Shiina Ringo and The Ulfuls’ Tortoise Matsumoto Collaborate on New Luxury Mall Theme Song

On April 20, GINZA SIX will open in Tokyo. The high end shopping mall will feature┬ábrands such as Celine, Saint Laurent, Dior, Fendi, and Valentino. Also set for digital release on that day is “Menukidori”, the mall’s theme song. “Menukidori” is a collaboration between Shiina Ringo and Tortoise Matsumoto of The Ulfuls.

“Menukidori” is written and composed by Ringo, and arranged by her longtime collaborator Saito Neko. The song was originally supposed to be a mere jingle, but once Ringo was able to get Tortoise Matsumoto on board, the full song was created. She had been wanting to collaborate with him for a while. After the management of GINZA SIX heard the full song, they suggested a release on the same day as the mall’s opening. Ringo describes “Menukidori” as the theme song for a new Ginza.

The duo will also perform the song on the April 28 episode of Music Station.

Check out the special movie / music video for the GINZA SIX below!

 

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  • Comments

    • Ryusei

      Can’t wait for ash to call her a sellout again

    • guest

      for a luxury mall, this commercial sure is tacky

    • Wow

      Tortoise Matsumoto hasn’t aged a bit lol

    • Ash

      I feel physically disgusted by this. Retire already.

      • guest

        my man… just stop paying attention to her if you hate her that much lol of course shes not gonna retire when shes ranking in all that cm dough

        • Ash

          Releases lame jingle… Praise. Releases decent live blu Ray… Silence. Ringo has no real fans left.

          • guest

            lmao I hope you’re being sarcastic with the ~real fans~ bit. is this middle school? also no one’s praising her for this so I don’t see your point

            • Ash

              Its half serious half joking. Just going on reactions in various places. Still. This is garbage and a mere jingle. Makes me wonder if she has any deep cuts in her left.

              • guest

                sis, all of the reactions from every site ive seen have been negative. and a single song is easier/cheaper to consume than an entire blu ray concert, hence more people paying attention to the former duh

                • Ash

                  The only thing that gives me hope is that this isn’t under Shiina Ringo so probably won’t be on her next album. The other 8 tie in jingles, however….

          • You do realize that a TV commercial is given much more exposure than a live video release, right?

    • Of course the Ringo fans at JPS are complaining, but people need to look at what at how this tie-in goes along with her image. She’s positioned herself as a high end, luxury musician, so it makes sense she’s singing songs for a mall that sells $10,000 handbags and $5000 dresses.

      • Ash

        I bet they still have a McDonalds

        • There isn’t one, actually.

        • honey girl

          Isn’t that considered a luxury restaurant there tho?

      • honey girl

        Now that you point that out, this really isnt anything out the ordinary. It does fit her current jazzy, lavish image.

        • Ash

          The point isnt it being something out of the ordinary. The point is it being too damn ordinary. It’s tiring and sounds pretty much exactly the same as stuff she released 10 years ago. It also marks almost 10 soulless jingles in a row with zero deeper cuts now. Don’t people see the problem here?

          • guest

            10 years ago she released variety with tokyo jihen which sounds entirely different. the song’s bad but nowhere as bad as that album

            • Ash

              She released Hesei Fuzoku in 2007 too. Which sounds like this but was fresh then, also more well thought out. This ‘classy’ change is not some new thing that her fans are shocked by like Ronald would like to have you think. It’s a worn out gimmick that feels as fresh as Koda Kumi’s sex appeal.

              • guest

                how is it more thought out? most of it’s halfbaked selfcovers nowhere good as the originals lol. and it’s more lounge jazz/electronic/latin than showtunes ig

                • Ash

                  You’re getting nitpicky. I just mean to say that this has been done over and over for years now. It’s boring.

                  The main point is that this is yet another silly jingle that everyone will forget in a couple weeks. It’s a phoned in effort from everyone involved. The two vocalists do not work together very well and ultimately, it’s to sell you a mall.

                  Just give us a few deep cuts, Ringo, for christs sake.

                  • guest

                    and heisei fuzoku was made to sell you a movie, what’s the diff? she’s always been a popstar and always will, it’s just part of the game.

                    • Ash

                      She doesnt even have bsides anymore. When was the last time she gave us one? I cant even remember. Her songs are just made to order nowadays. Anyway. I’m spending too much time here. There’s other things to trash.

                      • It’s not that she doesn’t have B-sides anymore, it’s more that she’s not releasing physical singles as much anymore. Digital singles don’t have B-sides. But then again I can’t blame her for only releasing digital singles since only idol fans still buy physical singles.

                      • Ash

                        There is nothing stopping people putting a bside on a digital single. She just doesnt have any songs to put on like she used to do.

                      • But it’s not something that is done because that’s not the way people buy music digitally.

              • Maybe it’s not a gimmick, but a maturation? She’s nearly 40 now.

                • Ash

                  A maturation would require a maturation in the sound of the showtune too… sounds the same to me as it did years back. She hasn’t exactly tried to push it any further or anything, unlike what she did with other genres. Sounds worse actually.

                  • Doing showtunes in the first place was the maturation.

                    • vorpax

                      If this is the maturation she’s aiming for, I shouldn’t call myself a fan any longer. Going for this senior cruise-like sound just because she’s getting older is just narrow minded tbh

                      • I just wonder, what is it exactly that y’all want her to be doing? I can’t help but think it’s whatever Seiko Oomori is doing to keep her a non-factor.

                      • vorpax

                        I’m not that into Seiko Oomori, I think she’s overrated tbh. Some stuff are really good but some really irks me, so god damn fucking annoying, I wonder if it’s her voice or the entire thing .

                        Maybe I just don’t like showtunes as other Ringo fans.

        • And let’s also remember how well “La La Land” is doing in Japan right now…

      • vorpax

        Like I said at JPS, Ringo’s showtunes are usually quite bad. I’m really tired of all these singles she’s been releasing for years, not necessarily because they are jingles, but because they suck. Maybe you’re right, maybe it’s time to move on.

    • honey girl

      I was gonna say this gig is a bit weird and cheap for her but looking at what she’s been lately, it certainly goes with what she’s currently doing. Plus I like the song.

    • Jo

      I thought it would be some random mall but then it’s Ginza 6 it’s fine :)

    • Liokt

      At least it’s betten than that mistake called “Jiyuudomu”… Well, aren’t you the girl of “excessive wealth”, Ringo-san? :P