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Utada

She dominates the charts in Japan whenever she releases a single or album, but to call her a J-pop singer ignores Utada's American roots and her desire to break all the rules of the genre. Born January 19, 1983, in New York City to a traditional Japanese-style singer mother and a musician/producer father, Hikaru Utada grew up in the recording studio. Her father's production job bounced her between New York City and Tokyo, with the only constant being naps and homework in the studio. She was bilingual at an early age and soon came to understand both American and Japanese cultures.

She had composed and recorded her first Japanese-language song by the age of 11 and her first album in English by 13. What stood out to the few who heard the album was what an accomplished composer Utada was. A Toshiba-EMI executive approached the singer to see if she could write her pop songs in Japanese. She could, of course, and her Japanese-language debut album, First Love, hit number one on the Japanese charts during its first week of release, breaking the record for first-week sales of a debut album, and has sold nine million copies since its release in 1999.

One Japanese-language platinum-selling album after another followed and the Japanese press took note of Utada's unique style, influenced by the alternative rock from America. Academics kept her away from doing many interviews, and her mystique grew as a result. In 2004 she announced she was moving to the Island-Universal Music Japan label and recording an English-language album. Her single "Exodus 04" became a heartbreaker for her solid fan base when her lyrics were taken as a goodbye to Japan.

The album Exodus was released in Japan on September 8, 2004, and Utada now held the record for largest-ever one-day shipment of an English-language album by doubling Mariah Carey's previous record of 500,000. The album mixed wistful pop and sparkling dance music and featured producer Timbaland and Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. American J-pop fans were aware of her for years, but Utada got her first mainstream U.S. exposure when the "Devil Inside" single appeared in September 2004 with Rjd2, the Scumfrog, and Richard Vission handling the remixes. Exodus received its American release on Island in October of the same year. In 2007 EMI announced that Utada had set a record for a Japanese recording artist with combined sales of 7.7 million across all formats (CDs, digital downloads, ringtones, etc.). The Japanese language album Heart Station in 2009 with the English album This Is the One following. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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I heard the Japanese version of passion and sanctuary and they're both good!
all i fear means nothing..
RIP Leonard Nimoy. Kingdom Hearts 3 won't be the same now without your voice as Master Xehanort.
Kingdom hearts
where is utada's other music? needs more plz
Like it
I have a good kingdom hearts 2 sora outfit that I made... if anybody wants it I will sell it
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you do not post this in at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works
Kingdom to the Hearts HECK YEAH! That game was the sole thing that introduced me to utadas music and I gotta admit, that mustve been a good gig for her.
Kingdom Hearts Follow For Follow
crazybunneh1
Japanese mariah carrey?
Oh god. Utada is at the top of the bar. Not even Mariah could touch her. She's what artists should strive for. Combining cultures
Hey everyone! If you like anime and stuff, follow my Instagram for anime edits!! @kanekihaha @kanekihaha @kanekihaha
One word to explain her and her singing AMAZING
Most American singers these days can't compete with her, they all have to have electronic help just to carry a tune! Utada really has an amazing voice...one of the best if not THE best vocalist I've ever heard...
i love your music even if it's in kingdom hearts i hope the game keeps on going i'll always love to play kingdom hearts i just hope the next game is a online game or a 1-4 or 1-3 or 1-2 player game
Amazing how a Japanese American can impress both worlds in English and Japanese, Great Job Utada! Keep it up!
She's one badazz singer
luv u utada hikaru ganbare!!!!! ! ! ! !
Kingdom Hearts! Follow for Follow
HER ENGLISH SONGS ROCK
Sanctuary that song always makes me cry especially when I play kingdom hearts 2.
dou4now
She is an 'AA' (Asian-Ameri c a n ) - P o p singer and producer.
I remember when I first heard J-pop and liked it...
That was a stressful time in my life xD
Evin in japeness it makes me cry
(^O^)
the sanctuary!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! it is the theme song of Kingdom Hearts
she has such a cute face cause its on all her albums thats why we buy them
Follow for a follow (seriously need more followers)
I remember when i was a kid and the kh commercial came on tv and played simple and clean then it would play the planetb remix..... ahhhhh nostalic
I really love her songs especially this and enjoy the KH series.
I love this song this game and sora i mean he is cute but I like the opening version and video though nut it is still good
Kingdom Hearts is my favorite game it's why i started listening to Utada. I love her music
I love KH and her Japanese song called "Sakura" and enjoy the song and FURLOW me
I listen to this song to calm down when i get angry.
I now plan to play KH. I love her songs
I literally cry my eyes out when I hear this song <3
kingdom heats theme song
What? Is this song backwards?
i love the game kingdom hearts it is awesome!!!!
The ending is sad thow and in to I like the books thow
Ive never played kingdom hearts (i plan to tho) but simple and clean is such a beautiful song <3
http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / s t a t i o n / 2 1 1 6 1 3 2 8 8 7 5 1 6 9 4 9 8 3 8 this station is too legit not to try out
Love this! :D
Love this song
really should finish my KH 1.5 game on ps3....even though i've played it so many times when it was on ps2...love this song
Love how all the comments have something to do with kh like when I heard this song on pandora I was like drop everything I need to like this song so so many chains of memories
The only person that can make a song sung in Japanese sound just as good in English, makes me want to play all of the Kingdom Hearts games all over again
This is such a good song
My god your music is a beautiful melody to my ears, you are amazing at what you do. I love your work and hope to see more of it��
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