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Osaka, Japan (2003 – present)

Ai Otsuka (大塚 愛) is a Japanese pop female singer-songwriter and pianist who was born on the 9th of September, 1982, in Osaka, Japan. As a child she wanted to be a ballerina. She made her solo debut on September 10, 2003 with the single, “Momo no Hanabira” (桃ノ花ビラ). Her second single, “Sakuranbo” (さくらんぼ), released on the 17th of December 2003, was a major success, staying in the Top 200 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart for 85 weeks.

A piano player since the age of 4, Ai Otsuka started composition and songwriting at the age of 15. Her music ranges from upbeat catchy pop/rock music that can be heard in tracks like “Happy Days” and “さくらんぼ” to touching ballads like “大好きだよ。” and “甘えんぼ”. Several of her songs have also been used as theme songs, such as Planetarium in Hana Yori Dango, Cherish in Love for Nana, and フレンズ and ユメクイ for the Tokyo Friends drama and movie respectively (which she starred in).

She studied to go to Osaka University, and her highest level of education is junior college. She has stated in the past that when her music career ends, she’ll teach kindergarten (which she has a license to).


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  • Clad69-2

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic. [2]

    28 Jul 9:25pm Reply
  • superfreak307

    new album so boring...i prefer her previous single ...

    26 Jul 12:37pm Reply
  • breadysoul

    I'm a bit underwhelmed so far, but it sounds like a pretty typical Ai Otsuka album, so it's not bad or anything.

    23 Jul 10:09am Reply
  • subpain

    Haven't listened to any of her stuff since I was living in Japan around 2007. Giving her new album a listen now and damn, her voice takes me back to the early 2000s. Pretty good stuff, I really like the title track and video.

    17 Jul 9:05am Reply
  • Kamikamikami

    Heh, just found out too, awesome!

    17 Jul 3:27am Reply
  • hildred

    I had no idea she was releasing a new album, so this has been an awesome surprise today!

    16 Jul 11:47pm Reply
  • twinklesnow

    Not amazing, but indeed great. Not disappointed.

    16 Jul 5:39pm Reply
  • MistyCami

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic.

    16 Jul 9:54am Reply
  • leejihyun

    Great album!

    15 Jul 3:27pm Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    v lovely PV

    3 Jul 1:22am Reply
  • leejihyun

    LOVE FANTASTIC is suuuuuch a good song [2] LOVE FANTASTIC PV for everyone who hasn't watched it yet

    27 Jun 10:32am Reply
  • japanesey

    LOVE FANTASTIC is suuuuuch a good song omg

    27 Jun 9:03am Reply
  • leejihyun

    Covers and tracklist can be found on her website.

    13 Jun 10:27am Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    Can't wait for the album [2]

    26 May 7:37pm Reply
  • oopstheuniverse

    Liking the tracklist, even if it's single-heavy. I'm happy the songs are being used, and I get to hear the digital singles! (Except Hikari.) Can't wait for the album, seems like it'll be great.

    22 May 5:23pm Reply
  • leejihyun

    The tracklist for LOVE FANTASTIC is out: 01. LOVE FANTASTIC 02. モアモア 03. LUCKY☆STAR 04. CHU×CHU 05. ごめんね。06. マワリ廻るマワレバ回ろ 07. ライライ 08. アクション10.5 09. 9 10. ゾッ婚ディション 11. I LOVE ××× 12. Re:NAME

    22 May 4:34pm Reply
  • kishi_mi

    モアモア is such a cute song

    13 May 12:29pm Reply
  • MistyCami

    I <3 モアモア is soo catchy!! Welcome back my lovely Ai-chin!

    6 May 11:04am Reply
  • oopstheuniverse

    Ha, the new single covers remind me of something AKB48 (and all those other shuffle groups Japan is so fond of lately) would do. Can't wait for the new album! Even if we'll be missing I ♥ ××× and LUCKY☆STAR, most likely. As long as the album's as good as LOVE LETTER and LOVE COOK, I'm happy with whatever.

    3 May 6:20pm Reply
  • leejihyun

    v It's 大塚愛

    3 May 5:26pm Reply
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