Utada Hikaru reveals title, cover and tracklist of her new album, “Fantôme”

One month after finally announcing her eighth album and its release date, Utada Hikaru has revealed the title and the tracklist of her first full album in over eight years. “Fantôme” (meaning “Ghost” in French) will be a Regular Edition-only 11-track CD, meaning that apart from the already known “Hanataba wo Kimi ni”, “Manatsu no Tooriame” and “Sakura Nagashi”, this album will feature a total of 8 new songs. Both promotional images and album cover have been shot by French photographer Julien Mignot. Check the album cover, full tracklist and an additional promotional image just after the jump!

utada hikaru fantome cover
Fantôme
[CD Tracklist]

  1. Michi
  2. Ore no Kanojo
  3. Hanataba wo Kimi ni
  4. Ni-jikan dake no Vacation
  5. Ningyo
  6. Tomodachi
  7. Manatsu no Tooriame
  8. Kouya no Ookami
  9. Boukyaku
  10. Jinsei Saikou no Hi
  11. Sakura Nagashi

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    • eplizo

      OMG I’M SHAKING! SHE LOOKS SO GOOD! I love all the shots. Omg I cannot WAIT for this!

    • Rob Whetzel

      All the track titles are in Japanese, that’s a first for her right? Or at least not the usual. Gahhhhh I’m so so so excited. I bet it’s going to be amazing.

      • Sou

        Yes, it’s the first time for her! Some titles still sound quite ominous so I’m a bit concerned by the fact that they may be too much ballads, but I’m still super excited too!

        • Rob Whetzel

          Yeah I don’t want an entire ballad album :( but I will take what I can get! lol

    • M

      I think it is a first to not have any full English titles. That’s fine though.

      So so so excited!! Love the cover!

    • Gavin

      Love the ghostly shots. Can’t wait to listen to all her new tracks and watch her slay the live performances!!

    • A

      I SCREAMED! YAAAAS! MY QUEEN IS BACK

    • rie

      BOW DOWN MOTHERFUCKERS.

      The cover/promo pics look amazing, I love them. It does kinda bug me that there are only 11 songs though… I was hoping she’d go a little longer since this is a comeback album. But overall, i’m just SO GLAD she’s back ugh. Literally preordered my copy off CDJapan the day they made it available.

    • Lucas Pires

      Achei que a capa era poster do filme o Grito. Mas ficou linda. Ela devia usar esse cabelo sempre.

    • She looks good and I’m just super excited about the Queen being back.

    • Chris

      It looks like it’s a ballad packed album, or piano based songs just like the previous singles. I think she’s still thinking (mournful?) about her mother for this album, the title says it all.

    • Cryptomystic

      Long Live the Queen!

    • nomiya

      not looking forward to this…for some reason i feel like it’s going to be ballads

      • hasawa

        bruh same
        i’ve been extremely disapointed by Ayaka’s comeback when she released a sloppy album with barely only ballads..
        I want ULTRA BLUE Hikki to come back tbh

        • honey girl

          See i knew your ass was a damn ub stan judging by your earlier comments. Wtf are talking about? What bops? Ultra blue was fucking land of ballads. It had more ballads than any of her albums. Like girl pipe down with your flawed opinions already. Mess!

          • nicole

            i’m crying omg

          • hasawa

            ..never said i wanted another ULTRA BLUE tho (i said i wanted “ULTRA BLUE’s Hikki”, not ULTRA BLUE itself)
            It’s just that i’d enjoy finding again the artistic direction Hikki took for this album/era: at the same time arty&musically ambitious but still accessible.
            And i don’t think there was that much ballads in UB tbh ; lots of mid-tempo songs (à la “Passion” or “Keep tryin'”), yes, but not that much pure ballads. Hikki could split the difference if she aims for that range of songs for this new album imo.
            UB is definitively my favorite album of Hikki, but it doesn’t makes me a “stan” ; i don’t lash out against anyone who doesn’t like it or lose my shit over ppl not agreeing w/me about it, i just don’t care. I’m much more embarassed by some real stans behaviour on this comment thread tbh…*eyesemoji*

        • H

          I agree with you, but she can put out whatever she wants. She owes us nothing.

          • hasawa

            yeah i know
            But i just stated what i would like to hear from her, it’s not like i gave her the order to do so tho xD

            • H

              “Like girl, we’ve been mourning waiting for your come back for years now, we don’t need a ballad-filled melancholia-induced album, just give them bop tunes already!!”

              Didn’t say you did but. “We don’t need” =/= what I would not like to hear. Just saying, that’s the key point I said ‘she owes us nothing’ in response to.

      • honey girl

        Well considering this album is going to be dedicated to her mother and her experience as a mother, then yea ballads are a go figure. And given Hikki’s past ballads, then yea fucking bring it on. Not everything should be so fucking upbeat happy trash and edm garbage yall love to digest.

        • Michele

          There’s a whole world between ballads and uptempo songs. People that are complaining (based on the singles she released) just want more variety and not 11 acoustic piano ballads. We’ll see…

    • hasawa

      tbh i’m a bit disapointed as i thought the album art would be in the same vein as the article promo pics (the cover image of the article is really pretty). I think the album cover is quite sloppy, mostly because of the font, its color and the way it’s disposed. The photo is kinda ‘meh’/uninspired too… It would be great if the album cover was actually the promo image at the end of the article with no big ass title onto it.
      As a french myself i can feel the french spirit within the cover tho, the album cover gives quite an early 90s french album cover vibe. The title is quite mysterious so even tho i’m a bit disapointed by the amont of tracks i’m still looking forward its release

      • Cryptomystic

        Give it rest, nobody wants to hear all this negativity right now. I’ve been waiting 6 years for this day to come. The album is gonna be amazing! Utada never disappoints.

        • hasawa

          lmao are you serious?? like, sorry i didn’t know i needed your autorization to give my opinion…smh

          • Cryptomystic

            Apology accepted.

            • hasawa

              no problem mate, i’m glad i could help you with your stan delusion ;-)

              • Cryptomystic

                The only person deluded is the person posting negative things about an album that hasn’t even been released yet.

                • hasawa

                  i’m posting “negative” shit about FACTUAL things like the album cover
                  did you even correctly read my comment? i didn’t say anything about the songs yet, and i actually said i was still looking forward this album…
                  Jeez…how can ppl can get all worked up about such petty things, seriously?? DD:
                  You may be frustrated with all those years of waiting (but that’s not my fault anyway! xD) but don’t jump onto ppl throat just because they don’t share the same opinion as you ffs…

                  • Cryptomystic

                    Keep your opinion to yourself next time. Nobody cares what you think.
                    Blocked.

                    • hasawa

                      lmao…!!!
                      (i’ll just leave it there for everyone to just SEE IT : SOMEONE TOLD ME TO KEEP MY OPINION FOR MYSELF BECAUSE I DIDN’T LIKE AN ALBUM COVER. That’s right guys, we reached THIS point)

                      • Tim Kelley

                        Cryptomystic, who asked for your opinion on hisawa’s opinion? Keep your opinion to yourself next time, because no one cares.

                        Hisawa’s, while I disagree with your opinion, I understand where you’re coming from.

                      • Becky

                        Keep on doing you sis

                    • Becky

                      Hasawa is using the comment section exactly how it should be used. The point is to share what you’re thinking.

                      • Cryptomystic

                        Its ok I’m done with this site and all the pathetic losers who do nothing but post negative shit all day on this forum. Please GFY.

                      • Sou

                        It’s not like that, Cryptomystic. ARAMA! JAPAN is a place where we discuss about Japanese entertainment and give our opinions, not a place where we just praise everything regardless its quality. If we only tolerated positive comments, the comment section would be meaningless! Some people like some things, some people don’t like them. hasawa stated the reasons why this release isn’t living up to his expectations. Why don’t you give us your opinion, telling us what do you find so endearing from the tracklist, the pics, or whatever Hikki is bringing this time? In that way we could have an interesting and informative debate about this album, instead of just two grown ups picking on each other on the Internet. And for the record, I’m also with you and I’m super thrilled about this release, but as everyone has already said, opinions should be respected.

                      • honey girl

                        Lol please. Hasawa is some flop Ayu stan who’s probably never even heard anything from Hikki besides Sanctuary. Out here trying to give some in-depth opinion while missing the entire point of the aesthetics of the cover and this era overall all in 1 setting.

                      • People really need to calm down. It’s not that deep.

                  • honey girl

                    Youreentitledtoyourwrongopinion.gif

        • Binbob

          Anyway

      • honey girl

        Shut up

        • nicole

          lmao

      • Actually I like the cover as well, but that photo with the red dress is indeed much, much better… but maybe they thought that the black&white one fits the title more.

      • Michele

        “As a french myself i can feel the french spirit within the cover ”

        The cover is giving me Mylène Farmer vibes.

    • HIKKISTAN

      It’s quite…something. It’s exactly what I was expecting but I haven’t really been moved by anything from her since ULTRA BLUE. Will stan unconditionally tho.

    • Ultimately the album probably won’t live up to the hype just because it’s been so long and there are such high expectations, but I’m excited to hear it, and I’m glad that Sakura Nagashi is going to be on the album. It’s too powerful of a song to not be put on there.

    • Aries

      What’s strange to me is that people say Hikki never promotes because she hates TV and think she won’t promote this comeback album.

      She has said she loves going on TV, the only times she did not promote an album/single on TV was because she was in school (First Love before the album dropped/Addicted/Wait & See but she still appeared on prerecorded shows for all three promotional periods), ill (DEEP RIVER album promotion, but she was on every music program for the singles), busy with her overseas activities (traveling and Dareka…, but the latter had a single Music Station performance) or didn’t want to sing a TV size version because it wouldn’t sound right (Keep Tryin’). She has even more reason to do so now because of the hiatus and the younger consumer generation not knowing her very well.

      • nicole

        she was in NY for school during traveling promo, there were pics of her@ school around that time and hanging out with MTV people and the guy who made rush hour lol.

      • Just Tim

        If she loves going on TV, then she should hire Spike Lee for her next music video. xD

    • honey girl

      She looks so fucking flawless. Breathtaking! Definitely can’t wait to get this album. Hopefully if the album is ballad-based, thre will be a mixture of all the genre of ballads she’s done in her career. I’m excited just thinking about another Sunglasses or Arashi no Megumi or Show Me Love. She’s going to slay regardless tho. So ready!

    • Love the pic! She looks great. Excited to hear the album! I don’t understand why people were even expecting bops lol

      • nicole

        i don’t think people know what bops even mean acting like she drops songs like FREAKY

        • hasawa

          i wouldn’t be against another EXODUS tbh even tho i don’t think that’s the direction she’s going to take on that album

          but i don’t understand why some of yall are acting so confused & shocked whenever someone expects some catching tunes coming from Hikki.. it’s not like it never happened before, and we can still wish whatever we want right? xD

          • a

            it’s not confusing or shocking, but you’re expecting her to come back post marriage and having a child and mourning her mother with catchy tunes when she described the album process as difficult/she cried when she finished recording. it is confusing that you expect her to release something catchy… exodus was for an american audience anyway.

        • honey girl

          Lol exactly. The only albums she’s had just straight up bops all the way through were her English albums. Her Japanese albums have always been on some drink some wine and chill vibe. Like just by reading the negative comments here you can tell that they’re just some ugly trolls seething that their faves are flop has-beens.

          • Nasshi

            “they’re just some ugly trolls seething that their faves are flop has-beens”
            Funny coming from someone with a Jasmine icon, LOL

    • Midna

      The comments are a mess. I love it LOL

      • H

        Reminds me of the golden age of J-pop fandom, when Ayu/Kuu/Hikki/Namie fans would go at it. lol

        • Midna

          Lol yes! i anticipate more of these will definitely follow when the album comes out… especially now that all four acts are active and releasing music again…

        • nicole

          what kills me is that ayu and kuu fans would make fun of namie and call her a grandma/old since she wasn’t selling as much as them. how the tides have changed.

          • Ben

            What are you talking about? I can understand about Ayu since she’s been flopping for a while. Hikki just came back and Manatsu/Hanataba did pretty well digitally. Namie been dropping lately in physical/oricon but she still holds her own on digital rangkings too,

            So, let’s just wait and see how this album does before making such comment.

            • nicole

              ummmmmmmm did you read my comment properly

              i was talking about in 2006-2007 when ayu/kuu stans were making fun of namie for selling less and being “old” (despite ayu being one year younger), but namie outsells them both now. i didn’t say anything about hikki.

              • Ben

                sorry thought u said ayu and hikki. not kuu

      • byebicycle

        i’m screaming @ ppl fighting over a damn album cover lol

        • hasawa

          honestly, i always thought that Hikki stans were somewhat more intelligent and would never get worked up about such stupid things…i was definitively wrong lol
          The embarassment is big on this one

          • I don’t know where you ever got that idea. I love Utada, but her fans have always had this pretentiousness about them. I know, that’s rich coming from me.

          • A

            Huh, thought most of it was trolling, but who knows.

            • hasawa

              yeah at first i thought the same thing but seeing that “honey girl” comments she seems deadass serious, calling anyone who criticize Hikki “flops” “haterz” or “trolls (which is f*cking rich as she’s the one desperatly harrassing me over the comment section) lol
              I’ve never been so embarassed for someone before, such a disgrace lol

            • hasawa

              yeah i’m on the fence about it seeing that “honey girl” comments where she’s calling anyone who criticize Hikki “flops” “mess” “haterz” or “trolls” (<which is f*cking rich as she is the one messing around in this comment section lol), like, it's too dumb too even be serious lol. But the web is so full of crazies that i also think she may actually be deadass serious. In the end she's just an insane crazy stan who lost her shit on this thread lol

            • hasawa

              yeah i’m on the fence about it seeing that “honey girl” comments where she’s calling anyone who criticize Hikki “flops” “mess” “haterz” or “trolls” (which is f*cking rich as she is the one messing around in this comment section lol), like, they’re just too dumb too even be serious lol. But the web is so full of crazies that i also think she may actually be deadass serious. In the end she’s just an insane insecure stan who lost her shit on this thread lol

              • a

                jfc are you new to jpop every fandom is full of these, they’re just trolls/people getting hyped…

                • hasawa

                  oooh yeah i’m definitively new into fandoms (i’m not “fan” of anyone ) and i don’t have time for that kind of weaboo shit honestly (#no offense tho). So yeah i’m definitively not used about stans losin their shit over a stupid album cover lol (jeez, fandoms must be scary…)

                  • MMMMM

                    how is it weeaboo wtf? Go to any ontd post and ppl act the same way over Britney/Beyonce/Rihanna/etc

              • honey girl

                And another down vote goes to you because you’re flop. Full of Wrong opinions, someone who loves dated edm trash, & an ayumoo stan, YOU. ARE. A. MESS! Dismiss yourself for the good of music ok.

                • LOL, EDM is what basically ended JASMINE’s career.

                • hasawa

                  Girl stop, you’re embarrassing yourself even more, i’m feeling bad for you :-/

                  • a

                    they’re not srs calm down if ayamoo didn’t tip you off then gurl…

                    • hasawa

                      Yea yea i got it it’s not serious
                      Who’s ayamoo tho ? I’m curious now… ;-)

                      • lol

                        we can add weeaboo to the list of words you know but don’t know the meaning of…👓📝

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    • Historia Lenz

      i have been waiting for this! Gotta have this! :)

    • yacchaitai

      No matter what she puts out some dumbasses will complain because it isn’t full of dated bops

      • hasawa

        tbh i don’t even understand why some ppl can’t grasp that ppl actually have different expectations about this album, like…that’s not a big deal o_ô
        There’s no need to look down on them and call them “dumbasses” who somewhat couldn’t understand ‘what Hikki’s music is’… Hikki already proven us how versatile she was, and I would be glad if she surprised all of us again! :-D

        • a

          calm down, people are just confused by why you expect “”””bops””””””, like when was the last time she released a “””bop”””? her discography is mostly midtempo ballads, ballads, etc., she’s no namie or ayu or kuu or nishino kana. i’m not even a fan and i know that. stop victimizing yourself every time someone argues your opinion.

          • hasawa

            aand you don’t seem to get that i don’t mind if ppl disagree about musical expectations about this upcoming album
            I only have a problem w/ppl losing their shit and starting to insult ppl because of a godamn album cover. Those are the one you should to tell to calm down. It has nothing to do about playng the victim, if i’d start calling you a dumbass or to “shut up” your opinion i guess you’d hit back too, so cut it off please

            • MMM

              the argument was never about the album cover LOL

              • hasawa

                Whatever tho
                just.don’t.insult.ppl.over.opinions
                Is that to much to understand ? jeez…. smh

                • MMM

                  okay, i didn’t disagree with you there but you’re using a blanket statement for 2 overdramatic stans but stay victimizing yourself over a japanese singer’s comeback…

                  • hasawa

                    Girl, you’re the ones being overdramatic….
                    I don’t need you to warrant the way i ‘defend’ myself tho okay? ^^’

    • guest

      flop, ringo is better

      • the_rain

        They have collaborated in one of the track for this album. Eat that.

    • supakawaiigurl89

      gotta buy this! I think the hype is big and strong. and probably many are gonna be underwhelmed, in the end. but I’m just happy she’s releasing smth, I missed her much.

      • Gavin

        I know. I was just happy when Hanataba wo Kimi ni/Manatsu no Toori Ame came out. It’s so long since we’ve heard her voice in a song, well, if you consider Sakura Nagashi as recent. But it’s nice to see her back in the industry again just to see how she will carry herself with the current Jpop trends.

    • about time

      Art album with little English or even loan words? Maybe this will be the opposite of the tryhard mess TITO. Good luck Hikaru!

    • palechibi

      a queen has returned

    • Do-tell

      Yay! Pre-ordering! Black suits her–always has. I honestly don’t care what the cover looks like.
      I just want new music.

    • manjowithane

      The all Japanese tracklisting and the tone of the previous singles feels like an ode to her mother. I hope there are Enka influences on this album to go with how traditional the whole thing has been packaged. Even her hair style is a throwback to Keiko Fuji’s style. I have a feeling this album won’t be commercially (as) successful but will be a work of art. Exodus II.

      • Gavin

        Oh, I didn’t know about the Keiko Fuji’s hairstyle. Maybe this album is both reflective of her experiences as a new mother paired with how she remembers he own mother. This may be interesting.

    • i would laugh if she trolled us with a Sakamoto Maaya Tomodachi cover:

      :’D

      stay away from my daisukina Tomodachi, woman! : O

    • Kimkoko

      It’s happening, I’m not ready !!!! Good God it’s happening, a Queen is back !!!And those shots look super good ! Pre-ordering it for sure !

    • popo123

      The album will most likely have various covers. Y’all know they have a lot of “editions” in japan and they all have different covers.

      • yacchaitai

        “a Regular Edition-only 11-track CD”?

        • popo123

          They might change it in the future. If she’s going to have an MV then they will most likely include a CD+DVD like usual.

          • yacchaitai

            CD+DVD like usual? her albums didn’t come with DVDs, only a few singles.

    • Just Tim

      Just reading at the album title reminds me too much of the concept of “ghosting”.

      UrbanDictionary definition: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ghosting

      “The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. This is done in hopes that the ghostee will just “get the hint” and leave the subject alone, as opposed to the subject simply telling them he/she is no longer interested. Ghosting is not specific to a certain gender and is closely related to the subject’s maturity and communication skills. Many attempt to justify ghosting as a way to cease dating the ghostee without hurting their feelings, but it in fact proves the subject is thinking more of themselves, as ghosting often creates more confusion for the ghostee than if the subject kindly stated how he/she feels.”

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