Starting April 16th, on the third Tuesday of every month, we can hear Hikki on radio, she will be DJing her very own program on InterFM!
[2013/03/22] Regular radio program starts from April on InterFM!
KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru
The Third Tue.22:00 - 23:00
Utada Hikaru, who actually started DJ before debuting as an artist will be starting a new radio program on InterFM from April.
On-air on the third Tuesday every month. Utada Hikaru now in her human-activity period will be bringing you music she met in her everyday life.
First show starts from April 16th, don't miss it!
Similar to her old TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN radio programs that she hosted when she was a teenager, early on in her career, we can surmise that she will play a variety of her favorite music and possibly have interviews with a variety of people. On her TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN program she got to interview the like of celebreties such as Aaliyah.
She started with programs called "HIKKI SWEET&SOUR" and "WARNING HIKKI ATTACK" that ran October 1998 to March 1999. TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN ran October 1999 to September 2000. There were also other special radio programs that she did:
-TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN Special from NY, 2001-March-20
-Tres Bien! Bohemian Summer Special from Tokyo, 2001-July-20
-TRES BIEN BOHEMIAN Special Utada Debut 10th Anniversary, 2009-March
A big Happy Birthday to Hikki! Who today celebrates three decades, the big 30th birthday!
It seems like only yesterday we were watching her "20DAIWA IKEIKE! Live Streaming" broadcast for her 20th birthday.
As a gift to Hikki and to the members of UtadaNet, here is the long awaited fan tribute, a video cover of "Goodbye Happiness":
With little warning, Hikki is back with a new song!
Her new song is called "桜流し" (Sakura Nagashi). At the recent premiere of the Evangelion 3.0 movie, it was used as the end theme.
However, she might not be fully back just yet. The movie's producers were able to persuade Hikki to contribute a song just for the movie. "Although Utada is currently focusing her energies on her ?human activities,? she agreed to create this song, thanks to the fervent requests made by the movie production staff and the deep appreciation for Evangelion held by Utada herself, who also created the movie theme songs for the two prior Evangelion movies." (emimusic.jp/hikki).
The cover art is by Evangelion Character Designer, Sadamoto Yoshiyuki.
Have a look at the music video, it was created with the theme ?motherhood? by movie director Naomi Kawase.
It is reported that this video will only be available on Youtube until November 19th. UPDATE: according to Hikki's tweet, the video will only be available for three days.
UPDATE2: The music video is now no longer available. Instead, there is a shorter 80 second version here
Check out the official website for the Sakura Nagashi single here: http://www.sakuranagashi.jp/top_e.php
You can find the official lyrics here: http://sakuranagashi.jp/lyrics.html
Official lyrics translation here: http://sakuranagashi.jp/lyrics_e.html
The song is available on iTunes, and is currently number one in the Japan iTunes store.
The video will be available as a download on November 28th.
It will also be released as a DVD single on December 26th.
The film, "Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Q" (Evangelion:3.0 You Can (Not) Redo), opens in Japan theaters on November 17th, 2012.
Hikki has been tweeting up a storm over the past few days. Over forty tweets in the past three days from her official twitter account @utadahikaru.
She had mentioned that she was in Germany recently for the Rock im Park music festival in N?rnberg. The festival took place June 1st-3rd. She mentioned that she of course did not perform, but specifically went to see Metallica perform. She is now back in Asia .
Thanks to a tweet from Skrillex: "@utadahikaru follow people!!", Hikki has begun following others on twitter (other than her father and her staff). There are only a handful at the moment, but Skrillex, Junko the guitarist from her WILD LIFE concerts, Mika, and Conan O'Brien are among those that she is now following.
It is possible that Hikki and Skrillex recently met in Germany, as Skrillex was also at the Rock im Park festival as a performer.
Hikki's first self-directed music video "Goodbye Happiness" has won Best Conceptual Video and Special Award at the Space Shower Music Awards!
@hikki_staff has explained that the
Special Award is awarded to the artist who has made a big contribution to the music scene throughout their career.
As all of you know, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Tohoku region of Japan and triggered a destructive tsunami on
March 11, 2011.
Hikki has updated her blog in both Japanese and English concerning this disaster. She states that she has made a donation to the Japanese Red Cross and donated 400ml of her blood to the blood bank. According to officials, it is said that she has donated 80 million Japanese yen which is equivalent to $983,888 USD.
Through her official twitter account, Hikki has been occasionally updating about the situation in Japan and calling out to fans on how they can help.
Due to the earthquake damages to the pressing factories, WILD LIFE DVD and Blu-Ray has been postponed. The DVD will be released on April 20 and Blu-Ray will be released on May 18. The WILD LIFE poster presents will be distributed as planned but 30,000 posters will be released with the DVD and 20,000 with the Blu-ray.
Officially announced on Hikki's Website that WILD LIFE DVD and Blu-ray will be released April 6!
A documentary, never-before-seen footage of Hikki interacting with the concert audience, and a photo gallery.
Buy today and receive a special gift!
The first 50,000 people to purchase Hikki?s complete collection of CDs and DVDs (including WILD LIFE, but excluding single DVDs) will receive a 500x707mm WILD LIFE poster!
＊This special gift is not available at all shops. Please inquire at individual shops
DISC 1: WILD LIFE 2010.12.8-9 YOKOHAMA ARENA
Prisoner Of Love
Hymne a l'amour ～愛のアンセム～
Show Me Love ( Not A Dream )
Flavor Of Life - Ballad Version -
Across The Universe
Can't Wait 'Til Christmas
time will tell
Disc 2: Bonus Content Disc
1. DOCUMENT "WILD LIFE"
A documentary of precious moments from the start of rehearsals until after the final performance!
2. Complete footage of Hikki interacting with audiences over the two days of the concert ? never before released!
3. PHOTO GALLERY "WILD LIFE" ? Numerous pictures of the concert taken by Kenji Miura!
Note: The Blu-ray disc contains both the concert footage and bonus content on the same disc.
Today is Hikaru Utada's birthday,
A big Happy 28th Birthday to Hikki!
NHK will be premiering a TV documentary about Hikki on January 15th, 2011.
The documentary will include new studio performances as well as footage from her WILD LIFE Yokohama concerts from December. Some of the songs include 'First Love', 'Goodbye Happiness', 'Show Me Love (Not A Dream)', and 'Prisoner of Love'.
The doc will also include a post-'WILD LIFE' interview with Hikaru and Chris Peppler (J-WAVE host).
The program will be called "Utada Hikaru ~Ima no Watashi~" (Hikaru Utada ~Myself right now~)
TV Japan (NHK Cosmo Media America)
Saturday, February 12 Eastern Time 6:50pm-7:39pm
JSTV (NHK Cosmo Media Europe)
Wednesday, February 2 England (U.K.) time 8:10pm-8:59pm
*European Central Time 9:10pm-9:59pm
The special site that has been set up for people to view the WILD LIFE concert on demand is now up.
In order to access the site, you need to have purchased Single Collection Vol.2 album. Inside the package of goodies, there should be a piece of paper with a code on it. This paper and code was meant to be an entry into a draw for tickets to a WILD LIFE concert. But the same codes are now being used for access to this special site.
(NOTE, its the piece of paper with ticketbo.jp/uhsc2 on it)
The site (will) contain videos and a gallery from WILD LIFE, as well as a 'Special Movie', and a Gift area where people can sign up to receive a special gift of the week.
The show opened with a video featuring Utada in her Kuma costume. About 100,000 online viewers tuned in to the show!
00. Intro (Kuma Space Ship Video)
01. Goodbye Happiness
03. Teiku 5
04. Prisoner of Love
07. Hymne a l'amour ～Ai no Anthem～ (new piano arrangement/sans French)
08. Saukra Drops (Utada on piano)
--Costume Change-- Eclipse Interlude mix played by band.
09. Passion (With the Kingdom Hearts II bridge)
11. Show Me Love (Not A Dream)
12. Stay Gold (Utada on piano)
13. Boku wa Kuma
15. First Love (Utada on piano)
16. Flavor of Life (Ballad Version)
17. Beautiful World
19. Nijiiro Basu
20. Across the Universe (The Beatles Cover/Utada on guitar)
21. Can't Wait 'Till Christmas
--Band/Staff Member Introductions--
22. Time Will Tell
@Hikki_staff and @U3music have confirmed on twitter, that the upcoming "WILD LIFE" Concerts on December 8th and 9th will be broadcast live on USTREAM.tv !
So overseas fans, prepare yourselves. :D it's 7pm, December 8th, Japan time! (convert your timezone here)
PC users: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wl1 (700kpbs)
iPhone/iPad users: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wl2 (300kpbs) teruzane
credits to soulhunter14
From Hikki's Website:
[2010/12/06] Utada Hikaru 's concert in Japan on December 8 to be broadcast live by Ustream to fans all over the world!
Live Broadcast Time: 2010/12/8 (Wed.) 19:00 JAPAN TIME (GMT +9 - be sure to calculate your local time )
Ustream ?WILD LIFE? Live Broadcast Account Page Main Channel (700kbps; recommended for users viewing the concert on a PC)
Sub Channel (300kbps; recommended for users viewing the concert on an iPhone/iPad)
No word on yet if the December 9th concert will also be broadcast.
But we assume it will likely be that the December 9th concert will only be for the television rebroadcasts and DVD releases.
Hikki's "Can't Wait 'Til Christmas" from her "Single Collection Vol.2" album Disk 2 will be featured as the CM song for Pepsi Nex!
This commercial will start airing December 4th.
So the rumored "Can't Wait 'Til Christmas" video was really a commercial?!
Watch the commercial on the Pepsi japan site and check out the new wallpapers here
Hikki's "SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2" Album is released today!
The album is a two disc set, with the first disc being a compilation of singles from the past few years and the second disc with five brand new amazing songs! "SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2" is the last release from Hikaru Utada before she goes on her announced 'break' from the music industry.