To everyone who purchased "Addicted To You":
Since yesterday we've received several inquiries about a "jiri jiri" sound (like the sound of a record being scratched) audible in the intro section of the song "Addicted To You," and if this might be a defect in the disc.
Actually, the sound was intentionally included by the producers.
As you may well know, to "play" an analog record, originally intended for listening, like a kind of instrument, is one of the ideas that created hip-hop music. As a sort of tribute to that genre, Hikaru Utada as well as the production staff adopted the peculiar special scratch sound as a part of the music.
We'd just like to confirm that the effect was entirely intentional.
Akira Miyake / Hidenori Okita
A&R 1 Group, Domestic A&R, Virgin Division
Toshiba EMI Ltd.
Hello everybody! It's been a long time!
"Why hasn't Staff Corner been updated?"
"I've been logging on every day..."
We're very sorry we haven't updated Staff Diary corner for a while...
But we've been reading your comments and thinking about it. We'll do our best to update this corner as often as the other sections on this site, so please continue to visit. Also, a special Mail Corner has been created for message to staff.
So, here we are. Let's look at the Q&A Corner.
Q: I'd like to have my own Web site linked to this site. Can I?
A: If you want your site to have a link to our site, there is an application section for linking at the official Web site of Toshiba EMI. Please apply using that form.
Q: Isn't there a fan club?
A: At present there is no official fan club, nor are there any plans for creating one. However, fans participating in this Web site are invited to fill in our questionnaire (in the "Radio Info" section) to receive news about future projects related to Utada Hiraku.
Q: Who are the staff? Who is creating this Web site?
A: The staff are all staff of Utada Hikaru. They consist mainly of the Utada Hikaru Office staff, Toshiba EMI staff in charge of Utada Hikaru, and the Web site staff at Toshiba EMI.
We update the Web site mainly according to the CD releases, because the visuals, etc. are changed with each new release. Together with those change, we renew the site, too.
As mentioned, we'll try to update the Staff Diary corner more frequently... Promise!
Thanks again for your kind words and enthusiasm -- it's very encouraging!
Q: Please publish lyrics on the site, or please let me publish lyrics on my site.
A: Publishing lyrics is not approved even on the official Web site due to the copyright issue. So naturally, we can't approve such an offer of publishing lyrics on a private site. Please understand the situation.
Q: Will "Close To You" by Cubic U be included in the video collection?
A: As you know, "Cubic U" and "Utada Hikaru" are different artists.
Since the upcoming video consists of promotional clips for "Utada Hikaru," there are no plans to include a video clip of "Cubic U."
Q: Will an analog version of "Addicted To You" be released?
A: There are currently no plans to do so.
Nozomu Kaji, Domestic A&R, Virgin Division, Toshiba EMI Ltd.
Thank you for applying for the "McDonald's Presents Utada Hikaru Luv Live Remix ~ hello from new york~," which was our way of having Utada Hikaru's live peformances seen by as many people as possible! We received a HUGE number of applications from all over Japan, it was a fantastic response.
Utada Hikaru herself is really looking forward to seeing many of you throughout the country.
For those who won in the draw, the prize is a pair of tickets, so please bring along a friend or your favorite somebody!
We look forward to seeing you there!
The contents of the event: We are going to show you the entire video of Utada Hikaru's first live show, "Luv Live," held at Zepp Tokyo on April 2.
The video also includes pre-show footage such as rehearsal scenes.
Furthermore, the seven venues throughout Japan are all linked via satellite to Utada herself, so she'll be able to say hello -- live -- to you all!
Some, though not many, had the wrong idea about this event, thinking it was a "live satellite broadcast" of the performance," so we wanted to clarify.
And we have good news for those who didn't win in the draw!
As you'll see in the News section, it has been decided that the video concert will be held at three additional venues-- Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, Fujikyu Highland and Miyazaki Seagaia.
These screenings won't include Utada's live appearance via satellite, but the video of "Luv Live" can be enjoyed at those three venues.
Show times and how to attend are different for each concert hall, so please inquire at each as detailed in the News section.
We're thrilled to share this memorable concert with many, many people through this video concert! See you there!
Utada Hikaru's TV appearance decided!
Thanks for your patience!
Starting with the "MUSIC STATION" broadcast last week, the TV appearances of Utada Hikaru have been decided! She'd been saying, "I'd like to be on TV someday," and since her school summer holidays started, it's become a reality! Check the News corner for details...
"What's HIKKI going to sing on TV?"
This question must be on everyone's mind. Please look forward to it --. she'll sing different songs on each program, so please check the schedule. And she's so full of spirit, these being her first TV appearances!! It's going to be really something.
"Utada Hikaru LUV LIVE REMIX~hello from new york~" video concerts to be held throughout Japan!
Utada Hikaru's first live show, "LUV LIVE," will be held in Tokyo and Osaka on April 1 & 2 this year. In response to many fans' requests that they would love to see even a glimpse of these tremendously successful live performances, a video concert will be held in seven cities on July 29 (Thursday).
In addition to the main LUV LIVE concert, this video will include special "behind the scenes" footage including of rehearsal scenes. And, best of all, Utada Hikaru will send a message to everyone in the concert halls live via satellite.
How to get a ticket? Fill in the necessary information in the application postcard you'll receive at McDonald's nationwide when you buy a Value Set worth over 500 yen, then mail it to the Concert Office. By lottery, 20,000 pairs of tickets (total: 40,000) will be distributed to lucky winners throughout Japan for the video concerts free of charge.
The details are at the McDonald's Web site (there's a link in the News corner), and will also be announced on storefront posters at McDonald's nationwide starting June 28, when the campaign starts. (For general inquiries: call 0180-993-729 (taped message))
It's been some time!
Hikki's Web site has been updated and is getting an ever-increasing number of hits!
We're truly sorry to have received comments like, "You say you've updated the site, but other than Hikki's own message section nothing else has been updated!" We do intend to add more and more information of interest to her fans, so please be patient.
As you can see in the NEWS section, Hikki's album has set a new record in the history of album sales on the Ori-Con album chart dated May 10.
In the singles category, the 12cm-disc "First Love," an album title song as well as the main theme of TBS network weekly drama, "Majo no Joken" (Conditions of a Witch), entered the Ori-Con chart at No. 2 and its sales are steadily growing.
We're grateful to you music lovers for such a great achievement.
Thank you. We look forward to your continued support!
Now, let's move on to the Q&A corner, shall we?
When is the next release?
Hikki herself has stated that she will continue to create 'Utada Hikaru's music' beyond the framework of musical genres, and her next work is eagerly awaited. But to create a truly fine work takes time. This is easy to understand when you consider that the album "First Love" took one year and a half to produce. Utada Hikaru has already started work on the next project in tandem with her schoolwork, but the release is still some time away. Please look forward to it!
Many fans may already know about the cat character that appears at the beginning of this Web site. Its name is Chuichi and it's the creation of Utada Hikaru herself, who wanted to create a character with rich expressions. The name comes from that of the cat her father used to have. She remembers that cat from when she was little.
At present certain goods such as Utada Hikaru T-shirts and stationery are being sold at various places, but none of them is produced with official approval. We at the record company and management office -- as well as the artist herself -- feel very bad about this. To protect the artist's rights, we are determined to take firm action against wicked traders who manufacture and sell these products, . We are currently conducting research at various places. We'd appreciate it if you report to us when you see any such illegal products in your area. Thank you for your cooperation.
Did you know?
If you click the arrow-like button in the top righthand corner of this page you can view past entries in the STAFF DIARY. If this is your first visit to this page, you have some catching up to do!
"Luv Live" was a great success. Thanks to you all! We're deeply grateful that it went so well. Thanks to the cooperation of so many people. Thank you very much!
Please check our News corner for clippings of the live show and airplay information.
Here's some more big NEWS, while all the excitement from the live show is still hot. Yes a fabulous joint performance of Utada Hikaru with TLC and MONICA! Please check in the NEWS corner for details of this event.
Now, here's the latest of the "FROM STAFF." It's been some time, we know. We'll reply to questions, etc. sent to this corner by e-mail.
Won't there be any more release of analog discs?
Thanks for your patience. We're scheduled to release the album's analog version at the end of June. It's a limited-edition pressing, to be sold only by reservation, so be sure to reserve your copy at the record store, but please note the deadline of the reservations is April 30! The album number and price are in the NEWS corner.
Aren't you going to release promotional video clips or live videos?
We receive the most requests for videos (you know, at some BBS, some "movement for release demand" has happened...), and are currently looking into the release of promotional video clips. As soon as it's been decided, we'll announce the news on this site.
As for the live video, we have secured the video of "LUV LIVE," but have not yet scheduled the release. There are several reasons for this. First of all, the footage wasn't taken for the purpose of a commercial video, and there're issues of copyrights and so forth as well.
We are, however, looking into the possibility of using the video of "LUV LIVE" as promotion in some way, and when it's decided we'll announce the news in this corner.
Again, please note that all the above may still change, none of it is written in stone!
"Had an accident..."
Among the mail we received, there were some saying, "while listening to your music while driving, I had an accident," and Utada herself and all the staff are quite concerned. Luckily everybody seems to be ok, to our relief, but please be careful when driving, watch your speed!
We'd like to touch again on the issue of sampling permission of "Never Let Go" contained in the album "First Love," which was mentioned in this corner on March 8.
Regarding the guitar phrase sampling (in fact it wasn't sampling but a new kind of keyboard playing) in this song, we obtained permission from the agent publisher in Japan before the release. We also had official permission from Sting, author of the original song "Shape of My Heart." Both parties have already agreed on the terms of the copyright of this song, as well.
Consequently, it's not a case of "illegal use without permission" nor "plagiarism." As to the wording of the credit, the Sting people were still studying the official wording at the time of our release date. So, with the instruction of the agent publisher, we used the wording which is found on the CD jacket. We will announce the official wording as soon as it is officially decided by Sting side.
Thank you for your attention to the above.
A&R1 Group, Domestic A&R Department, Virgin Headquarters
Toshiba EMI Ltd.
A request to all:
"LUV LIVE" held on April 1 and 2 is a live performance with free admission (lottery).
Tickets, therefore, are not for sale, and sales of tickets is prohibited. We're sure all you fans understand, but two performances are held for this show, with a rehearsal on March 28 soon after her spring vacation started. You may have much to complain about, but considering her schedule, two performances are the best she can do for now.
We'd like to let you fans know the status of this show in some way, so please don't sell or buy the tickets won by lottery.
LUV LIVE Office, Toshiba EMI
Recently we've often heard comments from various mass media and others saying they "can't understand" the response of Toshiba EMI, or that Toshiba EMI is "overprotective" as far as Utada Hikaru is concerned. So I'd like to use this opportunity to explain to all of you our stance and our thoughts.
Utada Hikaru, though she is an artist, is also a 16-year-old student with schoolwork. Wishing to lead a natural student life -- study, play with her friends, or even fall in love -- is her own will, and we support her wish. Such an ordinary lifestyle can help her creativity and, above all, we all want her to experience her youth as normally as everybody else does.
Consequently, on weekdays she concentrates on her schooling and on Sunday she manages to focus on regular and guest appearances on radio programs, interviews, shooting and recording of promotional video clips and so forth. It's a very tightly scheduled hard day and for the future we'd like to fix her schedule giving consideration to her health.
When supplying information and photos to mass media, as there were many articles published with false informations in the past, we look into the purpose of the use of each article and confirm the content. In addition, we give our careful attention particularly to any infringement of privacy against her private life. We have no intention of twisting the facts nor censoring.
Furthermore, we have no policy against her TV appearances. Of course there is a chance in the future of her making TV appearances, and in fact, we're carefully studying the possibility of it, but above all, we need to keep her schedule as healthy as we could for the reason mentioned above, noting she's already in very hectic schedule.
We'd like to continue to work with her as a partner for a long run. For that purpose, it is very important for us to act with sound judgment.
It's not up to us to determine which direction she may want to go in the future, but we believe it is solely up to her. We'd like to support her as a person first, then as a business partner whatever dicisions she may make.
Lastly, Toshiba EMI always welcome young talents who are stimulated by the appearance of Utada Hikaru and want to pursue their lives both academically and artistically. We want our music scenes to be filled with such young talented artists and will do our part to create environments to make this idea possible. 2000/11/24/14/43/42
Virgin Domestic A&R Section, Virgin Headquarters
Toshiba EMI Ltd.
"Movin' on without you" is showing a good start thanks to you. Thank you very much!
And, this coming March 10, her long-awaited album will be released.
We staff probably shouldn't be saying this, but it's honestly a very good album, so we recommend it with a great confidence!
At present, Utada Hikaru herself, while managing her enormous amount of homework, is doing her best in the promotional work of this single and a coming album. Information about her appearances in magazines and broadcast programs can be found on this site, so please check it out!
Q1. I notice there are some people selling sample discs at high prices...
This troubles us also, and we're very sad to hear that.
We have confirmed the fact that promotional discs are on sale through Web sites. We have also received information that they were displayed at certain second-hand record shops, which we're trying to confirm.
The sale of promotional and sample discs is not approved, and as the manufacturer we intend to firmly deal with such incidents through possible legal action.
We are working to establish a system for full control of the sample discs (listing of distributions, search of source through the serial numbers, etc.) to prevent such incidents to occur at the outset.
We'd appreciate if you'd inform us through the site when you see a sample disc or a pirate disc. In this manner you can help us prevent these incidents before they happen. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Furthermore, the use of music clips of any song on Web sites other than the official site is prohibited and results in copyright violation.
Q2. Won't an analog disc of "Automatic/time will tell" be re-released?
Sorry to those who couldn't buy the analog disc of "Automatic/time will tell" released on Feb. 17. It was produced entirely under a reservation system, and we produced the amount ordered through shops. At present we have no plans for a re-release. We know there are those who "have to listen to "Automatic/time will tell" on analog disc by all means!" but give us some time. We're currently studying the matter; we may release an analog disc in a different style. When the release date is determined, we'll announce it on this site . We suggest you to check the release information regularly at the shops and on this site.
Q3. Tell me about her live performances...
Many inquiries about Utada Hikaru's live performances have been received. Related information is on the NEWS corner, so please check it out. As soon as the system is complete, we're scheduled to list the links for inquiries in Osaka and Tokyo. There are invitations from magazines, as well (Tokyo only), so please check that also.
Q4. I want to know more about her...
Great news for HIKKI maniacs! HIKKI maniacs may already know that her regular radio programs INTER FM "HIKKI'S SWEET & SOUR" (20:30-21:00 every Sunday/Kanto region), and NORTH WAVE/CROSS FM "WARNING: HIKKI ATTACK!!" (25:00-26:00 every Sunday/Hokkaido & Fukuoka regions) have been airing with great success; in addition, Hikki's essay series will start in "mcSister" magazine starting with the 2/23 issue! She herself writes about various things close to her, her interests and so forth, with her own illustrations! Check it out at bookstores nationwide. Also, this site has been updated! Her own bulletin board is on-line! You can read messages sent by Hikki herself!!
We staff will do our best so that this site will become the source of all your Hikki information! Stay tuned!