori Nakanishi, Mariko Nakamura, Rena Nishiyama, Nana Fujita, Nao Furuhata (SKE48 Team KII), Ami Maeda, Sakiko Matsui, Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 Team KIV), Tomu Muto, Ayaka Morikawa, Fuuko Yagura (NMB48 Team M)
  • "Itoshiki Rival"

  • Team K: Moe Aigasa, Maria Abe, Haruka Ishida, Misaki Iwasa, Mayumi Uchida, Rie Kitahara, Mako Kojima, Haruka Kodama (HKT48 Team H), Kana Kobayashi, Moe Gotou, Haruka Shimada, Hinana Shimoguchi, Shihori Suzuki, Mariya Suzuki (SNH48 Team SII), Yuka Tano, Mariya Nagao, Jurina Matsui (SKE48 Team S), Miho Miyazaki, Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 Team N), Ami Yumoto, Yui Yokoyama
  • "B Garden"

  • Team B: Rina Ikoma (Nogizaka46), Rina Izuta, Natsuki Uchiyama, Ayano Umeta, Ryoka Oshima, Shizuka Oya, Nana Owada, Mayu Ogasawara, Yuki Kashiwagi (NMB48 Team N), Saya Kawamoto, Asuka Kuramochi, Aki Takajo, Juri Takahashi, Miyu Takeuchi, Miku Tanabe, Mio Tomonaga (HKT48 Team KIV), Wakana Natori, Rena Nozawa, Hikari Hashimoto, Rina Hirata, Seina Fukuoka, Aeri Yokoshima, Mayu Watanabe
  • "Heart no Dasshutsu Game"

  • Team 4: Saho Iwatate, Rio Okawa, Miyu Omori, Ayaka Okada, Nana Okada, Rena Kato, Yuria Kizaki, Saki Kitazawa, Riho Kotani (NMB48 Team N), Marina Kobayashi, Haruka Komiyama, Yukari Sasaki, Kiara Sato, Ayana Shinozaki, Nagisa Shibuya (NMB48 Team BII), Yurina Takashima, Mizuki Tsuchiyasu, Miki Nishino, Mitsuki Maeda, Minami Minegishi, Mion Mukaichi, Yuiri Murayama, Shinobu Mogi
  • "Futari wa Dekiteru"

  • Team A: Haruna Kojima
  • AKB48 Group Staff: Kenji Kitagawa
  • References

    Labrador Retriever (song) Wikipedia


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