[America] Utada enters Top 100 on U.S. Billboard charts

Hikaru Utada’s second English album, “This Is The One,” finally hit U.S. stores last week. Already doing well in Japan, the album also proved successful in America, achieving #69 on the Billboard album charts. This makes her just the 7th artist from Japan to enter the chart’s top 100.

The last Japanese artist to break the top 100 was in 1986, when rock band Loudness ranked #64 with “Lightning Strikes.” The first was Kyu Sakamoto in 1963, followed by Isao Tomita, Tsutomu Yamashita, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Yoko Ono, and finally Loudness.

“This Is The One” was released on March 14 in Japan and debuted at #3 there and ranked 1st on the foreign albums chart for multiple weeks.


[America] Utada’s Album Signing POSTPONED

Utada.com announced on Monday that singer Hikaru Utada is postponing the in-store visits planned this week. Utada, who releases her new album “This Is The One” in the U.S. on Tuesday, had scheduled promotional visits in New York, Universal City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu from Tuesday to Saturday.

According to the message on the website, Utada has “been diagnosed with an acute case of left relapsing peritonsillitis.” She had intended to fly into the U.S. on Monday, but doctors advised her not to travel and not to use her voice for the next couple weeks.

A representative said that Utada plans to reschedule her promotional activities.

source: http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-4783

[America] Utada Hikaru’s Signing Sessions in the USA

Utada Hikaru will be making several appearances across the United States following the release of her album This Is The One on May 11th. The stops will stretch from New York to Hawaii.

May 12 @ 7:00 PM
Best Buy at 529 5th Ave
New York, NY
For more info call: 212-808-0309

May 13 @ 6:00 PM
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood & FYE at 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Ste. 99
Universal City, CA
For more info call 818.622.ROCK (7625) or 310.641.7170

May 14 @ 6:00 PM
Best Buy at 1717 Harrison
San Francisco, CA
For more info call 415.626.9682

May 15 @ 6:00 PM
FYE at Southcenter Mall
Seattle, WA 98188-2823
For more info call 206.439.3636

May 16 @ 3:00 PM
Sam Goody at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 1049
Honolulu, HI
For more info call: 808.945.9027

Source: JaME U.S.A.

[America] Utada launches MySpace karaoke contest

Hikaru Utada’s newest album, “This Is The One,” will finally see a CD release in the United States on May 12. To promote and celebrate the release, Utada has teamed up with MySpace Karaoke for a special contest.

Using the MySpace Karaoke service, contestants can submit a recording of themselves singing Utada’s “Come Back to Me.” Utada herself will select the winner, who will get the opportunity (along with three friends) to hang out with Utada to sing karaoke together.

The contest is running from April 26 to May 11. More information is available at the MySpace Karaoke website.


[America] Utada’s This Is The One release date — POSTPONED

Utada’s newest American release, This Is The One, which was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon on March 24th, had its physical release postponed to May 12th. The album occupies the 5th an 28th positions on iTunes Pop and General charts respectively, and its main track’s PV, Come Back to Me, has been chosen as the video of the week and can be downloaded for free on iTunes Store, until this Tuesday.


[America] Island brings Utada to Sephora

Island Def Jam recently announced that Hikaru Utada will be appearing at three Sephora stores in the U.S. to promote her new album, “This Is The One,” which goes on sale digitally on the 24th.

The scheduled appearances are in Hollywood on March 24 (6-8pm), New York on March 25 (6-8pm), and Miami on March 27 (7-9pm).