Utada to release new single in U.S.

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Utada to release new single in U.S.

Post by nogizaka » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:04 pm

The new single is 'Come Back To Me', which unfortunately, sounds like more of the same (http://islandrecords.com/site/promo/splash/utada if you want to hear it). No release date so far. New album to be released "soon". I wonder what she had to do to get Island to let her have another crack at the U.S. market.

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Post by Jei » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:18 am

Interesting...a single that actually sounds like something she'd release in Japan (and nothing like Exodus). Maybe she's being serious about the US this time...
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Post by nogizaka » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:59 pm

Hmmm... it sounds a lot like something from 'Exodus' to me... but you make a good point, Jei. She should make an English version of one of her Japanese singles. Here again, she's trying too hard to sound like an American pop diva.

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Post by Jei » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:13 am

It sounds a lot less techno-ish to me than what was on Exodus. I'm hoping that they give the song a decent push and not just throw it to the dance clubs like they did with Devil Inside...

Could be the start of a trend...I've heard BoA's video getting on different places here in the states.
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Post by nogizaka » Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:26 am

It looks like Utada is getting a media blitz in the U.S. like she got for 'Exodus.' Will it work this time? I'm afraid I'm not impressed- let's see if anybody else is.

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Post by Jei » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:05 pm

Interesting plan...you can download her album electronically two months before you can buy it in the stores. We'll see...

Actually, I think whomever did the cover for her album needs to be fired. That lettering it straight out of amateurville...
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Post by nogizaka » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:11 am

I don't quite get the cover photo, either. Is she supposed to be looking surprised that she got another U.S. single release?

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Post by nogizaka » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:12 am

The album won't be available in the U.S. until May 12th- I wonder what the holdup is?

(It's doing very well in Japan, of course.)

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Post by Jei » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:25 am

It actually got released digitally here on Mar 24th. Utada's been doing news shows on the west coast lately in support of it. You can even down her video for free on US iTunes. ^^

I guess they're going digitally first to build up support before the real thing comes out...
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Post by Jei » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:09 pm

I'll be damned....Utada's on CBS' Early Show this upcoming Saturday morning. @_@
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Post by nogizaka » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:06 am

The clip is up- I tried to post the URL but it gives a "page not found" message. I wasn't impressed- the lyric sounds like something she should have been singing ten years ago, and I couldn't tell if she was supposed to be sounding emotional, or was just having trouble hitting the notes (perhaps a bit of stage fright?). Nevertheless, I'm sure it won't hurt sales (online ones, anyway).

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Post by nogizaka » Thu May 28, 2009 8:22 pm

Looks like Utada cracked the Top 100 on Billboard- peaked at #69, now at #139 after three weeks, but still in the Top 200- a much better showing this time. Wonder what sales are like?

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Post by Jei » Thu May 28, 2009 8:48 pm

Think sales might have taken a little hit when she had to cancel a week's worth of appearance due to illness.

Still, I'm impressed with the push they're giving her. She's right up front when I walk into Best Buy...
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