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Devil Inside (Utada Hikaru song)

“Devil Inside” is Utada’s second English single and 17th overall. It is the second single from Exodus, and the first physical single released in the United States. Though it gained little mainstream attention, “Devil Inside” did do well on dance radio and hit number 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart, making it

Utada’s most played track in the United States until it was surpassed by “Come Back to Me”.[1]
The single was released on September 14, 2004. No music video was produced.
“Devil Inside (Richard Vission Radio Edit)” was featured on the hit US television series Queer as Folk, appearing early in the first episode of season 5. It was not, however, featured on the soundtrack to the series.

Devil Inside (RJD2 Mix) was featured on Utada’s first English compilation album. Utada the Best.

Come Back to Me (Utada Hikaru song)

“Come Back to Me” is a pop and R&B song by Japanese American pop singer Utada. The song was written by Utada and Stargate and was produced by Utada, Stargate and her father, Sking U. “Come Back to Me” is the first single from her second English-language album This Is the One. In the United States, the song has peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and number 93 on the Pop 100 chart.

Be My Last

“Be My Last” is Hikaru Utada’s 14th Japanese single, released on September 28, 2005. It was used for the 2005 film Spring Snow, an adaptation of the 1966 Yukio Mishima novel of the same name.

The cover art was taken in Prague, Czech Republic.[citation needed] The large, dark building shown to the left is Prague Castle.

Boku wa Kuma

“Boku wa Kuma” (ぼくはくま?, lit. I’m a Bear) is Hikaru Utada’s 17th Japanese single (24th single overall). The single was released on November 22 of 2006, just a matter of months after Hikaru’s last studio effort, Ultra Blue, and only two months after the end of her tour, Utada United 2006.[1]
Utada performed an impromptu performance of Boku wa Kuma at the Boston show of her 2010 tour, Utada: In The Flesh 2010.

Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro

” Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro ” ( When I wish someone come true ? , Lit. “When Someone’S Wish Comes True”) Is Hikaru Utada ‘S 13Th Japanese-Language Single (15Th Overall) And Her 1St And Only Japanese Single For 2004 . She Released 2 Versions Of Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro .: CD And DVD It Was Released On April 2, 2004. Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro Is Also Included In The “Our Last Days” – ” Casshern ” OST As The Theme Song. Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro Debuted At # 1 On The Oricon Chart With 150,020 Copies Sold, Became Her Sixth Single To Go # 1 For Two Consecutive Weeks, And Went On To Sell 365,000. It Was Performed On Music Station And On Her United 2006 Utada Tour. The Single Reached # 1 On Oricon And Charted For 22 Weeks. This Song Became The # 14 Song Of 2004 In Japan.

Sakura Drops

“Sakura Drops” (Japanese: SAKURAドロップス Hepburn: Sakura Doroppusu?, “Cherry Blossom Drops”) is a song by Japanese musician Hikaru Utada. It was released as a double A-side single with the song “Letters” on May 9, 2002.[1]

Since she debuted as a musician in 1998, Utada had worked as the primary or sole songwriter for her music. Beginning with her second album Distance (2001), Utada began to co-arrange songs, such as “Wait & See (Risk)”, “Distance” and “Kettobase!”[2] The bonus track on Distance, “Hayatochi-Remix”, was arranged entirely by Utada.[2] In March 2002, Hikaru Utada released “Hikari”, the theme song for the game Kingdom Hearts.[3] “Sakura Drops” was first announced as the theme song for the drama First Love in mid February.[3]

A music video was released for the song, directed by her then husband Kazuaki Kiriya,[11] who had directed all of her music videos since “Final Distance” (2001). The video clip was a mix of strongly colored CGI imagery of a fantasy forest and animals, as well as scenes of Utada standing in this forest. The imagery seen in the video was inspired by the works of Edo period artist Itō Jakuchū.[12]

Sakura Nagashi

“Sakura Nagashi” (桜流し?, lit. “Flowing Cherry Blossoms/Cherry Blossoms Sinking”) is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. It was released digitally November 17, 2012, with a DVD single released 26 December 2012. The song is the theme to the third film of the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The single also marked Utada’s last release under the then EMI-controlled EMI Music Japan as the label was absorbed into Universal Music Japan as EMI Records Japan in April 2013.

Show Me Love (Not a Dream)

“Show Me Love (Not a Dream)” is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. Used as the theme song for the film Tomorrow’s Joe (2011), it was released as a digital download preceding Utada’s second Japanese compilation album, Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2, on November 17, 2010.[1]

The song was used in an advertising commercial campaign for Recochoku digital media store during the album’s release, much like “Goodbye Happiness” before it.[4] Later in February 2011, the song was used as the theme song for the film adaptation of the manga Tomorrow’s Joe, starring Tomohisa Yamashita.[5]
The song was performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[6]

This Is Love (Utada Hikaru song)

“This Is Love” is Utada Hikaru’s first Japanese digital single (23rd overall). It was released on May 31, 2006 as a promotional single for her fourth Japanese studio album. “This Is Love” was tied-in as the CM song for a Nissin cup noodle campaign and the opening theme for an anime “Freedom,” which was also tied into the Nippon campaign. The digital single reached number one in virtually every online music store in Japan prior to the ULTRA BLUE album’s release, including the most used store in Japan, iTunes Japan, as well as OnGen, among others. Utada herself is quoted to have said that this song is about expressing that “Love is like a mix of extremes: anxiety and peace.”

On December 20, 2006 iTunes Japan released a list of top downloaded singles and albums; “This is Love” ranked as #9 making it the 9th most downloaded song for 2006.[1]

Time Limit (song)

“Time Limit” (Japanese: タイム・リミット Hepburn: Taimu Rimitto?) is a song by Japanese musician Hikaru Utada. It was released as a double A-side single with the song “For You” on June 30, 2000.[1]

In 1999, Utada released her debut album First Love, which was the most commercially successful album of all time in Japan.[2] After this success, she released two follow-up singles, “Addicted to You” (1999) and “Wait & See (Risk)” (2000), which were both produced by American production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.[3][4] For “Time Limit”, Utada enlisted the help of American producer Rodney Jerkins, and recorded the song at Darkchild Studios in New Jersey.[1][5]

The song was co-composed with Takuro of the band Glay,[6] the first time Utada had shared the role of songwriter since her 1998 pre-debut album Precious as Cubic U. For Utada’s second album Distance (2001), she worked together with Takuro again on the song “Drama”.[7]

The “For You” / “Time Limit” single was released right before Bohemian Summer 2000, her first wide-scale tour of Japan,[6] and on the same day as the DVD single release of her previous single, “Wait & See (Risk)”.
A music video was created for the song, featuring footage of a live performance by Utada, performed on the stage of her Bohemian Summer 2000 tour.[12] The footage was taken from performance of the tour, at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, on July 1, 2000.[citation needed]

Wait & See (Risk)

“Wait & See (Risk)” (stylized as Wait & See ~リスク~) is a song recorded by Japanese–American recording artist Utada Hikaru for her third studio and second Japanese language album, Distance (2000). It premiered on April 19, 2000 as the second single from the album in Japan. It was written and composed by Utada, whilst production and arrangement was handled by Utada and American duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The single also included the two B-side track’s; “Hayatochiri” and “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words), to which the former song appeared on the parent album. Musically, “Wait & See (Risk)” is an R&B song, influenced by dance-pop and rock.

Upon its release, the track garnered positive reviews from music critics. Many critics highlighted the track as one of Utada’s best singles, and commended the production and composition. It was also successful in Japan, peaking at number one on both the Oricon Singles Chart and Tokyo Broadcasting System’s (TBS) Count Down TV singles chart. It was certified million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for physical shipments of one million units, and is amongst one of the best selling singles in Japan. An accompanying music video was shot by Wataru Takeishi; it features Utada driving through Shibuya, Tokyo on a futuristic hover–cycle, with inter cut scenes of her dancing. It was performed on some of her concert tours, including the Bohemian Summer (2000) and Utada United tours (2006).

Prisoner of Love (Utada Hikaru song)

“Prisoner of Love” is Utada Hikaru’s 21st Japanese single and 30th single overall, and was released on May 21, 2008. This was her first Japanese recut single in nine years, after the first one “First Love” in 1999. It is also her first single to be released only in CD+DVD format. “Prisoner of Love” (Quiet Version) serves as the insert song for the Japanese television drama, Last Friends, while the original version is used in the opening theme.[1] It won the Best Theme Song Award in the 57th Drama Academy Awards.[2] “Prisoner of Love” was the 3rd most downloaded song in Japan during 2008.[3]

Prisoner of Love is Utada’s current last Japanese single in physical format.

The song was performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[4]

Passion (Utada Hikaru song)

“Passion” is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist and songwriter Utada Hikaru for her fourth studio album Ultra Blue (2004). The song was used as the theme song for the 2005 video game Kingdom Hearts II. The song was written, composed and produced by Utada herself, while additional production was handled by Teruzane Utada and Akira Miyake. Utada had written and composed the song when she was approached to record another song for the Kingdom Hearts series, which she had contributed previously on the first video game. It also made an appearance on her 2010 greatest hits compilations: Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 and Utada the Best.

Spoken in both English and Japanese language, the lyrical content depicts the events of past, present and future and incorporates themes of love, hope and safety. When Utada accepted the offer to record the track, she found it difficult to write a Japanese-worded version of the “Sanctuary”. “Passion” and “Sanctuary” received critical praise from contemporary music critics, who found it her most experimental track to date. Critics praised her vocal delivery and commended the production values, in contrast to her 2009 album This Is the One. Commercially, “Passion” had suffered in Japan for being Utada’s first Japanese single to miss the top spot on the Oricon chart. The song peaked at number four on the Japanese Oricon Singles, her lowest charting single and her first single to miss the top three position, but eventually tied with her 2006 single “Boku wa Kuma”.

The accompanying music video for the single “Passion” was issued for the single as well, directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. The video features scenes of anime culture that represents the image of Utada herself and features Utada in a grand hall, shot all by green screening effects and finishes with a paddock of running horses. During production, Utada had compared the video, choreography and set to 1997 animated action-fantasy film Princess Mononoke. The video was positively received by critics for its comparison sets to the video game, but received minor criticism for the lack of video game inspiration and footage.

Movin’ On Without You

“Movin’ On Without You” is a song recorded by Japanese American recording artist and producer Hikaru Utada taken from her debut studio album First Love (1999). The song was written, composed and produced by Utada herself, and became her first ever single to have been done by her. “Movin’ On Without You” was written, produced and composed while Utada was attending college in Tokyo, Japan, during 1997. Utada, who received a record contract by Toshiba-EMI, had written an English-language version of the song, but the song remains unreleased.

Musically, the song utilizes dance-oriented music from the mid-1990s and also incorporates the use of R&B music from the parent album and house music. Lyrically, the song talks about an independent woman who can deal outside off a relationship. The song received favorable reception from most music critics, who praised the musical arrangement and praised Utada’s vocals and songwriting. Some have even dubbed the song as a “J-Pop classic” and view it as a memorable song in Japanese music. An accompanying music video was shot for the single, which featured Utada on a chair in a computer lab and dancing to the song.

Commercially, the song was successful in her native Japan. Both released as an 8 cm and normal compact disc, the song peaked at number five and number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, which the latter format became her first number one single in Japan. To date, the song is her second-best selling single behind her debut single “Automatic” with over 1.22 million units sold in the country. “Movin’ On Without You” has been played live on several occasions including international tours Utada United 2006, Utada: In the Flesh 2010 and Wild Life.

Beautiful World (Utada Hikaru song)

“Beautiful World” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It served as the theme song for Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, the 2007 film reboot of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was released as a double A-side single on August 29, 2007 along with her song “Kiss & Cry”, which had been released digitally three months earlier.[1] In 2009, a remix of the song, “Beautiful World (Planitb Acoustica Mix)” served as the theme song of the second film in the series, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.

Keep Tryin’ (Utada Hikaru song)

“Keep Tryin'” is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru for her sixth studio and fourth Japanese album, Ultra Blue (2006). It premiered on February 22, 2006 as the fifth single from the album in Japan. It was written and composed by Utada, whilst production was handled by Utada, her father Teruzane Utada, and Miyake Akira. It included the B-side track “Wings”, which also appeared on the parent album. Musically, “Keep Tryin'” is a pop song. Lyrically, it discusses themes of self-empowerment. Upon its release, the track garnered generally mixed reviews from music critics. Many critics complimented the song’s catchy melody and believed the chorus memorable. However, some critics felt its overall production and composition was “light weighted” and one of her weaker singles.

The single achieved success in Japan, peaking at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart. The single has been certified within four different categories by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). It was also the best selling digital single in Japan of 2006. An accompanying music video was shot by Utada’s ex-husband Kazuaki Kiriya, and currently is his final collaboration with her; it features Utada in several different costumes, channelling several different roles in a cartoon-influenced city. The song had been promoted through several Japanese commercials and television shows.

Hikari (Utada Hikaru song)

“Hikari” (Japanese: 光?, “light”) is a song recorded by Japanese–American recording artist Utada Hikaru for her fourth studio and third Japanese language album, Deep River (2002). It premiered on March 20, 2002 as the third single from the album in Japan. It was written and composed by Utada, whilst production and arrangement was handled by Utada, her father Teruzane Utada, and long-time collaborator Miyake Akira. The single, and a remix by Russell McNamara (under the alias PlanitB), was used as the official Japanese theme song’s for the 2002 action role-playing video game Kingdom Hearts, and appeared on its original soundtrack respectively. Musically, “Hikari” is pop folk song. Lyrically, it is about mysteries in life and human activities.

Upon its release, the track garnered positive reviews from music critics. Many critics highlighted the track as one of Utada’s best singles, and commended her vocal abilities and songwriting. It was also successful in Japan, peaking at number one both on the Oricon Singles Chart and Tokyo Broadcasting System’s (TBS) Count Down TV singles chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for physical shipments of 500,000 units. An accompanying music video was shot by her then-husband, Kazuaki Kiriya; it features Utada washing dishes and drinking water. It was performed on some of her concert tours, including the Utada United and Wild Life tour.

To promote the international formats of Kingdom Hearts, Utada re-recorded an English language version entitled “Simple & Clean”. Both the original edit and remix version by PlanitB served as international theme songs. It did not appear on Utada’s English studio Exodus (2004), but the original version was included on her 2009 English studio album This Is the One. It was later released as an A-side 12-inch single with Utada’s single “Colors” in 2003, and received positive reviews from most music critics.

Heart Station (song)

“Heart Station” is a song by Japanese musician Hikaru Utada, which was released as a double A-side single alongside her song “Stay Gold” on February 20, 2008.[1] The title track for her album Heart Station, the song was heavily promoted on radio stations, for three weeks it was the number one song on the newly established Billboard Hot Top Airplay chart, despite only managing to reach number two on the Billboard Japan Hot 100.

Goodbye Happiness

“Goodbye Happiness” is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. It was released as the lead track from Utada’s second Japanese compilation album, Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2, in November 2010.[1][2] The song was commercially successful, topping Billboard’s Japan Hot 100 chart in December 2010, and in January 2011 was certified gold by the RIAJ for more than 100,000 full-length downloads to cellphones.

For You (Utada Hikaru song)

“For You” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It was released as a double A-side single with the song “Time Limit” on June 30, 2000.[1]

A music video was created for the song, featuring footage from her secret live performed at the Shibuya On Air East on June 26, 2000, just before the start of her Bohemian Summer 2000 tour.[10][11]

The song was first unveiled on June 19, 2000, when a 60-second preview of “For You” was previewed on Japan FM Network radio stations, a week after “Time Limit” was previewed. To promote the single, Utada appeared in magazines released in June and July, such as Pati Pati, What’s In?, Pia, Tokyo Walker and Popteen.[7] On June 23, 2000, Utada performed the song live at Music Station,[8] and on the June 29 episode of Utaban performed both “For You” and “Time Limit”.[9]

Eternally (Utada Hikaru song)

“Eternally” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru, from her 2001 album Distance. It was re-arranged in 2008 as “Eternally (Drama Mix),” for the use in the Maki Horikita starring Fuji TV drama Innocent Love.[1] It was released as a digital single on October 31, 2008,[2] and eventually released onto CD in March 2009, on an EMI compilation album I: Zutto, Zutto, Aishiteru (i(アイ)~ずっと、ずっと、愛してる~?).[3]

Innocent Love director Toshiyuki Nakano originally decided that Utada’s voice would suit the themes of the drama well. Hearing “Eternally,” he felt the song was a perfect choice for the drama, as the song’s melody, lyrics and title fitted, in his opinion, as if the song had been specifically commissioned for the drama.[1]

Flavor of Life

“Flavor of Life” is Hikaru Utada’s 18th Japanese single (25th single overall). The physical single was officially released on February 28, 2007.

Compared to the preceding singles following “Colors”, “Flavor of Life” garnered far more success. This single is Utada’s first single since 2003 to sell over 200,000 copies in its first week, the first single ever to sell over two million downloads before a physical format release, the first single to sell over five and a half million downloads total, the first single to top RIAJ downloads for three consecutive months, and the first song to be certified platinum for PC downloads in Japan. “Flavor Of Life” has become the highest selling Japanese download single of all time, with over 5,580,000 downloads by April 2007.[1] On July 19, 2007, EMI disclosed “Flavor Of Life” as a contender for most sold digital single of all time, with over 7.7 million downloads total.[2][3][4]

There were three versions of the “Flavor Of Life” that were released: “Flavor Of Life”, “Flavor Of Life -ballad version-” and “Flavor Of Life -antidote mix-” (a CD-only exclusive). The ballad version of “Flavor Of Life” was arranged by Utada as well as two other professionals; the original version was arranged by Utada, and the antidote mix of the song was arranged by Alexis Smith, who provided additional arrangement for Ultra Blue tracks such as “Keep Tryin'” and “This is Love”.[5]

The ballad version of “Flavor Of Life” was featured as the insert song for the popular drama or dorama, “Hana Yori Dango 2,” which averaged over 21% viewership in its timeslot.[6] In early 2006, the production team of the drama contacted Utada about an image song that would sound similar to “First Love”. When the director wanted to express the heroine’s wavering feelings, he said that, “‘First Love’ came into my mind”, and so, a request was made to Utada.[7]

This is Utada Hikaru’s first drama tie-in since “Sakura Drops” in 2002.[7]

First Love (Utada Hikaru song)

“First Love” is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru. It was released as her third Japanese language single on April 28, 1999, a month after the release of her debut album, First Love. It was certified double platinum for 800,000 copies shipped to stores across Japan.[1]

In a 2009 survey by Oricon, asking respondents what song they want to hear with a broken heart, “First Love” was voted in the top 10.[2]

“First Love” was performed during Utada’s 2010 tour, Utada: In the Flesh 2010.

It was also performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[3]

Fight the Blues

“Fight the Blues” is Hikaru Utada’s second Japanese digital single and 29th single overall. It was released on March 27, 2008 as a promotional single for her fifth Japanese studio album. “Fight the Blues” was tied-in as the CM song for the program 報道特集NEXT (News Report NEXT)[1] for her Heart Station album. This digital single reached number one in virtually every online music store in Japan prior to the Heart Station album’s release, including the most used store in Japan, iTunes Japan, as well as OnGen, among others.

Final Distance

“Final Distance” is a song by Japanese recording artist Hikaru Utada for her third studio album Deep River (2002). Written by Utada herself, the song was produced and composed by long-time collaborators Akira Miyake, Utada’s father Teruzane Utada and herself. “Final Distance” was originally recorded as “Distance” which was taken from the album with the same name, despite not being a single. The song was re-recorded and re-arranged after Utada was aware of the young girl who was inspired by Utada, was murdered during the Osaka school massacre.

Musically, “Final Distance” incorporates more instrumentation than the previous, including violins, an acoustic piano and synthesizers. The song strips the original pop music from “Distance” and is a pop ballad song. Despite being written in 2000 from the original version, Utada reflected on emotions of sorrow, pain, anger and celebration upon hearing the Osaka massacre. Utada personally dedicated the track to six-year old student Rena Yamashita who, being a fan of Utada and written an essay about her, was murdered during the event.

“Final Distance” received praised reception from most music critics, who praised the re-arrangement and favored this version, although some critics felt the song was inferior to her past ballad tracks. Critics have cited the track as an album and one of Utada’s career highlights. Commercially, “Final Distance” stalled at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart, making it her first single to have missed the top spot. The song also resulted in being her lowest selling physical singles at the time but was surpassed by her 2004 single “Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro”.

An accompanying music video was shot by her then-husband Kazuaki Kiriya, featuring two versions of Utada inside a Utopian-inspired city with ballet dancers and a gothic-like orchestra. The song has been performed on her Utada United 2006 tour and has been featured on a MTV Unplugged appearance in 2002.

Colors (Utada Hikaru song)

“Colors” (stylized as COLORS) is Utada Hikaru’s 12th Japanese-language single (14th overall), and is the only single she released in 2003. It was released on January 29, 2003 and debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts with 437,903 copies sold in the first week, and became her fifth single to perform the rare two-consecutive weeks at the #1 slot feat. Two versions were released, CD and DVD.

Included as CD-Extras on this single was a multimedia section containing 13 exclusive screensavers and 13 exclusive wallpapers. A special feature on the “Colors” DVD Single is the Kanzou-sensei Report, which is a mini-documentary showing the production that went into the DVD, as well as behind-the-scenes shots of Utada working. This single reached #1 on Oricon charts and charted for 45 weeks, her longest charting single ever. Though Kazuaki Kiriya was behind the art direction for the single, he did not take an active part as usual, with the single photography going to Kaoru Izima and the PV directing going to Donald Cameron. On the cover and the inside covers, there are drawings done by Utada herself (some designs include musical notation, the word ‘yes’ and a drawing of the Vatican). This single became the #3 single of 2003 in Japan. “Colors” had an extremely long performance season, which included 11 performances spanning over two months (except for the last performance, which was a special). This single reached #27 on World Charts for single airplay, and reached #6 for sales. The most recent figures (May 25, 2006) show that the single sold 893,790 units in total.[1] The song featured heavy ethereal and experimental tones for the first time in Utada’s discography. It became her longest charting single ever with a 45-week trajectory on the Oricon Singles chart, selling 881,000 copies, and was #3 on the Yearly Singles chart.

“Colors” was performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[2]

Can You Keep a Secret?

“Can You Keep a Secret?” is a song by Hikaru Utada, released as her seventh Japanese-language single (9th overall) on February 16, 2001. It was the theme song for a Japanese television drama called Hero, Utada made a cameo appearance as well as her acting debut in this drama as a waitress. “Can You Keep a Secret?” debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts, selling 783,620 in its first week, and was her third single to be #1 for two consecutive weeks. The single has sold 1,485,000 to date. This single became the #1 single of 2001 in Japan. In the World Charts, Can You Keep a Secret reached #37 for single airplay and #9 for sales. The most recent figures (May 26, 2006) show that the single sold 1,484,940 units in total. This also remains to be one of Utada’s fan favorites.

The music video for this song included a robot, whom Hikaru appeared to be in a relationship with.

Utada performed Can You Keep a Secret? on her 2010 tour, Utada: In The Flesh 2010.

Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2

Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 is Japanese pop singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada’s second compilation album, released on November 24, 2010 by EMI Music Japan, the same day as her Universal-released English language compilation album, Utada the Best. The album includes two discs, with the first being a 13-track greatest hits album spanning 2004—2009, while the second is an extended play featuring new material.[1][2] Along with Utada the Best, this is Utada’s current last album release for the time-being due to her announced hiatus.[2] Several of the new songs achieved commercial success, with “Goodbye Happiness” reaching number one on Billboard’s Japan Hot 100 chart,[3] and “Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas” reaching number one on the Recording Industry Association of Japan’s digital track chart.[4] Both songs have been certified by the association as gold records for full-length cellphone downloads.[5][6]

According to Oricon, the album sold 334,000 copies by the end of 2010, being the #20 best-selling album of the year in Japan.[7] The album also became the 56th best-selling album for 2011 in Japan, selling 108,000 copies since early 2011, summing up to a total of 443,000 units since its release date; however, Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 still remains Utada’s lowest-selling Japanese album to date.[8] The album is certified Double Platinum by RIAJ for shipping half-a-million units to Japanese record stores.[9]

Beautiful World (Utada Hikaru song)

“Beautiful World” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It served as the theme song for Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, the 2007 film reboot of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was released as a double A-side single on August 29, 2007 along with her song “Kiss & Cry”, which had been released digitally three months earlier.[1] In 2009, a remix of the song, “Beautiful World (Planitb Acoustica Mix)” served as the theme song of the second film in the series, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.

Automatic (Utada Hikaru song)

“Automatic” is a song by Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru from her debut studio album, First Love (1999). The song was released on 8 December 1998, as her debut A-side single with “Time Will Tell”. “Automatic” was co-written and co-produced by Hikaru with her father Teruzane Utada and Akira Miyake. Backed by keyboards and electric guitars, it is an R&B track. The lyrics revolve around love and relationships.

“Automatic” was lauded from music critics, some who highlighted the track as an album stand-out and commended the lyrical, vocal and song writing delivery. Many critics have recognized “Automatic” as one of the best Japanese music singles and one of Utada’s best efforts. Released in Japan only, it peaked at number two and four on the Oricon Singles Chart in both 8 cm and 12 cm formats, respectively. “Automatic” peaked at number one on the Japanese Count Down TV chart.

Promoting the single on live TV shows in Japan, Utada performed the track on her Bohemian Summer 2000 Tour, Utada: In the Flesh 2010 and the Wild Life Tour. Tomu Izawa directed the song’s music video, which features Utada sitting in a dark-lit room on an armchair and in front of a blue-and-white backdrop. Selling over 2.1 million physical units, it remains Utada’s highest selling single in terms of the CD single; her highest selling single is “Flavor of Life”, which sold over 5.7 million units in both digital, physical and ringtone units.[1]

Addicted to You (Utada Hikaru song)

“Addicted to You” is a song by Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru from her second studio album Distance (2001). It was released as the album’s lead single on September 6, 1999 by EMI Music Japan. “Addicted to You” was written by Utada and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; this is her first collaboration with American producers and composers. The single artwork was shot by American photographer Richard Avedon and features two black-and-white figures of Utada. Musically, “Addicted to You” is a R&B and rock song.

“Addicted to You” received positive reviews from music critics, many who highlighted it from the parent album; one music critic viewed the single as “nostalgic”.[1] It achieved commercial success in Japan, with a peak position of number one on the Oricon Singles Chart and a million certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). The single remains the fourth highest selling single in first week sales, and the thirty-ninth best selling single in Japan. A music video was shot in Hong Kong, and featured Utada inside a club.

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