[News] Namie Amuro – New Look/Rock Steady/What a Feelin’ CMs UPDATED

60s Themed CM – “New Look”

Watch a HQ version here.

70s Themed CM – “Rock Steady”

Watch a HQ version here.

~Single Information~
Teamed up with Vidal Sassoon hair products, Namie Amuro is releasing a triple A-side on March 12th featuring musical styles from various decades: the 60s, the 70s, and the 80s (source). “New Look” features 60s pop, sampling one the Supreme’s most memorable hits, “Baby Love,” which is also one of Namie Amuro’s personal favorites. The song was produced by T.Kura & michico and exemplifies the bubblegum pop of the 1960s with a message about following style trends (source).

The next A-side, “Rock Steady” features 70s dance music with samples from Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.” The song is produced by Muro & michiko, known for their work on Namie Amuro’s own Suite Chic. According to sources, this song strove to emphasize not only the 1970s funky dance, but also the empowerment of women that occurred at that time(source).

The final A-side, “What a Feelin’,” has not had its CM released to the public, but is known to be 80s music sampling Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling” and produced by Osawa Shinichi and michico. This is Namie Amuro’s first time working with Osawa Shinichi, which has resulted in a sound that embodies what popular music in the 1980s were all about: electronic dance(source).

In each of these three songs, Namie Amuro is taking old hits and making them into new, relevant J-pop. Popular trends from these decades being modernized will also play into the fashion CMs, which borrow footage from each of the PVs for each of the songs.

The planning and execution of this campaign are enormous in scale; the shooting for the 60s’ “New Look” PV was confirmed to have occurred in June of 2007, which suggests this campaign has been in planning for over eight months (source). Additionally, early efforts by the Vissal Sassoon ad campaign are huge, with use of widespread commercials, billboards, and more. Considering the scope of this effort and the success of Amuro’s most recent album, “PLAY,” this single is poised to be a success.

~Track Listings~
CD only (3 songs)
3. What a feelin’
Price: 1,260 yen
Item #: AVCD-31394

DVD (From CD+DVD Version)

3. What a feelin’ (MUSIC VIDEO)
Price: 2,000 yen
Item #: AVCD-31393/B

Thanks to NATE for the info, and catslaughing for translating the news articles.

Namie Amuro’s Official Site
Vidal Sassoon’s Website

8 Responses to “[News] Namie Amuro – New Look/Rock Steady/What a Feelin’ CMs UPDATED”

  1. 1 jpopaddict January 18, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for posting those CMs. Namie Amuro looks incredibly cute in those ^_^. “New Look” sounds great too!!!


  2. 2 Patrick January 18, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    This just made my day. Thank you for posting this. I’ve been in a Namie slump for well over half a year and I am so utterly ecstatic for new music. Each of these songs sound like they will be good, and from the PVs… I don’t want to jinx it, but I hope it can give Namie the #1 she deserves after the last seven years…


  3. 3 Sasa January 21, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Was that a wig or did she really trim her front? It looks cute. I hope she never cuts her hair.

  4. 4 mrhomiec January 23, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    does anyone know did they cover up her tattoos on purpose? or did she get them removed? i hope they just covered them up for the videos.

  5. 5 Tonya Kay February 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    And check out that dancer with the long dread locks! That’s me! http://tonyakay.com

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