Morning Musume. ’17 Collaborates with 1st Generation Members for 20th Anniversary Single!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their indies CD debut, Morning Musume. will be releasing a remake of that legendary single “Ai no Tane” and it will be sung by the original members as well as Morning Musume. ’17!
Morning Musume. celebrated their 20th anniversary on September 14, 2017. On November 3, 1997, the group had released their first indie single “Ai no Tane”. In order to make a major label debut, they were given the challenge to sell 50,000 copies in 5 days. They successfully reached their goal, which led to their major debut, and subsequently to their success today.
All five of the original members will be singing in the single. First generation leader Yuko Nakazawa commented, “Twenty years ago on November 3rd, Morning Musume. released their first indie single, ‘Ai no Tane’. Morning Musume. from 20 years ago and Morning Musume. ’17 20 years later will sing a new “Ai no Tane”, which started Morning Musume.. Morning Musume. was able to continue on to their 20th year because of all of the fans over the years. Thank you!”
Aya Ishiguro stated, “I was very surprised and happy when I first learned of this! ‘Ai no Tane’ is a song all 5 of us are very attached to, so I am extremely happy to be able to sing this song with the current members. We’d like to thank all of our fans over the past 20 years!”
Kaori Iida commented, “Since the year Morning Musume.formed, every year, November always reminded me of ‘Ai no Tane’. It’s been 20 years, but the memories of the time still are with me very strongly. We’ve all grown up and we’re able to express ‘Ai no Tane’ differently. I actually recorded a month after I gave birth, so it will have my motherly feelings too. (laugh)”
Natsumi Abe reflected, “20 years since ‘Ai no Tane’ was released.. It makes me think a lot of the past 20 years. I was able to sing with newfound feelings while reflecting and feeling nostalgic of the time back then.”
Asuka Fukuda said, “Congratulations to the 20th anniversary of Morning Musume.! I’m very honored to be a part of this collaboration. It was the first time in 18 years that all of the 1st generation got together at the music video shoot, but strangely enough, everything felt like it was back then. The song features the energetic voices of the current members along with the 2017 sound; it was so interesting and very fun to be a part of this.”
Regarding the collaboration, current Morning Musume.’17 leader Mizuki Fukumura commented, “This song started Morning Musume., and it’s the reason why we are still active today. I sang this song with the gratefulness to our senpai and everyone who has supported us over the years. I still can’t believe this collaboration between the first generation members and Morning Musume.’17! I hope everyone listens to this song a lot!”
“Ai no Tane” (20th Anniversary Ver.) will be available digitally starting from November 3, 2017 10:30am Japan time.
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