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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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  • Sachiyo-chan

    i'm listening to Love fantastic tour 's live cd trying not to cry the entire time because i was there. everything about this woman is absolutely fantastic.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hayu_hayu

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic. [6] It's a lot more mellow than her previous albums (not counting that self-cover album), but I don't mind that. It's always nice to hear mellow from her. I really enjoy CHUxCHU. ♥

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ballroom-Dancer

    Cherish ♥

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Kueller917

    Album has been growing on me. Still love the first two tracks as much as when I first heard them.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hitomitay93

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic. [5] Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AIO <3

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • rascal0pl

    Ponpon o/

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • skkukk

    Sakuranbo ♥

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • World_Shaking

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic. [4]

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • PiitiMillar

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic. [3]

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Clad69-2

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic. [2]

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • superfreak307

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

    26 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Kamikamikami

    Heh, just found out too, awesome!

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • hildred

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

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • twinklesnow

    Not amazing, but indeed great. Not disappointed.

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MistyCami

    LOVE FANTASTIC is indeed fantastic.

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • leejihyun

    Great album!

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    v lovely PV

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • leejihyun

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

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
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