Hey everyone, it's Jack again, filling in for... for... someone. :) I hope you enjoy this, it's just about all I've been listening to lately... Utada Hikaru's album HEART STATION.
Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル), also known by her fans as Hikki (ヒッキー), is a singer-songwriter, arranger and record producer in Japan and was born January 19, 1983. Hikki's debut album First Love became Japan's biggest selling album of all time with over 7.65 million copies sold in Japan alone to date. The release of her later works helped her remain one of Japan's top artist, with 3 of her Japanese studio albums being ranked in Top 10 best-selling albums ever in Japan (#1, #4, #8). She is also known for her two theme song contributions to Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts video game series: "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary". In 2007, her single "Flavor of Life" reached #2 in worldwide digital download yearly single chart with over 7.2 million downloads, and contributes to 12 million digital sales for her over the same year.
Utada Hikaru was born in New York City to Japanese parents with roots in the Japanese music industry. Her father, Utada Teruzane, was a record producer while her mother, Utada Junko, was an enka singer, performing under the stage name "Keiko Fuji." Utada Junko’s mother, and Hikaru’s grandmother, was a blind shamisen player (ごぜ, or goze). Hikaru made her first professional recording at the age of twelve. She did her recordings with her mother, releasing songs under a band named “U3” (also known as Utada 3) until 1996 when she started her first solo project, "I'll be Stronger." The "Cookin' With Moses Vocal" from this project was called the "Cookin' With Gas Vocal" on the promotional release. "I’ll Be Stronger" was the first song Hikaru wrote. It was released under the artist name "Cubic U," a mathematical reference to her being the third Hikaru 'power,' which was Hikaru's pseudonym before becoming a superstar in Japan. The song failed to release in the United States, and in 1997, she started her next project, though at first she was hesitant.
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