Ai no Chikara
Single by Heike Michiyo
from the album For ourself ~Single History~
Native title 愛の力
Released August 9, 2000
Genre J-Pop
Format CD single
Length 14:09
Label Warner Music Japan
Producer Tsunku
Heike Michiyo Singles Chronology
Previous One Room Natsu no Koi Monogatari 7th single (2000)
Next Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye 9th single (2001)

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.


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 InformationEdit

Ai no Chikara
Tokai no Yoru

TV PerformancesEdit

Concert PerformancesEdit

Ai no Chikara

Oricon Chart PositionsEdit

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

Total Reported Sales: 11,250


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


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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