Utada Hikaru (or Hikaru Utada, if you're using the Western name order), born January 19 1983, is one of Japan's prominent and successful music artists. Her debut album, ''First Love'' (1999), recorded when she was only 15 years old, is the best-selling album in Japan's history, selling at least 7.7 million copies in total (10.1 million copies worldwide), including over 2 million copies in its first week alone. Most of her following singles and albums went on to occupy the top ten spots on the same list.

She writes and produces almost all of her music, differentiating her from the numerous [[IdolSinger Idol Singers]] who don't hold much creative power over their work. Born and raised in New York, she is fluent in Japanese and English, and has released two albums for the American market under the name ''Utada''.

In the west, she is perhaps most well-known for the theme songs of the first two ''KingdomHearts'' games -- both Japanese and the English versions. Her songs "Beautiful World" and "Sakura Nagashi" are featured in the ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' series.

She is currently on hiatus, beginning year 2010. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Her goodbye concert was streamed live on the web]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for the benefit of her foreign fans and others who wouldn't be able to see it in person.]]

!!Japanese discography
* ''First Love'' (1999)
* ''Distance'' (2001)
* ''Deep River'' (2002)
* ''Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 1'' (2004) (compilation album)
* ''Ultra Blue'' (2006)
* ''Heart Station'' (2008)
* ''Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2'' (2010) (compilation album)

!!English discography
* ''Precious'' (1998) (under the pseudonym "Cubic U")
* ''Exodus'' (2004) (Utada)
* ''This is the One'' (2009)(Utada)
* ''Utada the Best'' (2010)(compilation album) (Utada)

!!Provides examples of:
* AdamAndEvePlot: In the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvviETUQsIs You Make Me Want to be a Man]] has a modern, robotic twist, where Utada plays a feminine robot constructed around a masculine robot's rib. Also, there is a reference to the snake.
* BareYourMidriff: Downplayed in the music videos for ''Can You Keep a Secret'' and ''Wait and See (Risk)''
* BreakupSong: "Taking My Money Back", oh so very much. Also "Come Back to Me" and "This One (Crying Like a Child)" (all three from ''This Is The One'').
* ContinuityNod: This is present in two of her music videos from different eras in her career. The first is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0p4V5DLxKU "Keep Tryin"]] which has references to her past MV's that were all directed by her then husband, Kazuaki Kiriya. Naturally, avid fans had fun pointing these out. The second, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfpX8lkaSdk "Goodbye Happiness"]] also has references to some of her past videos.
* EchoingAcoustics: For ''Beautiful World'''s Planitb remix.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Her classmates in New York nicknamed her Hikki. She was a bit flustered when she found out what a hickey was a few years later.
* EpicFail: Toshiba-EMI (her record label) employed a company called Media Interactive Inc. to go through Youtube and delete all infringing videos. Seemingly, this included all the music videos (including the video debuted exclusively on Youtube "Goodbye Happiness") from Utada's Official YouTube Channel leaving many fans, her staff and the artist bewildered. [[http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6322/utadayoutube.png]]
* GenreSavvy: Has invoked {{Retcon}} ("Come Back to Me").
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: She has a massive teddy bear named Kuma Chang who features heavily in her career ranging from promotional photos, tweets/blog entries involving conversations with him and to top it all, she's written a single sung from his point of his view called "Boku wa Kuma".
* IntercourseWithYou: "The Workout", "Let Me Give You My Love", "Dirty Desire"... There's a fair bit of this on her English-language albums. A Japanese song "Traveling" might also count.
* MayDecemberRomance: Her ex-husband was 15 years older than her. Some have speculated that the reason for their divorce was because of the age gap as well as the fact that she married rather young at age 19 (at that age, 15 years is pretty big).
* MoodWhiplash: On ''Heart Station'', "Take 5", a rather haunting song about dying and being separated from one's body, cuts abruptly into "Boku wa Kuma" which is a cute, children's song about, uh, a bear.
** Also, the whiplash from "d'aw somebody died :(" to "lolsextime" in "Let Me Give You My Love".
* OneOfUs: She apparently [[http://kotaku.com/gaming/top/utada-queen-of-tetris-hikaru-is-defeated-193905.php really enjoys Tetris]]. And the video of Goodbye Happiness is an AffectionateParody of all those Website/YouTube videos of [[JapanesePopMusic J-Pop]] {{FanGirl}}s dancing in their bedrooms.
* TheOner: The aforementioned "Goodbye Happiness" music video, with a still faux-web cam in a bedroom.
* PerformanceVideo: "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" features a performance more heavily than her other videos, but also features an implied plot about a broken-up family.
* PopStarComposer
* RedHeadedHero: As a flight attendant in her extravagant music video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfc8w6A-f9U Traveling]].
* {{Robosexual}}: Subverted in the music video Can You Keep A Secret, where Utada is having a romantic relationship with a robot [[spoiler:but by the last scene is revealed to be a RobotGirl herself]].
* {{Sampling}}: "Give Me a Reason" samples the famous drum break from Music/JamesBrown's "Funky Drummer". Hearing it in a slow ballad is... weird.
** "Never Let Go" interpolates the melody from Music/{{Sting}}'s "Shape of My Heart".
** The violin-sounding instrument from "Exodus '04", produced by Timbaland, is lifted from the song "Meshkeltek" by an Arabian artist named Aitha al-Menhali.
* SceneryPorn: Her video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWoJLdXJt0E Passion]] is just breath-takingly beautiful.
* SequelSong: "Automatic", her 1998 debut single, and "Automatic Pt.2" from 2009's ''This Is The One''. Interesting in that part one is in Japanese and part two is in English.
* ShoutOut: To Edgar Allan Poe in Kremlin Dusk. Utada even uses his full name in the lyrics. To Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, and Freddie Mercury in "Animato". Again, Utada mentions them directly in the lyrics.
* SofterAndSlowerCover: "Final Distance" (''Deep River'') is one of "Distance" (''Distance'').
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Japanese name, Japanese career, Japanese-language albums. To the casual observer, she looks about as J-poppy as you can get, but her first album was entirely in English. ([[NoExportForYou The US never got it]] [[ExecutiveMeddling because Capitol Records was restructuring.]]) As noted above, she's actually Japanese-American, and speaks both Japanese and English fluently.
* WaxingLyrical: ''Come Back To Me''
* YourCheatingHeart: "Tippy Toe", which is sung from the point of view of the mistress.