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RhNinjaXe
Posted: Jul 30, 2005 1:29 pm Reply with quote
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Utada Hikaru (Utada Hikaru, born January 19, 1983), also known as "Hikki" to her Japanese fans, is a J-Pop music star. In an interview, she stated that she plans to use the English-order name (Hikaru Utada) to separate her "English" and "Japanese" personas, however, her most recent American releases, "Devil Inside" and "Exodus '04", and her album, Exodus were released under the name "Utada". Utada Hikaru is one of the most popular and successful Asian artists today, given her personality, singing and songwriting ability, looks, and lifestyle and upbringing.

She was born in New York City, New York to Japanese parents who both had roots in the Japanese music industry: her father, Teruzane Skingg Utada, was a producer, while her mother, Junko Utada, was an enka singer (she performed under the stage name "Keiko Fuji"). She made her first professional recording at the age of twelve, and recorded her first album, Precious, in 1996 under the pseudonym Cubic U. The album led to her career overseas. In a recent MTV interview, Utada said, "Someone in Japan heard it, at a Japanese record company, and he said, 'Oh, can't you write in Japanese? You speak Japanese.' And I didn't want to say no, so I had to try it."

She moved to Tokyo later that year and attended The American School in Japan while continuing to record on a new contract with Toshiba/EMI. She soon made her mark on Japanese music with her successful single "Automatic", soon followed by the album First Love, which sold over five million copies in a month during March and April of 1999 and placed Utada among the 100 wealthiest people in Japan. She also broke the record of units sold on a single album in Japan; she still holds the record as of 2005.

The album has sold in excess of ten million copies in Asia.

Utada returned to New York in 2000 to attend Columbia University as a freshman, but took leave from it within the year. She continued to record, however, and her two subsequent albums, Distance (2001) and Deep River (2002), also went multi-platinum. Shortly after the release of the latter she announced her marriage to Kazuaki Kiriya, a photographer and director fifteen years her senior who directed her videos "Final Distance", "Travelling", and "Sakura Drops" in September 2002.

The video for Utada's 2001 song "Can You Keep a Secret" received some attention as part of International Week, which coincided with the 2001 EMAs, on the American channel MTV2. That video's airplay was likely Utada's first chance at exposure in the United States.

So far she is best known in the western hemisphere for singing "Simple and Clean" sample?, the theme to the video game series "Kingdom Hearts," which is an English version of her popular song "Hikari". She also performed a well-received duet with Foxy Brown, "Blow My Whistle", which was featured on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack. Her most successful singles include "Can You Keep a Secret?", "Addicted to You", and "First Love".

On October 5, 2004, Utada Hikaru released her debut North America and Europe album Exodus under the name "Utada" (for fear of fans mutilating her Japanese nickname, Hikki). It was released nearly a month earlier, on September 9 in Japan, with a special booklet and housed in a cardboard slipcase. In an MTV interview, Utada said: "There really aren't any completely Asian people singing right now. For me, it's an experiment to see what people are gonna think of it". But her American debut as an Island Def Jam Music Group artist was met with indifference by the American market, perhaps due in part to poor promotion on her record label's part.

Utada Hikaru calls Exodus her "experiment", and failing to establish as huge a fanbase as the one she has in Japan probably won't bother the young superstar as much as it has her diehard American fans. Her ability to traverse both the English and Japanese languages with ease, along with her songwriting abilities and unique voice place Utada firmly in the hierarchy of Japanese superstars.

"Easy Breezy" was released as the lead single in early August 2004, followed up by the dance blockbuster "Devil Inside" a month and two weeks later. "Exodus '04" was released at the end of June 2005. There is currently no fourth single planned for release from Exodus.

Her single "Be My Last", is due to be released on September 28, 2005 in Japan. The single following that, "Passion", is the theme song for the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and will be released in the winter.

She was in the guiness world record for being asia most popular singer.
Personally,her song is really nice and her voice is great too.I like the song"Simple and Clean"which is really special.




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Klonoa
Posted: Jul 30, 2005 2:02 pm Reply with quote
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I like alot of Hikki's Japanese songs. I bought her Exodus album and only liked 5 songs. I really regret buying it.
 
spirus
Posted: Jul 30, 2005 3:06 pm Reply with quote
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i like hikaru ^_^
for a long time i was calling her utada thinking thats her namer Sneeze
her song first love is a really gorgeous one
the only point i really dont like is her PVs..they have lack of erm niceness, creativy..
 
zizou
Posted: Jul 31, 2005 10:24 am Reply with quote
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hikki is one of my most favourite j-pop singers ^^
my first experience with j-pop was namie amuro, followed by ayumi hamasaki, then utada hikaru Love
 
Jason
Posted: Aug 01, 2005 8:23 am Reply with quote
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hahaha, i am the one who suppose to start this thread. I am hikki freak. I have all her albums. Frankly speaking, i don't really love her debut english album(Exodus) becuz the songs are a bit weird for me. Tongue

Anywhere, i wan to introduce you guys one of her dvd pack "Utada Hikaru Unplugged", this concert is really cool. I will try to convert this dvd pack into avi or wat n upload it.


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zizou
Posted: Aug 01, 2005 10:20 am Reply with quote
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aw man, i wonder how big the files are gonna be ^^;
speaking of exodus..have u ever wondered why almost all of her songs are about sex? Laughing

but i still love it anyways ^^
 
puffmama
Posted: Aug 01, 2005 1:04 pm Reply with quote
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i liked her Exodus album, has anyone seen her You Make me Want To be A Man music video?
 
AYA6912
Posted: Aug 01, 2005 4:40 pm Reply with quote
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im a big utada hikaru fan, she was the second jpop singer i got into, i have her albums and music videos, her songs are really good, i got her exodus cd and it was different from her other cd's it reminds me abit of a softer bjork Laughing i liked it, is there a PV for you make me want to be a man?? wow! i wanna see it ^^
 
spellcheck
Posted: Aug 02, 2005 12:52 am Reply with quote
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AYA6912 wrote:
im a big utada hikaru fan, she was the second jpop singer i got into, i have her albums and music videos, her songs are really good, i got her exodus cd and it was different from her other cd's it reminds me abit of a softer bjork Laughing i liked it, is there a PV for you make me want to be a man?? wow! i wanna see it ^^


I guess it has JUST surfaced on the net, meaning like...TODAY. I actually just watched it about 10 minutes ago. I'll upload it for you guys!

http://s53.yousendit.com/d.php?id=3JLXRWL14XWK819FTODYX8WCKO

Credits: Nikki of Utada-Online and Samen of BoAjjang

Note: I guess this was filmed with a video camera when the MV was playing on a TV. That means it's horrible quality. But you still get a general idea of what it's about, right? Laughing
 
zizou
Posted: Aug 02, 2005 2:17 am Reply with quote
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i was just gonna ask puffmama to upload the PV, but thanks a lot spellcheck! ^^
 
RhNinjaXe
Posted: Aug 02, 2005 3:37 am Reply with quote
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The song that i like the most is her english version simple and clean.
i suppose many of u do not like her exodus one.i too honestly did not think much of it.She sings her english simple and clean very well,not even a little accent of japanese voice did i hear.however,what i saw her when she was 20 and now is different.
her face does not really look the same
 
spirus
Posted: Aug 02, 2005 6:30 am Reply with quote
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RhNinjaXe wrote:
The song that i like the most is her english version simple and clean.
i suppose many of u do not like her exodus one.i too honestly did not think much of it.She sings her english simple and clean very well,not even a little accent of japanese voice did i hear.however,what i saw her when she was 20 and now is different.
her face does not really look the same

i dont count her as a pretty star ~_~
as for simple and clean
its one of my favorite songs by her, hikari as well lol..at another forum there was an old thread about why she chose simple and clean as an english title for hikari..i think that at hikari at some point shes sort of humming simple and clean
 
broken::dreams
Posted: Aug 02, 2005 5:12 pm Reply with quote
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Of course there's no Japanese accent! She's American. Actually, you can tell that she's better at English than Japanese (speaking, not lyrically) when you watch Japanese interviews with her and stuff. Also, in her first album, she had an American accent, she still has a little.

Let's see, yeah, I like Hikki. I used to love her, but not anymore. I like her "DEEP RIVER" album the best. That was a masterpiece album!! I liked "EXODUS", too. It wasn't great, but it was fresh.

BTW, thanks for the "YMMWTBAM" video. It's so weird. I don't know if I like it. 'Tis very strange~... Shocked
 
ayu_dearest_
Posted: Aug 04, 2005 1:51 am Reply with quote
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I love Utada Hikaru. She is the first J-Pop singer I liked.
>< I dicovered Ayumi first but didnt like her songs......now ayumi is one of my favourite singers Surprised
 
lovechan
Posted: Aug 19, 2005 3:14 am Reply with quote
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Hikki is my the most favourite singer. I have all of her albums & singles.
Now, i'm waitng for Be My Last and Passion. Boogie
 
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