Fans of singer Utada Hikaru can finally celebrate. After eight long years, the female star is set to release album no. 6.
It was in 2015 when Utada announced that she was already busy with a new album. The delay of the release is understandable, considering the singer had to focus on a few aspects of her life. In 2014, after the death of her mother, she married Italian bartender Francesco Calliano. In the summer of 2015, she was pregnant.
According to Utada’s official website, the album will contain the song “Hanataba Wo Kimini,” the main theme of NHK drama “Toto Nee-Chan: Fatherly Sister.” Other songs in the album have been confirmed as well. These include “Manatsu No Tooriame” (NEWS ZERO) and “Sakura Nagashi” (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo). For the first time, the three songs will be available in CD format, so fans can repeatedly listen to them.
The rest of the tracks in the album will be original songs.
So when’s the release date? The website has confirmed that the album will be available on September 28, 2016. The official title of the album will still be announced at a later date, so fans should stay tuned.
Utada Hikaru is well-known for her songs in various movies, TV series, and video games. As pointed out by Anime News Network, she sang the tracks for the Japanese film “Casshern,” the live-action series “Hana Yori Dango 2 [Returns],” and the video game “Kingdom Hearts.”