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DOWN TOWN / Ganbarenai yo (DOWN TOWN/がんばれないよ; DOWN TOWN / I Can't Keep Trying) is Juice=Juice's 14th single. It was released on April 28, 2021 in six editions: two regular and four limited. The first press of the two regular editions includes a random trading card of 8 kinds depending on the jacket (16 in total), while the limited SP editions include an event lottery card.[1]

"DOWN TOWN" is a cover of the 1975 song of same title by the band SUGAR BABE.

This is the debut single of Inoue Rei, who joined the group in April 2020. The single was originally scheduled to be released on March 24, but due to Takagi Sayuki's departure, the release date was postponed to April 28.[2]

A digital-exclusive special edition of the single was released in the same day as the physical edition including the solo versions of "Ganbarenai yo".[3]

Tracklist[]

Juice=Juice_-_DOWN_TOWN_(MV)_(Promotion_Edit)

Juice=Juice - DOWN TOWN (MV) (Promotion Edit)

Juice=Juice_-_Ganbarenai_yo_(MV)_(Promotion_Edit)

Juice=Juice - Ganbarenai yo (MV) (Promotion Edit)

CD[]

  1. DOWN TOWN
  2. Ganbarenai yo
  3. DOWN TOWN (Instrumental)
  4. Ganbarenai yo (Instrumental)

Limited Edition A DVD[]

  1. DOWN TOWN (Music Video)
  2. DOWN TOWN (MV Satsuei Making) (MV撮影メイキング; Making of the MV Shooting)

Limited Edition B DVD[]

  1. Ganbarenai yo (Music Video)
  2. Ganbarenai yo (MV Satsuei Making)

Limited Edition SP1 DVD[]

  1. Ganbarenai yo (Kanazawa Tomoko Solo Ver.)
  2. Ganbarenai yo (Uemura Akari Solo Ver.)
  3. Ganbarenai yo (Inaba Manaka Solo Ver.)
  4. Ganbarenai yo (Inoue Rei Solo Ver.)
  5. Ganbarenai yo (Dambara Ruru Solo Ver.)
  6. Ganbarenai yo (Kudo Yume Solo Ver.)
  7. Ganbarenai yo (Matsunaga Riai Solo Ver.)

Limited Edition SP2 DVD[]

  1. DOWN TOWN (Dance Shot Ver.)
  2. "Hitori de Ikiraresou" tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no? 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 (「井上玲音がJuice=Juiceの歌を・・・」シリーズ; "Inoue Rei Sings Juice=Juice..." Series) - Inoue Rei × Taisei
  3. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei
  4. Potsuri to 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Kanazawa Tomoko
  5. Sunao ni Amaete 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Uemura Akari
  6. CHOICE & CHANCE 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Takagi Sayuki
  7. Romance no Tochuu 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Miyamoto Karin
  8. Bitansan 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Inaba Manaka
  9. Suki tte Itte yo 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Dambara Ruru
  10. Naite Ii yo 【"Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." Series】 - Inoue Rei × Kudo Yume・Matsunaga Riai

Digital-Exclusive Special Edition[]

  1. DOWN TOWN
  2. Ganbarenai yo
  3. Ganbarenai yo (Kanazawa Tomoko Solo Ver.)
  4. Ganbarenai yo (Uemura Akari Solo Ver.)
  5. Ganbarenai yo (Inaba Manaka Solo Ver.)
  6. Ganbarenai yo (Inoue Rei Solo Ver.)
  7. Ganbarenai yo (Dambara Ruru Solo Ver.)
  8. Ganbarenai yo (Kudo Yume Solo Ver.)
  9. Ganbarenai yo (Matsunaga Riai Solo Ver.)

Featured Members[]

Juice=Juice promoting "DOWN TOWN"

Juice=Juice promoting "DOWN TOWN"

Juice=Juice promoting "Ganbarenai yo"

Single Information[]

DOWN TOWN
  • Lyrics: Ito Ginji
  • Composition: Yamashita Tatsuro
  • Arrangement: Anders Dannvik
  • Music Video: ZUMI
Ganbarenai yo

Performances[]

Concert Performances[]

DOWN TOWN
Ganbarenai yo

Chart Positions[]

Oricon Chart Positions[]

Daily & Weekly Rankings
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 3
38,065
4 8 4 9 12 3 43,241
7 17 18 28 23 22 23 18 936
23 - - - - - - 47 392
- - - - - - - 84 236
- 24 - - - - - 46 849
- - - - - - - 144 130
Monthly Ranking
Year Month Month Rank Sales Ref
2021 April 6 43,241 [4]
2021 May TBA TBA
Yearly Ranking
Year Year Rank Sales
2021 TBA TBA

Total reported sales: 45,784

Weekly Combined Ranking
Week Rank Points
4 45,986

Total reported points: 45,986

Billboard Japan Top Single Sales[]

Week Rank Sales Ref
2 65,498 [5]
16 930 [6]
47 397 [7]
92 N/A [8]

Total reported sales: 66,825

Other Chart Rankings[]

Country Chart Highest
Position
Ref
Flag of Japan.svg.png Japan Billboard Japan Single Sales (First Three Days) 2
(61,988)
[9]

Trivia[]

Juice=Juice promoting "DOWN TOWN" with Takagi Sayuki

Juice=Juice promoting "Ganbarenai yo" with Takagi Sayuki

  • Takagi Sayuki was originally included in this single, but due to her departure on February 12, 2021, the single was remade and her parts in both songs were replaced by other members.
  • The "Inoue Rei ga Juice=Juice no Uta wo..." series, featured in the Limited Edition SP2 DVD, is a series of videos of Inoue Rei covering Juice=Juice songs uploaded to the group's YouTube channel starting in May 2020.[10] Out of the videos featured in the DVD, only the "Naite Ii yo" cover featuring Kudo Yume and Matsunaga Riai was previously unpublished onto YouTube.
  • "DOWN TOWN" and "Ganbarenai yo" are the first Hello! Project music videos uploaded to YouTube with the UP-FRONT WORKS logo embedded in the corner, and with closed captioning instead of embedded subtitles.
  • The instrumental used for the solo versions of "Ganbarenai yo" have a piano arrangement and is different from the single version.
  • A Blu-ray of the release commemorative special live of the single, which was distributed at Niconico Live on April 28 without audience, will be available to pre-order for Hello! Project fanclub members from July 1 to July 28, 2021, with estimation of delivery currently scheduled to late September 2021. It will be also sold in advance for the UP-FRONT WORKS Web Store pre-orders and available for general sale at a later date.

Additional Videos[]


References[]

External Links[]

Juice=Juice
Members
Current Members Kanazawa Tomoko (Leader)Uemura AkariInaba ManakaInoue ReiDambara RuruKudo YumeMatsunaga RiaiArisawa IchikaIrie RisaEbata Kisaki
Former Members Miyazaki YukaTakagi SayukiMiyamoto KarinOtsuka AinaYanagawa Nanami
Discography
Indies Singles 1. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne • 2. Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru • 3. Ten Made Nobore!
Major Singles 1. Romance no Tochuu / Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT) / Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT) • 2. Ijiwaru Shinai de Dakishimete yo / Hajimete wo Keikenchuu • 3. Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS / Are Kore Shitai! • 4. Black Butterfly / Kaze ni Fukarete • 5. Senobi / Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa • 6. Wonderful World / Ça va ? Ça va ? • 7. Next is you! / Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai • 8. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~ / KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! / Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou • 9 . Jidanda Dance / Feel! Kanjiru yo • 10. SEXY SEXY / Naite Ii yo / Vivid Midnight • 11. Bitansan / Potsuri to / Good bye & Good luck! • 12. "Hitori de Ikiraresou" tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no? / 25sai Eien Setsu • 13. Pop Music / Suki tte Itte yo • 14. DOWN TOWN / Ganbarenai yo
Digital Singles 1. Fiesta! Fiesta!
Other Singles

NEXT YOU: 1. Otona no Jijou
Collaborations: YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki

Albums 1. First Squeeze! • 2. Juice=Juice#2 -¡Una más!-
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Winter Tours: 2020
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Fall Tours: 20152016 • 2017 (Concert, Live) • 2018 (Live, Concert) • 2019
Summer Lives: 20182019
Overseas Concerts: 2015 (Taipei & Hong Kong) • 2017 (World Tour)
One-Day Concerts: 20172017201820192020
Mini Lives: 2013

Events

Miracle x Juice x Box: 2013 • 2014 (Spring, Fall) • 20152017
Others: Juice=Juice Ohirome Event10gatsu 10ka wa Juice=Juice no Hi ~1st Season~Juice=Juice Special Event 2020 ~10gatsu 10ka wa Juice=Juice no Hi!~

Other Concerts & Events
Joint Concerts

Fall Tours: 2013 (with Berryz Koubou)

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 20132014201520162017201820192020
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Hina Fes: 20132014201520162017201820192020
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2013201420152016201720182019
Other Concerts: Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~Berryz Koubou MatsuriHello! Project 2020 ~The Ballad~

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