Utada Hikaru Exclusive Oricon Interview Trans.

Original: Oricon

“For the lyrics of these songs, I wrote them with a desire to write honestly”

Fans were shocked when Utada Hikaru announced a suspension of artist activity beginning next year. Certainly there are pros and cons to her decision but the halting of her musical activity should not be seen as retirement. 

“I still have my contract with EMI, so there’s no way this break is indefinite. (laugh) I love making music; it’s very natural for me. I think it would be impossible for me to live a life without music.  I’m a musician at heart. I think I’m nothing if not a musician.”

“Besides, there are many people who will be waiting for my songs.”  She has great gratitude for all the fans who have supported her and who love her music. So, before the hiatus, she announced a best album, and thought “I want to add new songs that I’ve poured my heart into.” 

“I have things I want to say. I sincerely thought about what it’s like that first time. For the lyrics of these new songs, I didn’t write them mechanically, as an artist; I wrote them with a desire to write very honestly. I feel like the second disc on the album (with the newly recorded songs) has a similar significance to ‘First Love.’”

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BUMP OF CHICKEN Special Interview Translation

Original: Oricon Style

Translator: Erin Grace

The release of BUMP OF CHICKEN’s 2 new singles in 2 consecutive weeks is certainly a special occasion.  Their long-loved music, which they’re continually making, is clearly distinct from today’s other short-lived selections... 

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