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Aiko Kitahara (北原愛子) is a former Japanese pop singer and songwriter under the Giza Studio label.
Aiko's interest in music was inspired by her mother's love for bossa nova and Latin pop, which have had a big influence on her songs. In 2002, Aiko debuted with the single "Grand Blue", which was used as the opening theme for the anime Tenshi na Konamaiki. Aiko rarely made media appearances or appeared in music magazines. In 2011, after performing her last live show in Hills Factory, Aiko announced her retirement through her blog. During her career she released eighteen singles, four studio albums, and one greatest hits album.