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Ai's 6th album: [LOVE is BEST] released 2009.11.11

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lvul8er
Posted: Aug 24, 2009 11:15 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 101 Location: Tokyo, Japan
Update 10/13:

amouring found an interview clip featuring (shockingly sexy Shocked ) behind the scenes footage for the aisuxtime PV:

miyago and pon pon generously uploaded & ripped two of the album's new versions from Ai's LIFE LOVE CiRCLE Radio show:

amouring alerted us that there will be three ringtones of aisuxtime available on 11/11.
    ・心が求め合うver
    ・暗黙の偽善のラブゲームver
    ・遊び出した指先ver


kakumei posted the long-awaited cover, as well as a promo pic:

cover


promo


and pointed out the [final?] updated tracklist at Ai's Official Site:
    <CD>
    1. Is(イオン TOPVALU HEATFACT TV-CFソング/music.jp TV-CFソング)
    2. aisu×time(大塚 愛×SU from RIP SLYME)
    3. 大好きだよ。
    4. チケット(日本生命 TV-CFソング)
    5. 君フェチ
    6. HEART
    7. ふたつ星記念日 ~新婚日和~
    8. さくらんぼ
    9. Strawberry Jam
    10. drop.
    11. 甘えんぼ ~Wedding~
    12. キミにカエル。
    13. 甘い気持ちまるかじり
    14. 恋愛写真 - 春-
    15. ポケット ~Last Love Letter~

    <DVD>
    ・Is
    ・aisu×time(大塚 愛×SU from RIP SLYME)
    ・大好きだよ。
    ・HEART
    ・さくらんぼ
    ・甘えんぼ


amouring discovered that the new version of One×Time will be a collaboration featuring SU (Otsuki Kazuto) from RIP SLYME. Unlike the album's other new versions, the whole title of the collaboration will be renamed to:
    aisu×time


amouring also found that Ai's Official Site was updated with info about First Press:
    First Press Bonus (CD & CD/DVD):
    Digipak case
    ラブ アイズ(メガネ)"LOVE EYES" (Glasses)


pon pon found two articles which briefly address the meaning behind 「Is」's title: They reiterate the song/album theme of "To fall in love and become beautiful," and confirm that the song title refers to multiple "I"s (one's personal pronoun of the past, present, future), but also that the lyrics are sprinkled with wordplay using the other meanings (Signal/Sign, Loves, Eyes).


lvul8er posted the revised tracklist, updating the OP info below.
New versions' titles updated to:
    ふたつ星記念日 ~新婚日和~ (~Shinkon Hiyori~; ~Honeymoon Weather~)
    甘えんぼ ~Wedding~
    ポケット ~Last Love Letter~


miyago kindly ripped the new song, 「Is」 from Ai's LIFE LOVE CiRCLE Radio show:

lvul8er discovered the new song's title:
    「Is」(アイズ)[aizu]
and, with zyzzyva, offered some possible multiple meanings:
    "合図" (a sign or signal)
    "愛s" (loves)
    "Eyes" (Japanese pronunciation)
    ... or even
    "I's" (multiples of the personal pronoun)



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Update 9/7:

lvul8er found what appears to be a stunning new promo photo of Ai:
*EDIT: Which has since been confirmed as an image for Ai's upcoming calendar instead.




zyzzyva provided translations of the album's theme:
      「恋してキレイになる」 or "To fall in love and become beautiful"
and further info about the album:
Quote:
The CD jacket's art director will be Morimoto Chie, an award-winning female graphic designer who has worked with Mr.Children and Kimaguren, among others. She also did the covers for the last four ap bank fest DVDs.


amouring discovered that those who order LOVE is BEST from avex's mu-mo Shop will receive a Limited Edition LOVE is BEST Pair-Blanket!
HilaryDuffFanboy alerted us that the new recording of Amaenbo will be an orchestral version and that One x Time may be featuring an additional artist.
mu-mo Shop Listing wrote:
●甘えんぼ(NEW RECORDING:オケのみ)
●One × Time(NEW RECORDING or フューチャリング予定)


Crystallas kindly provided the tracklist in Romaji:
    CD
    Is
    Ren'ai Shashin -Haru-
    Amai Kimochi Maru Kajiri
    Sakuranbo
    Strawberry Jam
    Futatsu Boshi Kinenbi (NEW RECORDING)
    Amaenbo (NEW RECORDING)
    drop.
    HEART
    Daisuki da yo
    Ticket
    One × Time (NEW RECORDING)
    Pocket (NEW RECORDING)
    Kimi ni Kaeru
    Kimi Fechi

    DVD
    Is (New!)
    One × Time (New!)
    Amaenbo
    Sakuranbo
    HEART
    Daisuki da yo.


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☆ラブソングBEST ALBUM『LOVE is BEST』2009年11月11日リリース!!

デビューから6年。大塚愛の数ある名曲の中から、恋する二人を描いた現在進行形のラブソングのみを厳選したラブソングBEST ALBUM『LOVE is BEST』が発売! 「恋してキレイになる」をテーマにした新曲1曲、リアレンジで新しく蘇った楽曲を含む旧譜14曲からなる全15曲を予定。ジャケットのアートディレクターは、広告はもとより、Mr.Children、キマグレンらのアートワーク、書籍の装丁などを手がけ、32歳にして、すでに広告界の主要な賞を総なめにした森本千絵 が担当。 恋人達の季節、秋からクリスマスにかけて行われるカップル限定ツアー「大塚愛 LOVE is BEST Tour 2009 (仮)」とコンセプトをリンク。
http://www.neowing.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-23921

◆収録内容
<CD収録曲>
01.Is(新曲)
02.One×Time(New Recording Ver.(仮))
03.大好きだよ。
04.チケット(日本生命 TV-CF ソング)
05.君フェチ
06.HEART
07.ふたつ星記念日 ~新婚日和~(New Rec)
08.さくらんぼ
09.Strawberry Jam
10.drop.
11.甘えんぼ ~Wedding~(New Rec)
12.キミにカエル。
13.甘い気持ちまるかじり
14.恋愛写真 - 春-
15.ポケット ~Last Love Letter~(New Rec)
<DVD収録曲/曲順未定>
・Is(初収録)
・One×Time(New Recording Ver.(仮))(初収録)
・大好きだよ。
・HEART
・さくらんぼ
・甘えんぼ

[CD+DVD] AVCD-23920/B ¥3,800 (TAX/IN)
[CD] AVCD-23921 ¥3,059 (TAX/IN)

Source: LOVE9CUBE

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To purchase:

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CDJapan:
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HMV:
CD only
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Amazon.co.jp:
CD only
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mu-mo:
CD only
CD/DVD


Last edited by lvul8er on Oct 04, 2009 10:18 pm; edited 4 times in total
 
Koda
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 12:32 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 27 Oct 2008 Posts: 12319
Aaaaahhh yaaayyy!! A new Ai album! I can't wait...even if it's a best album, I hope there will be a new song, or maybe re-recordings of old songs...November seems so far away!! Boogie Boogie Boogie Love Love Love Love
 
Rodri
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 12:38 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 14 Mar 2007 Posts: 13532 Location: Quito, Ecuador
This are great news!!!!!
I'm not so interested on a best album but I hope it has a new song or PV.
At least it will have a booklet with new pictures Nod
 
sakuraangel
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 2:06 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
Hmm, I'm still kind of in shock that it's another best of album ... I hope this is more of what Ai wants than what Avex wants ... because this almost sounds like Koda Kumi marketing tactic. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to attack Koda Kumi. I just hate the way Avex markets Koda Kumi (even if it works) and I sure as hell don't want them to start doing that with Ai Otsuka ...

So hopefully I'm wrong XD

It'll be interesting to see what they do with this album though. I wonder if there will be different versions of previous songs (like re-arranged or acoustic versions) or maybe a B-side best O.o

Based on the info there's only one thing I'm certain of. Everything else I'm not certain of so I don't want to speculate.
 
Aprilis.
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 2:30 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
Thanks for sharing this news lvul8er with us. This album really comes as a surprise, I certainly didn't expect another best of album so soon! Like sakuraangel, I hope Ai is doing this on her own terms rather then a push from avex.

From what I gather from the first post, this album will consists of 14 old songs and 1 new song. All of these songs will have a central theme of "to be beautifully in love", meaning they will all be love songs.
 
amouring
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 2:37 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 24 Jun 2009 Posts: 220
This is good news. But I was hoping Avex would have had the heart to slow down on releases. It's nice that this is another opportunity for Ai's fans to update their collections, but what ever happened to the global recession that was setting everyone back financially? Shifty Still, I agree with what everyone else said about this being Ai's decision and not the company's.
 
HilaryDuffFanboy
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 2:50 am Reply with quote
PEACH PEACH
Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 1970 Location: Melbourne, Australia
My boyfriend called me on the train to tell me about this, and immediately i thought "oh crap, Avex are gonna make a best-of out of LOVE PiECE and LOVE LETTER to milk cash" and then he called me 10 minutes later to tell me about the tour and asked if we wanted to go, which i said HELL yeah. So we are going to try organise to go.

I think this idea of a best is good, at least there is a new song!!!! And I like the whole theme with love and Autumn. I'm just glad we get something to buy.
 
pon pon
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 2:58 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 16 Jul 2006 Posts: 1008 Location: Melbourne, Australia
i wonder if the reason for this Best album is the LOVE is BEST Tour 2009. tours have always promoted albums and if avex wanted to schedule a tour at the end of the year and there was no new album release pending...
 
LittleBigHeart
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 3:39 am Reply with quote
恋愛写真 恋愛写真
Joined: 15 Jul 2008 Posts: 1504 Location: Osaka, JAPAN
I dunno if it's a good idea, like tje Love is Best Tour... It will be 3 tour in a year !
It's quite a lot for Ai-chin who didn't sell a lot... Hope this kind of things will works.
 
toniayu
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 4:01 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 25 Aug 2009 Posts: 20 Location: spain
ahhhhhh oh my god, I had already want a new album ai

Boogie

I'll buy
I hope to include pocket, one wonders, will include the successes of his career or just those in the period after ai am best?
 
amouring
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 4:06 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 24 Jun 2009 Posts: 220
^ It seems that's what Avex is aiming for. She didn't sell that well in recent years compared to the past, so they're making up for her low sales by putting her on tour constantly. Ai really deserves a break, I think.
 
toniayu
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 4:10 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 25 Aug 2009 Posts: 20 Location: spain
I would like to take a break ai, but if it is for the greater good it is taken ...
No
 
flintandtas
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 7:49 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 07 Jul 2009 Posts: 8448 Location: Sydney, Australia
amouring wrote:
It seems that's what Avex is aiming for. She didn't sell that well in recent years compared to the past, so they're making up for her low sales by putting her on tour constantly. Ai really deserves a break, I think.

I think that is exactly what it is, though another major tour so soon after Love is born will be very tough, however I do believe it is Ai's decision in the end.
 
LittleBigHeart
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 8:32 am Reply with quote
恋愛写真 恋愛写真
Joined: 15 Jul 2008 Posts: 1504 Location: Osaka, JAPAN
I really think this is an Avex decision Confused
"Money, money, money ! Boogie"

Edit from the official website :

大塚 愛の数ある名曲の中から、恋する2人を描いた現在進行形のラブソングを厳選した
ラブソングBEST ALBUM『LOVE is BEST』2009年11月11日(水)発売決定!


恋人達の季節、秋からクリスマスにかけて9ヶ所10公演で行なうツアーとコンセプトをリンク。
「恋してキレイになる」をテーマにした新曲1曲やリアレンジなど新しく蘇った楽曲を含む旧譜14曲からなる全15曲を予定。
DVDには、新曲1曲+旧譜(リアレンジ)1曲の2曲の初収録クリップを含む全6曲収録予定。

<CD収録予定曲>
新曲
恋愛写真 -春-
甘い気持ちまるかじり
さくらんぼ
Strawberry Jam
ふたつ星記念日(NEW RECORDING)
甘えんぼ(NEW RECORDING)
drop.
HEART
大好きだよ。
チケット
One × Time(NEW RECORDING)
ポケット(NEW RECORDING)
キミにカエル。
君フェチ
全15曲



<DVD収録予定曲>
「新曲」New
「One × Time」New
「甘えんぼ」
「さくらんぼ」
「HEART」
「大好きだよ。」

全6曲


※曲順未定
 
Koda
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 8:37 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 27 Oct 2008 Posts: 12319
^ heh, yeah I was thinking the same thing. I feel that, since Ai's cute and pure love songs was what rocketed her to fame in the first place, they're thinking "Hey, since Ai's not as popular as she was then, why don't we do a repeat performance of what she did back then?". avex is evil. Tongue

EDIT: OMFG YAY A VIDEO FOR ONE X TIME!! YAYYYY!!! avex may be evil, but they sure are smart! Laughing
 
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