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Hikaru Utada to Contribute Theme Song for April Live-Action Show

posted on by Karen Ressler
Official website has denied reports of singer's full return from hiatus

Japanese television network NHK announced on Wednesday that singer Hikaru Utada will contribute a theme song for the live-action drama program Toto Neechan. The drama, the 94th installment of NHK's "Serial TV Novel" series, will premiere in Japan on April 4.

Japanese newspaper Sports Hochi reported in December that Hikaru Utada would return to the entertainment business after a six-year hiatus with a new album this spring. According to Sports Hochi's sources, at least two of the songs in the new album would debut in April as theme songs for a major live-action television series and a news program. However, Universal Music's Hidenobu Okita denied this on Hikaru Utada's official website, saying that the singer is continuing to work intermittently but that it is not at a stage yet where they can reveal a release period.

Hikaru Utada had previously announced in July that she was working on a new album overseas while pregnant with her son, who was born this past summer. She had married Francesco Calliano, an Italian bartender, in 2014 and dealt with the death of her mother the year before.

Utada previously 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: Natalie via Minna no Eva Fan

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