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 (2291 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 :)

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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


Original Message:
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久しぶりの大事なお知らせ
「低い天井の部屋で踊ってる衝撃的なPV」(笑)と言われた「Automatic」のデビューから、早いもので12年が経ちました。当時15才でした。


最近、初めて会う人に、「まだ27だったんですね~!なんかキャリアがすごく長いイメージがあるからもう30くらいだと思ってました~。デビューした頃すごく大人びた印象だったし」と、言われます。


27才、若いっちゃあ若い・・・でももうそんなに若くない。


振り返ると、15才からずっと音楽ばっかりやってきました。「宇多田ヒカル」が音楽に専念できるように、周りから過保護に守られた生活をしてきました。人からは、年のわりには人生経験豊富だね~なんて言われるけれど、とても偏った経験しかしていません。


この仕事のおかげで普通じゃできないようなことも出来ました。ファンのみんなにも、ずっと一緒にやってきたスタッフにも、とっても感謝してます。


でも、アーティスト活動中心の生き方をし始めた15才から、成長の止まっている部分が私の中にあります。それは、人として、とても大事な部分です。


この12年間、アーティストとしては色んなことにもチャレンジしたし、少しは成長できたと思います。でもこれ以上進化するためには、音楽とは別のところで、人として、成長しなければなりません。


そういう気持ちから、一つ大きな決断をしました!




来年から、しばらくの間は派手な「アーティスト活動」を止めて、「人間活動」に専念しようと思います。




これは「引退宣言」ではありません!でも、「休養」でも「充電期間」でも無いんです。


むしろ熱心に、そして謙虚に、新しいことを勉強したり、この広い世界の知らないものごとを見て知って感じて、一個人としての本当の自分と向き合う期間になると思います。それは「アーティスト活動」とは違う、「人間活動」かな、と。


そしてそれが結果的にはアーティストとしての私の成長につながるはずです。


もちろん、その間、気ままに音楽を作ったり、歌ったりも、してると思います。


人として少しは成長できたかな、と思った時、自然とまた、音楽をみんなに聴かせたい!と思った時がきたら、そうする時です。




このままファンに姿を見せないで隠れるみたいになるのもイヤだなと思って、気持ちよく「人間活動」に突入するためにも、今年いっぱいは、ぱ~っと音楽活動したいと思います!


まず、秋に、シングルコレクションvol2をリリースします。vol1以降、けっこうシングルもたまってたからね。


今回は、新曲も入るよ!


4曲くらいになるかな。できたら5曲・・・!最近の私の気持ち、心境の変化が伝わるような、新曲たちになるように、がんばってレコーディングしてる真っ最中です。発売日が決まったらすぐ発表するからちょっと待っててね。


それ以外にも決まってることあるんだけど、おいおい発表していくよ!久しぶりに出演もするCMとかね・・・いろいろありますので!




来年からしばらくアーティスト活動をおやすみしたいっていう私の相談に応じてくれて、理解を示してくれたEMIのスタッフのみんなに、本当に感謝してます。


今まで、いつもヒヤヒヤさせたり、心配させたりして、それでもずっと私を信じて、支えてくれました。本当にありがとう。


今回のことでも、また私を信じて、待っててくれるんだと思うと、安心して「人間活動」に専念できます。


ファンのみんなが、この私の決断をどう受け止めるかは、一人一人違うと思うけれど、私を信じて、待っててください。2年になるか、5年になるか、わからないけど、一回り大きくなって帰ってくるから。少し時間をください。


まあその前に、この秋、冬、と、新曲も発表して、みんなに今の私を見てもらう場も、交流する場もあるはずだから、今日はこのこれくらいにしておきます。(期間限定でtwitterやってみようと思ってるんだよね!そしたら直接受け答えもできるし)


最後に、長いメッセージ、読んでくれてありがとう。今の私の気持ちが少しでも伝われば、いいなと願ってます。


2010年 8月9日  


宇多田光

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