Utada Hikaru Taking a Hiatus
Utada Hikaru on hiatus from being an artist starting next year
Utada Hikaru will release a single collection album titled "Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL. 2" this autumn. She has made it clear that she will take a hiatus from being an artist starting next year.
This was announced on 8/9 via Utada's blog on her official site. Her first best collection in about 6 and 1/2 years, "Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL. 2" will include such hit songs as "dareka no negai ga kanau koro", "Be My Last" and "Beautiful World" as well as new songs. They are works patterned to encompass Utada's work from 2004 onward.
On her blog Utada looked back on her career from her debut up until now and cleared up the reason behind her decision to go on hiatus by saying "There is a part of me inside that has stopped growing since I began my way of life as an artist when I was 15 years old. That part of me is one that is very important to me as a person". She clearly is stating that now that she has fulfilled herself as an artist this year, she is focusing on "personal development".
At this point she is not yet sure when she will return to being an artist, but is declaring that she will definitely return to the music scene at some point by saying "When I would think 'I wonder if I was able to grow a little bit as a person?' I naturally wanted to take a break. When the time comes that I think "I want everyone to hear my music!", then that's exactly what I'll do" and "I don't know if it will be in 2 years or 5 years, but I'll return a more mature person".
I know that this will definitely disappoint some of you Utada fans out there, but it just feels like it's been SO long since she's been relevant...maybe it's just me.