Ai no Chikara (愛の力; Power of Love) is Heike Michiyo's eighth single. It was released on August 9, 2000, a short month before her second album.

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

Heike_Michiyo_-_Ai_no_Chikara_(MV)

Heike Michiyo - Ai no Chikara (MV)

  1. Ai no Chikara
  2. Tokai no Yoru (都会の夜; City Night)
  3. Ai no Chikara (Instrumental)

Single Information[edit | edit source]

Ai no Chikara
Tokai no Yoru

TV Performances[edit | edit source]

Concert Performances[edit | edit source]

Ai no Chikara

Oricon Chart Positions[edit | edit source]

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- - - - - - - 38 7,640

Total Reported Sales: 11,250

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • First press came with 1 of 3 different trading cards.

Interviews[edit | edit source]

Interview
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."[1]

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 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 Koi Monogatari” and this single, you can discover my entirely different aspect in a refreshing way. Hope you enjoy!"[2]

Heike said in an interview:

Interviewer: "Now, about the coupling song "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."[3]

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Heike Michiyo
Discography
Major Singles 1. GET | 2. Sotsugyou ~TOP OF THE WORLD~ | 3. Daikirai | 4. Dakedo Aishisugite | 5. Anata no Yume ni Naritai | 6. scene | 7. One Room Natsu no Koi Monogatari | 8. Ai no Chikara | 9. Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye | 10. Propose | 11. Murasaki Shikibu
Indies Singles 1. Ran・RUN・Ran | 2. unaffected
Major Albums Original: Teenage Dream
Best: For ourself ~Single History~
Soundtrack: Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~
Indies Albums 1. JECICA | 2. Koimizuki | 3. Fantasia
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Kiiro 5 | 7nin Matsuri | Sexy 8
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