It has been announced that Hikaru Utada’s seventh studio album Hatsukoi which was released on June 27 will receive limited edition vinyl releases with serial numbers written on them.
Hatsukoi ranked first on Oricon’s Weekly Digital Album Ranking for the fifth week on August 13, marking Utada as the female artist with the most weekly number one’s in Japan. She also placed top in Reco Choku’s monthly awards for July, as well as taking first place in the monthly album rankings for the second month in a row on Mora. Moreover, the album topped the “Hot Albums” and “Download Albums” rankings in the Billboard Album Charts for three weeks. The physical CD has also stayed in the Top 10 CD album rankings of Oricon for seven weeks since its release.
The anime movie Penguin Highway was released in Japan on August 17 which features Utada’s song Good Night from the album as the main theme song.
Since the album’s release, fans have yearned for a vinyl release of Hatsukoi, and their demand has paid off. It will be officially released on November 7, the day after the singer’s first concert tour in 12 years begins. The tour begins on November 6, and fans can get their hands on the vinyl release early on the same day.
This marks the first vinyl release from Hikaru Utada in 16 years since her third album DEEP RIVER (2002). It’s being mastered by Chris Bellman of Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood. It comes with two records and each jacket has a unique serial number, making it a very premium item for fans. Only a limited quantity will be sold so be sure to order yours quick.
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