Hey ! Say ! JUMP - Precious Girl / Are You There ?
CD + DVD A
CD + DVD B
Precious Girl / Are You There ? is Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 20th single & it was released on 5th July .
The group's latest single was released 5 months + since their previous single OVER THE TOP while their last double A-side single release was 2015's / 14th single Chau# / Wo I Need You .
Unlike Chau# / Wo I Need You , both Precious Girl & Are You There ? respectively have videos made .
The 1st A-side Precious Girl was used in the ads of Kose Cosmeport's Fortune & it's described as a colourful song with a hint of strength + it's a fight song for women in love .
The 2nd A-side Are You There ? was used in the NTV drama Koshoku Robot starring members Daiki Arioka , Hikaru Yaotome & Takaki Yuya .
Are You There ? is only sung by Daiki , Hikaru & Takaki under the unit A.Y.T. . The song has heartwarming lyrics & a techno pop sound . This track will give listeners a boost & its simple melody will make the listeners hum it instinctively .
There're 4 B-sides in Precious Girl / Are You There ? & interestingly , all of them start with the same alphabet ie. S .
In the CD only version , 2 B-side songs are each sung by the 2 sub units of the group . Sweet Liar is sung by Hey ! Say ! 7 while Start Days is handled by Hey ! Say ! BEST .
Shakunetsu no Yume is only available in the CD + DVD A of the single while Smile in Summer is exclusively found in the CD + DVD B edition of Precious Girl / Are You There ? .
For Smile in Summer , it was used in the ads of Kose Cosmeport's SUNCUT starring Hey ! Say ! JUMP themselves .
2017 is Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 10th anniversary & Precious Girl / Are You There ? is their 2nd single release of the year followed by Feb's OVER THE TOP .
The way they chose to release/market Precious Girl / Are You There ? is interesting especially since Are You There ? wasn't sung by the whole group .
Still , the single overall is quite strong . Precious Girl on 1st listen is fantastic & really catchy , it's very easy to get into the song the moment it starts playing . I'm surprised I like it as I didn't thought much about the preview but the full version changed my mind on it .
Likewise , Are You There ? that's handled by A.Y.T. is quite good although it's overshadowed by Precious Girl to a certain extent .
B-sides wise , this time round I don't like all of them as I find some quite childish sounding but I'm real surprised Sweet Liar has a grown up feel unlike Start Days .
And for once , I don't mind Smile in Summer slotted in as a B-side track as I feel it's not A-side worthy but it's a fun Summer song .
Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 1st best album Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O will be released on 26th July & both Precious Girl + Are You There ? are not included in the compilation .