Aiko (singer)

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Aiko Yanai [1]

(1975-11-22) 22 November 1975 (age 44)
Suita, Osaka, Japan [2]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1998–present
Musical career
Labels Pony Canyon

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


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 10 October, and was awarded the Excellence Award shared with Ringo Shiina. [3] 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 .







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




1996Music Quest Japan FinalExcellence Prize – Himawari ni Nattara
2000Teen's Music Festival FinalTeen'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.
2002Metropolitan Action on Smoking or HealthStop-smoking Grand Prize
The Japan Gold Disc Award [5] Rock Album of the Year – Natsufuku
2004The Japan Gold Disc Award [6] Rock & Pop Album of the Year – Akatsuki no Love Letter
2018MTV VMAJ [7] Best Female Video -Japan-

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