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Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル), also known as Utada for their English-language releases, is a Japanese singer.

In 1990, they formed the unit U3 alongside their mother and father. The unit debuted in Japan with a studio album released in September 1993.

In 1995, they began releasing music independently in Europe and America under the name cubic U. The same year, they were noticed by producer Miyake Akira while in a studio in Tokyo, who invited them to try making a Japanese debut. They released their debut Japanese single, Automatic / time will tell, in 1998 at the age of 15.

In 2002, they married photographer Kiriya Kazuaki. The couple divorced in 2007.

In 2014, they married an anonymous Italian man. Their first child, a son, was born in 2015. The couple divorced in 2018.

On June 26, 2021, they came out as non-binary in an instagram live video. Their prefix is "Mys"[1] and their pronouns are she/they.[2]

Discography

Albums

  1. [1999.03.10] First Love
  2. [2001.03.28] Distance
  3. [2002.06.19] DEEP RIVER
  4. [2006.06.14] ULTRA BLUE
  5. [2008.03.19] HEART STATION
  6. [2016.09.28] Fantôme
  7. [2018.06.27] Hatsukoi (初恋; First Love)
  8. [2022.02.23] BAD Mode (BADモード)

Best Albums

  1. [2010.11.24] Utada The Best

Compilation Albums

  1. [2004.03.31] Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1
  2. [2010.11.24] Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2
  3. [2014.12.09] Utada Hikaru no Uta -13 Kumi no Ongakuka ni Yoru 13 no Kaishaku ni Tsuite- (宇多田ヒカルのうた -13組の音楽家による13の解釈について-)
  4. [2014.12.09] Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1+2 HD

EP

  1. [2021.03.10] One Last Kiss

Singles

  1. [1998.12.09] Automatic / time will tell
  2. [1999.02.17] Movin' on without you
  3. [1999.04.28] First Love
  4. [1999.11.10] Addicted To You
  5. [2000.04.19] Wait&See ~Risk~ (Wait&See ~リスク~)
  6. [2000.06.30] For You / Time Limit (For You/タイム・リミット)
  7. [2001.02.16] Can You Keep A Secret?
  8. [2001.07.25] FINAL DISTANCE
  9. [2001.11.28] traveling
  10. [2002.03.20] Hikari (光)
  11. [2002.05.09] SAKURA Drops / Letters (SAKURAドロップス/Letters)
  12. [2003.01.29] COLORS
  13. [2004.04.21] Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro (誰かの願いが叶うころ)
  14. [2005.09.28] Be My Last
  15. [2005.12.14] Passion
  16. [2006.02.22] Keep Tryin'
  17. [2006.11.22] Boku wa Kuma (ぼくはくま)
  18. [2007.02.28] Flavor Of Life
  19. [2007.08.29] Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry
  20. [2008.02.20] HEART STATION / Stay Gold
  21. [2008.05.21] Prisoner Of Love
  22. [2019.01.18] Face My Fears

DVD Singles

  1. [2000.06.30] Wait&See ~Risk~ (Wait&See ~リスク~)
  2. [2002.01.30] traveling
  3. [2003.03.12] COLORS
  4. [2004.07.28] Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro (誰かの願いが叶うころ)
  5. [2004.10.06] Easy Breezy (as Utada)
  6. [2012.12.26] Sakura Nagashi (桜流し)

Digital Singles

  1. [2008.10.31] Eternally -Drama Mix-
  2. [2009.06.27] Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix-
  3. [2012.11.17] Sakura Nagashi (桜流し)
  4. [2016.04.15] Hanataba wo Kimi ni (花束を君に)
  5. [2016.04.15] Manatsu no Toori Ame (真夏の通り雨)
  6. [2017.01.11] Hikaru -Ray Of Hope MIX- (光 -Ray Of Hope MIX-)
  7. [2017.07.10] Oozora de Dakishimete (大空で抱きしめて)
  8. [2017.07.28] Forevermore
  9. [2017.12.08] Anata (あなた)
  10. [2018.04.25] Play A Love Song
  11. [2018.05.30] Hatsukoi (初恋; First Love)

Long Plays

  1. [2018.11.07] Hatsukoi (初恋; First Love)

International Albums

  1. [2004.09.08] Exodus (as Utada)
  2. [2009.03.14] This Is The One (as Utada)

International Singles

  1. [2004.09.14] Devil Inside
  2. [2005.06.21] Exodus '04
  3. [2005.10.17] You Make Me Want to Be a Man

International Digital Singles

  1. [2009.02.10] Come Back To Me (as Utada)
  2. [2009.12.21] Dirty Desire (as Utada)

Gallery

Trivia

  • They are fluent in both English and Japanese, having grown up living both in New York City and Tokyo.
  • Their father is music producer Utada Teruzane, who produced some of Hikaru's early releases.
  • Their mother was enka singer Fuji Keiko.

References

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