December 9th, 2013 marks the 15th year anniversary of Hikaru Utada's debut! To commemorate this occasion, two 15th Anniversary package sets are being released.
The "First Love -15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition-" will be a limited run set with only 5000 copies made. It will include 4 discs: -Platinum 'First Love' album CD (2014 remastered edition, on platinum disc), -LUV LIVE concert DVD, -'First Love' Karaoke CD (instrumentals of all FL tracks, except 'Interlude'), -and a BONUS CD with previously unreleased material; This edition will also include a hard-cover book with unreleased photos & scans of hand-written lyrics, promotional items, and replica LUV LIVE ticket and backstage pass. It is being sold for 15,000円
The "First Love -15th Anniversary Edition-" (non-deluxe) will include 2 discs: -'First Love' album CD (2014 remastered edition, regular cd - not platinum disc) -LUV LIVE concert DVD It is being sold for 4,000円
Now its important to note that the LUV LIVE concert, was her first live concert performance, and the video of which has never been released (I have heard audio from it, but have never seen any video footage). Also, really excited to hear that Bonus CD with unreleased tracks.
Both editions are being released March 10, 2014, preorders are available now.
After nearly four year since the IN THE FLESH 2010 tour began, the concert video is now available from iTunes Japan, and shortly iTunes US (no word on other regional iTunes yet). IN THE FLESH, was a small venue concert tour that Hikki did in various cities across the United States and in London, UK. The tour was an opportunity for her Western fans to get up close in a small intimate performance (much closer than any Japanese stadium concert).
The following is a translation of Hikaru's message by 'a_kikoo': Quote:
"On the morning of August 22nd, my mother took her own life.
There have been many speculations going around, so please let me talk about a few things.
For a long time, she had been suffering from a mental illness. With that disposition, it was very difficult to get her to receive treatment on her own will. I was always troubled about what to do as her family, and what would be the best for her.
Since I was little, I've watched the progression of my mother's illness. As her symptoms got worse, her distrust for people including family continued to grow, she became uncertain between reality and fantasy, and lost control over her own emotions and actions. I was just tossed around by it and wasn't able to do anything.
I wish that my mother has been released from her longtime suffering. At the same time, I am too sad and my sense of regret only grows.
She was misunderstood a lot... she was a coward but had a strong spirit, she was filled with a sense of justice, she loved to laugh, was quick in thinking, impulsive and dangerous like a child, careless that you couldn't leave her alone, and more lovely than anyone else. Even though I have many sad memories, she is laughing when I think about her.
I feel proud that I am my mother's daughter. I am very thankful that I was able to meet her.
I've received many heart-warming words and realized that I am supported by many people. Thank you very much."
Just a reminder that Hikki is still around. She is doing her in thing in bilingual, every third Tuesday of the month on her radio show, KUMA POWER HOUR! We can hear Hikki chat about her topic du jour, and play for us some of her favorite music, as she DJs her very own program on InterFM 76.1 in Japan.
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Again, her show is every 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 22:00 Japan time. In the day or hours before the show, check our forums or twitter to find out how you can listen.
[2013/03/22] Regular radio program starts from April on InterFM! KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru The Third Tue.22:00 - 23:00
Utada Hikaru, who actually started DJ before debuting as an artist will be starting a new radio program on InterFM from April. On-air on the third Tuesday every month. Utada Hikaru now in her human-activity period will be bringing you music she met in her everyday life. First show starts from April 16th, don't miss it!
Similar to her old TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN radio programs that she hosted when she was a teenager, early on in her career, we can surmise that she will play a variety of her favorite music and possibly have interviews with a variety of people. On her TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN program she got to interview the like of celebreties such as Aaliyah. She started with programs called "HIKKI SWEET&SOUR" and "WARNING HIKKI ATTACK" that ran October 1998 to March 1999. TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN ran October 1999 to September 2000. There were also other special radio programs that she did: -TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN Special from NY, 2001-March-20 -Tres Bien! Bohemian Summer Special from Tokyo, 2001-July-20 -TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN Special Utada Debut 10th Anniversary, 2009-March
With little warning, Hikki is back with a new song! Her new song is called "桜流し" (Sakura Nagashi). At the recent premiere of the Evangelion 3.0 movie, it was used as the end theme.
However, she might not be fully back just yet. The movie's producers were able to persuade Hikki to contribute a song just for the movie. "Although Utada is currently focusing her energies on her ?human activities,? she agreed to create this song, thanks to the fervent requests made by the movie production staff and the deep appreciation for Evangelion held by Utada herself, who also created the movie theme songs for the two prior Evangelion movies." (emimusic.jp/hikki).
The cover art is by Evangelion Character Designer, Sadamoto Yoshiyuki.
Have a look at the music video, it was created with the theme ?motherhood? by movie director Naomi Kawase.
It is reported that this video will only be available on Youtube until November 19th. UPDATE: according to Hikki's tweet, the video will only be available for three days.
UPDATE2: The music video is now no longer available. Instead, there is a shorter 80 second version here
The song is available on iTunes, and is currently number one in the Japan iTunes store. The video will be available as a download on November 28th. It will also be released as a DVD single on December 26th.
The film, "Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Q" (Evangelion:3.0 You Can (Not) Redo), opens in Japan theaters on November 17th, 2012.