• J-pop megastar Hikaru Utada on teen fame, discrimination, and grief

    11 days ago - By Dazed Digital

    When Hikaru Utada first released her debut album First Love in 1999, the Japanese public had never heard anything like it. Aged 16, the American-Japanese artist ripped up the J-pop rulebook with genre-hopping melodies, influenced by western pop hits and slick Ramp;B grooves. Utada, who grew up in New York, cites Aaliyah as a huge influence at the time. Unlike many late 90s pop stars in Japan, she eschewed the idol route, instead opting to write and produce her own songs. Her voicehellip;
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