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Utada Karaoke and Appearances
April 30, 2009, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Utada Hikaru

For those of you residing in the States – you have a chance to party it up with Utada. Myspace is hosting a Utada Karaoke contest. Up until 5/11, record your version of “Come Back to Me” and you could qualify to win prizes – including a trip to Japan to have a “karaoke session” with Utada!

You need to have an account, record the song, and have 100 views before the due date to qualify- so what are you waiting for? And please give a click to the version I’ve recorded! (Yes, this is me shameless promoting myself.)

Also, for those in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu – there are upcoming Utada appearances to promote her new album in May, so you can pick up your copy of “This is The One” and see Utada at the same time. (:

Utada at Sephora Hollywood Report
March 24, 2009, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Utada Hikaru

I attended Utada’s Sephora Listening Party at Hollywood, so here’s my short report on the event.

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Utada Listening Parties at Sephora
March 11, 2009, 5:34 pm
Filed under: Utada Hikaru

Utada will be holding listening parties for her new English album “This is the One” in three Sephora Beauty locations in the United States: Hollywood on March 25th, New York on March 26th, and Miami on March 27th.

All the location and time information is on the Sephora site, but just some to clear one thing up:

You do NOT need to call to make an appointment. (No need to wait on hold endlessly, paranoid that spots are filling up, like I did for twenty minutes.) The Hollywood branch receptionist confirmed that the appointment is only for if you want to book a makeup artist during that time – Utada is supposed to just be there, and the store remains open to the public.

(And please: if you’re going to go, be respectful to everyone – and I mean everyone! I know I sound condescendingly elitist, but take a lesson from the few fangirls who screamed and mobbed at the NY Comicon for Sakurai Sho and ended up making everyone there collectively look like idiots: this is not a concert, it’s a public appearance at a public event, so reign your enthusiasm in and don’t turn into a mob of crazed fans!)

Which J-pop Lady Can Make It In America?

With Hikki working on her second English album, the question really still stands: if one j-pop diva or female group would make it in the English music industry, who would it be? After all, basing on the American charts, popular songs by female artists are rather limited. Pretty much most are R&B/hip hop hits (Rihanna, Beyonce, Fergie, Danity Kane, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis), a smattering of pop rock (Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Paramore) and occasionally, a big pop song that makes it (Miley Cyrus).

So if all our favorite j-pop girls give it a try, who has the best chances of breaking into the market?

Utada Hikaru

I love Hikki and I love “Exodus,” but let’s face it – “Exodus” was brilliantly experimental and alternative but nowhere near mainstream. If she does her next English album in her Cubic U style or in her Japanese music style, she’d have a chance, but her idea of American mainstream R&B is a little too alternative. Unless she completely changes her image and sound, she won’t make it in the urban music genre she’s aiming for. But she does have beauty, quirkiness, and her language – she just needs to tailor herself to be more mainstream. Chances: 60%.

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