The Top 10 Albums of 2018

Merry Listmas, Merry Britmas and a Happy Hanukkah to you and yours. The year is (mostly) over. Pop music is (mostly) dead. And now, I present to you: the MuuMuse Top 10 of 2018. As a reminder, these are the records that stuck with me throughout the year - for various reasons. I don't care who…


Utada Hikaru, Skrillex & Poo Bear Are Doing the Opening Theme of 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

I...I'm crying? Yeah I'm EMO who fucking cares. Hold on. Let me compose myself. Okay, so. Utada Hikaru, Queen of First Love(s), provided one of the most beloved video game theme songs of all time with "Simple & Clean" / "Hikari" for Kingdom Hearts. She did it again with "Sanctuary" / "Passion" for…


'Hatsukoi': Utada Hikaru Reflects on Her First Love, Twenty Years Later

Utada Hikaru's seventh studio album, Hatsukoi, is out in a matter of weeks. (June 27, to be exact.) Of course, we've already heard, like, the entire thing at this point over the past two years - from "Oozora de Dakishimete" to "Forevermore" to "Anata" to "Play A Love Song," as well as various…


Utada Hikaru Reveals 'Hatsukoi' Album Cover & Track List

Utada Hikaru's Hatsukoi - or First Love in English, a Japanese language nod to her debut album title 20 years later - is nearly upon us, and now everything is beautiful (world) and nothing hurts. Following the album's official confirmation back in April, Team Hikaru (@hikki_staff) Sakura dropped a…


Utada Hikaru Is Releasing Her Seventh Japanese Studio Album in June

"Come back to me!" we demanded. And so, Utada Hikaru was like "okay, fine." Hikki is, at long last, dropping the follow-up to 2016's Fantome on June 27: it's called 初恋, or Hatsukoi - which means "First Love" in Japanese. Do you see what she did there twenty whole years later? No, you're crying.…


'Oath' ('Don't Think Twice'): Utada Hikaru's Theme Song for 'Kingdom Hearts III' - Listen to a Preview

Hold on tight to your keyblades. It's been well over a decade, shockingly, since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, which provided us with "Passion" ("Sanctuary" in English), and 16 years (!!!) since "Hikari" ("Simple & Clean" in English) soundtracked the original Kingdom Hearts. But now, at long…


Pop Goes The Future: The Many Reasons to Live for 2018

2017 might have been a tough one for many of us, but just as a wise woman once said after filming Evita: nothing takes the past away like the future. And so, as opposed to adding to the noise of the endless lists recapping the best parts of the past twelve months or dwelling on the…


Utada Hikaru's Entire Discography Is Available to Stream, Finally

Some people wait a lifetime - or, well, about twenty years - for a moment like this: Utada Hikaru's entire back catalog is now available to stream on Apple Music. From her debut 1998 single "Automatic / Time Will Tell," all the way through to last year's Fantôme, Utada's back catalog is finally…


Utada Hikaru, Soundtrack Queen, to Release Theme Song 'Anata' in December

Utada Hikaru has supplied the soundtrack to TV dramas, news programs — hell, even water. So, why stop there? This winter, the Exodus icon returns with her first movie theme since her sweeping masterpiece "Sakura Nagashi" for 2012's Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not Redo). (The track was later featured…


Utada Hikaru Breaks Down the 'Forevermore' Music Video in Making-Of Documentary

Utada Hikaru's music is a rare and precious (Cubic U REFERENCE) thing, given that her record label restricts most of her music from appearing on global streaming services. Even the interpretive dance-filled video for her latest single, "Forevermore," the theme song of Gomen, Aishiteru (I'm Sorry,…


"Forevermore": Utada Hikaru Dances in the Dark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQG2kRd9SpE Making their way home with firm strides, people avoid the overflowing main street / Plugging my ears with broken headphones, I half-muttered your name... "Forevermore" is Utada Hikaru's latest single; her second post-Fantôme release since signing with…


The Top 20 Albums of 2016

2016 is nearly over. I think I can speak of behalf of a majority of the public when I say: thank fucking God. Music was a crucial distraction in a year so frequently dominated by sorrow, anger and faded hopes and crushed dreams. The moodiness of the songs released throughout the year suggests that…