LONDON, 8 NOVEMBER 2010 — EMI Music is proud to announce that it has reached a new agreement with Hikaru Utada and her management office, u3music, for a new global recording contract.
Since EMI released Hikaru Utada’s debut single, ‘Automatic/Time Will Tell’, in 1998, which sold 2 million copies, the singer-songwriter has become one of the most successful Japanese recording artists in the country’s history.
More than 9.9 million copies of her debut album ‘First Love’ were shipped domestically and abroad, still the most successful Japanese language album ever.
She has recorded five original albums and 21 singles. In particular, her single ‘Flavor of Life’ was downloaded more than 9 million times upon release, a world record at the time. Hikaru Utada has now sold in total over 50 million singles, albums and DVDs worldwide.
Outside of Japan, Hikaru Utada’s music has been released under the name ‘UTADA’. Going forward, her music activities in all countries and languages will now be united under one name, Hikaru Utada.
Roger Faxon, CEO, EMI Group: “We are very happy that EMI’s global network, expertise and passion will continue to contribute to and support the musical and creative vision of the superbly talented Hikaru Utada. “