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Utada Hikaru
Native name 宇多田ヒカル
Born 宇多田 光
(1983-01-19) January 19, 1983 (age 33)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Other names

Utada
Hikki
Cubic U (retired)

Occupation

Singer
songwriter
arranger
producer

Home town Tokyo, Japan
Spouse(s) Kazuaki Kiriya (m. 2002–07)
Francesco Calianno (m. 2014)
Children 1
Website www.utadahikaru.jp
Musical career
Genres

Pop
R&B[1]
dance
rock

Instruments

Vocals
guitar
piano
synthesizer
programming

Years active

1996–2011
2016–present

Labels EMI Music Japan (Virgin, Foozay, Eastworld) (1997–2013)
Universal Music Japan (EMI R, Virgin) (2013–present)
Universal Music (Island, Mercury, EMI) (2004–2010; 2013–present)

I just want people to see that I do my own stuff, that I'm not stupid, and I can make fun of myself.
Utada Hikaru
I squeeze oranges every morning to make juice.
It's just that, when I'm in Japan I could foretell to a certain degree what would be accepted, so I certainly don't come up with any crazy arrangements.
Utada Hikaru
And it was then that I realized wow, I'm able to write lyrics and sing and stuff like that.
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I can never really enjoy being famous.
The same parts of my brain get as excited as when I study bio or read a novel and write a paper on it.
Utada Hikaru
For cubic U I didn't know how it all got started at all.
I don't like going to the gym because I don't like being with people I don't know in that intense environment.
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In Japan, people don't really sing about sexual content.
No one told me I had to make something that would sell, but I personally want everyone to like my music.
Utada Hikaru
I've been missing Japanese literature so much of late.
I'm not like a gorgeous bombshell or anything like that.
It's a fairly recent thing but I've become very fond of making drinks myself.
Utada Hikaru
When people ask me exactly how much time I spend in each country, I always tell them I have no idea.
Utada Hikaru
And also, I think Japan places great value on the lyrics.
Actually, the fun part was not knowing what the heck I was going to be doing.
Utada Hikaru
I bought an espresso maker and coffee maker and make them myself every day.
Utada Hikaru
I get strangely obsessed about the cleanliness of my house.
For the version of this CD released in Japan, a translation of the English lyrics is included, but there are lots of places where meanings are lost in the process of translation.
Utada Hikaru
Since I was doing all of it myself, I had to decide where I wanted to go with the songs, how to proceed with the chords, if the sound was alright, and all that detail on my own.
Utada Hikaru
But in Japanese, there's actually not much of a relationship between the music and the words.
Utada Hikaru
I do feel really determined, and that I have to pull myself together, but I don't really think like, my market has changed and my company has changed, and I'm going to make it BIG in America!
Utada Hikaru
The Japanese version comes with a translation, but that's different from the lyrics, so people could look things up and find a translation of their own if they're interested.
Utada Hikaru
People do ask me if I think I can make it in the States.
There really aren't any completely Asian people singing right now.
Americans are somehow obsessed with her, and something about me hit a spot with people in Japan.
Utada Hikaru
The thing is, in English I'm able to write the lyrics as I'm making the song, once I'm done with the melody.
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Sort of like, I have to make the Japanese lyrics really deep.
In English, the sounds and melodies I created were an inspiration to me, and words came to me as I explored the sounds, and from there I was able expand on the meaning.
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I figure no matter how old you are, it's always going to be your first marriage and no life experience is going to make you a better judge of who you should marry.
Utada Hikaru
The world is in motion, as it seems.
For me, it's an experiment to see what people are gonna think of it.