Utada the Best

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Utada the Best
Greatest hits album by Hikaru Utada
Released November 24, 2010 (2010-11-24)
(see release history)
Recorded 2004—2009
Genre R&B, pop
Length 68:39
Language English
Label Universal Music Japan
Compiler Universal Music Japan
Hikaru Utada chronology
This Is the One
(2009)
Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2
Utada the Best
(2010)

Utada the Best is Japanese pop/R&B singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada's first English language compilation album, released on November 24, 2010, the same day as Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2. The album is a "best of" album featuring her more prominent and popular songs from her English career as Utada.

Background[edit]

The album was announced via her Japanese Utada site (www.Utada.jp),[1] without much in way of promoting or officially announcing it. It has also been included in various other sources.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The album is available for sale in Japan only. Utada the Best features both songs from her 2004 album Exodus, and her 2009 album This Is the One, as well as previously-released maxi-CD remixes by various artists. The album features both singles and non-singles from both albums.

The cover of Utada the Best is the same picture for that of her "Exodus '04" single cover.

Utada herself stated that the release of the compilation album is "entirely against [her] will". She also said "I understand that if it doesn't sell I'm the one who will take the hit, but to be honest, I don't want my fans putting down money for something that my heart isn't in."[8] She posted on her official Twitter account: "The release of "Utada the best" is entirely against my will. I wish that my fans won't have to buy it. There's no new material in it."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

The album sold a total of 20,278 copies, peaking at #12 on Oricon charts. This is Utada's overall lowest selling album released in Japan, and is her only album (other than Precious) that did not reach #1 on any chart in Japan.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Come Back to Me" (from This Is the One) Utada, M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen 3:58
2. "Easy Breezy" (from Exodus) Utada 4:03
3. "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI" (from This Is the One) Utada, M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen, Ryuichi Sakamoto 3:49
4. "You Make Me Want to Be a Man" (from Exodus) Utada 4:37
5. "This One (Crying Like a Child)" (from This Is the One) Utada, M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen 4:30
6. "Exodus '04" (from Exodus) Utada, Timbaland 4:32
7. "Apple and Cinnamon" (from This Is the One) Utada, M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen 4:39
8. "Automatic Part II" (from This Is the One) Utada, C. "Tricky" Stewart, S. Hall 3:01
9. "Devil Inside" (from Exodus) Utada 3:58
10. "Kremlin Dusk" (from Exodus) Utada 5:14
11. "Sanctuary (Opening)" (from This Is the One [Bonus Track]) Utada 4:25
12. "Sanctuary (Ending)" (from This Is the One [Bonus Track]) Utada 5:58
13. "Exodus '04 (JJ Flores Double J Radio Mix)" (from Exodus '04 [Single]) Utada, JJ Flores 3:44
14. "Devil Inside (RJD2 Remix)" (from Devil Inside [Single]) Utada, RJD2 4:07
15. "Come Back to Me (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Radio Edit)" (from Come Back to Me [Single]) Utada, M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen 4:33
16. "Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Radio Edit)" (from Dirty Desire [Single]) Utada, Stewart 3:34

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan November 24, 2010 (2010-11-24)[3] CD, digital download
November 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)[10] Rental CD

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