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Utada Hikaru

宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru), 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 aproducer, while her mother, Junko Utada, was an enka singer (she performed under the stage name 藤圭子(Keiko Fuji)).UtadaHikaru has been recording since 1993. She made her first professional recording at the ag ...read more

宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru), 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 aproducer, while her mother, Junko Utada, was an enka singer (she performed under the stage name 藤圭子(Keiko Fuji)).UtadaHikaru has been recording since 1993. She made her first professional recording at the age of twelve, and recorded herfirst album,Precious, in 1996 under the pseudonym Cubic U. This album led to her career overseas. In a recent MTV interview(MTV’s You HearIt First, October 2004), Utada said: “Someone in Japan heard it, at a Japanese record company, and he said,‘Oh, can’t you write inJapanese? 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 KanauKoro”/”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 wasdrawn to a close onMarch 2nd, 2007 as both Kazuaki Kiriya and Utada Hikaru filed divorce papers. « hide

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