Utada enters Top 100 on U.S. Billboard charts
Hikaru Utada’s second English album, “This Is The One,” finally hit U.S. stores last week. Already doing well in Japan, the album also proved successful in America, achieving #69 on the Billboard album charts. This makes her just the 7th artist from Japan to enter the chart’s top 100.
The last Japanese artist to break the top 100 was in 1986, when rock band Loudness ranked #64 with “Lightning Strikes.” The first was Kyu Sakamoto in 1963, followed by Isao Tomita, Tsutomu Yamashita, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Yoko Ono, and finally Loudness.