Deep River (Utada Hikaru album)

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Deep River
Studio album by Utada Hikaru
Released June 19, 2002
Recorded 2001–2002
Length 54:54
Label Toshiba-EMI
Utada Hikaru chronology
Deep River
Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 1
Singles from Deep River
  1. "Final Distance"
    Released: July 25, 2001
  2. "Traveling"
    Released: November 28, 2001
  3. "Hikari"
    Released: March 20, 2002
  4. "Sakura Drops / Letters"
    Released: May 9, 2002

Deep River is the third studio album (fourth overall) released by Japanese singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru, released in June 19, 2002. It sold just over 2.35 million copies in its first week of release[1], charting at #1 on the weekly, monthly and yearly Oricon charts. Deep River is ranked as Japan's 5th highest album in debut sales, and 8th in the all-time album sales in Japan.[2]

The final track, "Hikari", would be her first single to reach #1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart three times, and the Japanese version of the theme song for Square Enix's RPG video game, Kingdom Hearts. The English version, "Simple and Clean", (released in her COLORS single), also accompanied promotion of Kingdom Hearts in overseas versions. The album was cited by many fans and critics as Utada's most acclaimed work, as well as achieving the Triple Crown at the 17th Golden Disc Awards in Japan.[3]

According to IFPI, the album is listed at #18 on the Top 50 Global Best Selling Albums for 2002.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Utada Hikaru.

1."Sakura Drops (SAKURAドロップス, Sakura Doroppusu)"4:58
3."Shiawase ni Narō (幸せになろう, Let's Be Happy)"4:46
4."Deep River"4:37
6."Play Ball (プレイ・ボール, Purei Bōru)"4:14
7."Tokyo Nights (東京NIGHTS)"4:43
9."Uso Mitai na I Love You (嘘みたいな I Love You, The Dubious I Love You)"4:49
10."Final Distance"5:38
11."Bridge (Interlude)"1:09
12."Hikari (, Light)"5:02

All songs were arranged by Kei Kawano and Utada Hikaru, except for the following:

  • 1. "Sakura Drops" – arrangement: Utada Hikaru and Kei Kawano (the order of the name was changed)
  • 7. "Tokyo NIGHTS" – with string arrangement: Kei Kawano
  • 8. "A.S.A.P." – arrangement: Yuichiro Honda, additional rhythm track arrangement: Kei Kawano and Utada Hikaru
  • 10. "Final Distance" – with string arrangement: Neko Saito


Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
July 25, 2001 "Final Distance" 2 13 582,120
November 28, 2001 "Traveling" 1 21 856,140
March 20, 2002 "Hikari" 1 13 598,130
May 9, 2002 "Sakura Drops / Letters" 1 10 686,720


Deep RiverOricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak position Debut sales Sales total Chart run
June 19, 2002 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
June 19, 2002 Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 2,350,170 3,605,000 56
June 19, 2002 Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 1