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New York City, United States (1993 – present)

Utada Hikaru (Japanese: 宇多田ヒカル), born January 19, 1983 in New York City, United States, also known by her fan-nickname “ヒッキー” (Hikki), is a third culture singer, composer, arranger, and record producer in Japan and the United States.

Utada Hikaru was born to Japanese parents who both had roots in the Japanese music industry; her father, Teruzane Utada, was a producer, while her mother, Junko Utada, was an singer (she performed under the stage name Keiko Fuji (藤圭子). Utada Hikaru has been recording since 1993. She made her first professional recording at the age of twelve, and recorded her first album, Precious, in 1996 under the pseudonym Cubic U. This album led to her career overseas. In a recent MTV interview (MTV’s You Hear It First, October 2004), Utada said: “Someone in Japan heard it, at a Japanese record company, and he said, ‘Oh, can’t you write in Japanese? You speak Japanese.’ And I didn’t want to say no, so I had to try it.”

Utada Hikaru was married to Kazuaki Kiriya, a photographer and movie director. He directed several of her music videos, including “FINAL DISTANCE”, “Traveling”, “Hikari”/””, “Sakura Drops”, “Deep River”, “Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro”/”誰かの願いが叶うころ”, “You Make Me Want To Be A Man”, “Be My Last”, “Passion”, and “Keep Tryin’”. Also, “Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro”/”誰かの願いが叶うころ” was played during the credits of Kiriya’s directorial debut, Casshern. Their 4 1/2-year marriage was drawn to a close on March 2nd, 2007 as both Kazuaki Kiriya and Utada Hikaru filed divorce papers.


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  • deadgrandma

    She'll probably come back whenever Evangelion 4.0 hits

    28 Mar 1:25am Reply
  • kwonniie

    I miss u, Hikki. :(

    12 Mar 6:50pm Reply
  • Pretsy

    Hikki, where the new album at???! =(

    5 Mar 1:38pm Reply
  • Emtay13

    v ok yeah. exodus in general is grossly underrated

    27 Feb 9:49pm Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    @Emtay13 Kremlin Dusk is great too, but I wouldn't call it slept on, since Utada's performed it as much as she has.

    22 Feb 5:35pm Reply
  • bap-oppas

    Ugh, I miss this woman so much

    22 Feb 1:08pm Reply
  • Anwwara

    Она прекрасна.

    21 Feb 12:55pm Reply
  • Kamikamikami

    Thanks for the recomendation

    19 Feb 7:32pm Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Try J-Pop/J-Rock artist 西野名菜(Nishino Nana).

    18 Feb 9:57am Reply
  • Emtay13

    Kremlin Dusk tho

    18 Feb 7:41am Reply
  • forest-temple

    They commissioned a remix for it, but it never happened :( So sad because the YMMWTBAM remixes are amazing and Hotel Lobby's would have been too I bet.

    17 Feb 11:02pm Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    Hotel Lobby is the most underappreciated track on Exodus. It's so good, but so slept on.

    13 Feb 9:42pm Reply
  • forest-temple

    I came to LOVE "Opening" from Exodus. The instrumental is so cool and the way she's singing is so unique. At first though it threw me off, like the rest of the album lol. But I love the whole album now :) Especially Hotel Lobby

    11 Feb 8:00pm Reply
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    The Gentle Beast Interlude is fantastic the way it leads into Celebrate. It's only that and Bridge (Interlude) off DEEP RIVER than I enjoy from her interludes.

    9 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • esdraschagas

    ♥ queen of Japan ♥

    9 Feb 12:05am Reply
  • forest-temple

    @lightningmonkey YESSSS. I wish she did more of that. I wish everyone did more of that. Non stop albums are perfect. Which is why ayu's remix albums are my life

    1 Feb 9:54pm Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    Gentle Beast Interlude going into Celebrate is one of the best moments of Heart Station tbh

    30 Jan 9:39pm Reply
  • forest-temple

    It's been how many years and I just realized the perfection of "Celebrate" and "HEART STATION". Those songs killing me lately

    27 Jan 7:48pm Reply
  • ohsolucky

    I'm thinking the new song might be for the final Rebuild film, so I'm happy we're at least getting something new but keeping my hype low. of course I'd love if it led to her getting another album too...

    22 Jan 3:35am Reply
  • Simo_Busa88

    30.000! ^^

    21 Jan 9:37pm Reply
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