Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most exemplary Asian singers of all time. On December 9th, 1998 Utada Hikaru released her debut Japanese single “Automatic/time will tell“.
Shortly after the landscape of the J-pop and Asian music scene would be changed forever. “Automatic / time will tell” was an instant hit on the Oricon charts. It was originally released in two versions, a 12cm CD ver and a classic 8cm CD version.
The 12cm version finished at #2 on the weekly charts, while the 8cm secured a top 5 position at #4. Combined the single sold over 2 million copies, becoming the highest selling debut single for a female Japanese artist, and the second highest selling single released by a female artist.
In honor of this amazing milestone, members of the ARAMA! community shared some of their personal memories of Hikki which can be seen on the next page.
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