29 May 2015

NEWS - Sayaendo/Hadashi no Cinderella Boy (5th single)

Limited Edition
Between the release of the previous single and this one the group was hit by scandals, both involving underage drinking. Uchi Hiroki's scandal hit first and he was forced to leave both groups he was in, NEWS and Kanjani8, then months later Kusano Hironori was caught and he left NEWS. Both remained with the agency, but at a rank below the Juniors until it was deemed time to give them another chance. With two such scandals with members of NEWS happening within months of each other it was announced that once NEWS finished their already scheduled group activities for 2006 they would be placed on an indefinite hiatus.

As the scandals hit before this release Uchi and Kusano were removed from the single making this the first single for the six member line up. It is disputed if they removed Kusano's vocals from the song, as his scandal hit quite close to the release date of the single but it has never been confirmed or denied officially.

The only difference between the limited and regular editions of the CD is the jacket image. The track Sayaendo was the theme song for the seventh One Piece movie.

It is hard to say if there ever was a standard version for the music video for Sayaendo, the only title track of the single to even get one. What ended up being released as one was a mix of simple animation and live footage of the concert they were finishing up, and thus only having the remaining six members in that footage.

Yet despite the fact the single was not promoted because of the scandals it still kept the number streak alive for the group.

Regular Edition
Release date: 15 March, 2006

Versions: Limited, Regular

Track listing (same for both editions):
1. Sayaendo
2. Hadashi no Cinderella Boy
3. Sayaendo (original karaoke)
4. Hadashi no Cinderella Boy (original karaoke)

Group members: Yamashita Tomohisa, Nishikido Ryo, Koyama Keiichiro, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, Tegoshi Yuya

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