Artist Spotlight: Utada Hikaru, Queen of JPOP

Posted on March 14th, 2019 in Music by adminess. 2 Comments


In a new section of this miscellaneous blog, I intend to highlight various artists and/or bands that I highly recommend or who I love deeply, and what’s better to start this by getting my favorite female Jpop singer, Utada Hikaru; Why does that name sound familiar? Of course, she did the theme songs for Kh1 -3 and various remixes for the series, but she was a bigger and if renowned singer/pop star in Japan. From what I’ve gathered is that she was born in New York to a famous studio producer father and singer mother. She grew up in two different languages and thus with that, she’s used that advantage of being bilingual in her music from humble Cubic U (Her original name) album to her newest one: Hatsukoi (First Love).

Her voice is unlike any singer that I’ve ever heard, plus she puts all English speaking artists to shame for her unique musical choices and vocals. She is the epitome of style and grace and instantly recognized for being the singer of Simple Clean /Hikari for Kingdom Hearts, but like I’ve stated, she’s more than that, and deserves a listen and here’s a recommendation on her best albums from older to newest.

Deep River

Stand out tracks:

Sakura Drops

Tokyo NIGHTS

Hikari (Japanese opening to KH)

Ultra Blue

Stand out tracks

Nichiyō no Asa” (日曜の朝; Sunday Morning)
This Is Love
Colors

 

Stand out tracks:

Celebrate
Heartstation 
Flavor of Life (Ballad version)

(Translation: Phantom) 
Stand out tracks

Nijikan Dake no Vacance ( 二時間だけのバカンス, Two Hour Only Vacation) ft Sheena Ringo
Ore no Kanojo ( 俺の彼女, My Girlfriend)
Sakura Nagashi (桜流し, Flowing Cherry Blossoms) from Rebuild of Eva 3.0

Hatsukoi

( Translation: First Love)
Stand out tracks
 

Hatsukoi (First Love)
Play a Love Song
Anata
Chikai (translation: Oath, Japanese opening for KH3)
Forever More
Pakuchii no Uta

Singles:

Beautiful World (From the opening of Rebuild of Eva 1.0)

Simple and Clean (remixes included)(English Opening of Kingdom Hearts)

Passion and/Sanctuary

 


I mostly know her from the songs from Kingdom Hearts. I always adored “Simple and Clean.” I’ve downloaded a bunch of her stuff on iTunes.

Posted on March 17th, 2019, at 11:37 pm by Megan.

This brings back memories… I love her music and still listen to a lot of her older stuff today.

Posted on March 27th, 2019, at 1:55 pm by Ashley.