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Artist: 宇多田ヒカル

宇多田ヒカル

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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 enka 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"/"光", "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. Utada Hikaru may be most known in some cultures for her contribution to the Square-Enix & Disney video game series "Kingdom Hearts" where she performed the song "Hikari"/"光" (or mostly known as "Simple and Clean" in the English version) for the first game. She also performed "Sanctuary" and "Passion" (English and Japanese versions of the same song, respectively) for the second game. Utada moved to Tokyo in late 1997 and attended Seisen International School, and later the American School in Japan while continuing to record on a new contract with Toshiba-EMI. Her movement originally came from Japanese FM radio. Unlike other pop-stars at the time, she was more focused on becoming a singer and songwriter while other
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HEART STATION

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ULTRA BLUE

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DEEP RIVER

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First Love

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Distance

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First Love

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Beautiful World

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Simple And Clean

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COLORS

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Passion

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Prisoner Of Love

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Traveling

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