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Hanataba wo Kimi ni

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Single Cover
Artist
Utada Hikaru
Digital Single
Hanataba wo Kimi ni (花束を君に; A Bouquet For You)
Released
2016.04.15
2016.08.03 (Drama Ver.)
Price
¥250
Tracklist
  1. Hanataba wo Kimi ni (花束を君に)


Information

"Hanataba wo Kimi ni" is the tenth digital single recorded by Utada Hikaru, released simultaneously with "Manatsu no Tooriame". It is her first digital single released since 2012's "Sakura Nagashi", and marks her official comeback to the Japanese music scene after a five year hiatus. It was used as the opening theme for the NHK asadorama Toto Nee-chan. The drama opening version of the song was released four months later for download via Uta Pass.[1]

The song reached #1 on Recochoku digital single chart, topping the chart for two weeks at #1. While "Manatsu no Tooriame" on the other hand reached #2.[2] The song reached #1 on 107 different Worldwide charts. [3] "Hanataba wo Kimi ni" has been certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for selling over 500,000 downloads.

She performed "Hanataba wo Kimi ni" at the 67th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen. She received a 41.6% viewership in the Kanto region and a 42.4% viewership in the Kansai region for her performance which made her the 3rd highest viewed artist of the night.

Song Information

Lyrics
Utada Hikaru
Music
Utada Hikaru
Other Information
Arrangement: Utada Hikaru, Simon Hale
Mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice
Drum Programming [Additional], Percussion: Darren Heelis, Steve Fitzmaurice
Drums: Ian Thomas
Electric Bass, Guitar: Ben Parker
Leader [Strings]: Everton Nelson
Piano [Acoustic], Conductor: Simon Hale
Recorded By: Steve Fitzmaurice
Recorded By [Strings, Assistant]: Jeremy Murphy
Recorded By [Strings]: Steve Price (6)
Recorded By [Vocal]: Masahito Komori

Music Video

There are two music videos for Utada Hikaru's "Hanataba wo Kimi ni". The first video is a short animation in papercut style released on April 15th. The second video is in black and white featuring Utada, which was released on September 2nd on her website and September 16th via iTunes.

TV Performances

References