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  1. Utada Hikaru confirmed to be working on a new album, new child born

    Utada Hikaru, known for her works in the Kingdom Hearts series such as Hikari and Passion has posted via her website that she is currently working on a new album. Along with the announcement of her new album in the works, she recently just had a new born child. While still having her son, she decided to return into the world of music and began creating her new album. Below you can read a translation by Aru Akise of what she said on her website about this great news below.

    I have an announcememnt to all my fans.

    Hmmm, recently,

    I 've given birth to a baby!

    He's a very calm boy, and is drinking milk and sleeping a lot.

    I want to thank all the people who suppoerted me, visited me, and, once again, my parents.

    During pregancy, I was working on a new album. It will take a little while before it is finished, but I am eager to resume work on it to deliver it to all of you as fast as possible.

    Please wait a bit more, okay?

    July 3rd, 2015.

    Hikaru Utada.


    With this news, we would like to congratulate her on the new born child and take a look back at the amazing work she has done in the Kingdom Hearts series. Congratulations!

    • Jul 03 2015 07:19 AM
    • by Jake
  2. [Updated] Utada Hikaru officially announces her return to music, new album to be released on September 28th

    Update 1: On April, 3rd 2016, a new theme song for a Japanese TV show called Toto Nee-chan was uploaded to YouTube. This theme song, titled "Hanataba o Kimi ni", was performed by Utada Hikaru, thus officially putting Hikaru back on the music scene! You can view the video and hear the song below thanks to YouTube user halkichi sakamoto:


    Update 2: Utada Hikaru has officially updated her YouTube channel with two songs, Manatsu no Toriame and Hanataba wo kimi ni. None of the songs are related to Kingdom Hearts. You can listen to both songs below:


    Manatsu no Toriame



    Hanataba wo kimi ni



    Update 3: On July 8th 2016, Hikaru's website was updated with news of the release date for her new album set for September 28th of this year. This is her first original full album since her last Japanese-language album Heart Station released 8 years ago. The new album, title unannounced, will include previously-released tracks such as "Hanataba o Kimi ni","Manatsu no Toriame", and "Sakura Nagashi."

    The original article follows.


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    Utada Hikaru, known for performing the opening songs "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary" for the Kingdom Hearts series, has officially announced her return to music. Hikaru has been on a 5-year hiatus that is now officially over. Via Hikaru's website, she is currently working on two projects: The first song she announced is the opening song titled "Hantaba wo Kibi ni" for the NHK drama Toto Nee-chan and the second is going to serve as the ending song for NTV's news program News Zero. This song's title will be released later on. Both of these songs are scheduled to be used by April 4th, so look forward to hearing Hikaru's new songs then.

    In celebration of the musician's return, she has launched a new website that features an animated Cherry Blossom tree. As fans use a special hashtag on Twitter (#おかえりHIKKI or #WelcomebackHIKKI) or as fans buy her new songs, the animated tree will grow more and more flowers. This is a charity event called the "New-Turn" project. Money raised as part of this project will go toward planting cherry blossom trees in areas affected by the 2011 Tohaku earthquake and tsunami.

    Of course, this does not confirm Hikaru's involvement in Kingdom Hearts III, but her official return to music is certainly a good sign. Now that Utada Hikaru has officially returned to music, what are your hopes for her involvement in Kingdom Hearts III? Would you like to see her return, or would you rather have someone else? Let us know in the comments below!

  3. [UPDATED] New Hikari (Ray of Hope MIX) EP releasing January 11, 2017, to contain four remixes of the Kingdom Hearts theme songs; Utada Hikaru to perform and answers questions live

    Update 2: The "Simple and Clean (Ray of Hope MIX)" EP is now available for pre-order on the North American iTunes Store as well as the UK iTunes Store has a listed release date of January 11th, 2017.

    Update 1: PUNPEE, the producer behind the Hikari and Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX- versions, as well as the "P's CLUB MIX" remixes, will be present at Utada Hikaru's live-streamed event "Sanjudai wa Hodohodo" tomorrow. The event has been organized to celebrate Utada's return to music and to show her appreciation for her fans, and will include live studio performances. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time and have them answered by Utada herself during the livestream.

    The event is scheduled to run between 9-9-30 pm JST. For more information on the event and how to stream it, visit the event page.

    The original article follows.

    An EP featuring remixes of the Kingdom Hearts series Japanese and English theme songs by Utada Hikaru - "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean"- are up forpre-order on iTunes for release on January 11, 2017, for 750 yen. The track listing includes the -Ray of Hope MIX- versions of the songs, which have been featured in the recent trailers for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. These tracks are also the Japanese and English opening themes for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. The album also includes a new remix for both "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean", called "P's CLUB MIX."

    The remixes in this EP have been produced by PUNPEE, a sound engineer producing sounds for numerous artists including RHYMESTER.

    The cover of the EP will be the same as the one drawn by Tetsuya Nomura in December 2014 in commemoration of Utada's 15th anniversary since her debut.

    The Kingdom Hearts official Japanese Twitter account has tweeted some comments about the EP. We will update with translations soon.

    The track listing and durations are as follows:

    光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) - EP

    1. 光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) [5.33]
    2. Simple And Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX) [5.33]
    3. 光 (P’s CLUB MIX) [4.02]
    4. Simple And Clean (P’s CLUB MIX) [4.02]



    Will you be purchasing this new EP? Do you think that the "P's CLUB MIX" versions of the theme songs will be the ending tracks to Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-? Let us know in the comments!

  4. Utada Hikaru's music label confirms involvement on Kingdom Hearts III intro song

    Utada Hikaru's manager and father, Utada Teruzane, has announced through his Twitter account, @u3music, that work on the Kingdom Hearts III intro song has begun! In 2013, Teruzane stated that Utada's involvement was undecided at the time. On December 22nd 2016, a curious fan followed up on this message, receiving a reply from Teruzane later that day.
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    Utada made her return to the Kingdom Hearts series earlier this year, collaborating with PUNPEE to create "Hikari/Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-", included in the opening for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

    UPDATE: Utada Teruzane has retracted the confirmation for Kingdom Hearts III, saying that they would like to be involved but aren't sure quite yet. You can find a screenshot of the tweet below. The original tweet confirming their involvement is still available on the U3 Twitter account.

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    Are you excited to have a new Kingdom Hearts intro song? Let us know in the comments!

  5. The Simple and Clean (Ray of Hope Mix) EP is now available on iTunes and Google Play

    The Simple and Clean (Ray of Hope Mix) EP by Utada Hikaru is now available on both the iTunes music store and the Google Music Play Store! Announced last month, the EP features remixes of the original Kingdom Hearts theme song in both English and Japanese, "Simple and Clean" and "Hikari", respectively.

    Download links:
    - iTunes
    - Google Play

    Track listing and duration:

    光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) - EP

    1. 光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) [5.33]
    2. Simple And Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX) [5.33]
    3. 光 (P’s CLUB MIX) [4.02]
    4. Simple And Clean (P’s CLUB MIX) [4.02]

  6. Utada Hikaru releases new song “Oozora de Dakishimete” and announces release date for "Forevermore"

    Utada Hikaru has released a new single today called “Oozora de Dakishimete (Hug Me in the Sky)” and announced that her next single “Forevermore” will be released on July 28, 2017.

    “Oozora de Dakishimete” is a part Utada’s involvement in the advertisement for Suntory Natural Mineral Water and currently holds the #1 spot on iTunes in Japan. Additionally, “Forevermore” has been featured in Gomen, Aishiteru (I’m Sorry, I Love You), a drama series from TBS’s Nichiyou Gekijou.

    Utada “Oozora de Dakishimete” Utada "Forevermore


    Fans who are interested in the US can find “Oozora de Dakishimete” on iTunes or the Google Play Store. The song is available worldwide. Also, you can check out her website for more information.

    These singles follow a string of news over the last year involving Utada’s comeback such as her 2016 album Fantôme and her manager/father’s comments on her involvement in Kingdom Hearts III which were retracted and changed. Also, earlier this year, Utada released the Ray of Hope Mix for both “Simple and Clean” and “Hikari” for the opening of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. Currently, there hasn't been any official announcement of her involvement for Kingdom Hearts III.

    So what do you guys think? Are you excited for these songs? Are you going to buy them? Do you like “Oozora de Dakishimete”? Let us know in the comments.

    • Jul 10 2017 09:50 PM
    • by Axeken
  7. Utada Hikaru will release a new album and is planning for a live tour across Japan in 2018

    It has been revealed on Utada Hikaru's official website today that she will create a new album and that it's planned to release in 2018. It will be her 7th album and her first album since joining Sony Music Entertainment. Also, in 2018, she will also be doing a live tour across Japan for the first time since Utada United 2006.

    It was revealed as well that from December 8, 2017, all of Hikaru's songs from "Automatic" to her most recent album that was released in 2016, "Fantôme," will be releasing on various major music subscription service platforms, which includes Apple Music. They will also be available on Spotify starting from January 8, 2017.

    You can view the full press release statement below:

    From “Automatic” to album “Fantôme“: now available in subscription distribution service!
    (*Spotify to be starting from January 8, 2018) And a new album and a live tour in 2018!


    From December 8th (Fri), Utada Hikaru’s songs from her 1998 debut single to her 6th album ‘Fantôme’ released in 2016, will be available in music subscription service in various major platforms including Apple Music. Right now, she is devoting herself to create her 7th album, which will be her first after joining Sony Music Entertainment, planned for release in 2018. Plus, she is planning for a live tour across Japan, which she hadn’t done since ‘UTADA UNITED’ 12 years ago in 2006. Please look forward to them as details will be updated in the official website!
    Utada Hikaru Official Website: www.utadahikaru.jp/


    Earlier this year, Hikaru released a new single titled "Oozora de Dakishimete" on July 10, 2017, and a new single titled "Forevermore" on July 28, 2017. You can read more about those singles in the article here.

    Hikaru is also releasing a new single titled "Anata," which will be the theme song of the movie DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari, which is releasing on December 9, 2017.

  8. Utada Teruzane said "be positive! "We won't break your heart." regarding Utada Hikaru possibly doing Kingdom Hearts III's opening song

    In 2013, Utada Hikaru's father and manager, Utada Teruzane, stated on Twitter that Utada Hikaru's involvement with Kingdom Hearts III was undecided at the time. On December 22, 2016, a curious fan followed up on this message, receiving a reply from Teruzane that they'll do the opening song for Kingdom Hearts III and that they've already started. Later, Teruzane retracted that statement, correcting himself by saying that they're eager to do the opening song for Kingdom Hearts III, but their decision is not yet official.

    Now, on December 6, 2017, Teruzane was asked once more on Twitter if Hikaru would do Kingdom Hearts III's opening song, and he replied saying that he can't say anything yet, but to be positive and that they won't break your heart. View the full tweet below:

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    It was also just recently revealed that Utada Hikaru will release a new album and is planning for a live tour across Japan in 2018. Also, all of her songs from "Automatic" to "Fantôme" will be releasing on Apple Music, Spotify, and other subscription services. You can read more about these new announcements in the article here.

  9. Utada Hikaru's "HATSUKOI" receives track list and cover

    A track list and cover art have been released for Utada Hikaru’s highly anticipated album Hatsukoi!






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    The new album comes after the success of Fantome in 2016 which marked her return to music after a hiatus. Hatsukoi, meaning “First Love” (an homage to her first album of the same name), will feature twelve songs including singles such as “Forevermore” from the TV drama Gomen Ai Shiteru,Play a Love Song”, “Anata”, and “Chikai” the theme from the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts 3.

    This will be Utada’s seventh studio album and 20th anniversary with her debut single Automatic/Time Will Tell releasing December 1998. Utada Hikaru will also launch into her first Japan tour since 2006 at the beginning of November!

    Hatsukoi will be released on June 27th, 2018 and is currently available for pre-order through CDJapan!




    HATSUKOI

    1. Play a Love Song

    2. Anata

    3. Hatsukoi

    4. Chikai

    5. Forevermore

    6. Too Proud feat. Jevon

    7. Good Night

    8. Pakuchii no Uta

    9. Nokoriga

    10. Oozora de Dakishimete

    11. Yuunagi

    12. Shittosarerubeki Jinsei

  10. Listen to the extended preview of Utada Hikaru's "Chikai"!

    As we near the release of Utada Hikaru's seventh album, Hatsukoi, her website has uploaded an extended look at the highly anticipated Japanese track "Chikai".

    The song has received a 43 second sound clip that can be previewed here on her website. "Chikai" or "Oath" will be the fourth song on her new album and is noted on her site as being the theme from Kingdom Hearts III!

    Hatsukoi will be released on June 27th, 2018 and is currently available for pre-order through CDJapan!

    Are you as excited as we are for the new theme? Let us know in the comments below!

  11. Utada Hikaru's 7th Japanese studio album "Hatsukoi" hits stores as Kingdom Hearts III theme song "Chikai" plays in full at Shinjuku Station

    Fans have started to get their hands on Utada Hikaru's newest studio album "Hatsukoi" in stores in Japan, one day prior to its official release! It is still on pre-order on iTunes (Japan) however, for release on June 27.

    The fourth track of this album is "Chikai" ("Oath"), the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III. (Note that this cannot be purchased on iTunes independently; it comes with the full album.)

    Find more information about the album and where to purchase it from here.

    While the song is not yet on a streaming service outside of Japan, we have found a video on Youtube from user @yuuna_kisaragi who has recorded the full version of Chikai as played at the Kingdom Hearts III promotional campaign at Shinjuku Station. You can watch it below.


    UPDATE [Jun 26, 2018]: User Viet Tran has uploaded the full version of Chikai on YouTube, and has pinned it's lyrics in romaji and English. You can listen to it below.









    UPDATE [Jun 26, 2018]: Utada Hikaru talks about Kingdom Hearts in this interview. Thanks to @Mio-chan for the translations.

    The 4th song is « Oath », Kingdom Hearts III’s theme song, right.

    I received an offer from around the time I had not release the album
    « Fantôme » yet.
    Immediately after Fantôme was completed, « I have finished many things. It’s an enclosure. There’s nothing! » I thought to myself but, when I started working on Chikai, « Uh, if I keep up the momentum, maybe more will come up? (laughs). And through this momentum, I created and crank out « Ozora de dakishimete », « Forevermore » and « Anata ». I did it in a tremendous and ambitious way, I think I surprised a little bit myself.


    UPDATE [Jun. 27, 2018]: Hikaru Utada’s new album is out now! It features the Japanese version of the Kingdom Hearts III theme song "Chikai" (named "Don’t Think Twice" in English). You can buy the album on iTunes here!

    UPDATE [Jun. 27, 2018]: New tweets on @UTADABLOG about Chris Dave, which gave some insights on the production of Chikai/Don't Think Twice and the help he gave Utada to make the song succeed:

    Famed drummer Chris Dave and “Chikai”: Upon the theme song trailer release for KH3, Utada heard reaction saying “I don’t understand the rhythm” and “what kind of beat is this?”

    Made Utada realize that something which seemed like a very simple + normal groove line for her wasn’t necessarily heard that way by Others

    Feels like if Chris Dave hadn’t been involved, the song would not have have succeeded since the beat was so tricky and nuanced


    Tell us what you think of the song so far while we wait for Don't Think Twice!

  12. "Chikai" sheet music available for pre-order for ¥648 on Amazon Japan, releasing July 31, 2018

    The sheet music for Utada Hikaru's "Chikai", the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III, is now available for pre-order at Amazon Japan! The sheet music for the piano solo and piano-vocal scores can be pre-ordered for 648 yen, and will be released on July 31, 2018. Amazon Japan also offers delivery to some locations outside of Japan, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

    The full version of Chikai was released with Utada Hikaru's 7th studio album, Hatsukoi. The English version, "Don't Think Twice", has been featured in various trailers for Kingdom Hearts III but hasn't been released in full yet.

    Are you looking forward to get your hands on the sheet music or listen to someone play it? Let us know in the comments!

  13. Utada Hikaru to perform Kingdom Hearts III theme song "Chikai" live for the first time

    Utada Hikaru - the artist known for her work on the Kingdom Hearts theme songs, will be performing the Kingdom Hearts III theme song "Chikai" for the first time at MUSIC STATION ultra FES 2018.

    This has been confirmed by her management, @Hikki_Staff on Twitter. MUSIC STATION Ultra FES is an annual even hosted by TV Asahi's "MUSIC STATION" which showcases Japan's biggest performers newest releases and will air September 17th.

    As well as performing "Chikai", Utada-san will also be discussing her new album "Hatsukoi" and reminiscing over her 20 year music career with presenter Tomori-san.


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    [UPDATE]: You can watch Utada's performance at MUSIC STATION Ultra FES here.

    Are you excited to hear "Chikai" performed live for the first time? Let us know in the comments below!