Japanese title: 愛の力
Romaji title: ai no chikara
English title: Power of Love
Release date: 2000.08.09
Catalog nr: WPDV-10091
Label: WARNER MUSIC JAPAN
First press: yes, when buying the single you would get 1 of 3 different trading cards.
«Ai no Chikara» is Michiyo Heike‘s 8th single, released a short month before her second album.
It was released on August 9th, 2000, on the record label Warner Music Japan, and contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side («Tokai no Yoru»). The single sold a total of 13.475 copies, and ranked at #38 on the Oricon music charts.
Heike said in an interview a few weeks before the release date:
Heike: «As for my latest single, “Ai No Chikara”, I couldn’t believe it was produced for me because it was such a different genre from what I was used to. I like listening to this type of music on a daily basis, but I never imagined I would be singing something like this.”
Interviewer: «R&B has been a popular genre nowadays and many have been landing on the top of music chart. This song has got some R&B flavor (“Tokai No Yoru” has a stronger R&B flavor in comparison). It’s got the rhythm of hip-hop and definitely a new sound for Michiyo Heike. But this is, in exchange, a whole new challenge for her and it must be a rewarding experience. The rhythm is quite unique, but after I listened to the whole song, I could clearly tell that it was made especially for her, for it required a solid vocal skill to pull it off.»
Heike: “I was told by Tsunku, my producer, that this song was supposed to emphasize my vocal skills. So rather than paying too much attention to the rhythm, I was asked to improve my vocal technique. So that’s my new strategy and my new goal.”
Heike said in an interview on the release date of the single:
For those who are reading CD data, hello! I’m releasing my 8th single “Ai No Chikara”. Same as the last time, Tsunku was the producer for this single. When I listened to it for the first time, I was quite surprised because it was an entirely different genre from what I was used to [note: she used to have the rock musician Hatake as a producer before Tsunku]. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. But I gave it a try with my usual ‘determined willpower’. Both my last single, “One Room Natsu No Koimonogatari” and this single, you can discover my entirely different aspect in a refreshing way. Hope you enjoy!
01. 愛の力 (Ai no Chikara; Power of Love)
02. 都会の夜 (Tokai no Yoru; City Night)
03. 愛の力 (Instrumental)
愛の力 (Ai no Chikara)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: AKIRA
都会の夜 (Tokai no Yoru)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki
Heike said in an interview:
Interviewer: Now, about the c/w “Tokai No Yoru”, the lyrics are about a daily life of a woman, which is a typical theme for her songs lately.
Heike: It’s a mentally stimulating song. It’s about a single girl living on her own, feeling a little lonely. As for me, I’ve been living in Tokyo on my own for 3 years, so I’m used to it. But 3 years ago, I was definitely feeling this way sometimes so I really understand the main character’s feeling. It’s like I’m singing about my past, when I was younger. Lol.”