Legal name: 宇多田 光, 宇多田光

Also performs as: Cubic U


Hikaru Utada (宇多田 ヒカル, Utada Hikaru, born January 19, 1983), who also goes by the mononym Utada English /ˈ tɑː də/, is a Japanese American singer and songwriter. After releasing the commercially unsuccessful English-language album Precious under the stage name "Cubic U" in 1998, she rose to prominence in 1999 with the release of her second album, First Love, which sold over seven million copies in Japan and became the best selling Japanese-language album of all time. She was described by Time Magazine as a "Diva On Campus", a reference to her having attended Columbia University for a brief, career-break semester in 2000.

She currently holds the record for the highest first-week sales of an album in a single territory, as her Distance album sold over 3 million copies in Japan during the week of March 28, 2001. She has also had three of her Japanese studio albums in the list of Top 10 best-selling albums ever in Japan (number 1, 4, 8) and six of her albums (including one English-language and one compilation) charting within the 275 Best-Selling Japanese albums list. Utada has had twelve number-one singles on the Oricon Singles chart, with two notable record achievements for a female solo or group artist: five million-sellers and four in the Top 100 All-Time Best-selling Singles. It is estimated that Utada has sold more than 52 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists in Japan.

In 2009, she was considered "the most influential artist of the decade" in the Japanese landscape by The Japan Times. Additionally, Utada is best known in the West for making two theme song contributions to Square Enix and Disney's collaborative video game series Kingdom Hearts: "Simple and Clean" (which is the re-written English-language version of her 10th Japanese single "Hikari") for Kingdom Hearts and "Sanctuary" for Kingdom Hearts II ("Passion" in the Japanese version of the game).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 First Love 宇多田ヒカル 9
2000 Works on Music Box 宇多田ヒカル 1
2001 Distance 宇多田ヒカル 3
2001 オルゴールで聴く 宇多田ヒカル作品集Vol.2 宇多田ヒカル 2
2002 DEEP RIVER 宇多田ヒカル 5 2
2004 Exodus Utada 6
2006 ULTRA BLUE 宇多田ヒカル 3.5 4
2008 HEART STATION 宇多田ヒカル 4.65 2
2009 This Is The One Utada 4.5 4
Utada Hikaru Collection Music Box 宇多田ヒカル 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1 宇多田ヒカル 5 5
2010 Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2 宇多田ヒカル 4
2010 Utada the Best Utada 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Bohemian Summer 2000 宇多田ヒカル 4
2012 Utada United 2006 Utada 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Automatic / time will tell 宇多田ヒカル 4
1999 Movin' on without you 宇多田ヒカル 2
1999 First Love 宇多田ヒカル 2
1999 Addicted to You 宇多田ヒカル 1
2000 Wait & See 〜リスク〜 宇多田ヒカル 2
2000 For You / タイム・リミット 宇多田ヒカル 2
2001 Can You Keep A Secret? 宇多田ヒカル 2
2001 FINAL DISTANCE 宇多田ヒカル 1
2001 traveling 宇多田ヒカル 1
2002 宇多田ヒカル 2
2002 SAKURAドロップス 宇多田ヒカル 2
2003 COLORS 宇多田ヒカル 4 1
2004 誰かの願いが叶うころ 宇多田ヒカル 2
2004 Devil Inside Utada 2
2004 Easy Breezy Utada 1
2005 Exodus '04 Utada 1
2005 Be My Last 宇多田ヒカル 2
2005 You Make Me Want to Be a Man Utada 2
2005 Passion 宇多田ヒカル 2
2006 Keep Tryin' 宇多田ヒカル 5 1
2006 This is Love 宇多田ヒカル 1
2006 ぼくはくま 宇多田ヒカル 4
2006 宇多田ヒカル Presents ぼくはくま 宇多田ヒカル 3
2007 Flavor of Life 宇多田ヒカル 1
2007 Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry 宇多田ヒカル 5 1
2008 HEART STATION / Stay Gold 宇多田ヒカル 1
2008 Prisoner Of Love 宇多田ヒカル 1
2008 Eternally (Drama Mix) 宇多田ヒカル 1
2009 Come Back to Me Utada 2
2009 Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix- 宇多田ヒカル 1
2010 Hymne à l'amour 〜愛のアンセム〜 宇多田ヒカル 1
2012 桜流し 宇多田ヒカル 2

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Addicted to You 宇多田ヒカル 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 REMIX: Fly Me to the Moon 宇多田ヒカル 4 2

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