She is an American born, Japanese Singer-Songwriter. Ever since her debut in 1998, she has dominated the Japanese music scene. She is the best selling artist in Japan ever. Her ability to fluently speak both English and Japanese has helped her create an incredibly diverse fanbase. Under Universal Island Records, she debuted in the western music industry while continuing her Japanese career with Toshiba-EMI.
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Given name: Hikaru [hee'kaa'rlu] (ヒカル) - meaning 'shining' in Japanese
Surname: Utada [oo'ta'da] (宇多田)
Nickname: Hikki [heek'kee] (ヒッキー)
Date of Birth: January 19, 1983
Place of Birth: New York, NY, U.S.A.
Began carrer in music on / First recorded songs: 1990; as part of family musical group U3 (aka. cubic U) on the album "U*STAR" (released September, 1993; Hikki wrote lyrics of two songs, at the age of 10)
Solo Debut: 1997 - January 1998 (under the name Cubic U)
Japanese Debut (as 宇多田ヒカル): December, 1998 (with "Automatic" single)
International Debut: EXODUS Album - Fall 2004 (Japan: 9.08.2004; US: 10.05.2004)
"First Love" is the best selling Japanese album ever (10 Million units sold; 32× Platinum).
Est. 52 Million Albums Sold to date.
This Is The One (American Release; English)
EXODUS (under name Utada; English; U.S. Debut),
Precious (under name Cubic U; in English),
U*STAR (as part of U3 group)
In The Flesh 2010 Tour (First Tour outside of Japan in U.S./U.K., January 15 - Feburary 12, 2010)
Utada United 2006 Concert Tour (Jul 1 - Sept 10, 2006)
New York Showcase Live @ Skylight Studios, NYC (Feb 23, 2005),