宇多田ヒカル News : "Goodbye Happiness" PV + Youtube Channel + Worldwide Deal with EMI
Posted by Q on 2010/11/8 12:23:12 (1669 reads)

The amazing "Goodbye Happiness" music video is out now! Check it out here on the official Utada Hikaru youtube channel! Its an cute and amazing video that one can only assume is an homage to all her fans who do 'Utube' videos.

So you might have noticed that there is now an Official Youtube channel for Hikki! It has already been preloaded with all past PVs and some live performances too!

Also, a new mobile website has been set up for "Goodbye Happiness", www.utada-gbh.com


Futher, just announced on her Twitter, Hikki says she has "signed a worldwide deal with EMI" and that this will give her "more freedom between languages, and more support overseas". This means she will be breaking ties with Island DefJam/Universal for the work she has done under the name UTADA. However, she says, "I still am taking a break from 2011. I don't know how much I'll carry on after I come back, can't promise a lot, but I will return"
According to this press release from EMI, she will go forth using the name 'Hikaru Utada'.





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NOV 8, ?10 9:55 AM
EMI Music and Hikaru Utada agree new global recording deal
LONDON, 8 NOVEMBER 2010 ? EMI Music is proud to announce that it has reached a new agreement with Hikaru Utada and her management office, u3music, for a new global recording contract.

Since EMI released Hikaru Utada?s debut single, ?Automatic/Time Will Tell?, in 1998, sold 2 million copies, the singer-songwriter has become one of the most successful Japanese recording artists in the country?s history.

More than 9.9 million copies of her debut album ?First Love? were shipped domestically and abroad, still the most successful Japanese language album ever.

She has recorded five original albums and 21 singles. In particular, her single ?Flavor of Life? was downloaded more than 9 million times upon release, a world record at the time. Hikaru Utada has now sold in total over 50 million singles, albums and DVDs worldwide.

Outside of Japan, Hikaru Utada?s music has been released under the name ?UTADA?. Going forward, her music activities in all countries and languages will now be united under one name, Hikaru Utada.

Roger Faxon, CEO, EMI Group: ?We are very happy that EMI?s global network, expertise and passion will continue to contribute to and support the musical and creative vision of the superbly talented Hikaru Utada. ?

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SwallowTail
Posted: 2010/11/8 21:10  Updated: 2010/11/8 21:10
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 Re: "Goodbye Happiness" PV + Youtube Channel + ...
So English work and Japanese work under one name Hikaru Utada. Or no more English album ?
Shurikid
Posted: 2010/11/8 21:34  Updated: 2010/11/8 21:34
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 Re: "Goodbye Happiness" PV + Youtube Channel + ...
Swallowtail, I think the implication is that if she does choose to release English-language music outside of Japan, she'll do it with EMI. What I'm wondering is if it means that her Japanese records could be made available worldwide? Or perhaps she's suggesting that her future albums might be dual-language (that would be AWESOME!)?

I say good riddance. IDJ was never a good choice for Hikki in my opinion, and I'm not entirely sure why she didn't do this to start with. Also, it's a good sign for future English-language work, if not a definitive one. Regardless, depending on how this works out and what is planned at this stage, we may be seeing some truly explosive material from Hikki when she gets back. :]
J2kia
Posted: 2010/11/17 3:08  Updated: 2010/11/17 3:08
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 Re: "Goodbye Happiness" PV + Youtube Channel + ...
Hi, im new to this forum. But it seem like the youtube page, almost all of the video is gone due to the what copyright claim.

even the Goodbye Happiness is gone.
uglybunny
Posted: 2010/11/19 2:32  Updated: 2010/11/19 2:32
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 Re: "Goodbye Happiness" PV + Youtube Channel + ...
Goodbye Happiness already at 1M views!