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Hikaru Utada releasing vinyl version of all albums; pop-up store opening in Shibuya

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Last weekend Hikaru Utada thrilled fans by performing for the first time at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. Up next is the surprising appearance of a Hikaru Utada pop-up store in Tokyo.

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The Hikaru Utada Vinyl Pop-Up Shop will open this week and, true to its name, will be offering vinyl record versions of all eight of the singer’s albums. Though the first three, "First Love," "Distance" and "Deep River" saw vinyl release in March, the opening of the pop-up store coincides with new vinyl versions of "Ultra Blue," "Heart Station," "Fantome," "Hatsukoi" and even her newest album "Bad Mode," which just came out in digital and CD versions in January.

The Tower Records branch in Tokyo’s Shibuya district will host the pop-up store, with its sixth floor serving as the venue, with the vinyl albums are priced at 5,093 yen each. The outfit worn by Utada in the “Bad Mode” music video will also be on display.

In addition, after closing time in the store every night from April 27 to May 1 the Utada Hikaru Mix streaming DJ event will take place, featuring a different DJ and album each night, starting with Taku Takahashi of landmark Japanese hop hop group M-Flo. Each night’s session will be viewable through the official Hikaru Utada staff Instagram account here nightly at 11 p.m.

● April 27: Taku Takahashi

● April 28: TJO

● April 29: Yukibeb

● April 30: DJ Yanatake

● May 1: YonYon

The Hikaru Utada Vinyl Pop-Up Shop will be open from April 26 to May 2.

Related: Tower Records Shibuya

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Not very SDGs.

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Her songs and all Pop, Hiphop and some rock genre aren't for Vinyl.

Vinyl is for Psychedelic rock, Jazz rock and classic retro pop.

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5092 yen a pop deflates any sense of excitement about this.

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The revival of vinyl certainly doesn’t come cheap. But then you should see some of the prices vintage vinyl is getting - I’ve got three LPs from the late 60s-early 70s that are worth about $3,000 between them on a good day. You never know, one day one of Hikaru Utada’s vinyl albums might be worth that much.

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BigYenToday  09:24 pm JST

The revival of vinyl certainly doesn’t come cheap. But then you should see some of the prices vintage vinyl is getting - I’ve got three LPs from the late 60s-early 70s that are worth about $3,000 between them on a good day. You never know, one day one of Hikaru Utada’s vinyl albums might be worth that much.

A little bit of an over-exaggeration eh?

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> SpeedToday  05:39 pm JST

5092 yen a pop deflates any sense of excitement about this.

Yowch.

BackpackingNepalToday  04:56 pm JST

Her songs and all Pop, Hiphop and some rock genre aren't for Vinyl.

Vinyl is for Psychedelic rock, Jazz rock and classic retro pop.

vinyl - splashed up, half-speed , yeah yeah yeah.

It's like when I remember when the CD format came out and it got less expensive in the late 80s. The article described how you can get the latest Debbie Gibson in various formats and then the last sentence of the article said, 'Who would even want to own or listen to this bland insipid pop in ANY format whatsoever?'.

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'*Who would even want to own or listen to this bland insipid pop in ANY format whatsoever?'***.**

Quite a few it would seem.

By the end of the 2000s, Utada was deemed "the most influential artist of the decade" in the Japanese music landscape by The Japan Times. Commercial success has made her one of Japan's top-selling recording artists of all time with over 50 million records sold since launching her career in the late 1990s

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painkiller:

Seriously not an exaggeration. Two rare bootlegs by Floyd and Dylan plus an obscure British folk rock band who’ve become incomprehensibly popular among collectors. Based on actual eBay results.

Sorry, you’re right - I’m talking Australian dollars. About $1.50 US then.

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Minidiscs were the best format. You can still buy them used on Yahoo Auctions or Ebay, Discogs etc. and typically they aren't scratched up or broken like Vinyl, CDs, or cassette tapes. Thats where I'm putting my money.

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bass4funkToday  01:20 am JST

*'*Who would even want to own or listen to this bland insipid pop in ANY format whatsoever?'***.***

Quite a few it would seem.

I also remember all the godawful crap from Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Limp Bizkit, 98 Degrees and the 'Touched By an Angel' soundtracks that dominated the late 90s-00s era too. Now the used CD racks are stacked up with this junk, marked down.

They all sold 10 zillion copies each and now nobody wants to remember. Sales don't necessarily mean something is good.

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