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Posted: Jul 31, 2007 11:38 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
Update 9/27:
mangomalte reported LOVE PiECE topping Oricon daily chart.

Maku shared photos of his CD & CD/DVD: blue and yellow versions.

Cherri_Pwincesu found a photo of the bonus puzzle that came with the LOVECUBE version:

pon pon notified us that the U-Boat Bonus PV is out...

... and posted a new photo displaying the true nature of the First Press cover design: sleeve w/ heart cut-out over a fully-colored case with raised heart pattern texture:


Update 9/24:
Ai finally explains the mysterious title of the album ballad "Kumuriuta!" Boogie


Update 9/22:
pon pon found previews of the pink version of the new First Press cover...

... and pointed out that the position of Ai will be switched on the CD/DVD versions:

aleco shared a video in which Ai reveals the 6 versions of the LOVE PiECE First Press cover.
pon pon kindly provided a rip.


Update 9/21:
zyzzyva alerts that there's been a Change made to the Official Site Front Puzzle Page!
To access:
Complete the heart using the LOVE PiECE Heart colors (see strap below for reference).
(Try it! You'll get a fun surprise! Giggle )
(a little blast from the past and something very new and excitable, er, exciting! Wink )

pon pon kindly captured the first video from BENT WEB.

HEART PV is out!

zyzzyva posted:
Official Site's TV Schedule Updated.

LOVE PiECE Commemorative Goods:

LOVE PiECE Cell Phone Cleaner Strap
'combo-colored' heart

6 colors

Ai's reasoning behind the design of the upcoming album, revealed in an interview with BENT WEB, "Heart of 6 Pieces." Each of the 6 single songs included on the album have a distinctive 'image'/concept that she associated with a different color:
    PEACH  ・・・  blue  ・・・  Playing
    Frienger  ・・・  yellow  ・・・  Friendship
    Renai Shashin  ・・・  pink  ・・・  [Romantic/Passionate] Love
    Yumekui  ・・・  purple  ・・・  Dreams
    CHU-LIP  ・・・  green  ・・・  Family
    HEART  ・・・  black  ・・・  Thoughts/Feelings

Maku graciously shared an Audio Rip he'd made from the "Kumuriuta" PV (Short Version).

Kumuriuta PV is out!


Update 9/8:
Maku have some information about the "三方背BOX" and "Kumuriuta" preview.

"Kumuriuta" and "Mirai Taxi" preview: link

Ai-chin's official website has also been updated with "LOVE PiECE" layout.


Update 9/6:
aleco updated us with a preview of "Katorisenkou" and "Hoshi no Tango".

"Katorisenkou" and "Hoshi no Tango" preview: link


Update 9/3:
aleco updated us with preview of "Mirai Taxi".

zyzzyva kindly posted her rip and also lyrics courtesy of Rumin's blog.


Update 8/29:
zyzzyva gave us her awesome explanation of "mosquito coil" for those who have no idea what it is.

kakumei reported that Ai-chin will be appearing on MelodiX! on September 22nd.


Update 8/28:
kakumei kindly updated us with the "LOVE PiECE" tracklist, retrieved from Rakuten:
  1. 未来タクシー (4.09)
  2. ユメクイ (5.16)
  3. Mackerelís canned food (4.23)
  4. PEACH (4.08)
  5. クムリウタ (4.57)
  6. 星のタンゴ (2.51)
  7. 蚊取線香 (2.07)
  8. フレンジャー (3.46)
  9. CHU-LIP (3.55)
  10. HEART (4.47)
  11. 恋愛写真 (4.55)

mangomalte was also very kind to provide us his own translation of the tracklist:
  1. Mirai Taxi (Future Taxi)
  2. Yumekui (Dream eater)
  3. Mackerelís canned food
  4. PEACH
  5. Kumuriuta (err... yeah, still don't know)
  6. Hoshi no Tango (Tango of the Stars)
  7. Katorisenkou (Mosquito Coil)
  8. Frienger
  9. CHU-LIP
  10. HEART
  11. Renai Shashin (Love Photograph)

Beside translating the tracklist, mangomalte also provided us his own rip of "Mackerelís canned food" (3rd track) from "Tokyo Friends The Movie".

"Mackerelís canned food" preview: rip 1 (stage) | rip 2 (beach)


Update 8/22:
edwx updated us about the new promo pic for "LOVE PiECE" album. It seems to be the cover according to sites such as HMV.


Update 8/11:
eyn told us that a short clip of "Kumuriuta" PV was shown in the latest Music Station in which Ai-chin performed "HEART". Iwai Shunji is the director for her new PV.

The talk part is available at Veoh.


Ai-chin's 4th studio album "LOVE PiECE" will be released on 9/26 together with 2 other titles: "Ai am BEST Tour 2007" Live DVD (comes with Special and Regular Edition) and "Ai am BEST" album Flash Price version (CD only) for limited period of time (till 10/31).

Source: official website

4th studio album "LOVE PiECE"
2007.9.26 on sale

[CD+DVD] •3,800 (tax in) AVCD-23396/B
[CD] •3,059 (tax in) AVCD-23397

11 tracks will be included and 6 of them are from previously released singles: "Frienger", "Yumekui", "Renai Shashin", "CHU-LIP", "PEACH", "HEART".

First Press:
  • Item:
      [CD+DVD]: "U-Boat" secret PV
      [CD]: 40 page original album photobook

  • Package:
      Common for both version: 6 different color case (randomly selected from blue, green, black, yellow, purple, pink) and 3 sided box (?)

  • LOVE9CUBE Mobile Fanclub member only special package:
      LOVE PiECE puzzle

CDJapan has some extra information:
CDJapan wrote:
New full-length album from Ai Otsuka features six latest hit singles which are not included in "AI am Best." This edition comes with a bonus DVD with the music videos for "Kumuriuta" and "Heart."

zyzzyva have some suggestion about the 3-sided box first press special:
zyzzyva wrote:
About the mysterious 「三方背BOX仕様」...
It could mean a CD jewel case that opens 3 ways for the 3 discs (CD, DVD, Bonus-DVD), like a normal double case w/ an extra layer! Shocked

note: This topic was created to replace the older rumour topic seeing the rumour topic only got the album title right and everything else is irrelevant to this official announcement.

Last edited by eyn on Mar 07, 2008 3:19 pm; edited 4 times in total
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 1:13 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
^ just to clarify, the part about 'Kumuriuta' meaning 'Cloudy Weather Song' is wrong (zyzzyva apologized for it later in the thread). had it been 'Kumoriuta', then it would be correct, but as for now neither of us knows what the 'kumuri' part means. Confused
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 1:53 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 07 Aug 2005 Posts: 635 Location: California
Embarassed Crying
Yes, so sorry for letting everyone down so early... There goes my track record.
Sleep deprivation is a bad thing. No
Now a typo on behalf of CD Japan is my only salvation...! Shifty Giggle

All I could find on kumuri was the verbs mentioned by mangomalte, its use as someone's name, and scattered references in conjunction with matsuri (festival) celebrations... Confused

I still think the komoriuta reference is there, though.


Regardless of what the mysterious new song/PV is, I am very excited to finally see news of a new album. Nod
I'm still waiting for my copy of PEACH/HEART. As catchy as the two songs are, they are slower to grow on me than her previous work. Sneeze
But I have faith in Ai, so for the first time, I pre-ordered *both* versions. Shocked (I'm such a sucker for First Press bonuses... Embarassed )
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 2:13 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 12 May 2007 Posts: 63 Location: Moscow, Russia
great news! Boogie i also pre-ordered both versions and tour dvd *dances* Boogie Boogie
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 3:20 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 21 Jul 2006 Posts: 23 Location: germany
yay - finally Boogie
I all time said I want to have a new Otsuka Ai album Giggle
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 4:19 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 09 Sep 2005 Posts: 119
omg now sept is a longggggggg wait! >.<
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 6:15 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 01 Aug 2007 Posts: 24 Location: Holland
whats a good website to buy it from since i live in holland and unfortunately i cant buy it here -.- Crying


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Posted: Aug 01, 2007 7:47 am Reply with quote
Joined: 13 May 2005 Posts: 469 Location: Canada
yay Boogie I was wondering why HEART doesn't have a PV^^ and there we go^^ I want both version for the 1st press too^^
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 8:02 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 06 Oct 2006 Posts: 686 Location: Singapore
Yes! Finally, a new album, although it is pretty predictable this will be so after FIVE singles. Time enough to make a new album! I'm quite excited about it, especially since they are hyping it up so much by aligning its release with the two other tour DVDs as well as the wonderful sounding first press items! I would definitely want to watch the U-boat MV Nod

The 3 way box sounds really cool too. Although from zvzzya's suggestion, I don't really see how it will work. Working with different colours is a really interesting thing too. Giggle
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 10:58 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 08 Oct 2005 Posts: 65 Location: Ai-land
yay for a new album finally! i was sad that she didn't include some latest singles on her BEST album, so the arrival of this new album in Sept will satisfy my wish of hearing her recent singles altogether Laughing

PUNCH -> JAM -> COOK -> PiECE... hmm... how does PiECE link to the food theme that's apparent in her album titles? or is Ai still at the Peach x Peach x Piece word play? Wink
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 11:32 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 05 Dec 2005 Posts: 322 Location: Canada
hahah thanks for the update!!
i just got the email from cd japan too hahaha man... i'm gonna be so poor at the end of this year....

all these releases at once, by Ai and also a whole truckload of L'Arc~ releases... i'd better keep working hard hahaha...!!!

i feel like this is going to be a good album already!
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 12:18 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 17 Oct 2005 Posts: 280 Location: canada
Ohhhh I'm so excited! This will definitely hurt though, especially because I dont have any money coming in >_< Does anyone know whether I should get it from yesasia or CDjapan? I have never used CDjapan before.... Oh well, I'll get it some way I just dunno which version I should buy!! Perhaps the photobook one...
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 1:01 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
cyn wrote:
PUNCH -> JAM -> COOK -> PiECE... hmm... how does PiECE link to the food theme that's apparent in her album titles? or is Ai still at the Peach x Peach x Piece word play? Wink

I think Piece can still sort of fit into the food theme. Maybe it's like piece of pizza or piece of cake/pie ect.

Definitely excited for the new album. There's so many songs she can put on there. I don't know if all her singles will make it on the album though.

Avex is gonna make me go broke again in the fall with the album and concert dvd coming out at the same time.
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 2:07 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 27 Jul 2007 Posts: 35 Location: Toronto, Canada
Yay! It comes out 2 days before my birthday Tongue
How do you guys pre-order her stuff??? I would like to get a first-press bonus this time. Smile
Posted: Aug 01, 2007 2:09 pm Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 26 Jun 2007 Posts: 140 Location: Meyzieu, Lyon, France
LVXS wrote:
all these releases at once, by Ai and also a whole truckload of L'Arc~ releases... i'd better keep working hard hahaha...!!!

And the Tribute Album to Cťline Dion ť_Ť XD

All of you talk about food when you mention Ai's Album, because of the two first album, but for LOVE COOK there is no food on the cover, LOVE PUNCH could be not the drink, but why not the Shape of Ai Otsuka, her crazy punch, her humor on songs album, then the Jam of Ai Otsuka (PONPON), her music cooking, and now the Pieces of her music .... XD My explanation is totally crazy O___O XD

Is Yesasia actualised ? I can't order on CDJapan ><
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