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Nov 02 2017

Morning Musume ’17 collaborates with first generation members for Morning Musume’s 20th anniversary

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their indie CD debut, Hello! Project’s Morning Musume has announced the remake of their first indie single, “Ai no Tane”, which will be sung by Morning Musume ’17 and Morning Musume’s first generation members.

Morning Musume celebrated their 20th anniversary on September 14th, 2017. On November 3rd, 1997, the group had released their first indie single “Ai no Tane”. In order to make their major label debut, they were given the challenge to sell 50 thousand copies in five days. They successfully reached their goal and achieved their major debut, leading the way to their current success.

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All five of the original members will perform on the new single. First generation leader Yuko Nakazawa commented, “Twenty years ago on November 3rd, Morning Musume released their first indie single, ‘Ai no Tane’. Now, Morning Musume from twenty years ago and Morning Musume ’17 twenty years later will sing a new ‘Ai no Tane’. Morning Musume was able to continue 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 five of us are very attached to, so I’m 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 twenty years!”

Kaori Iida commented, “Since the year Morning Musume formed, November has always reminded me of ‘Ai no Tane’. It’s been twenty years, but the memories of that time are still strong for me. 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!”

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Natsumi Abe reflected, “20 years since ‘Ai no Tane’ was released… It makes me think a lot of the past twenty years. I was able to sing with newfound feelings while feeling nostalgic about the time back then.”

Asuka Fukuda said, “Congratulations on 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 first generation got together at the music video shoot, but strangely enough, everything felt the same as 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’re still active today. I sang this song with a grateful feeling for our senpai and for 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 on November 3rd.

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