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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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Track List: Come Back To Me (Radio Single)

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Track List: Dirty Desire (The Remixes)

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I love this song UvU I also love Sanctuary. :3
spartandj96
Kingdom hearts <33
宇多田さんのお母さんにつ
昨日まで聞かなかったこの
❤I hope you do well. ❤
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this I you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so Don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 mins. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will be on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
She has to do a new song for Kingdom Hearts 3
I'm a big kingdom hearts fan, I love Utada Hikaru
The first time I heard Sanctuary on Kingdom Hearts I got goose bumps. I still do every time I hear it.
twinjas123
I can never find this song except on Pandora I even tried downloading it but everything I find on youtube is people covering it or its the music with out her voice and I sucks because I LOVE THIS SONG
宇多田ヒカルはいいです!
Utada! :D ♡
And FYI, Boa is a Korean artist!
For the IDIOTS who thinks Utada is Korean, Utada is NOT Korean, she is American but of Japanese descent, both of her parents are from Japan! So, basically in a way to say, which might sound strange, she is a Japanese -American
Freaking Amazing, you gotta love kingdom hearts kik me at solidsnake3
Kingdom hearts is an amazing game u can't hate that at all if u do ur just terrible and should drown but her songs are amazing and went soooo well with the game love her stuff
I love her songs! She made a beautiful one from KIngdom Hearts which is an AWSOME game!
I love her! She made a beautiful in Kingdom Hearts which is an AWSOME game! ^w^
Kingdom Hearts is a terrible game IMO. Utada, however, is genius.
kmiracle6
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this I you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so Don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 mins. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will be on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
ks81
Utada is Japanese, you can't really confuse her last name as Korean.
@ Isaiah Perez - It says so on her Bio that she has Japanese roots, so... your comment is invalid, no offense.
@Isaiah Perez
1st guys this isn't Japanese /: it's Korean 2nd I love her To DEATH!!! 3rd KH3

It says so on her Bio that she has Japanese roots, so... your comment is invalid, no offense.
@ Isaiah Perez
1st guys this isn't Japanese /: it's Korean 2nd I love her To DEATH!!! 3rd KH3

It says so on her profile that she has Japanese roots, so... yeah.
1st guys this isn't Japanese /: it's Korean 2nd I love her To DEATH!!! 3rd KH3
She's got such beautiful voice! I just found out about Utada about 3 weeks ago and love her English album Come back to me and Crying like a child. Beautiful!
licastaneda8 9
I love kingdom hearts! I'm cosplaying at megacon this year! Can't wait!
godsgirl247. s s
KINGDOM HEARTS!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! And yes, Mikey Davis, it is sooo worth it. I played kingdom hearts birth by sleep at my bff's house and I was hooked. I can't wait for kingdom hearts three! Only have to wait till Dec 31, I'm going to die before it is released!!!
audry_haggar d
I love Kingdom hearts! It got me addicted to video games and anime and now I'm a cosplayer. I cosplay and am a singer. Utada is my role model^3^
I can't wait for kingdom hearts 3 to come (I think it's in two or three months)
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
mija_mia
@mija_mia wat u mean by put this on 15 songs?
Loves Utada and has never played kingdom hearts
Love anime love japan I want to go to japan :-)
And sanctuary
I like the symbolic similarity to this song it's really good
YEAH! UTADA! UTADA! ^_^
Aye!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
heres to Kingdom Hearts 3 and Utada Hikaru!!!!
Sora is my favorite character because he has his own coolness that can rival up to Riku's coolness sometimes and he has this gentleness that Riku doesn't so that's what makes him the best Character ever cant wait.
She's getting married WHAT!!!!!!!! ! !
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say your name
Open your hand
Put this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
Its hard to let it go, so simple and clean
Sora its time to wake up
Kh3 xbox and ps
Childhood memories
She has a good voice
Congratz to her upcoming marriage. Best japanese artist
i love Utada and i can't wait to play the new KH
in kingdom hearts,I hope aqua gets saved from the realm of darkness. she's my favorite character. I idolize her. I'm expecting her in kingdom hearts 3,square-eni x ! !
I cant wait to see Sora again.
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