Hikaru Utada’s seventh album “Hatsukoi” on sale June 27th Album cover & track list revealed!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hikaru Utada Hatsukoi Album Cover

As she celebrates her 20th anniversary since debut, Hikaru Utada has so far digitally released “Play A Love Song” (CM song for Suntory Minami-Alps Sparkling) and the release date for digital single “Hatsukoi” (image song for TBS Drama “Hana nochi Hare – Hanadan Next Season”) is slated for May 30.

19 months from her album “Fantôme” in 2016 which proved her talents to stand the test of time beyond the hiatus, “Hatsukoi” will be her seventh studio album marking the 20th anniversary in 2018 and also the very first album released since making Epic Records Japan the new home for her music. The cover of this very special album was revealed today.

Photos were done by Takay, a Japanese photographer now based in NYC whose photos have been featured in major fashion publications such as “Harper’s Bazaar Germany” and “L’Uomo Vogue” as well as global-scale advertising campaigns for Armani Jeans and Y-3. The cover photo brilliantly captures Hikaru Utada as she is in all her genuineness, while also showcasing her inner strength as well as depth and maturity developed over her twenty-year career.

Also revealed today was the album’s track list. The twelve tracks include her first release with Epic Records Japan, “Oozora de Dakishimete” (SUNTORY Tennensui CM song) from 2017, “Forevermore” (Theme song of TBS Sunday Theatre “Gomen, Ai Shiteru”), “Anata” (Main theme for movie ‘DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari’/SONY ‘Noican, wireless’ CM song), “Chikai” (Theme song for “KINGDOM HEARTS III”), “Hatsukoi” (Image song for TBS Drama “Hana nochi Hare – Hanadan Next Season”), “Play A Love Song” (Suntory Minami-Alps Sparkling CM song), and the most recently announced “Good Night” (Theme song for animated feature film Penguin Highway), counting a remarkable total of 7 out of 12 album tracks with major media tie-ins.

For fans looking forward to seeing Hikaru Utada live, the first run of the album comes with a chance to enter a draw for early purchase of tickets to the concert tour scheduled for late 2018.

This highly anticipated full album is coming very soon… but for fans the release date just can’t arrive soon enough!!

[Hikaru Utada Album Information] Seventh album “Hatsukoi”
Release date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
CD Product No.: ESCL-5076
Suggested retail price: \3,240 (tax incl.)/ \3,000 (w/o tax)

* Includes a chance to enter draw for early purchase of concert tickets
Drawing entries for ticket purchase accepted from 12 noon on Tuesday Jun 26, 2018
through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Pre-order Hikaru Utada’s 7th album “Hatsukoi” CD here:


[Tracklisting] 01. Play A Love Song (Suntory Minami-Alps Sparkling CM song)
02. Anata (Main theme for movie ‘DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari’/SONY ‘Noican, wireless’ CM song)
03. Hatsukoi (Image song for TBS Drama “Hana nochi Hare – Hanadan Next Season”)
04. Chikai (Theme song for “KINGDOM HEARTS III”)
05. Forevermore (Theme song of TBS Sunday Theatre “Gomen, Ai Shiteru”)
06. Too Proud featuring Jevon
07. Good Night (Theme song for animated feature film Penguin Highway)
08. Pakuchii No Uta
09. Nokoriga
10. Oozora de Dakishimete (SUNTORY Tennensui CM song)
11. Yuunagi
12. Shittosarerubeki Jinsei

Hikaru Utada official site: http://www.utadahikaru.jp

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