Utada Hikaru’s Japanese catalog is finally available on Spotify

Last year in December it was announced that Utada Hikaru‘s music catalog would be available on popular streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify. Her discography was available right away for Apple Music, Spotify would be receiving her music a month later on January 8th, today!

The good news is that the majority of her Japanese discography is included, all six of her studio albums starting from FIRST LOVE to Fantome are ready for streaming. However, her singles from 2017 are missing for now. The bad news is that streaming for her music is currently unavailable for Spotify customers living in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico).

Japan has slowly been more receiving of streaming music, with many companies starting their own service like LINE’s Line Music and Avex’s AWA. Just like YouTube, it seems the future will be an on-going battle for having their media be accessible to fans living outside of Japan; But overall it is a step in the right direction.

Utada is currently in the studio finishing work on her untitled 7th Japanese studio album due out later this year.

(image via dan.harry)

  • Comments

    • shiryukun

      Her Japanese discography under Universal is fully avaiable in Brazil now in Spotify, Deezer etc, but Exodus is her only English album avaiable here, it lacks This Is The One. Mess. Her team needs to fix it, but they act like they don’t care much about international audiences, differently from Hikki herself…

      I believe her Sony Music stuff will be avaiable just after the new album release, probably her team will pull an Adele or Taylor and delay the streaming to increase album sales.

      • ThereIsNoCake

        her english albums are available in Spotify under the name “Utada”

        buy me a drink as thanks :D

        • shiryukun

          This is The One isn’t avaiable in Brazil. Only in USA and maybe Japan.

    • Totokoko

      “The bad news is that streaming for her music is currently unavailable for Spotify customers living in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico).”

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bdc9cd71a1e0b73aee33f8247fb503200c2da24090e5988a29e744457be9127.gif

      • blackandwhiteohana

        Just another example of how the old men of Japanese music studios need to retire or pass on, in order for Jpop to get anywhere near the success of Hallyu, Psy Gangnam Style k-pop or even Jamaican Folk Ska music.

    • Guest

      lmao @ people claiming streaming was not mainstream in Japan like 2 months ago. and now we have Utada Hikaru catalog available.

      • starlightshimmers

        Streaming isn’t mainstream in Japan though, like the vast majority of Japanese music isn’t available for streaming anywhere. I can’t share most of my J-pop song collection with people because its not streamed anywhere.

    • Dayse

      I´m so happy! Just found out that and went to rant on twitter. HELL YAAAAAS!!!!!!!!!!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2bd5371d036d3c75a74e6c3c0d6f5d16edc6a8a6c4e9891803b8fe027e47b82e.gif

    • vragile

      It’s not available in Sweden either… I cry

    • I can’t find my favorite song “桜流し”. I live in the US.

      • Bobson Dugnutt

        Unfortunately, her catalog is not available for people in the US.

    • “The bad news is that streaming for her music is currently unavailable for Spotify customers living in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico).”

      http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2012/12/unfair.gif

    • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

      yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

    • DT

      It’s also available on Google Play Music, for anyone that uses that, US included.

    • Bobson Dugnutt

      “The bad news is that streaming for her music is currently unavailable for Spotify customers living in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico).”

      Welp I guess it’s still itunes for me

      • blackandwhiteohana

        itunes?! R U kidding me? I’ll stick to KAT.

    • Maknae

      Thank the heavens! I just spent the entire day listening to her singles, everything is there <3 Can't wait for the next album this year.

    • Jasmine Maris

      Finally!!! Hope Namie’s whole records will be available too!

      • blackandwhiteohana

        Don’t hold your breath. Japan music labels, much like Toyota Mirai, probably will stream her after she’s dead…