So Tuesday was a long and busy day for Utada...
KTLA Morning News
She had to be in makeup at 5am to get ready for her performance on KTLA Morning News in L.A. She sang 'Me Mureo' at about 8:26am, which which then cut off by a commercial break. Then at 8:56am, she sang 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence-FYI' [video], which also got partially cut by commercial. Gene Simnons said 宇多田さいこです！ in Japanese to Utada. At 9:34am there was a quick interview and then she sang 'Come Back To Me' [video][mirror].
Sephora Hollywood Listening Party
And then the big event for many Californian fans. At 6pm the Sephora Hollywood was packed, waiting for Utada to arrive. A KIIS FM DJ MCed the event. There was an interview, some audience Q&A, during the playback of her songs, she would sing along, waved back and interacted with fans. Then, the MC said that 'everyone would get a photo with Utada' (which did not happen). Soon after, she was rushed out in order to catch her plane to NYC.
Many people who attended felt it was not properly organized and that the people running the event were not prepared to deal with such a large crowd. (read more experiences here)
The lesson for the NYC and Miami Sephora events, *GO EARLY and make sure you get a wristband!* ... and dont forget to print your SIGN! [UPDATE] Its 10:30am NY time, and there seems to be quite a line-up already
Videos: [Entering Sephora] [Utada Intro] [Utada Arrival] [Utada interview start] [Interview touring/FYI] [Interview MCML-FYI] [Listening to MCML-FYI] [Utada Swaying to MCML-FYI] [Interview A&C1] [Interview A&C2] [Interview Me Muero] [Listening to CBTM] [Utada Audience Q&A!] [Utada interview short clip] [Utada posing with radio host]
[cucupan's blog report]+[flickr photos]
UPDATE: High Quality photos from Pacific Rim Photo Press [pics] [slideshow]
Hikki Blog Message
In her latest message, Hikki apologizes for having to leave before finishing taking photos with fans and not being able to say goodbye. She hopes that tomorrow's appearance goes smoother.
ryanseacrest.com was updated today with news of Utada's performance. The Seacrest staff member writes, "Monday, she treated us to an exclusive intimate performance for ryanseacrest.com (see it on the site soon)." This is quite the disappointment if her performance is only for the ryanseacrest.com website, instead of being broadcasted on Ryan Seacrest's nationally syndicated radio show.
Blackbook Magazine Interview
A new interview, "Japanese Superstar Utada Hikaru on Life in New York" has been posted on blackbookmag.com. This is an interesting article where she talks about Life in New York, Socks, and her boyfriend.
For those on the Utada Island Def Jam mailing list, they sent out an email today announcing the album is now digitally on sale and the upcoming Sephora appearances, plus a new widget.
KTLA Morning News: