Legal name: 宇多田 光, 宇多田光

Also performs as: Cubic U

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Hikaru Utada (宇多田 ヒカル, Utada Hikaru, born January 19, 1983), who also goes by the mononym Utada English /uːˈtɑːdə/, is a Japanese American singer and songwriter. Since the release of her Japanese debut album First Love, which went on to become the best-selling album in Oricon history, she has 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. Hikaru 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. Utada has sold an estimated more than 52 million records worldwide.

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. 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). In 2007, her single "Flavor of Life" reached number 2 in worldwide digital download yearly single chart with over 7.2 million downloads, and contributed to 12 million digital sales for her over the same year.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 First Love 宇多田ヒカル 7
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
2010 Utada the Best Utada 1
Utada Hikaru Collection Music Box 宇多田ヒカル 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1 Compilation 宇多田ヒカル 5 3
2010 Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2 Compilation 宇多田ヒカル 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Bohemian Summer 2000 Live 宇多田ヒカル 4
2001 UTADA HIKARU UNPLUGGED Live 宇多田ヒカル 2 4
2012 Utada United 2006 Live Utada 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
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) - Single 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 Rating Releases
Addicted to You 宇多田ヒカル 1

Remix

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

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