Dear (Mika Nakashima song)

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Single by Mika Nakashima
from the album Real
B-side "A Miracle for You (2011)"
Released April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27) (Japan)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre J-pop, adult contemporary
Label Sony Music Associated Records
Songwriter(s) Katsuhiko Sugiyama, Yasunari Okano, Mika Nakashima
Producer(s) Katsuhiko Sugiyama, Shin Kono
Mika Nakashima singles chronology
"Ichiban Kirei na Watashi o"
"Love Is Ecstasy"

"Ichiban Kirei na Watashi o"
"Love Is Ecstasy"

"Dear" is the thirty-third single by Japanese singer Mika Nakashima, released on April 27, 2011. [1] It peaked at number 8 in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, and sold over 25,000 copies. [2] In May 2011, the song was certified Gold by the RIAJ for digital downloads of over 100,000. [3]

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This single marked a comeback for Nakashima, who took a break from performing in October 2010 to seek treatment for her chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction. [1] The title track was the theme song for the Japanese film Yōkame no Semi , in which Mao Inoue played the lead role. [1]

Patulous Eustachian tube (PET) is the name of a physical disorder where the Eustachian tube, which is normally closed, instead stays intermittently open. When this occurs, the person experiences autophony, the hearing of self-generated sounds. These sounds, such as one's own breathing, voice, and heartbeat, vibrate directly onto the ear drum and can create a "bucket on the head" effect. PET is a form of eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), which is said to be present in about 1 percent of the general population.

Mao Inoue is a Japanese actress. She debuted as an actress when she was five years old. She is best known to Japanese television drama audiences as Akane Imai in Kids War and as Makino Tsukushi in the popular Hana Yori Dango series.

For "Dear", Nakashima again collaborated with Katsuhiko Sugiyama, who wrote and composed her previous single, "Ichiban Kirei na Watashi o". [1]

Ichiban Kirei na Watashi o single

"Ichiban Kirei na Watashi o" is the thirty-second single by Japanese singer Mika Nakashima. Released on August 25, 2010, it was the theme song for the TBS TV series, Unubore Deka. Nakashima played the supporting role of Rie Hagurashi in the TV series.

The coupling tune is a rearranged version of "A Miracle For You", a song from Nakashima's first album, True . [1]

<i>True</i> (Mika Nakashima album) 2002 studio album by Mika Nakashima

True is Mika Nakashima's first Japanese album. In contrast to the typical Japanese J-Pop and Western Pop artist, this album was one in which Mika established a sound that would become her trademark for future albums: a mature, 'Adult Contemporary'-influenced mixture of smooth jazz and soft pop.

Track listing

1."Dear"Katsuhiko SugiyamaKatsuhiko SugiyamaKatsuhiko Sugiyama,
Tatsurou Ariki (strings arrangement)
2."A Miracle for You (2011)"Mika NakashimaYasunari OkanoShin Kono (arrangement & strings arrangement)5:18
3."Dear" (Instrumental)Katsuhiko SugiyamaKatsuhiko SugiyamaKatsuhiko Sugiyama,
Tatsurou Ariki (strings arrangement)
4."A Miracle for You (2011)" (Instrumental)Mika NakashimaYasunari OkanoShin Kono (arrangement & strings arrangement)5:16


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

ReleaseChartPeak positionFirst-week salesSales totalChart run
27 April 2011Oricon Daily Charts25,025
Oricon Weekly Charts815,1624 weeks
Oricon Monthly Charts (April)28
Oricon Yearly Charts

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