Japan’s former top female singer Utada Hikaru has officially retired from the music industry. In her blog, Utada said she needed some personal time:
“I don’t know when will I be back, maybe two or five years. But I am certain that I will be back when I’m more mature,” she wrote. The star is expected to release her compilation album in autumn. Utada, 28, is a Japanese-American singer, song writer and producer, who became popular after she released her debut album First Love in 1999.
The album was the best-selling album in the Japanese music chart Oricon. In 2009, she was considered “the most influential artist of the decade,” in Japan. A major in part of her success is the widely popular game Kingdom Hearts to which she sang the official soundtrack songs.
The singer explained that she has been in the music world for 15 years, but now wants to grow as a person, and do not know if or when she will return.