ARIGATO

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ARIGATO
Single by B'z
Released September 1, 2004
Promotions #1 (Athens Olympic Games 2004 Theme)
#1 (NETWORK SPORTS 2004 Theme)
Length 12:47
Label Vermillion Records
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z singles chronology
36th Single
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BANZAI
(2004)
37th Single
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ARIGATO
(2004)
38th Single
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Ai no Bakudan
(2005)

ARIGATO is the thirty-seventh single by B'z, released on September 1, 2004. Prepared and produced ahead of time with the intention of being the band's only single for their first "solo year", that distinction was usurped by the "urgent release" of "BANZAI" a few months earlier. The year would see Koshi Inaba embarking on his first solo tour, Koshi Inaba LIVE 2004 ~en~, and Tak Matsumoto touring with his supergroup consisting of himself, Eric Martin of Mr. Big and Jack Blades of Night Ranger. With their schedules packed in such a way, B'z produced the single well ahead of time with time to make adjustments as was necessary leading up to its September release.

"ARIGATO" shares a distinction with very few other B'z songs in that between its public unveiling and eventual release, it changed significantly. When it was premiered during TV Asahi's sports coverage a few months before release, various parts of the arrangement, lyrics, and general song construction were changed. The lyrics, especially, are almost entirely different for much of the song, with all of the English portions of the final song not yet present. Notably, the melody in the demo version is much different as well. While the final version is melancholy in its own way, the demo has a certain dark and dreary visage that was changed from the studio version. Additionally, the provisional title for the song was "Soko ni Daremo Inakute mo" (Even If There Should Be No One There), a lyric that remains in both the original and final versions of the song.

In its only live performances as part of B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-, the song was played one semitone down from the studio version. This is of special interest as this is essentially unprecedented with B'z live works. No reason has been given for this to date, though the performances Were very warmly received and were later seen on home video for B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19- at Zepp Tokyo.

Japanese actor Mirai Moriyama appears as the principal character of the music video that received heavy airplay at the time. It was filmed in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, and between parts of the shoot, the jacket cover art for the single was photographed on location. As mentioned above, the single was used as the theme to TV Asahi sports coverage in 2004. The song's only proper television appearance came during Music Station SUPER LIVE 2004.

Upon release, the single sold 188,000 copies in its first week, earning it the top spot on the Weekly Oricon Singles chart and selling enough to be number one for the month of September 2004 as well. After spending 11 weeks on the charts and being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, "ARIGATO" finished 27th in total sales for 2004.

Track listing

  1. ARIGATOTHANK YOU
    While it enjoyed a warm reception at the time of release, "ARIGATO" has only once been performed on a tour by the band, during B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-. This version would be played down one semitone for unknown reasons. The song has since been collected on two compilation albums as well. It is one of very few B'z songs to be shown in demo form to the public only to be released in an entirely different form when it made it to an album.
  2. Kagayaku Unmei wa Sono Te no Naka niShining Destiny Within Grasp, 輝く運命はその手の中に
    Despite being recorded in full for BIG MACHINE in 2003, "Kagayaku Unmei wa Sono Te no Naka ni" was not chosen for the album and was only released here. It has never been performed live or collected elsewhere.
  3. Mou HanasanaiWon't Let Go, もうはなさない
    A song prepared in 2002 during the sessions for GREEN, "Mou Hanasanai" was not selected for the album and left for stock. The timing explains the involvement of Billy Sheehan on bass, who had toured with the band and recorded with them at the time. Notably, the song was used as Ending SE for B'z LIVE-GYM 2003 "BIG MACHINE" the year prior. It has never been performed live or collected elsewhere.

Reversion history

Original Song Reversion History
ARIGATO
SINGLE (2004)

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UNRELEASED: ARIGATO [Demo Version]
This original version of the song served as the theme to TV Asahi's "NETWORK SPORTS 2004" as a tie-in promotion for the eventual single. However, between the time it was being used on the program and the release, B'z retooled the song and updated the song a great deal. The lyrics, arrangement, and pitch differ very significantly throughout in the finalized version. The provisional title for the song was "Soko ni Daremo Inakute mo" (Even If There Should Be No One There), a lyric that remains in both the original and final versions of the song.

Live appearances

Live Performances

ARIGATO [13 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -B'z In Your Town- [7/7 SHOWS]
Kagayaku Unmei wa Sono Te no Naka ni redx.png
Mou Hanasanai redx.png

Home Videos

ARIGATO
crossbracket.png SHOWCASE 2007 -19-
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Mou Hanasanai redx.png novid.png

Sales data

No. Cover Single Physical Copies Sold Chart Positions Certification
FIRST WEEK LIFETIME WEEK MONTH YEAR
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ARIGATO
2004.09.01

188,000+

259,744+

1

1

27

Platinum

Personnel

B'z

Support Members

Production