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Posted: Jan 06, 2006 7:40 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
Ai Otsuka, 23, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 8th Internet Music Festival. She attended the award ceremony which was held in the Sony Building in Tokyo.

Her 2nd single, "Sakuranbo", which was released in December 2004, the song tune has been downloaded from the internet for more than 1 million times, which successfully created new record in the history last July. So far, her music of 163 pattern (I don't get this) reign as an authority with over 10.18 million downloads. Ai Otsuka expressed, "Everyone is paying attention to the internet now, I feel very happy winning this award".


Well, that's the news posted at Sanspo on December 9th, a little late I know, but anyway the official site just posted a video message of the award winners, so you can go there and check it out yourself!

Past winner of the Grand Prix award:

As a sidenote, excite music published their 3rd annual event, "January Message Special 2006", which consists of lots of video message by different artists. The artists are asked questions like "Goals in 2006" so if anyone happens to know what Ai-chin is talking about in the video, feel free to post a translation here. Of course, translation of the award video from the Internet Music Festival site too, if possible. Wink

Do take note that the excite music video message special is a limited time offering, which means you can only access those videos from January 1st to 12th. Also, they not only have the video message, they also have a written message and present section. Too bad they don't have the written message by Ai-chin there, but still you can find stuff written by BoA, Shimatani etc. Smile

Source: ai Station
Posted: Jan 06, 2006 9:16 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 23 Sep 2005 Posts: 1137 Location: USA
I'm not sure I completely understand the basis of this award, but it's awesome none the less! Ai is getting more and more awards and recognition! Thanks for the heads up on this. She's broken records? Does that mean that she's not only won the award for this year, but she's had the highest internet sales of all time? I don't know why, but this award is really confusing me. Confused

Edit: Thank you for the translation!

Last edited by madgirlslovesong on Jan 06, 2006 10:31 pm; edited 1 time in total
Posted: Jan 06, 2006 9:29 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 495 Location: Manchester, UK
excite video translation:

"To all the Excite Music fans out there, a very Happy New Year. I'm Otsuka Ai. 2005 was, another year since having debuted, and all year long I was working hard day after day on different kinds of music, and even things other than music, all in all, it was a very good year.

Q. What was 'Exciting' about 2005? (On Screen: About exciting things done in 2005)
If I look back on things that were exciting in 2005, I would have to say... LIVEs I suppose, going on my first ever nationwide tour, was very exciting, even more than I had thought it would be.

Q. What will be your theme for 2006? (On Screen: Theme expected in 2006) won't be especially different I think. Compared to last year, I want to Level-Up a little and work hard to present an all around better Otsuka Ai to all of you. One thing that's coming soon is the.. .. Blank stare .. ..the next nationwide tour that starts on the 1st of April, all the dates and venues have been decided, so everyone, definately come and watch me LIVE.

Finally, to all the fans out there on Excite Music, I'm greatful for your continued support. Thanks to all of you, last year I was able to bring smiles to you all and hopefully this year too I will be able to do the same if not more.

Thank you for listening. I'm Otsuka Ai."


I'll do the Internet Music Festival one tomorrow...

Posted: Jan 06, 2006 10:03 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 13 May 2005 Posts: 469 Location: Canada
thank eyn for the news and horizon180 for the translation ^__^ ai-chan so amazing, she made a new record Love last year must be a memorial year for ai-chan and for us ... hope ai-chan will do better this year
Posted: Jan 06, 2006 10:15 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 1975 Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks eyn for the news and horizon180 for the translation... This quite attests to her popularity for her to win such an award...

I like how she hints she is slowly edging towards a different/more mature image as she progresses in her career. Nod Too bad I can't go to the tour. No
Posted: Jan 07, 2006 2:10 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 05 Dec 2005 Posts: 322 Location: Canada
wow thanks a whole lot eyn and horizon180!! this is awesome news hahah awww i hope 2006 is a good year for everyone!!!
let's support Ai with EVEN more this year!

that's the power of Ai!!!
Posted: Jan 07, 2006 2:54 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
Well congrats to Ai. I'm pleased she's getting so many awards this year.
Posted: Jan 07, 2006 11:59 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 11 Nov 2005 Posts: 655 Location: Finrando
Thats the way Ai-Chan!!!!!! wohooooooooooooo!
im so happy behalf of Ai Love more awards to Ai and ps: Ai for president! Tongue Laughing but now to the real business 1million times that quite a lot but anyways:

gongrats to Ai. i thing this is gonna be a good year for Ai BoogieBoogieBoogie
Posted: Jan 07, 2006 6:49 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 05 Oct 2005 Posts: 37 Location: Belgium
Congratz Ai! Boogie
I'm sure that she'll win even more prizes in 2006 Nod

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Posted: Jan 07, 2006 7:50 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 06 Jan 2006 Posts: 35 Location: Finding My Neverland
YAY ai...hmm *confused* ^___^
Posted: Jan 07, 2006 8:16 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 01 Jul 2005 Posts: 1117 Location: *mentally in: yamapi/keita's world*
another award for ai-chan, she is on the roll for the year!~ thanks for the news. Giggle
Posted: Jan 08, 2006 3:00 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 28 Nov 2005 Posts: 346
WHOA! 10.18 million downloads?!?! thats a whole frikken lot! go ai, go ai, go ai BoogieBoogie its amazing that sakuranbo got so much downloads !! also....what is guranpuri? grandprix?
Posted: Jan 28, 2006 12:32 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 06 Nov 2005 Posts: 504 Location: Singapore
Surprised wow the number of downloads are huge(10.18million) wow Surprised
congrats to AI-Chan Boogie Laughing
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Posted: Jan 28, 2006 2:15 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 21 Jan 2006 Posts: 263
Kind of a strange award I think Giggle Haha but its good anyways, like others have said, recognition Smile

Thanks as well for the news, I thought it was really interesting to read, haha~ Now that I know about this kind of award, I wonder who will win next Giggle
Posted: Jan 28, 2006 4:09 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
Awesome. I like the direction Ai's going. Thank you for the heads up and translation.
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