Hikaru Utada Announces New Album “Hatsukoi” and First Tour in 12 Years

25.April.2018 | MUSIC

Hikaru Utada is a forced to be reckoned with this year as she celebrates 20 years since her debut as well as gets ready to release two new digital singles, Play A Love Song and Hatsukoi.


It has been 19 months since Utada released her comeback album Fantôme (2016), which proved that even after going on indefinite hiatus she still holds up as a unique, unmatched artist. 2018 marks the singer’s 20th anniversary, and will also serve as the year she releases first album since she moved labels. A new artist visual has also been released for the new record.


Hatsukoi will be Utada’s seventh album and is set for release on June 27. The work covers territory we have all faced: the inability to convey our emotions, and those familiar indescribable feelings. It’s a record that gives a true account of Utada’s creativity as a pop creator and showcases that even 20 years on she is still at the top of her game.

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Hatsukoi will feature 12 songs including Oozora de DakishimeteForevermoreAnataChikaiHatsukoi, and Play A Love Song.


First Press editions of the album will include an application ticket to be entered into a lottery draw to win concert tickets for Hikaru Utada’s tour at the end of the year. The schedule for the tour has also been released (see below). This will be her first concert tour in almost 12 years. Together with her new album, it’s an absolute must-see.


December 9, 2018 is the commemorative day that marks 20 years since Hikaru Utada’s debut. We look forward to seeing how 2018 pans out for her.



Hikaru Utada 2018 Concert Tour Schedule:

11.06.18 @ Yokohama Arena

11.07.18 @ Yokohama Arena

11.14.18 @ Marine Messe Fukuoka

11.15.18 @ Marine Messe Fukuoka

11.22.18 @ Nippon Gaishi Hall

11.23.18 @ Nippon Gaishi Hall

11.28.18 @ Osaka-jō Hall

11.29.18 @ Osaka-jō Hall

12.04.18 @ Saitama Super Arena

12.05.18 @ Saitama Super @rena

12.08.18 @ Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 9-11

12.09.18 @ Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 9-11

Enquiries: 0180-993-999


Album Release Information:

7th Album – “Hatsukoi”

On sale June 27, 2018

Price: ¥3,240 (Tax Included)

*Comes with application card to enter a lottery draw to win tickets for the 2018 concert tour.

Application Window: June 26, 2018 at 12:00―July 11, 2018 at 23:59


Order the album here:

https://www.sonymusicshop.jp/m/item/itemShw.php?site=S&cd=ESCL000005076 (Japan)


“Play A Love Song” Single Downloads:


mora (*High-resolution audio)



Digital Single Releases:

“Play A Love Song” on sale April 25, 2018

“Hatsukoi” on sale May 30, 2018


Hikaru Utada Official Website