Utada Hikaru Announces 7th Studio Album, First Concert Tour in 12 Years

For the first time in over 12 years, legendary Japanese musician Utada Hikaru is going on a Japan-wide concert tour just in time for her 20th anniversary. This is no small deal, and is perhaps one of the best moments to announce something equally incredible — alongside the tour fans can look forward to Utada’s 7th studio album “HATSUKOI” (First Love) when it releases on June 27, 2018. This is going to be big, and Utada Hikaru’s label knows this; so for those that pick up a physical copy of her latest album, you’ll go in the draw to pre-order concert tickets ahead of the rush.


Kicking the tour off on November 6, 2018, Utada Hikaru will be taking over the Yokohama Arena for two-days straight, before heading across the country for a total of 10 concerts with the final stop being December 9, 2018 at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall 9-11, taking place exactly 20 years after her debut album release. You can find the full details for the upcoming album release and nationwide tour below:

<HIKARU UTADA Concert Tour2018>

DATES                                   VENUE
November 6, Wed                    Yokohama Arena

November 7, Thurs                  Yokohama Arena

November 14, Wed                  Marine Messe Fukuoka

November 15, Thurs                Marine Messe Fukuoka

November 28, Wed                  Osaka Jo Hall

November 29, Thurs                Osaka Jo Hall

December 4, Tues                    Saitama Super Arena

December 5, Wed                    Saitama Super Arena

December 8, Sat                      Makuhari Messe Event Hall 9-11

December 9, Sun                     Makuhari Messe Event Hall 9-11

<ALBUM> 7th original studio album “HATSUKOI”
Release Date: June 27th, 2018
Standard Edition CD product number: ESCL-5076
Price: 3,240 Yen (incl. tax) / 3,000 Yen (excl. tax)
(a lottery ticket to pre-order the Japan tour tickets packaged with the initial CD shipment)


Perhaps one of the most recognized musicians in Japan, Utada Hikaru has long been the darling-queen of pop music. Perhaps most recognized internationally for her incredible work on Kingdom Hearts and Evangelion, there’s no denying Utada’s incredible legacy. In 2010 just twelve years after her debut, Utada Hikaru would go on a six-year hiatus, with the announcement of her becoming a mother taking place just a year before her comeback. In 2016 the world was graced with Utada’s sixth studio album, “Fantôme,” which debuted at #1 in Japan.

Those interested in checking out further information on the upcoming tour and album, you can find it via Utada Hikaru’s official website. Utada Hikaru’s 7th studio album,“HATSUKOI,” is currently available for pre-order via Sony Music Japan.

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