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Aiko (singer)

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Birth name  Aiko Yanai
Instruments  Vocals
Origin  Suita, Osaka, Japan
Genres  Pop
Name  Aiko (singer)
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter

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Born  November 22, 1975 (age 40) (1975-11-22)

Years active  1998–present (singer)

Aiko Yanai (柳井愛子, Yanai Aiko, born November 22, 1975), known by her stage name Aiko, (stylized as aiko) is a Japanese pop singer and songwriter.


Aiko koi wo shita no wa a silent voice music video

Music career

In April, 1996, Aiko became a radio host of FM Osaka after graduating from college. She released a CD which she produced independently with her friends of 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.

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.


  • Chiisana Marui Kōjitsu (1999)
  • Sakura no Ki no Shita (2000)
  • Natsufuku (2001)
  • Aki Soba ni Iru yo (2002)
  • Akatsuki no Love Letter (2003)
  • Yume no Naka no Massugu na Michi (2005)
  • Kanojo (2006)
  • Himitsu (2008)
  • Baby (2010)
  • Toki no Silhouette (2012)
  • Awa no Yō na Ai datta (2014)
  • May Dream (2016)
  • Tours

  • "Love Like Pop" (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) 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, 2017 (fan club members only), 2009; no-seat concerts, 2011, 2013, 2015 at Zepp Tokyo)
  • "Love Like Aloha" (Summer 2003, at Katase beach, Enoshima; Summer 2006 and 2008, at Southern Beach, Chigasaki, 2012 and 2015)
  • Shorts

  • Japanese manga artist Yukari Ichijo based the character "Eiko", in Pride (2002–2010) on Aiko, and Aiko has several times expressed admiration for Ichijo.
  • Aiko also sang the insert song "KissHug" for the movie Hana Yori Dango Final which premiered on June 28, 2008 and "Mukai Awase" for the 2010 comedy film My Darling is a Foreigner.
  • Radio

    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 (NBS, November 1999 – March 2003), containing the popular musical feature Sing! Aiko.
  • Books

  • "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.
  • References

    Aiko (singer) Wikipedia

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