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Also known as: Hikki, Utada, Cubic U.
Born: January 19, 1983 New York City, New York, USA.

She has been hailed as one of the most successful, influential and acclaimed pop singers 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 in Japan of some 35,000,000 records in Japan as of the end of 2006, making her the 9th most successful musical act ever in Japan. 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 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 Golden Disk (Japan's most-esteemed musical award) "Song of the Year" award for twelve of her singles since 2000, a record for a solo or group artist. In addition, she has won the Golden Disk "Pop/Rock Album of the Year" award for all of her Japanese studio albums.
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. In 2006, Utada Hikaru also ranked #10 in HMV's "Top 30 Best Japanese Singers of All Time".

In 2007, her single "Flavor of Life" reached #2 in worldwide digital download single sales with over 7.2 million downloads, and she sold a total of 12 million digital ring tones and songs in that same year, making her the first artist ever to have this many digital sales in a year's time.

Hikaru Utada was born in New York to Japanese parents with roots in the Japanese music industry. Utada Hikaru made her first professional recording at the age of twelve. She did her recordings with her mother, releasing songs under a band named U3 (also known as Utada 3) until 1996 when she started her first solo project, "I'll be Stronger." The "Cookin' With Moses Vocal" from this project was called the "Cookin' With Gas Vocal" on the promotional release. "Ill Be Stronger" was the first song Utada wrote. It was released under the artist name "Cubic U," a mathematical reference to her being the third Utada 'power,' which was Hikarus pseudonym before becoming a superstar in Japan.

Cubic U released her debut single "Close to You," which was a cover of The Carpenters' song. She then released her debut album Precious. Utada Hikaru released Precious in Japan on January 28, 1998, and then later re-released it on March 31, 1999 to much better success.

Utada Hikaru moved to Tokyo in late 1998 and attended Seisen International School, and later the American School in Japan, while continuing to record on a new contract with Toshiba-EMI. Leading up to the release of her first album First Love, Utada released two successful million-selling single: "Automatic / Time Will Tell" and "Movin' on without you." The success of Utada's singles eventually lead the album First Love to sell over 7 million units in Japan alone .

two years after Utada Hikaru would release her sophomore album Distance. All the singles that was release to promote the album was able to achieve success with "Addicted To You, the first single from the album, breaking the one-million mark in its first week and reaching #1 on the Oricon Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks (a personal first) and eventually netting sales of 1,784,000 copies, remaining Utada's most successful single of all time.

Leading up to her third album, Utada released "Traveling," "Hikari," and "Sakura Drops / Letters." With the exception of "Final Distance" (#2 peak), they were all able to claim the #1 spot. Before the release of Utada's third album, Deep River.

On October 5, 2004, she released her North American English-language debut album, Exodus, under the name "Utada," which was her new American-given artist title at the Universal Convention.

A year after the international releases and promotion of Exodus, Utada moved back to Tokyo and returned to the Japanese music scene. Leading up the release of her fourth album Ultra Blue, Utada released a string of successful hit singles: "Colors" (#1), "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" (#1), "Be My Last", (#1), "Passion" (#4), and "Keep Tryin'" (#4).

Utada's fifth studio album, Heart Station, was released on March 19, 2008, becoming her sixth consecutive #1 album.
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