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A Look Back At Japanese Pop Music Group Morning Musume's 55th Major Single

Updated on April 24, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Introduction to Morning Musume's 55th Single

Popular all-girl group Morning Musume was scheduled to release their very first single as Morning Musume 14. The single is called "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?" This is Morning Musume’s 55th major single. It was released on January 29, 2014. The single came in six different versions, Limited Editions A-D and Regular Edition A and Regular Edition B.

A Photo of Ayumi Ishida One of the Members That Sings on the Single


Why Are We Writing About a Song That is Now Over 6 Years Old?

Fans of the group now known as Morning Musume 20 will want to know why are we writing about a song that is over 5 years old? That is because first of all, the group was going through a name change and so they were undergoing a period of transition. And then of course, then band leader Sayumi Michishige had been with the group for over 10 years and she would eventually graduate from the group that November.

Group Concert Tour and a Name Change Followed

The group commenced their tour, Morning Musume 14 Concert Tour Spring Evolution in March 2014. The tour started on March 15 and the group stopped at 9 different cities in Japan. It was just the month before the release of this single that the group's producer TSUNKU announced that he would be changing the group's name to Morning Musume 14 and that in 2015, the group would come to be known as Morning Musume 15, Morning Musume 16 in 2016 and so on. I really think that the group's name should just remain as Morning Musume. That's what the group has been known as since the beginning and that is what the fans have been accustomed to. Why does he want to keep changing the group's name every year? That is a really odd thing to do but it is what it is.

Cover for Morning Musume's 55th Major Single


About the Three Song Single Which Includes What is Love?

The first of the three songs in this single is called Your Smile is the Sun. The song encourages us that we will grow as human beings even as the Earth spins and the seasons change. There will be chances for us to love and be loved. All throughout our lives, we must endure everything that we go through, the song says. This is yet another influential moment in the group’s history. The song is also trying to point out that when we smile we make other people around us smile as well, creating a world of happiness and cohesion. Gratitude should be practiced consistently. We have the power to make ourselves and others feel better by the power of a smile. The second song in this series is called No one Can Replace You. It is a sort of electronic feel to it as the first song and this one has melodic vocals that may sound sort of robotic to some listeners. What Is Love really takes things to an interesting level even for Morning Musume standards as the electronic feel and beats speed up and the song asks the question: what do you want? Is it necessary? Love is necessary to keep the world in a positive vibration frequency.

Morning Musume's 55th Single Good Or Bad?

Overall, this three song single might as well be the start of a change for the group musically as they started to have a more electronic sound. However, this single is not as good as the previous single called Selfish, Easy Going Jokes of Love. Especially the song What Is Love shows the change in Morning Musume’s style to a more electronic type of sound compared to the group’s earlier days. Is this change a bad thing? That depends on what you are looking for.

"No One Can Replace You" (Masaki Sato Version)

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