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Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル, Utada Hikaru[color:f9b3=#00e]? born January 19, 1983), also known by her fan-nickname of Hikki (ヒッキー, Hikkī[color:f9b3=#00e]?), is a third culture Japanese pop singer-songwriter, arranger and record producer.
She has been hailed as one of the most successful, influential and acclaimed musicians in Japanese music history. With the release of her seven studio albums, including one compilation and two all-English, 24 solo singles (18 Japanese and 6 English) and several VHS/DVD releases, she has sold a combined estimated total of some 36,000,000 records in Japan as of 2007, making her the 9th most successful musical act ever in Japan.[1][2] Her worldwide total sales of albums, singles and VHS/DVDs to date is well past 40,000,000 units. Her unusual success has been, in large part, because of her fluent bilingual skills in English and Japanese, having been raised in New York City and Tokyo.
Utada became an unprecedented musical icon in Japan after her debut, First Love, began shattering a number of records in 1999, and has shown extremely consistent and strong sales of albums, singles and chart presence since. She has won the Nihon Golden Disk (Japan's most-esteemed musical award) "Song of the Year" award for thirteen of her singles since 2000, a record for a solo or group artist. In addition, she has won the Golden Disc "Pop/Rock Album of the Year" award for all four of her Japanese studio albums.[3] Utada is also the only solo or group artist in Japanese, and possibly world, music history to hold the #1 position five times on a Year-End chart in a territory (four albums and one single from 1999-2004)[citation needed].
In 2003, HMV Japan announced that Utada Hikaru is the #24 Japanese pop artist in its survey of "Top 100 Japanese pop artists" of all time, making her the youngest artist with the highest rank in that survey.[4] In 2006, Utada Hikaru also ranked #10 in HMV's "Top 30 Best Japanese Singers of All Time".[5] And in July 2007, it was announced by her label EMI records that Utada's 18th Japanese-language (23rd overall) single Flavor of Life had sold the most digital units to date of any song release worldwide.

Birth name
Hikaru Utada
(surname, Utada)

Also known as
Hikki, Utada, Cubic U

January 19, 1983 (1983-01-19) (age 24)

New York City, New York
United States Utada Hikaru 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg

Japanese Pop, R&B, Ethereal Wave, Dance, Rock

Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger

Years active
1996 - Present

EMI Music Japan
Universal Music Group
The Island Def Jam Music Group


Keiko Fuji, Timbaland

Hikki's Official Website
Utada's Official JP Website
Utada's Official EN Website

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