Posted by Q on 2013/12/9 2:00:31 (5829 reads)

After nearly four year since the IN THE FLESH 2010 tour began, the concert video is now available from iTunes Japan, and shortly iTunes US (no word on other regional iTunes yet). IN THE FLESH, was a small venue concert tour that Hikki did in various cities across the United States and in London, UK. The tour was an opportunity for her Western fans to get up close in a small intimate performance (much closer than any Japanese stadium concert).

http://www.itunes.com/utada_hikaru


Check out the preview clip of her performance of Passion/Sanctuary



hit the jump to see the track listing...

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Posted by Q on 2013/3/15 3:06:36 (5458 reads)



Ann posted on her tumblr about her run-in with Hikki on March 12th, 2013 on the Victoria Line of the London Underground (in of course London, UK).

The picture looks real, read more about her encounter after the jump.
Credit to gardenhose

[UPDATE:]

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Posted by Polyrhythm on 2012/4/9 3:20:37 (5305 reads)

The following is a fan account of an encounter with Hikki, apparently during a train ride in London.


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So today I met Japanese SUPERSTAR Utada Hikaru!

I was on my way to Belsize Park riding the Northern line when at either Angel or Kings Cross a small Japanese lady got on the tube a few feet away from me.

I looked at her and I thought to myself ?LOL she looks like Utada? and was laughing to myself-some Taiwanese dudes to the left of me started laughing at ME because they obviously thought I was crazy or something.

Anyway as the train becomes emptier (after Camden Town) I get a better view of the woman sitting down and thats when I?m like, ?Wait that could be Utada!? But then I was like nah, ?Why would she be in London?? plus she looks almost EXACTLY like she did on the ?Ultra Blue? cover with the same bob cut?

So I decided to gas myself up and played ?Sakura Drops? and imagined what I?d say to her if I met her.

Curiosity really got the better of me so I stood up when the tube was near Belsize (so I could get a better look) and when I looked directly at the woman I was damn near sure it was her.

So I went up to her and said ?Excuse me are you Utada Hikaru?? and she had her earphones on so she asked me to repeat what I said and when I did a bashful grin spread across her face and she said, ?Yes I am?.

Luckily there was an empty seat next to her so I sat down and shook her hand and started chatting with her. I showed her that I was listening to ?Sakura Drops? and she was very shocked at that.

I asked her why she was here and she said she was just visiting a friend and was a bit disappointed with how the weather changed-she?s been here for over a week so far and staying around the Camden area (I won?t say where exactly).

I told her how she was the first Japanese artist I ever heard (apart from Ryu Sakamoto) and she was like ?Wow Really??

She asked ME how I even found out about her and I explained that from loving Chinese music and being on forums (like JPM which I told her about a bit) that people talked about the ?First Love? cd and her song for Kingdom Hearts-LOL that part of the conversation made me laugh because there I was, listing Hikki?s discography to her as if she didn?t know her own music-I?m so lame.

I told her that I went to the show in Islington (if you never went you missed a great show!) and she thanked me for that and I asked her if she?s ever going to do another one. She said it?s all up in the air and that she was on a break (I told her how pressed everyone got when she did that and she laughed!). But she said that she?s currently working on a few projects that she couldn?t really talk about but new stuff is coming soon!

I did ask for a photo but she said she?s not really taking photos right now-and I could see that she felt bad for having to say that, but I was like ?No that?s fine, it?s just great to finally meet you!?

After her stop came up (YES I missed my stop just to keep talking to her LOL) we got off together and walked and talked till I realised I was going to be late for my meeting so I thanked her for the music and she said it was nice to meet me and shook my hand again and went off on her way!

She is TINY under 5 foot and she was wearing pink converse and animal print skinny jeans and she still rocks the short bowl cut from way back when!
She looks EXACTLY like the photos and she hasn?t aged at all.
All in all was a GREAT night! If you?re in London and you see a woman that looks like Hikki, don?t chance it, go up to her and say hi!

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Posted by Q on 2010/10/24 22:19:40 (1629 reads)

Various online Japanese CD retailers (neowing.co.jp, yesasia.com, cdjapan.co.jp) have posted to their catalogs, a new English Utada Album to be released November 24th, 2010. It is a sixteen track greatest hits album of her American work. No word yet on any releases for outside of Japan.

[UPDATE] (Oct.24.2010)
Utada tweeted to fans today regarding the upcoming Universal Japan release of "Utada The Best", a compilation 'best of' album of her English work, and how it is being release without her blessing.
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@utadahikaru
The release of "Utada the best" is entirely against my will. I wish that my fans won't have to buy it. There's no new material in it.

In other Japanese posts, she even mentions how Universal was deciding on releasing this "Utada The Best" compilation album at the same time as her ?Single Collection Vol. 2? that is being released by EMI. Utada says that more detail about this will be released later on.

[UPDATE #2](Oct.25.2010)
Utada has just posted an more detailed message about this "Utada The Best" issue on her U3music.com blog. She talks about the circumstances to which this other compilation album is being released, and her feelings about it and how it 'coincides' with her EMI release of UHSC2. She seems concerned about how this release will affect her fans. You can read the English translation here

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Posted by Q on 2010/10/15 10:39:49 (1282 reads)

Just announced on Hikki's twitter (@utadahikaru), she says that 'footage' from the USA+UK concert tour from January and February 2010 will be released soon:

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@utadahikaru
In The Flesh Tour's footage will be released in some form, hopefully soon(as soon as some technicalities are cleared). We'll let you know!


I guess all the constant English tweets asking about an In The Flesh Concert DVD worked!

Afterwards, her dad, Teruzane (@u3music), Tweeted that the video is complete and had been edited, and they have been trying to get it available on iTunes, but have been having issues with the store. They may be looking for other methods of distribution as well.

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@u3music:
We have been discussing w/ Apple i-Tunes to utilize the US/London 2010 tour video, by the way, it is already mixed/edited. teruzane

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@u3music
Apple is having technical problems. Need to find other options to release more timely ways via internet. Please be patient. teruzane


They promise to get it out before the end of 2010!
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@u3music:
I promise to do this before the end of the year!! teruzane


Posted by Q on 2010/5/14 21:49:01 (1804 reads)

A compilation album called 'Just Dance: Volume 3' will include Utada as well as other Island Def Jam artists.
Utada's "Dirty Desire" (Mike Rizzo's club mix) will be featured on the album.
Utada's "Come Back To Me" was also featured in the 'Just Dance: Volume 1' album.

The 'Just Dance: 3' will be released June 8th. Read the press release for more.

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Posted by Q on 2010/4/19 19:27:24 (1497 reads)

Utada's "Poppin'" is being used in Jessica Simpson's show 'The Price of Beauty' on Vh1.

The episode airs tonight, 4/19/10 and is the Tokyo, Japan episode! In case you miss it, it's episode six (6).

[credit to Jiremi]


Posted by Q on 2010/2/12 0:00:00 (1544 reads)

The final show on Utada's "In The Flesh" concert tour is tonight (feb. 12) in London, UK! The SOLD OUT show will be at the O2 Academy Islington @7pm. After last night's amazing show there, let's see if Utada can top it with her tour finale!

Hope everyone has Fun and that the UtadaNet members meet goes well! ... and please let us know your experiences here on the forum or live on Twitter hashtag #Utada or #UtadaUK.
Remember, behave! be courteous! and make friends!


Posted by Q on 2010/2/11 0:00:00 (1650 reads)

The last two shows for Utada's "In The Flesh" concert tour is in London, UK! This show (Feb 11) was a recent addition to the tour after many fans lost their tickets due to a TicketWeb error. This is the only stop of her tour outside of the US, and the first performances she will do outside of Japan and America. The SOLD OUT show will be at the O2 Academy Islington @7pm.

Hope everyone has Fun ... and please let us know your experiences here on the forum or live on Twitter hashtag #Utada or #UtadaUK.
Remember, behave! be courteous! and make friends!


Posted by Q on 2010/2/8 0:01:00 (1477 reads)

Tonight (feb. 8), Utada is back in the place of her birth. She is in New York on the last American stop of her "In The Flesh" concert tour! The SOLD OUT show will be at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza @8pm.

Hope everyone has Fun! ... and please let us know your experiences here on the forum or live on Twitter hashtag #Utada or #UtadaNY.
Remember, behave! be courteous! and make friends!


Posted by Q on 2010/2/5 0:00:00 (1342 reads)

The next stop for Utada on her "In The Flesh" concert tour is tonight (Feb. 5) in Boston! The SOLD OUT show will be at The Paradise Rock Club @7pm.

Hope everyone has Fun! ... and please let us know your experiences here on the forum or live on Twitter hashtag #Utada.
Remember, behave! be courteous! and make friends!


Posted by Q on 2010/2/3 10:20:51 (1644 reads)

Just revealed, there is to be a second Utada show in London for the 'In The Flesh' 2010 Tour! The show will be Thu Feb 11 2010, at O2 Academy Islington. This will be the day before the original show date which is on Feb 12th.
Tickets go on sale Feb 5th @9am.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Feb 4th @9am.


Some fans who did not receive tickets for the original show due to a TicketWeb mistake received an email about the new show. The email announced that there will be a second show and stated that they will be given the opportunity to access the pre-sale tickets.

It's NOW a TEN-SHOW TOUR!


[UPDATE]: According to TicketWeb.co.uk, this show is now also sold out!

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Posted by Q on 2010/2/2 1:00:00 (1745 reads)

The next stop for Utada on her "In The Flesh" concert tour is tonight (Feb. 2) in Chicago! The SOLD OUT show will be at The House of Blues @8pm.

Hope everyone has Fun! ... and please let us know your experiences here on the forum or live on Twitter hashtag #Utada.

UPDATE:
It seems that this was an interesting show. To start off, it seems security was a bit 'unpleasant', ex. a fan who came from Brazil being denied entry. Also noteable was during DJ Mike Rizzo's performance, a fan who got on stage with a mask and began dancing; as well, there was a noteable very 'excited' fan from the balcony, that sung loudly and dove to catch at kuma ball. It also seems that some of the crowd did not know about the 'encore' and left after 'Dirty Desire'.
Hikki talked about missing the cold weather and how Chicago is like New York. Before the concert, she went to the Art Institute museum. She wore a white and black dress, with a black-striped transparent shawl.

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Posted by Q on 2010/2/1 10:17:05 (1334 reads)



Utada doing a 'drop' message for Supa Good DJs. You can download an MP3 of the message on their page. From this SGDJ blog entry, DJ K-SMOOTH asked Hikki to do this while she was in Hawaii - likely just before the 'In The Flesh' tour started after the first 'In The Flesh' show in Hawaii.


Posted by Q on 2010/1/30 1:00:00 (1547 reads)

Utada will be in Nevada today for her "In The Flesh" concert tour tonight (Jan. 30) in Las Vegas! The show will be at The House of Blues @8pm.

Hope everyone has Fun! ... and please let us know your experiences here on the forum or live on Twitter hashtag #Utada or #UtadaLV.

UPDATE:
Looks like it was a completely packed house. There are reports that it was very hot, and about 25 people may have fainted during the show.
At the end, Utada said that this show was her best concert of the In The Flesh tour so far. The autographed balls she threw out this time had Kuma gambling on it.

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