Utada Hikaru Wins The 9th CD Shop Awards 2017

Today, Utada Hikaru was announced as the Grand Prize winner of The 9th CD Shop Awards 2017 for her album “Fantôme.” The album was chosen from seven final nominees that were selected by record store staff from across Japan. Aimer’s “daydream” given runner-up prize. Utada did not attend the ceremony.

Check out the full list of winners below!

Grand Prize

Utada Hikaru – Fantôme

Runner-Up Prize

Aimer – daydream

Western Music Award

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Maestro Award

Yumi Matsutoya – Uchuu Toshokan

Live Award


Classical Award

Sorita Kyohei – Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Jazz Award

WONK – Sphere

Enka Award

Yamauchi Keisuke – Ruten no Hatoba

Revisited Award


Special Award


Special Achievement Award


Finalist Award

[Alexandros] – EXIST!

D.A.N. – D.A.N.

never young beach – fam fam

My Hair is Bad – woman’s

RADWIMPS – Kimi no Na wa.


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  • Comments

    • honey girl

      What type of queen! I think this award (and recent radio gigs) gave her a boost in sales since it was #8 today.

    • Hikki! 👑 Congrats to all! *Yamauchi Keisuke look like an idol* 👀

    • Ash

      Ah, nostalgia, it’s a powerful ally. In the end though, something has to be said about the value of an award if the receiver of the main one can’t even be bothered coming to pick it up.

      • honey girl

        Her sending them a pre-recorded message in the same outfit that she wore when she gave her acceptance speech (which was also pre-recorded) for her Space Shower award is what gets me. XD

    • Utada Hikaru

      Could someone tell me the full list if nominees for each category?
      It’s difficult to get to know other Japanese acts well, specially if you don’t know Japanese and love Enka music. Plus only being able to listen to full version of songs through Jpopsuki doesn’t really help…
      It would actually be great if there was a weekly (or once every two weeks) or a monthly article talking about most of the albums released – from well-known artists, idols, indie acts, …
      coolsound.jp isn’t good enough.

      The album is beautiful. It’s understandable if people think other albums/artists were better and should have won instead.
      In my opinion as someone who only got to know Utada Hikaru during her hiatus (I didn’t even know she was the one who sang the Kingdom Hearts theme songs until I listened to both songs a couple times), and I did have the opportunity to listen to all her albums and get to know the story behind some songs, I think “Fantôme” is a truly beautiful album. Even the songs I liked the least amazed me after reading the lyrics. Some may say it’s all about nostalgia, but the way she sings about such specific, somewhat dark and normally not well-received by the public topics in a very clever way with memorable instrumental (not to mention the beautifully produced music videos) are reason enough to be applauded for.
      Considering how much she criticizes the “current” music industry, it doesn’t surprise me she wasn’t there on the show.

      I can only talk about music I’ve listened to, of course, plus like I mentioned I don’t know who were the other nominees or if there were other artists’ works that should have been featured instead, but Utada Hikaru’s “Fantôme” is an excellent album. Let’s be greatful Japanese music is so diverse to the point many have such different opinions.

      • The only category with a full released list is the top prize.

      • coollestsound

        It is coollestsound.jp , if anyone is interested.

    • Abeer Qasim Hamza

      Hiikaru is an ugly, overweight bish – sings like retard, loved by
      retards and human fails – weaboos – she is a crime against decency for
      crowding out better artists.

      The worst thing about her? The white-worship and self-hating love for the White Man. ‘I’m Japanesey’ and ‘I Love you long time’ anyone? Flthy fat bish.

      • Thomas


      • hasawa

        lmao omg
        dude, you’re going to have a lot of trouble for daring to say that… *grabs popcorn*

      • LMAO! Ouch!

      • Vengeance

        O I see you used the r-word congrats!

        • Usman M

          Retard is a pure pejorative only for absolute idiots. It no longer has anything to do with the mentally ‘ill’. Just like moron, which also originated as a pejorative for mentally ‘ill’ people, no longer has any such connotation at all.

          Only for idiots and rednecks who actually call the mentally different such words does that meaning still.exist, but I frankly don’t give a damn about white trash who elected Trump and how they use language. Nothing to do with me.

          • Vengeance

            Lol at you trying to defend your ableism ass. Not going to happen.

            “When is it okay to use the r-word? No matter the social context or the medical setting, the answer is always the same: never.”

            WORDS DO HURT! And when you pepper your speak with “retard” and “retarded,” you are spreading hurt.” – John C. McGinley, actor and star of the hit TV show “Scrubs”

            The R-word is OFFENSIVE
            “The word retard is considered hate speech because it offends people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as the people that care for and support them. It alienates and excludes them. It also emphasizes the negative stereotypes surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; ”

            Now it’s your choice to continu to be an ass.

            • Abeer Qasim Hamza


              I give a logical explanation why ‘retard’, like ‘moron’, is no lomnger a pejorative associated with mentally ill people.

              And this white bastard, this condescending white pig of a sow, comes back with….quotations.

              Quotations from White fuckers like this white pig filth whom this white faggot demands I bow down to.

              Burn in hell, faggot. The same hell your fuckpig White Man Marines who killed Abeer Qasim Hamza and raped her while slaughtering her family, after making them watch, are headed for.

              • Vengeance

                And then you also use the f-word. What bullshit are you going to use to defend that? :-)

                And what’s up with the derailing of your comment? Unable to respond?

                • Abeer Qasim Hamza

                  Aaaaaand you actually think of that empty garbage as a response, you white fucking dog.

                  I used the f-word?

                  Awwww, white fuckpig subhumans like you rape 14 year old Abler Qasim Hamza while making her family watch, then kill.jer family while making her watch while she is being raped, then blow her head off.

                  And whitefucks like you don’t give a fuck. For pigs like them and like you, the word fucker was fucking invented.

                  You’re an arrogant white dog whining about words and the lecturing like the fatass fucking White Master you think you are. Fuck you right into the bowels of hell. Why don’t you be a nice brave white fucker now, and go punch a pregnant Hijabi and ripoff her Hijab whilst telling her you doing it for her FREEEEHDUM!

                  • Vengeance

                    I’m suprised your head hasn’t exploded with how angry you are.

                    • Abeer Qasim Hamza

                      Yet another whiteboy worthless retort.

                      ‘You’re so angry’, the white man told the Indians mutineering before slaughtering them and their fams with the support of Charles Dickens.

                      ‘You’re so angry’ said the Dutch to Indonesians forming Hizbullah to fight for freedom (with Japanese funding) from 4 centuries of Dutch colonialist rape, after having brutally massacred and slaughtered anyone who dared stand up for freedom for 4 centuries.

                      ‘You’re so angry’ said the white man to the Indigenous peoples of America and Canada and South America when they protested their genocide.

                      ‘You’re so angry’, said the white man to the people of Iraq protesting being slaughtered and raped, little boys included, in Abu Ghuraib and others prisons, and tortured beyond belief – and creating something as evil as only the purest hate arising from the insanity caused by being murdered and raped by the self-righteos White Fucker can create – ISIS.

                      And they and the Russian white fucks kill us every day with – bullets and cluster bombs thst explode the heads of innocent Syrians! And then this white fuck wants to talk about ‘exploding heads’!

                      You rotten, filthy, evil hypocrite. Next you’ll be telling me to.go and behead someone harharhar – completely ignoring thst 90%not repatriated Japanese remains from World War 2 are missing their heads. Why?

                      Because American fucking dog ‘soldiers’ would.piss in their mouths, behead them, boil the skulls and send them home to.wifey to display on the mantelpiece – along with a letter opener shaved from the EVIL JAP’S forearm.

                      Let’s hear you talk about exploding heads a little more, and beheading too!

    • hasawa

      Ajikun winning an award for a re-recorded album (Sol-fa) bothers me though since i think ‘rearrangement’ (and not remix) of old songs is not that endearing to reward it with some kind of price
      Also while this album was an absolute gem i can’t help but think this ‘consecration’ may push other artist to milk their former glory with this kind of lazy ass move

      • Do you not like there there is a “Revisited Award” at all?

        • hasawa

          No i dont mind about the category itself, it’s just that i expected i would reward more relevant act like actual remix , cover or ballad album, and not just a re-edited version with few rearrangements…
          Besides, considering an actual cover album of Ajikun has recently been released i find pretty ironic this is this Sol-fa bis that gets rewarded

    • I enjoy posts like these. JASRAC clamping down on certain websites makes it harder to keep up with what’s going on, so it’s always cool when I can discover something new. Wonk’s album sounds like it most definitely deserves a listen, and I’ll probably check out Ruten no Hatoba too.

    • gerol

      Congratulations to all!