Utada has made an announcement that at the start of next year she will be taking a break from her career. Could be 2 years......could be 5 years (Her Words).
This comes after an already 2 year absence from her Japanese Music career. Her last Japanese Album was released in March of 2008. It had one re-cut Single that was released later that Summer.
In the Spring and Summer of 2009, she released her English Album in Japan and America respectively. Shortly after she got tonsilitis, something she struggles with periodically, and had to postpone the rest of her American promotions for said English Album. We heard nothing from her until 2010.
Starting in January of 2010 Utada set off on her mini English Tour titled: "In The Flesh", promoting her English Album from the previous year which in this time had only pumped out one Single: "Come Back To Me" (How Appropriate and Ironic). She sang both English and Japanese songs on this tour, which the fans really appreciated and greatly hoped for and anticipated. Utada chose only to do small venues, such as "The House of Blues" and the like due to her desire to always have the kind of intimate experience she never got with her Huge Stadium Tours in Japan.
She toured spots in America and even a couple in Europe and had a number of Meet and Greets in the United States to meet with, speak to in live interviews, sign autographs, take photos with and sing popular tunes with and for the audience, such as "The Little Mermaid", etc.
The tour ended in London in February.
Since then,fans have been waiting with bated breath for some further activity or announcment from her via her BLOG or some other form. Some want more American promotion for her English Album, others wanted her to return to her Japanese Career.
Well news we did get, but not what we wanted. Sort of........
There is some good news. Before she leaves next year, she'll be putting out a "Singles Collection Vol. 2" this Fall, yup, only her 2nd one in 10 years, which I don't mind. I don't much like Single Collections, though they sell like hotcakes in Japan and with Utada's name stamped onto this product, it is sure to top all of the charts, be a million seller and possibly be the number 1 Album of the year.
Along with the Singles on the Album will be 4-5 NEW JAPANESE SONGS!
The one saving grace out of all of this terrible news. She's currently recording them as we speak. Utada has also stated via her BLOG that she'll be featured in a commercial as well before the year's end and going full throttle to end the year with a "BANG" before her departure. I don't know what else that entails though. She does say she'll be releasing new songs in the AUTUMN AND THE WINTER, obviously the 4-5 new songs, but what does that mean? Does this mean she'll be re-releasing some of the new songs as Re-Cut Singles afterwards to further promote? Will she be promoting any of these new Songs live on television? Music Videos? More Commercials? Who knows, but in order to go full throttle 'til the end of the year, she'll have to do some more after the Album has been released.
Upon announcement of her temporary Hiatus, one of Utada's colleagues was interviewed about it and his words got misconstrued and cherry picked from that interview and an interview he had given years ago and it was printed that Utada wanted to take a break to go and do normal things like eat at McDonald's. Needless to say, Utada was perturbed at this and got to the bottom of it with her colleague and wrote about it on her BLOG to fully explain the situation. Either way, funny stuff.
Utada has decided to take this break to go live life, discover herself and do things she normally wouldn't be able to do (like go eat at McDonald's :p).
She states she still may be a little active during the break, alluding to possibly continuing to write and sing songs as she likes.
Pikachu: Then how would that be any different from all of the other long breaks she took while still making music and releasing with long gaps inbetween?
I suppose not being officially on the job and having to deal with deadlines and being forced to create will be the main difference. No stress. She does produce, write, and arrange all of her music afterall.
Pikachu: What a copout. She doesn't need a break. She's been taking breaks since she started. 10 years and only 5 Japanese Albums and 2 Major Tours. Chick be lazy out of her mind.
Me: I'll have you know she also created 2 English Albums as well. Just completed her first English Tou-
Pikachu: How long did that last? Better question. How long does it take to get the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
Pikachu: LONGER THAN HER TOUR!
Me: She's an arti-
Pikachu: And I'm a Pokemon. Been in the game for how many years now? How many breaks have I taken? America and Japan! TV Shows! Video Games! Music!
Me: What musi-!
Pikachu: POKE-RAP SON!
Me: Pikachu Imma need you to fall back. You are a kid's toy. No creative control over what you do whatsoever. You can't even talk. Pika? Pika what? Pika Boo? This ain't hide-n-se-!
Pikachu: Sounds like it to me. You'll be seeking and Utada will be hiding.....for 5 years.
Me: And in that time bet your cheddar cheese arse still won't have evolved!
Pikachu: Neither will have her music. :)
Me: Pikachu go get correct because I am not the one!
Pikachu: Neither was her 2009 English Album "This Is The One." Have you heard it Totodile? I know I sure hadn't 'til "this one" told me.
Totodile: "Apples and Cinnamon" be cr---Nah nah....I ain't heard it. ( '-' )
Me: Look Pikachu! The point is that the Pokemon Franchise doesn't exist solely upon your shoulders. How many brothers and sisters have been raped and created out of your Franchise now? No offense Totodile.
Totodile: None taken.
Me: Wait until you get to your ugly evolutions.
Me: How many Pikachu?! How many?! "Gotta Catch 'em All!" Are you kidding me?! When did it become OUR responsibility to round up your irresponsible mistakes?! Ever heard of protection! All these balls being flung around, but no protection. What are we?! Welfare?! You sure you Asian and not Black?!
Me: What? ( '-')('-' )( '-')
Pikachu: Where's that pokeball at? Think Imma just hop on up in that for a bit.
Me: What did I say?
Pikachu: Say, "goodbye."
Gonna miss you Utada Hikaru.