I was doing my usual web surfing on Akina and chanced upon this "new" fact on the singles 「ミ・アモーレ〔Meu amor e…〕」 and 「赤い鳥逃げた」. This is from Wikipaedia:
When the song was first completed, the original lyrics was 「赤い鳥逃げた」. However, the composer, Naoya Matsuoka thought that the lyrics lacked impact vis-a-vis the Latin sound, and hence new lyrics were written, leading to the birth of 「ミ・アモーレ〔Meu amor e…〕」. When it was decided that a 12 inch single would be released, they decided to use the original "version" of the song.
ザ・ベストテンで、4週ランクインの最高位6位を記録したが、唯一出演を辞退したシングル。理由は「シングルのジャケットに写っている姿でないと曲のイメージと合わず、歌番組では歌えないから」。また、「ミ・アモーレ〔Meu amor e…〕」も同時にランクインしており、こちらを優先する形となった。
It was also the only time that a singer refused to perform a charted song on "The Best 10", where it reached No. 6 and stayed on the charts for 4 weeks. From what I can interpret, I believe the reason is because the single jacket does not match the image of the song/tune. Maybe someone can translate this better.
Isn’t it wonderful that we can still discover new secrets? Didn’t Naoya Matsuoka have foresight. It is useless to compare now, but I wonder if it was released in a reverse order, would we still like 「ミ・アモーレ〔Meu amor e…〕」 more? For me, I think I will because I love the 「アモーレー」 x 3 at the very end of the song, that Akina always delivers so well live.