Singer/songwriter Utada Hikaru, 33, has revealed the title of her upcoming album scheduled for release on Sept 28: “Fantôme” (meaning “apparition” or “a presence” in French). It will be her first album in 8 1/2 years.
Aside from the previously released tracks “Hanataba wo Kimi ni”, “Manatsu no Tooriame” and “Sakura Nagashi,” the new album will feature a total of eight new songs making it an 11-track CD.
Furthermore, the album cover and artist photos have also been released to the public. Both promotional images have been shot by French photographer Julien Mignot. Praised for his avant-garde photos that possess a unique atmosphere, Mignot is known for his photos of worldwide celebrities.
Utada is also a fan of Mignot’s work and personally offered him the job as her photographer for the upcoming album. Mignot has since commented, “I am very happy to have been in charge of the jacket cover for this album. Although the photo shoot ended up finishing late at night, thanks to everyone's wonderful support, we were able to have a great shoot.”
Since 2010, Utada had been on a hiatus. In 2014, she surprised many fans by announcing her marriage to an Italian man eight years her junior. In 2015, the Japanese pop star announced the birth of her first child, a baby boy.© Japan Today