Ai no Tane

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is the unofficial debut single of Japanese pop idol group Morning Musume, released under a defunct independent sub-label of Zetima Records on November 3, 1997. It is sometimes called the "zeroth single"— being the "first single" and so on.

It was later included in many other Morning Musume releases: in their first official single "Morning Coffee"; their first album, ; and their first "Best of" compilation, Best! Morning Musume 1. An instrumental for this song was included in the bonus karaoke disc in the Early Single Box.


In 1997, Sharan Q organized a talent search competition named under the show Asayan. After the competition, producer and Sharan Q vocalist Tsunku offered Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, and Asuka Fukuda—five of the ten losers of the competition—the chance to be taken under his wing on one condition: to sell 50,000 copies of their debut single, which turned out to be "Ai no Tane." The girls agreed to the challenge and were named Morning Musume; thus, the recording of the song began.

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Recordings began on mid-September as well as the photoshoot for the CD cover.Featured on Asayan<nowiki>'s</nowiki> September 28, 1997 episode. During the production, the group faced a big issue regarding with Yuko Nakazawa. At the beginning, Nakazawa wore long hair that was originally featured in...
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