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Hikaru Utada's 'First Love' Netflix Series Is Coming, Plus a 2022 Vinyl

After dropping BAD Mode at the top of the year, performing at Coachella, teaming up with Cartier and, most recently, singing "Somewhere Near Marseilles" to sharks while clubbing in an aquarium - a scene plucked straight from my personal fan-fiction - Hikaru Utada has even more for us to get…


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Hikaru Utada Stars in Cartier Campaign, Soundtracked by "Somewhere Near Marseilles"

Good news: BAD Mode is continuing to go the distance (reference). Six months after the initial release of their eighth Japanese studio album, Hikaru Utada is further extending the album's shelf life with a chic pairing between a critically hailed selection from the record and an iconic luxury…


Utada Hikaru Bad Mode Profile

Everything We Know About Hikaru Utada's 8th Studio Album, 'BAD MODE'

Today is December 9. (Well, in Japan it already is, and that's all that matters.) It is a chilly but gorgeous day, and also a time to celebrate: it's the 23rd anniversary of Hikaru Utada's debut with “Automatic/time will tell." And to honor the as-of-yet undeclared federal holiday (what is…


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Hikaru Utada's Eighth Studio Album Is Coming in 2022

Hikaru Utada - Hikki, if you're nasty - is coming. It's been three long, hard years of Fighting the Blues since the "First Love" phenom came full circle with Hatsukoi. And while we've been treated to an array of excellent singles ever since, as well as a very exciting Netflix announcement, album…


Ayumi Hamasaki Trance Album Complete Edition

Ayumi Hamasaki's Trance Remix Albums Get the Reissues They Deserve

Before Dawn of Chromatica, before Club Future Nostalgia, before B In The Mix, before The Remixes, there was ayu-mi-x, Ayumi Hamasaki's debut remix album. Almost immediately after the Empress of J-Pop™'s career first took off with a song for xx in 1999, she followed up two months later with a…


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"Pink Blood": Hikaru Utada Is on a Sexy, Self-Assured Journey

The Utadaissance continues. Hikaru Utada - Utada, if you're nasty - is having quite a moment already in 2021. With a mere tweet here and there and a live Instagram Q&A or two (yes, English music is coming, no, she still hasn't played Kingdom Hearts, you nerds), Hikki's still managed to strike a…


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Hikaru Utada's Got an Album, Vinyl & English Music Coming

Through mountains high and valleys low, Hikaru Utada is kind of everywhere right now: Japan, England, America...Brazil. (More on that in just a moment.) Ahead of the release of her new single "Pink Blood" on June 2, which is currently soundtracking a popular anime TV series called To Your…


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Hikaru Utada's "One Last Kiss" Is Already Doing Big Numbers

“One Last Kiss” is proving to be big. Is anyone surprised? In the same week of the 22nd (!) anniversary of her debut studio album First Love, which remains the best-selling album in Japanese history (and is now the basis of an upcoming Netflix show), Hikaru Utada is yet again notching huge charts…


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Hikaru Utada Gives 'Evangelion' One Last Kiss

"I love you more than you'll ever know..." If there's anyone who knows how to soundtrack a series, it's Hikaru Utada. Aside from casually reigning as one of the top-selling Japanese artists of all time and laying the groundwork as one of the first major crossover acts in America, Hikaru's also…


Utada Hikaru Pink Blood

Hikaru Utada's Got Another New Song Coming: "Pink Blood"

Hikaru Utada is evidently making up for lost time (REFERENCE). While we're just days away from the (delayed) release of "One Last Kiss" from the final Evangelion movie, Hikki Staff just announced that there is another Hikaru song in the works, and it's called..."Pink Blood." (!) The song will serve…


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Avex Is Trying to Find the Pop to Push Through the Pandemic

Avex is hurting. The Max Matsuura-helmed Japanese entertainment company, as with many companies across the globe, is reportedly struggling to adapt to the New Normal™ and stay afloat amid the pandemic. According to the latest news, the company recently asked 100 employees over the age of 40 to…