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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 12:59 pm    Post subject: Utada Hikaru + Mini-Gallery Reply with quote Back to top

Hm, been meaning to start this thread for a while. The opening of this thread coincides with the release of Hikki's English album in Japan. And according to the Oricon charts, she takes the #1 spot, which comes to no surprise. w00t!

Still contemplating on opening up my sealed Oricon mag with Hikki on the cover and scan up the pics. She's just too kawaii. Bonk Lovey Eyes

Oh and for those that don't know, her English album comes stateside on October 5th. That's next month so mark your calandars!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Ya I've been a Hikki fan for about five years.
I finally got to hear Exodus, it's okay.. good to see she tried something
different; went a little nuts on the electronic beats... I can't recall a track
that was synth-free.
But it's very cool, and I'm hoping there's huge US success to follow...
Easy Breezy has grown on me, it's funky and carefree; I just hope it
won't make her new audience see her as a bit of a ephemeral novelty.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I like Hikaru, too. But all my well-wishing won't help prepare her style into American mainstream. Her last American debut as a young teen didn't go too well. The American r&b/hip hop/pop/rock scene has its share of ethnically Asian talents--they're all just either the "forgettable" member of a band or 1/2 Asian. Take for example Amerie, who sang with L.L. Cool J on "Why Don't We Fall in Love." She's half Korean, half Black. But because people accept her as a Black person singing r&b, she fits into the stereotype and can sell better towards American r&b climates right now.

It took awhile for Hispanics, and the increasingly growing number of Caucasians, to be included as bonafide rappers or r&b singers.

I hope as much as anyone that Hikki gets accepted based on her skills (which, to be honest, aren't stellar with that vibrating thing she does too often, but is occasionally cute) and not on what ethnicity she is.

Hopefully, it won't be another horrible NERDS thing where the Black gets all the publicity and the Filipino dude, everyone says, WHO?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

yume wrote:
Hopefully, it won't be another horrible NERDS thing where the Black gets all the publicity and the Filipino dude, everyone says, WHO?


Well, I think people should stop thinking of it like that.
It's intentional he's not in the limelight, as Chad says he prefers it that way,
he likes staying at home with his family and doesn't even tour anymore.

And on another note, Utada was set to work with the Neptunes; I dunno
what happened to that; but I bet it would have been amazing.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Even though This Thread came out first, (not that I'm trying to be bias or anything) but I think given the circumstances, it should be merged together.

Arashi, what do you think?? These threads have only been made 1/2 an hour apart........ All up to you, whichever one you wanna close and merge and whatnot.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

i think its best to merge it together, i hate to be a wannabe mod and let him know that so go do ur thang Mr Green
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

ahochaude wrote:
Even though This Thread came out first, (not that I'm trying to be bias or anything) but I think given the circumstances, it should be merged together.


Honestly, I think that would be a good idea. Over the past couple of months, I think there were about 4 different threads about Hikki. It would be better to have it all in one general thread than having seperate threads on sub-topics of the same theme. Just my 2¢.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I guess Arashi is busy because I haven't seen her around lately...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK, so taking NERDS away from the example...there's a lot of bias in the American entertainment media...

I just watched Hikki's performance 5 minutes ago on TV on Music Station of "EXODUS '04" and I really think she might do it, instead of having come out with "Easy Breezy" as a starter, EXODUS is really good, lyrically speaking, and the vocals aren't so strained.

On another, personal girly note, Hikki's plumping up. She looks adorable.

Though she has taken to adding a cocky look that many Japanese stars add to the end of their performances. Stop that. No one wants to see you think how cool you are. =x OK, yes...someone merge the thread.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Right not sure which thread's gonna be closed or what.. but since this is on the front page i'll post in this one...

Just got Hikki's Live Concert in Budokan 04 and I thought it was brilliant!! especially COLORS.. god I love that song...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

DragonSpirit164 wrote:

Just got Hikki's Live Concert in Budokan 04 and I thought it was brilliant!! especially COLORS.. god I love that song...


I loved all 2 hours of that concert. I loved the performances for the studio recording of Sunglass, In My Room, and the ending song B&C.

Hikki prancing around like a little girl = too cute. Lovey Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Speaking of asians in the American music industry, anyone know what happened to KAI? They were actually good!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hahaha! I remember seeing those brothas' CD single at one of the Tower Records here in the heyday of the Backstreet Boys, 'NSync, whatever, and I figured, "oh, man, now Asians can brag 'bout their own boy group." I can categorically state that I've not heard a single note this group has sung or played; but, I guess they got some airtime in the Bay Area, eh, elt? And you're saying they're GOOD no less, eh?

Good to see you again on this board, elt, also you, too, eighty-six.

P.S. you know, I had a thought . . . maybe "Easy breezy, Hand me hankie, I'm nearly gonna sneezy" would work better, no? Nut
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The Man wrote:
Hahaha! I remember seeing those brothas' CD single at one of the Tower Records here in the heyday of the Backstreet Boys, 'NSync, whatever, and I figured, "oh, man, now Asians can brag 'bout their own boy group." I can categorically state that I've not heard a single note this group has sung or played; but, I guess they got some airtime in the Bay Area, eh, elt? And you're saying they're GOOD no less, eh?

Good to see you again on this board, elt, also you, too, eighty-six.


Hahaha yea they got a lot of air time here! They were like a usual name here I guess. Maybe that's cause they came from the bay area, LOL hehe

Haven't heard any Hikki songs on the radio yet but then again I don't listen to radio Sweat Just on another note, a girl who I think has every single bit of talent that Hikki does and should make an attempt at the US market would be Melody though. Too bad she doesn't have the backing like Hikki does.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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Hahaha yea they got a lot of air time here! They were like a usual name here I guess. Maybe that's cause they came from the bay area, LOL hehe

Haven't heard any Hikki songs on the radio yet but then again I don't listen to radio Sweat Just on another note, a girl who I think has every single bit of talent that Hikki does and should make an attempt at the US market would be Melody though. Too bad she doesn't have the backing like Hikki does.


Yikes! Who be Melody?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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P.S. you know, I had a thought . . . maybe "Easy breezy, Hand me hankie, I'm nearly gonna sneezy" would work better, no? Nut


Actually, almost anything would have sounded better than "You're easy breezy and I'm Japanessy." bleh

On another note, has ANYONE heard any of Hikki's music on the radio? All my radio presets are hip-hop and jazz stations so I wouldn't know. Oh, the reason that I don't venture to other radio stations because the LEDs died on my CD player, as well as the CD reader itself. Damn the sun for killing my car's CD player. Beaten
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

eightysix wrote:


Actually, almost anything would have sounded better than "You're easy breezy and I'm Japanessy." bleh

On another note, has ANYONE heard any of Hikki's music on the radio? All my radio presets are hip-hop and jazz stations so I wouldn't know. Oh, the reason that I don't venture to other radio stations because the LEDs died on my CD player, as well as the CD reader itself. Damn the sun for killing my car's CD player. Beaten


Sounds like your car CD player could've used some easy breezies instead of the sun's oblitereezies. OK, I'll be quiet. Ya'll's come on down to Hawai'i (anybody watching the TV drama of the same name, by the way? The first show was abysmally horrendous [in terms of being representative of Hawai'i] but the next two shows that were aired were not bad at all, I must say; anyway, back to . . .) get in The Man's new kuruma and we can enjoy some M. Musume tunes; or whatever else discs you have. Elt' knows!
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Sounds like your car CD player could've used some easy breezies instead of the sun's oblitereezies. OK, I'll be quiet. Ya'll's come on down to Hawai'i (anybody watching the TV drama of the same name, by the way? The first show was abysmally horrendous [in terms of being representative of Hawai'i] but the next two shows that were aired were not bad at all, I must say; anyway, back to . . .) get in The Man's new kuruma and we can enjoy some M. Musume tunes; or whatever else discs you have. Elt' knows!


Mo-musu No. 5 album! Big Grin I should have brought that while I was there. Next time though Mr Green
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hikki on the New York Times!

http://www4.islanddefjam.com/media/utada/images/utadapost.jpg
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

eightysix wrote:
Hikki on the New York Times!

http://www4.islanddefjam.com/media/utada/images/utadapost.jpg


So I showed him how people in the Far East get down.....yeah another lyrical gem. My doubts for her are getting bigger and bigger as the day passes.
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