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All About the Song "Labrador Retriever": The 36th Single by Japanese Girl Pop Music Group "Akb48"

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The Type A Regular Edition Cover for "Labrador Retriever"

On the cover are Sayaka Yamamoto, Minami Takahashi, Mayu Watanabe, and Haruka Shimazaki. The girls had to go to Hawaii to film the music video for the song. All these girls are standing near the waves of the beach.

On the cover are Sayaka Yamamoto, Minami Takahashi, Mayu Watanabe, and Haruka Shimazaki. The girls had to go to Hawaii to film the music video for the song. All these girls are standing near the waves of the beach.

About the single Labrador Retriever and the track listings

Japanese pop music/idol group AKB48 have released lots of singles throughout their career. On May 21, 2014, the group released their 36th single called "Labrador Retriever." Labrador Retriever followed the release of the single Mae Shika Mukanee. That single was released on February 26, 2014 and it also was the last single to feature Yuko Oshima as the center of the single. Here are the track listings for the original CD as well as the Theater Edition for Labrador Retriever: however, the regular edition track listing follows along with information about Labrador Retriever.


Regular CD edition track listing


  • Labrador Retriever
  • Kyou Made no Melody
  • Type A exclusive track is Kimi wa Kimagure
  • Type K exclusive track is Itoshiki Rival
  • Type B exclusive track is B Garden
  • Type 4 exclusive track is Heart no Dasshutsu Game (this one has no vocals).
  • The no vocals version of Labrador Retriever
  • The no vocals version of Kyou Made no Melody.
  • The no vocals versions of all of the tracks listed in the third track.

Theater Edition track listing


  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Kyou Made no Melody
  3. Futari wa Dekiteru (features the participation of Haruna Kojima and Kenji Kitagawa)
  4. The no vocals version of Labrador Retriever
  5. The no vocals version of Kyou Made no Melody
  6. The no vocals version of Futari wa Dekiteru
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Why is the song Labrador Retriever a significant release?

The same Japanese girl group that introduced fans to famous singles such as Heavy Rotation, Sayonara Crawl, and UZA once again show that they can write songs which are upbeat and entertaining. Labrador Retriever marked the first time this was a single in which some of the members were participating in it. These members were Nana Owada, Nana Okada, Miki Nishino, Ryoha Kitagawa, Shu Yabushita and Nagisa Shibuya. This was also the 9th time in AKB48 history that only one girl was featured on the cover. As of this writing, Labrador Retriever has sold 1, 778, 592 copies. It spent 11 weeks inside the top 200 of the music charts. Mayu Watanabe was chosen as the center for this single.

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When Was Labrador Retriever First Performed?

Labrador Retriever was first performed during an AKB48 concert at the National Olympic Stadium on March 29, 2014. It also became the best-selling single in 2014 in Japan selling almost 1.8 million copies!

Here are some more interesting facts about Labrador Retriever:

  • This marked the first time in which members from AKB48 “sister” musical groups outnumbered AKB48 members when it came to what is known in this arena as “Senbatsu” or the top ranking girls.
  • This is the first AKB48 single to include the First Generation Draftees.
  • This single ended up selling a total of 1,462,156 copies on the first day of its release which was the most until the release of the song called “We Will Not Fight” which is the English translated title for an AKB48 song that has a really long title.
  • Labrador Retriever also was the 9th AKB48 single to have an English name with the 8 others being BINGO, River, Heavy Rotation, Beginner, Flying Get, Give Me Five, Gingham Check, and So Long!

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