宇多田ヒカル News : Hikki Announces BREAK FROM MUSIC! New SINGLES COLLECTION VOL.2 Album! NEW SONGS! New Commercial!
Posted by Q on 2010/8/9 7:48:52 (2324 reads)

From a new message post today on Hikaru's blog site U3music.com, Hikki reminisces about the past twelve years of her career and how she started when she was only fifteen years old. She goes on to say that it has been a long time and that she thinks that she needs to spend more time on life and take a BREAK from music. She indicates that it is NOT an announcement of "RETIREMENT" but not just a "rest" or "vacation" either.

So it seems Hikki will be taking a long term SABBATICAL from her music career! However, she assures fans that she will be back one day; two years ... five years ... she cannot be sure how long.

But before that, she says she will go full-throttle with music activities until the end of this year. In the blog message, she also announces a new compilation album, SINGLES COLLECTION VOL.2, which will also include four or five new songs! The release should sometime in Fall 2010.

She also announces that she will be a part of an endorsement campaign as well, so be sure to expect some new commercials featuring Hikki!

And she is also thinking of starting a Twitter account so she can more directly respond to fans during this time.

She thanks everyone, her staff, and her fans :)


First important announcement in a while
I can't believe how quickly time goes - it's already been 12 years since my debut with "Automatic," which was called "that sensational video of dancing in a low ceiling room."(lol) I was 15 at that time.

Lately when I first meet someone they say, "Oh so you're still 27~! I thought you would be around 30, since I have this image that you have a very long career~. And you looked quite grown-up when you debuted."

27 years old, it's young in a sense . . . but not that young in another sense.

When I think back I find I've always worked on music ever since I was 15. Spent my life overprotected by people around me, so that "Utada Hikaru" can stick to music. People say I have plenty of life experience for my age, but as a matter of fact what I've experienced is quite lopsided.

I have had chances to do some uncommon things thanks to this job. I thank you, all my fans, all my staff from the bottom of my heart.

That said, there is this part of me which has stunted since around 15, when I started living my life focused on artist activities. That is the part, important as a human being.

Over the past 12 years I've been challenged with various things as an artist, and I think I've grown up a bit through those experiences. And I need to grow up as a person, aside from music, to evolve further.

Based on those thoughts I have made a big decision!

I am going to stop flashy "artist activities" for a while and focus on "human activities" starting from next year.

This is not a "retirement announcement"! Nor is this "rest" or "recreation."

This period is going to be the period for me to face the real me as a person, by studying something new eagerly and humbly, seeing and learning things in this world that I don't know yet. I think that's something that should be called "human activities," different from "artist activities."

And that should lead to my growth as an artist too, as a result.

Of course I may be making music or singing as I like, during that time.

When the time comes that I realize I have grown up a little as a person, and I feel the need to let you all hear my music, that is about time I should do so.

I didn't like it just to hide without showing up in front of my fans, and to jump into "human activities" with no regrets, I'm gonna go on full-throttle to do music activities till the end of this year!

First of all, I'm gonna release Single Collection vol 2 this upcoming autumn. I've made a lot of singles since the relase of vol 1.

This time I'll put some new songs in it too!

Maybe 4 songs or so, 5 hopefully . . . ! I'm right in the middle of recording, trying to make them something that can tell you my recent feelings, change of my heart. Please wait for a while, I'll let you know as soon as the release date is fixed.

Other than that there are more things already fixed and I'll tell you about them soon! Like, a CM I appear in and such . . . expect a lot!

I thank all the staff of EMI being receptive to my offer to take off from artist activities from next year.

I've always made them nervous or worried, still they've always believed in me, supported me. Thank you very much.

I can focus on "human activities" with an easy mind thinking they will wait for my return, believing me.

I guess each one of you has a different impression on my decision, but please believe me and wait for my return. I have no idea how long it gonna be - 2 years or 5 years, but I shall return, more matured. Give me some time.

Well before that I'm gonna release new songs in autumn, then winter and there should be some opportunities to show you the recent me, as well as interact with each other. So that's all for today. (Also, I'm thinking of starting a Twitter for a limited time! That way I can reply to you directly)

Last of all, thank you for reading this long message. I hope this can help to tell you my current feelings, as much as possible.

August 9th 2010

Utada Hikaru

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