Happy Birthday, Utada: Wake-Up Video

In case you happen to be in Japan today, be sure to blow a kiss to Hikaru Utada, who turns 27 years old today. Not sure who Utada (as she is known professionally) is? She's one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and has been described as "the Japanese Britney Spears." She has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, and though she hasn't yet fully penetrated the American pop market, she is familiar to anybody who has played the PlayStation game "Kingdom Hearts 2." The song "Sanctuary," as blissful a tune as pop can get, plays during the opening montage in the game (which tells the story of the first "Kingdom Hearts").

In 2009, Utada made her boldest entry into the American music world yet when she dropped This is the One, her third English album and eighth overall. It's a collection of rugged tunes that mix Japanese dance music, sharp
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