Hikaru holds several Japanese music records including the #1 album of all time in Japan in terms of sales (First Love ,1999) and most downloaded digital single in the world ( Flavor of Life, 2008). She was the youngest artist to ever appear on MTV's Unplugged at 18 years of age.
All 5 of her studio albums have reached number 1 in Japan including 12 number 1 singles and 20 Top 5 hits. Hikaru married the producer and director of her music videos,Kiriya Kazauki in 2002 but divorced in 2007.
She has recorded 2 English albums, Exodus in 2004 and This Is The One in 2009.
Hikaru is an anomaly in the music industry as she writes all her own songs and composes and produces about 90% of all her music, she also plays the piano and guitar.
Utada is beautiful, talented and smart ( briefly attended Columbia University) and is best known for having a wide vocal range for a Japanese singer.
Utada Hikaru is credited for having the first celebrity internet blog in world starting back in 1998 ( the term blog wasn't coined till 1999).
She is currently promoting her new English album , This is the One, and is writing and composing songs for her next upcoming Japanese album.