Love Cook

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Love Cook
LOVE COOK.jpg
Studio album by Ai Otsuka
Released December 14, 2005 (2005-12-14)
Recorded 2005
Genre J-pop
Length51:13
Label Avex Trax
AVCD-17839 (Japan, CD+DVD)
AVCD-17840 (Japan, CD+DVD + Photobook)
AVCD-17541 (Japan, CD)
AVCD-17542 (Japan, CD + Photobook)
Producer Ai Otsuka
Ai Otsuka chronology
Love Jam
(2004)
Love Cook
(2005)
Ai am Best
(2007)
Alternative cover
LOVE COOK CD+Picture book.jpg
CD+Picture Book
Love Cook CD+Photo book.jpg
CD+Photo Book
Singles from Love Cook
  1. "Smily / Biidama"
    Released: 11 May 2005
  2. "Neko ni Fūsen"
    Released: 13 July 2005
  3. "Planetarium"
    Released: 21 September 2005

Love Cook is Ai Otsuka's third album released on 14 December 2005 under the Avex Trax record label. [1] 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.

Avex Group holding company for a group of entertainment-related subsidiaries based in Japan

Avex Inc. is an entertainment conglomerate led by founder Max Matsuura and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Avex manages J-pop talents like Ayumi Hamasaki and internet sensation PikoTaro. It has also shifted into other business domains like anime, video games and live music events like partnering with Ultra Music Festival and hosting the annual A-nation.

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.

Oricon Inc., established in 1999, is the holding company at the head of a Japanese corporate group that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan. It started as Original Confidence Inc., which was founded by Sōkō Koike in November 1967 and became known for its music charts. Oricon Inc. was originally set up as a subsidiary of Original Confidence and took over the latter’s Oricon record charts in April 2002.

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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Image song song related to a fictional work, sung in-character

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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 [99] 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.

Track listing

All tracks written by Ai.

CD
No.TitleArranger(s)Length
1."5:09a.m."Ai×Ikoman2:52
2."Haneari Tamago" (羽ありたまご; Winged Egg)Ai×Ikoman
Strings arrangement: Ittetsu Gen
4:58
3."Biidama" (ビー玉; Marble)Ai×Ikoman4:06
4."Smily"Ai×Ikoman3:33
5."U-Boat" (U-ボート)Ai×Ikoman4:42
6."Neko Ni Fuusen" (ネコに風船; Cat in a Balloon)Ai×Ikoman
String arrangements: Ittetsu Gen
5:13
7."Cherish"Ai×Ikoman
String arrangements: Crusher Kimura
4:51
8."Ramen 3 Pun Kukkingu" (ラーメン3分クッキング; Cooking 3 Minute Ramen)Ai×Ikoman3:00
9."Tokyo Midnight" (東京ミッドナイト)Ai×Ikoman
Brass Arrangement: Yokan
4:56
10."Planetarium" (プラネタリウム)Ai×Ikoman5:10
11."Birthday Song"Ai×Ikoman3:50
12."Love Music"Ai×Ikoman4:30
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Biidama" (Music video) 
2."Cherish" (Music video) 

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References

  1. "Discography|大塚 愛(おおつか あい) Official WebSite". Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-03-10.