Hikaru Utada Releases 1st Original Full Album in 8 Years on September 28
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Hikaru Utada announced on her official website in English and Japanese on Friday that she will release her sixth original full album on September 28. The album will be her first original full album in more than eight years.
The album does not yet have a title, but it will include the tracks "Sakura Nagashi" (the Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo theme song), "Hanataba Wo Kimini" (the theme song for the Toto Nee-Chan: Fatherly Sister drama) and "Manatsu no Tooriame" (the theme song for NTV's NEWS ZERO program). The rest of the album will feature new tracks. The album will retail for 3,000 yen (about US$30).
Utada released her Heart Station album in March 2008.
Utada announced in July 2015 that she was working on a new album overseas while pregnant with her son, who was born in summer 2015. She had married Francesco Calliano, an Italian bartender, in 2014 and dealt with the death of her mother the year before.
Utada has performed theme songs for all three films so far in the new four-part Evangelion film project, as well as the live-action Casshern film, the Hana Yori Dango 2 [Returns] live-action television series, the Freedom video anime series, and the Kingdom Hearts video game series. In addition to her singing career, she played the heroine Pinoko in the 2001-2002 Black Jack net anime series.