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Hikaru Utada to Tour U.S., U.K. in January, February (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Eva, Casshern, Freedom, Hana Yori Dango 2 singer in 9 cities (L.A. added)

The official website of singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada has confirmed on Friday that she is holding a concert tour in at least eight cities in the United States and the United Kingdom in January and February. The "In The Flesh 2010" tour will visit the following locations:

Date City
January 15 Honolulu, HI
January 19 Los Angeles, CA
January 21 Seattle, WA
January 24 San Francisco, CA
January 30 Las Vegas, NV
February 2 Chicago, IL
February 5 Boston, MA
February 8 New York, NY
February 12 London, UK

Most of the venues begin selling tickets this weekend. Utada made appearances in Hollywood, New York, and Miami this past March to promote her new English album, This Is The One. She planned another meet-and-greet tour in May, but had to cancel or delay her appearances due to "an acute case of left relapsing peritonsillitis."

Utada is an internationally known, bestselling pop artist born in New York City and raised in Japan and the United States. Her debut album, 1999's First Love, is still Japan's bestselling album ever with about 8 million copies sold. Bandai Visual used Utada's "Kiss & Cry" and "This is Love" songs for the Freedom anime project. Utada also sang the theme songs for the Casshern live-action movie remake and the Hana Yori Dango 2 live-action television adaptation.

More recently, she provided a 2007 remix of her 2000 cover of Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" for the trailer to Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo), as well as her "Beautiful World" song for the anime film itself. She also contributed the "Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix-" for the second film, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha). In addition to her singing career, she played the heroine Pinoko in the 2001-2002 Black Jack net anime series.

Source: Utada Net.com (third-party site)

Update: Utada's website has officially confirmed that she will perform in Los Angeles on January 19. Source: U.Blog

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