Well, the volume of mail received every day is mind-boggling, and just reading through it all is a huge job! But... it's a "happy scream" ... We'd like to use this space to express our appreciation. Thank you! Please continue to support this site. We talked about the bulletin boards the other day, and a certain bulletin board is sometimes visited by Hikki herself! So, please contribute to those and the other boards. Hmmm, Hikki must be doing her homework in front of her PC...
About that give-away for the first 200 fans, we think we'll be able to mail it out soon, so please be patient... (Look forward to what you'll receive!)
Now, let's go to the Q&A corner for Hikki maniacs.
Q1. Where did the name "CubicU" come from?
Originally this unit was a family unit. In those days, they were called "cubic U," but since Utada Hikaru took the lead vocal position, the name became "Cubic U." This "U" is of course the "U" in "Utada," and since there are three in the family father, mother and herself it was "U3(U*3)." When you multiply U by three, you get a cubic, so U3(U*3) = Cubic U (Cubic of U). That's the history of the name, and the name is also said to reflect Utada's multiple talents.
Q2. Isn't there a fan club?
Unfortunately, there's none at this moment. If one is formed, there'll be some announcement, and so please give it your support.
The mailing address of fan letters is as follows:
"Utada Hikaru Fan Letter" Office
Toshiba EMI Ltd.
2-2-17, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8510
Utada herself reads all the letters, so please don't hesitate to send yours!
Q3. I'd like to see her live...
Thank you for waiting! This spring, the possibility of holding events in Tokyo and Osaka has become stronger! Details will be announced on the site in a big splash, so just wait for a while... She herself is very eager to do a live show!
Welcome! To Hikki's Web site!
She turned 16 on January 19!
Her birthday party was planned secretly and held on the following day at a certain recording studio in Tokyo. She thought she was coming to see how the mixing was going on, and was surprised by a full "birthday mode"! Seemed very happy with all the presents from the staff...
Here and there on the Internet, there are many bulletin boards for "Utada Hikaru." We staff are having a good time every day looking at the messages, it's like hearing your voices directly.
So, in response to the requests of "Hikki Maniacs" throughout Japan, we'd like to answer some of the questions found on those bulletin boards!
Re-release of CubicU's "Precious"
First of all, CubicU is the name used by Utada in her overseas activities. In fact, her activities as "CubicU" predate those as "Utada Hikaru."
She started writing all-English songs with the base of R&B when she was ten. As soon as she made her debut on an indie label in New York, she became noticed by several well-known artists including Lenny Kravitz. In addition to the three 12-inch singles released in the name of CubicU, a maxi-single CD was released across the U.S. and Europe when she was 12.
At the beginning of 1998, the maxi-single "Close to You" and album "Precious" were released in Japan prior to the world release on the Free Bass label, which was then owned by Toshiba EMI. These songs were written and composed by Utada when she was 12 and recorded when she was 13. The release on a U.S. major label is currently under progress.
The album "Precious" is at present out of stock, which has been causing a lot of trouble to you all, but the re-release in a new jacket on March 31 from Toshiba EMI has been decided. So, please wait a little longer.
About the "time will tell" analog disc
As for the analog version of "time will tell," a current topic of the town, it was made for club promotional purposes only and is naturally not for sale. There are two versions Japan press discs and N.Y. press discs. Their jackets are different, and content is slightly different as follows:
Japan press disc
1.time will tell-CLUB MIX remixed by M.I.D
2.time will tell-HEART MIX remixed by SOULMATE
3.time will tell-HEART MIX"RADIO EDIT"
1.time will tell-ALT.MUTES MIX
(Note: ALT. MUTES MIX is a so-called original version. There were several original mix versions then, and they were so called among staff.)
N.Y. press disc
1.time will tell-DUB MIX remixed by GOH HOTODA
2.time will tell-CLUB MIX remixed by M.I.D
3.time will tell-HEART MIX remixed by SOULMATE
1.time will tell-ALT.MUTES MIX
Let us introduce those who mixed the tracks:
DUB MIX ... Famous DUB MIX is a REMIX by Mr. GOH HOTODA who does all the mixing of HIKKI's works.
CLUB MIX ... A REMIX by M.I.D, a unit led by Mr. Masahiko Tanaka of Hibiki Sound Factory.
HEART MIX ... A REMIX by SOULMATE, a unit made up of Seiryo Okamura, leader of SWYM STD, and Mr. Tomitaka Kiyama, leader of AIR FM, et al.
The reason for two discs Japan and N.Y. is that the Japan press version was made because it could be manufactured quickly, and the N.Y. press version was made because it has deeper grooves and is suitable for DJ use.
Sorry to say after all the above details that there are no plans to release the REMIX versions other than that of the DUB MIX. Please accept the above just as a reference for HIKKI maniacs.
For your information, the analog disc of "Automatic/time will tell" will be released on Feb. 17. The content is exactly the same as the 12cm CD. It's of a limited initial production, so those who want to buy should make reservations at the nearest record shop as soon as possible.
You must be a true Hikki maniac, being already here after only a short time has passed since the release of her debut single!
Be proud. And please continue to support her.
But you know, time flies! When "Automatic" was recorded, it was the season for short sleeves. We'd like to spend some time reminiscing, but no time for that! With the New Year's celebrations behind us, we're in the midst of recording her First Album! We staff shouldn't be talking like this, but it is one great album (though not yet finished).
Well, "betrayal in the good sense" is the creed of Hikki & Staff, so please wait and guess what "Automatic" will be like. In March, it should be out! No, it will! We'll do our best. Please be patient.