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eyn
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 8:59 am Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
I just realized that you can actually get a lot of information and news about Ai-chin from her Taiwan official site, so I decided to translate all of them as well as I could. Here's a list of news that is available on the official site and I will update each of them with a link pointing to the respective translated article when I finished.

2006.08.03
2006.05.05
    Theme song for love movie too touching, director used her lyrics as movie title

2006.04.19
    Ai Otsuka came to Taiwan for her new single "Frienger"

2005.12.23
    Ai Otsuka invites you to enjoy her "LOVE COOK"

2005.09.28
    Ai Otsuka + Hana Yori Dango = Oricon Top Ranking

2005.08.23
    a-nation'05: Ayumi Hamasaki, Suzuki Ami and Ai Otsuka entertained 45,000 audience

2005.07.23
    "Neko ni Fuusen" single, using cat to express her view on life and love

2005.06.03
    JAM PUCH Tour 2005 ~Condor's little pants fell off~ Ai's charm on stage is irresistible

2005.05.18
    Ai Otsuka keep winning awards "SMILY"

2005.02.17
    2005 Ai Otsuka move towards a seductive queen image, transformed into cow tongue and desired to be eaten

2004.12.01
    Japan new artist Ai Otsuka can't get enough of awards, this time winning Japan Records Award "Best New Artist"

2004.11.24
    2004 best loved artist Ai Otsuka, her love's typhoon win her a new personal record on Oricon chart

2004.10.22
    Everything about Ai Otsuka begins here, the song she composed when she was 19 was kept until now

2004.08.24
    This year, in Japan, everything about summer is Ai Otsuka

2004.07.22
2004.07.16
2004.04.09


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eyn
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 8:59 am Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
2004.04.09
2004 most influential new artist Ai Otsuka creates her new "love" fashion

Recently, an amazingly talented new artist called Ai Otsuka appeared in the Japanese music industry. While she is still young, two of her singles have already gotten into Top 10, and her debut album "LOVE PUNCH", which was just recently released in the end of March, swiftly climbed to the 3rd position on Oricon chart (after Utada Hikaru - SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1 and L'Arc-en-Ciel - SMILE). For a new artist who has been in the industry for only 6 months, to achieve such excellent sales under competition with other famous and older singers, Ai Otsuka has already became the subject of dicussion in the music industry. It has been quite a while since new artist creates huge sales in the Japanese music industry, the appearance of Ai Otsuka not only creates a new "love" fashion, being a multi-talented singer, she has been named the most anticipated new artist of the year!


New promotion strategy captures fans' heart

When Ai Otsuka released her first single "Momo no Hanabira" in September last year, she chose not to appear on TV but uses other promotion methods such as music video, magazine interviews and radio station promotion etc. in order to "progress slowly". Ai's fans can only sample her songs and watch those cute drawings she drew on her official site. This new type of "only know the artist by her music without knowing her looks" promotion has not only concocted huge curiousity among the fans, but also deeply planted her voice into her fans' heart. Indeed, when Ai Otsuka released her 3rd single "Amaenbo", and start to perform on various TV programs, those cumulated familiarity with her songs among the fans instantly created a huge impact, not only "Amaenbo" manage to get into Top 5, her previous single, "Sakuranbo", which was released in December last year, quickly rebounced to Top 10 as well, making a beautiful record of having 2 singles appear on Oricion Top 10 at the same time!


The long anticipated new artist in the Japanese music industry

Following her singles great success, her debut album "LOVE PUNCH", which she has composed and written all of the songs' melody and lyrics, jumped straight to 3rd rank on the Oricon chart! Her unique and sweet singing style and talent also made her a hotly debated topic among the teenagers. Being extremely talented in music composing, she expressed "Singing really is a happy thing to do, especially during the recording, it gives me happiness. I hope all my audience can feel the same kind of happiness after listening to my songs." As a result, while spending most of her time composing music for her debut album, Ai Otsuka, who actually own a kindergarden teacher license, included a 60-pages-thick drawing booklet together with the first press of her album. All of the pictures were drawn by Ai Otsuka herself, the booklet clearly showed her drawing talent to her fans.

In the past few years, having all major awards repeatedly won by those familiar faces, media and music enthusiasts in Japan naturally hope to listen to some new and unique voices. The recent success of Ai Otsuka has clearly proved this desire to listen to a fresh and new voice among the fans. Undeniably, Ai Otsuka is already one of the shiniest star among the new artists.


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Mixi
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 9:27 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 27 Jun 2005 Posts: 168 Location: Québec, Canada
Wow, I'm really happy to read that. I'm glad had such an impact in Japan, I really love her. She's unique and very natural. I hope she'll become even bigger in Japan Smile
 
Clover
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 12:14 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 06 May 2005 Posts: 1029 Location: I need to find a job... boohoohoho
WOOW SO many facts SmileSmile Is it alright for me to put it in my website Eyn?? You'll be credited Giggle
 
eyn
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 2:58 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
Clover wrote:
Is it alright for me to put it in my website Eyn?? You'll be credited Giggle

Yes, sure! Nod You can credit Channel-Ai instead of my user id. btw, eyn looks better, Eyn looks a little bit weird lol. Laughing

Take me a while to translate the article, if you want to correct my grammar before posting on your website, you're welcomed to do so. You know, my English kinda suck. Embarassed
 
Clover
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 3:12 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 06 May 2005 Posts: 1029 Location: I need to find a job... boohoohoho
eyn wrote:
Take me a while to translate the article, if you want to correct my grammar before posting on your website, you're welcomed to do so. You know, my English kinda suck. Embarassed

Nopes not possible XDDD Okay I'll add it along with the CM (in my site)
 
yumiotsuka
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 10:21 pm Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 01 May 2005 Posts: 955
haha~ i'll be putting it into my site too.. as i have as make another site.. =) err... i think that one information is wrong about the fact.. the part whereby she composed her song when she's 19... actually she compose her first song "momo no hanabira" on the age of 17..~

however, i didn't know that she has a kidergarden teachers license... i think that all the children in that school will love her as she's so friendly and kind.. sometimes even funny =) Tongue
 
eyn
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 11:23 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
yumiotsuka wrote:
i think that one information is wrong about the fact.. the part whereby she composed her song when she's 19... actually she compose her first song "momo no hanabira" on the age of 17..~

The news title for 2004.10.22 refers to Daisukidayo single. She composed Daisukidayo at age 19, and it is actually the first song she recorded at Avex, but she keep it untill she think it's the suitable time for its release as she treasure the song very much. If you look at the cover of the single, it says "Everything about Ai Otsuka begins here"... I'll tell you the story when I finished the whole translation. Wink

btw, I'm surprised she has a kindergarden teacher license too. I bet she really like children. Love
 
Rinoa
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 5:36 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
^ I heard somewhere that if she didn't become a singer she would have become a kindergarten teacher Smile
 
yumiotsuka
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 9:24 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 01 May 2005 Posts: 955
eyn wrote:
btw, I'm surprised she has a kindergarden teacher license too. I bet she really like children. Love

ya it's really surprising tough... i think she has a blacking plan like if she can't be a singer she'll be a kidnergarden teacher Tongue
 
eyn
Posted: Aug 21, 2005 6:40 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
2004.07.16
2004 best loved new artist, debut for less than a year, Ai Otsuka will held her concert at Tokyo Dome

The sales results for the first half of 2004 in Japan has just been released, Ai Otsuka, who is only 21 years old this year, appear to be the shiniest star among the other involving artists. Not only has her "Sakuranbo" single obtained fifth spot on the single ranking for the first half of 2004, her debut album "LOVE PUNCH", also appears to be the best selling album among the new female artists. Considered to be the best loved artist of 2004, Ai Otsuka just released her new single "Happy Days" in July, after the huge sales of her debut album "LOVE PUNCH", which has sold more than 600,000 copies. "Happy Days" was chosen as the theme song of "The 24th Japanese High School Quiz Contest", having been in the industry for less than a year, Ai Otsuka will soon hold a concert specially for the high school students at Tokyo Dome, which can accomodate up to 50,000 audience.

Last autumn, Ai Otsuka debuted with "Momo no Hanabira", and this year, both of her single "Sakuranbo" and "Amaenbo" achieved sales as high as 520,000 and 310,000 respectively. Her first album "LOVE PUNCH" has also achieved sales as high as 640,000 so far. According to the authorities (who organize the quiz contest), Ai Otsuka is well supported by teenagers around 10-15 years old, in fact, around 80% of high school student uses Ai Otsuka's song as their cellphone incoming ringtone. While Ai Otsuka has a fairly large male fanbase, a lot of female student really like her music as well. Ai Otsuka's fresh and lively image fits the theme of the event, and so the organizers decided that she will be singing for the event's theme song.

"Happy Days" sounds similar to Ai Otsuka's famous song "Sakuranbo", both are lively and happy with fast tempo. The strong background music and the fast pace tempo together with the cheers of "Happy Days" at the chorus makes audience can't help but start dancing with this "Ai Otsuka-ish" rock song. Ai Otsuka said "Happy Days is a song that can make anyone happy at anytime, I will work hard and let those participants of the quiz have an enjoyable time". On August 5th, Ai Otsuka will hold a special concert for those high school student at Tokyo Dome. Debut for less than a year, Ai Otsuka is already holding concert at Tokyo Dome, this is indeed Japan's first "Love" miracle this year.

"Happy Days" is not only the theme song of "The 24th Japanese High School Quiz Contest", it has also been chosen as the CM song for Ai Otsuka's first commercial, the morinaga "ICE BOX". Considered as the representation product of the summer, the "ICE BOX" has been promoted intensively during summer for the past 10 years, and has helped artists such as ELT, Sentimental Bus and Day After Tomorrow etc. to gain their fame. This time, "ICE BOX" believe that Ai Otsuka's summery image matches welll with their product theme, thus decided to appoint her as the commercial representer for this year. Ai Otsuka together with "ICE BOX" will work together to conquer the summer of 2004 in Japan! The fact that "Happy Days" are highly valued by 2 different organization to use it as their theme song has clearly showed that Ai Otsuka's fame in Japan is higher than ever.

The newly released "Happy Days" single included a full PV of "Happy Days" that is unavailable on TV programs. The music video is shot on a hill at one of Japan's famous resort, Idou (sp). The blue sky and green hill in the background completely conveyed the feeling of "Happy" summer. Ai Otsuka has also specially designed a loud speaker that is painted in her favourite pink colour, and use it as a decoration within the PV. Ai Otsuka mimicked the way how the main character in the Japanese classic cartoon "Lupin III" rolling out of his pink car to start the PV. The whole music video is full of Ai Otsuka-ish fantasy and comical fun, which will definitely bring you "Happy Days" after watching. This year's summer, please spend your "Happy Days" together with Ai Otsuka.


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Lainay
Posted: Aug 22, 2005 9:58 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 21 May 2005 Posts: 641 Location: USA
Wow Eyn, thanks bunches for the translations!! They're really great, and sound quite accurate!
 
RhNinjaXe
Posted: Sep 06, 2005 4:01 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 22 May 2005 Posts: 566 Location: Love Punch World!
She certainly like children.She gives out cute drawings done by her to the kindergarten childrens.This definately makes those children like her.
 
Clover
Posted: Sep 06, 2005 4:34 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 06 May 2005 Posts: 1029 Location: I need to find a job... boohoohoho
RhNinjaXe wrote:
She certainly like children.She gives out cute drawings done by her to the kindergarten childrens.This definately makes those children like her.

WOW really? where did you get that info? Ai-chan is soo great ^^
 
kenz
Posted: Sep 10, 2005 11:55 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Sep 2005 Posts: 14 Location: Formosa
i would definately send my children(if i had one)to whichever kindergarden if she teaches(sound kinda unfair for my kids) Confused

edit: wow they have alots of aichan's drawing on the taiwan site


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