Published January 11, 2008
News , Single , Utada Hikaru
Tags: Hikaru Utada, Hikki, J-pop, Jpop, New Release, News, Single, Utada, Utada Hikaru
Yet another “Stay Gold” post?
Yes, well, if you haven’t gotten it yet, Hikki is one of my favorite singers, so I try to keep up on her newest releases / news. Here, we have the HQ version of “Stay Gold” which really helps us hear the beautiful piano and carefully layered vocals. Only real problem in sight is that the song doesn’t have the strength to carry it out as long as it is (it feels like too many repetitions of the chorus). As such, “Stay Gold” sounds soft, making it sound more like a B-side.
In other news, “HEART STATION” hits Chaku-Uta ringtones on January 21, 2008. The song is supposed to have an older R&B feel with a mid-tempo beat.
And thanks to mimi for posting the link to the video!
Published January 7, 2008
New Release , News , Preview , Single , Utada Hikaru
Tags: Hikaru Utada, Hikki, New Release, News, Preview, Song, Stay Gold, Utada, Utada Hikaru
It’s nice to finally hear “Stay Gold” after waiting months. It’s premiere was originally in ASCIENCE hair-product commercials, but it was aired in an incomplete form. Although this rip’s quality is low, you can hear the delicate layering, the piano, and Utada’s deep voice. A nice soft A-side that sounds different from Utada’s other ballads, “Stay Gold” features a soft R&B edge throughout the verses.
Published January 6, 2008
New Release , News , Single , Utada Hikaru
Tags: Cover, Hikaru Utada, Hikki, New Release, News, Single, Single News, Utada, Utada Hikaru
That’s right, this is the cover for her new single, “HEART STATION / Stay Gold,” due out February 20, 2008. You should notice firsrt that the cover only has the name of one A-side on it; considering that Utada usually includes both titles (if any at all), she might execute a single design similar to “For You / Time Limit,” where she created two covers, one for each A-side. As for now, this cover is another interesting addition to the mystery behind “HEART STATION.” Sources are scarce, but we do know it’s a pop song made to “wipes away the heart’s tears” (JOSHIN / UBLOG). Considering the thunderbolt on the cover and the over all brightness of the heart among darker blue, “HEART STATION” may be one Hikki’s rarer upbeat songs. Here’s to hoping.
Look out for “Stay Gold” to hit the radio on January 8th – there should be a full, albeit LQ, version available then. And let’s not forget that Hikki has yet to reveal the tie-in for “HEART STATION.”
Published December 17, 2007
News , Single , Utada Hikaru
Tags: Chaku-Uta, Hikki, J-pop, Jpop, Music, News, Preview, Single, Stay Gold, Utada, Utada Hikaru
In one week of downloads, “Stay Gold” was downloaded over 150,000 times, and subsequently topped Chaku-Uta ringtone downloads. The youtube video above features a preview of the track that was created from the Chaku-Uta downloads themselves. The quality is high enough to hear the layering present. This also reveals a new portion of the song: a piano piece with an excellent melody. “Stay Gold” sounds like it will be a worthy addition to Hikki’s library, despite a rough bridge.
Published December 6, 2007
News , Utada Hikaru
Utada Hikaru’s newest single, titled “HEART STATION / Stay Gold” will be coming out February 20, 2008 according to Hikki’s official site. The tracklist is as follows:
1. HEART STATION
2. Stay Gold
3. HEART STATION -Original Karaoke-
4. Stay Gold -Original Karaoke-
This will most likely be Hikki’s last single release before her new Japanese album, which has a confirmed release in Spring of 2008. As for news surrounding the present, “Stay Gold” will be made available on Chaku-Uta ringtone downloads on the seventh (tomorrow). Look for a preview on her website soon. (And may I be so bold as to ask for two actual PVs for this single? My personal prediction: we’ll get an actual PV, but it will just be one. We might not get any for Stay Gold).