J-pop Singer-Songwriter Ai Otsuka Shares Greatest-Hits Track List, Cover Art

Ai Otsuka
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Ai Otsuka

J-pop singer-songwriter Ai Otsuka shared the cover art and track list of her upcoming greatest-hits album, Ai am BEST, too.

Her double-disk, career-spanning collection will contain 31 tracks, including smash hits such as "Sakuranbo," "Planetarium," "CHU-LIP," and "SMILY," along with some of her more recent releases hand-picked by the artist herself.

Otsuka refers to the songs in this project as "convenience music," likening them to the varied offerings found in convenience stores because the comprehensive selection spanning her 15-year career defies genres and frameworks.

The cover art features the number 15 designed to look like a heart, possibly alluding to the 36-year-old artist's first name, which uses the Japanese character meaning "love."

The versions with DVD or Blu-ray will come with live footage of her concert called LOVE IS BORN at the iconic outdoor venue Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo (aka "Yaon"), held Sept. 9 to commemorate her birthday and 15th anniversary. She performed a special set featuring lush reinterpretations of her old and new hits, backed by strings and a horn section to mark her 15-year milestone.

Ai Otsuka's Ai am BEST, too will drop on New Year's Day, 2019.