|Studio album by Ai Otsuka|
|Released||December 14, 2005|
|Label|| Avex Trax |
AVCD-17839 (Japan, CD+DVD)
AVCD-17840 (Japan, CD+DVD + Photobook)
AVCD-17541 (Japan, CD)
AVCD-17542 (Japan, CD + Photobook)
|Ai Otsuka chronology|
|Singles from Love Cook|
Love Cook is Ai Otsuka's third album released on 14 December 2005 under the Avex Trax record label.It was released in four formats: CD only, CD+DVD, CD+Photobook and CD+Picture Book. The latter two are limited to 150,000 copies each, and feature different sleeve case covers. The picture book illustrations are hand-drawn by Ai herself.
Ai Otsuka is a Japanese singer-songwriter from Suminoe-ku, Osaka, Japan. She is a popular artist on the Avex Trax label and is best known for her 2003 hit "Sakuranbo," which stayed in the Top 200 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart for 103 weeks.
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Three singles were released before the album: double A-Sided "Smily / Biidama", "Neko ni Fūsen" and "Planetarium". "Smily / Biidama" and "Planetarium" were the first two Ai Otsuka singles to reach the #1 spot in Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, and, having sold more than 300,000 copies each, are among her best-selling singles. All three singles are in the Oricon Top 100 Singles for 2005. On the other hand, "Cherish" had already been released as the final track in the various artists album Love for Nana: Only 1 Tribute , a homage to the manga.
"Neko ni Fūsen" is Ai Otsuka's 9th single, which was released on 13 July 2005. This single sold 111,324 units and reached #92 on the 2005 Oricon yearly charts.
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Many songs from Love Cook were used for commercial purposes as part of the artist's endorsements. "Smily" and "Biidama" were background songs in two TV commercials of Lion, a personal hygiene products company. "Neko Ni Fuusen" was featured in the Toshiba W31T commercial. "U-Boat" was image song for the 2006 TV advertisement of Meiko Gijuku, a private school. 'Cherish' and 'Planetarium' were used in music.jp TV spots. 'Planetarium' was also an image song of the 2005 TBS live-action dorama Hana Yori Dango.
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Love Cook is Ai Otsuka's best-selling album to date and her first album to pass the 800,000 mark, which was accomplished once the promotional "Love  Cook Tour" started. On March 9, Love Cook won an award at the Japan Gold Disc Awards for being one of the best albums of 2005. Total sales now stands at 835,333 units and the album has stayed on the Oricon TOP 300 weekly chart for more than 52 weeks.
All tracks written by Ai.
|2.||"Haneari Tamago" (羽ありたまご; Winged Egg)||Ai×Ikoman|
Strings arrangement: Ittetsu Gen
|3.||"Biidama" (ビー玉; Marble)||Ai×Ikoman||4:06|
|6.||"Neko Ni Fuusen" (ネコに風船; Cat in a Balloon)||Ai×Ikoman|
String arrangements: Ittetsu Gen
String arrangements: Crusher Kimura
|8.||"Ramen 3 Pun Kukkingu" (ラーメン3分クッキング; Cooking 3 Minute Ramen)||Ai×Ikoman||3:00|
|9.||"Tokyo Midnight" (東京ミッドナイト)||Ai×Ikoman|
Brass Arrangement: Yokan
|1.||"Biidama" (Music video)|
|2.||"Cherish" (Music video)|
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Love Punch is the debut album by Ai Otsuka released on 31 March 2004 under the Avex Trax record label. This album was released in two formats: a CD Only version and a CD+DVD version. The CD+DVD edition comes with a DVD containing promo clips and interviews. Initial pressings contained a limited edition picture book. The album reached #3 on the Oricon charts and stayed on the charts for a total of 98 weeks. Because the album sold 519,300 copies in 2004, it became the #20 most popular album of 2004. However, it also charted on the 2005 end-of-year charts at #94 as it sold 159,025 copies in that year as well. In total, this album has sold 698,277 units.
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