Aiko (singer)

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Aiko
Birth name Aiko Yanai[1]
Born (1975-11-22) November 22, 1975 (age 38)
Origin Suita, Osaka, Japan[2]
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present (singer)
Labels Pony Canyon
Website aiko.can-d.com

Aiko (stylised as aiko, birth name: Aiko Yanai (柳井愛子 Yanai Aiko?)) is a J-Pop singer-songwriter and vocalist.

Music career[edit]

Aiko studied popular music[clarification needed] vocals at the Osaka Junior College of Music.[citation needed]

In April, 1996, Aiko became a radio host of FM Osaka after graduating from the college. She released a CD which she produced independently with her friends of the college in August. She participated in "The 5th Music Quest Japan Final" on October 10, and was awarded the Excellence Award shared with Ringo Shiina. She released an EP on an independent label in 1997, followed by a single and a mini-album in 1998.[citation needed]

In July, 1998, Aiko debuted on a major label with her first single, "Ashita", which was used as the theme song for the movie Shinsei Toire no Hanako-san.

In 2000, her second album, Sakura no Ki no Shita, reached number one in the Oricon weekly charts, with the total CD sales amounting to 1.4 million copies. Her sixth single, "Boyfriend", sold over 500,000 copies and became her best-selling CD single. She made her first appearance in NHK's 2000 Kohaku Uta Gassen.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Aiko discography

Singles[edit]

Release date Title Peak
chart
position
July 17, 1998 Ashita (あした?) 89
March 3, 1999 Naki Mushi (ナキ・ムシ?) 26
August 4, 1999 Hanabi (花火?) 10
November 17, 1999 Kabutomushi (カブトムシ?) 8
February 17, 2000 Sakura no Toki (桜の時?) 12
September 20, 2000 Boy Friend (ボーイフレンド?) 2
February 21, 2001 Hatsukoi (初恋?) 3
May 30, 2001 Rosie (ロージー?) 2
November 21, 2001 Oyasuminasai (おやすみなさい?) 2
April 24, 2002 Anata to Akushu (あなたと握手?) 6
August 14, 2002 Kondo Made ni wa (今度までには?) 3
April 23, 2003 Chōchō Musubi (蝶々結び?) 4
August 6, 2003 Andromeda (アンドロメダ?) 3
November 6, 2003 Eriashi (えりあし?) 5
April 28, 2004 Kaban (かばん?) 3
September 1, 2004 Hana Kaze (花風?) 2
February 16, 2005 Mikuni Eki (三国駅?) 2
August 3, 2005 Kira Kira (キラキラ?) 2
November 30, 2005 Star (スター?) 4
July 12, 2006 Kumo wa Shiro Ringo wa Aka (雲は白リンゴは赤?) 3
May 30, 2007 Shiawase (シアワセ?) 2
August 22, 2007 Hoshi no Nai Sekai / Yokogao (星のない世界/横顔?) 2
March 12, 2008 Futari (二人?) 3
July 23, 2008 KissHug 2
February 18, 2009 Milk / Nageki no Kiss (milk/嘆きのキス?) 1
February 3, 2010 Modorenai Ashita (戻れない明日?) 1
April 21, 2010 Mukai Awase (向かいあわせ?) 2
May 11, 2011 Koi no Super Ball / Home (恋のスーパーボール/ホーム?) 4
November 23, 2011 Zutto (ずっと?) 4
July 17, 2013 Love letter / Shigatsu no Ame (Love letter/4月の雨?) 2
January 29, 2014 Kimi no Tonari (君の隣?) 5

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Release date Title Peak
chart
position
April 21, 1999 Chiisana Marui Kōjitsu (小さな丸い好日?) 24
March 1, 2000 Sakura no Ki no Shita (桜の木の下?) 1
June 20, 2001 Natsufuku (夏服?) 1
September 4, 2002 Aki Soba ni Iru yo (秋 そばにいるよ?) 2
November 27, 2003 Akatsuki no Love Letter (暁のラブレター?) 1
March 2, 2005 Yume no Naka no Massugu na Michi (夢の中のまっすぐな道?) 1
August 23, 2006 Kanojo (彼女?) 1
April 2, 2008 Himitsu (秘密?) 2
March 31, 2010 Baby 1
June 20, 2012 Toki no Silhouette (時のシルエット?) 1
May 28, 2014 Awa no Yō na Ai datta (泡のような愛だった?) 1

Compilation albums[edit]

Release date Title Peak
chart
position
February 23, 2011 Matome I (まとめI?) 2
Matome II (まとめII?) 3

Independent works[edit]

Release date Title Notes
August 1996 Doty Omnibus CD Vol.1 (ドーテイオムニバスCD Vol.1?) Various artists album (participated in 3 songs)
December 20, 1997 Astral Box Mini album
April 21, 1998 Hachimitsu (ハチミツ?) CD single
May 30, 1998 Girlie Mini album

Performances[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • "Love Like Pop" (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009) Love Like (愛好 Aiko?, love-like)
  • College musical festivals (1999, 2003; 7 places in all)
  • "Baby Peenats Meeting" (2001, 2004; fan club members only)
  • "Love Like Rock" (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 (fan club members only), 2009; no-seat concerts)
  • "Love Like Aloha" (Summer 2003, at Katase beach, Enoshima; Summer 2006 and 2008, at Southern Beach, Chigasaki)

Appearances[edit]

Shorts[edit]

  • Japanese manga artist Yukari Ichijo based the character "Eiko", in Pride (2002-2010) on Aiko, and Aiko has several times expressed admiration for Ichijo.

Radio[edit]

Aiko has presented several regular radio programs, including local radio programmes in the Kansai area before she achieved widespread fame in July 1998.

  • Count Down Kansai Top40 (FM Osaka, April 1996 – December 2001)
  • Poppun Kingdom (MBS, April 1997 – ?)
  • Young Town Music Max (MBS, October 1997 – September 1999)
  • Baby Peanuts (FM Osaka, October 1998 – ?)
  • Aiko's @llnightnippon.com (NBS, November 1999 – March 2003), containing the popular musical feature Sing! Aiko.

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • "Aiko Bon" (2005) was the first official book about Aiko. The book contains her autobiography (in an interview style), photos, feature articles from monthly magazine GbMusicnet and liner notes by herself.[3]

Awards[edit]

Year Type Title
1996 Music Quest Japan Final Excellence Prize – Himawari ni Nattara
2000 Teen's Music Festival Final Teen's Grand Prize – Aitsu o Furimukaseru Hoho
Saku ya Kono Hana Award, Music (Osaka city) * This award is given to a person or an organisation who contributes to a promotion of Osaka culture.
2002 Metropolitan Action on Smoking or Health Stop-smoking Grand Prize
The Japan Gold Disc Award Rock Album of the Year – Natsufuku
2004 The Japan Gold Disc Award Rock & Pop Album of the Year – Akatsuki no Love Letter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aiko". MTV.com. March 31, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biography" (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  3. ^ ISBN 4-7897-2496-4

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