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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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Utada is my favorite female Asian singer. I love all her songs!!!
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Heard simple and clean for the first time in ages the nostalgia was ridiculous
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Hikaru was awesome in Kingdom Hearts!!!!!! ! Absolutely love her beautiful and soothing voice and music!!!!!!
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I cried when I heard simple and clean while I was playing Kingdom Hearts lol
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the Japanese you see written by alkwu76 is fake! s/he is writing in English using Japanese script! 私は日本語を読めます!
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I love her voice. She was and is perfect for Kingdom Hearts.
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victormarsh3 1
Didn't have a PS so Kingdom Hearts was a no go but even now I can remember hearing her voice from the commercial
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tootsymcauly
She so soothing
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janicehansbe r r y
Utada is the best out of all the Japanese singers I listen to, I didn't know she sang Simple and Clean.That's just amazing and I do agree she does have a great voice;>
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ぉゔぇへrそむch(⌒▽ ) ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
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tasoe18
I wish I could read Japanese so I could see what they have said! She has a brilliant voice. Very compelling. So I want to know what she is saying. Maybe one day I will. And yeah I'm addicted to final fantasy online. The concert I went to in St Louis was Fantastic and so now I listen on Pandora! She has beautiful voice. I'm blessed to hear it.
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ぉゔぇへr(⌒▽⌒)( ̄ ^ )
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いわんっとぃせんとへrし g f p r y s
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can't wait for new album, and I bet she is great mom!!!!!!!!
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Let Nostalgia Take Over..
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しぇいsてぇべsつぃんげ r
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Sanctuary... . i listened to this song when i was little... 7 years later i hear it again. My reaction? Oh this is a really calming song... oh wait.. OH GOD ITS THIS SONG HELL YEAH! and ily Kingdom hearts
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いぉゔぇへらんでぇrそん g s
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Love it
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She's pretty and sounds pretty
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Love this song ❤
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Ha, Eureka, don't let your head get too big, there are plenty of other American fans who enjoy all of her music. :)
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i'm so surprised many of utada's fans only know her through kh, she's so big and has so much talent, think it's sad that her American fans only know her from a video game (except for me) she deserves to be a big star here
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swaggalishes s h a d e s
The Japanese version sounds sick too
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swaggalishes s h a d e s
I love this song with a passion , and simple . Ily kingdom hearts
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She sounds so pretty! I love this song!
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i cant wait for kingdom hearts 3 i could just listen to her songs and play my favorite game at the same time lol
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Aww she's my favorite female artist :3
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My fave singer I tell everyone about her all the time
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She's amazing! Oh my god!
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If it wasn't for kingdom hearts I would have never heard of her! I love her songs
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emseeu
(^o^)/
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Love her music...it's nice and depressing
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I do think me and her would be really good friends. She sings so good and is really pretty! Urgh... Now I want to meet her more now!
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I love her in kingdom Hearts lol. I love he other songs too.
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Best kingdom hearts 2 song ever. !!
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I would totally date her if i wasnt so busy trying to take over this world.
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I think she's the Asian version of Christina Aguilera but not crazy
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I would have thought she was Ciara for a second
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she is so talented, she writes all of her songs and sings them so well, who else does that!?
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Id apples and cinnamon code for sex
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I love her voice... I really like Exodus 04!!
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Kingdom hearts 2 in my opinion was the best one ever made
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lcouturiaux
Don`t read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love 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 scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works
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French Montana sampled her lol
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I love her ~
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terynbway
Awesome song!
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annabeth_10
This song keeps me really motivated!
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#UtadaOnAndO n
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living at peace....
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