Utada Hikaru Releases ‘Simple & Clean’ Remix Package, Will Return for ‘Kingdom Hearts 3′ Theme
Following a nearly decade-long hiatus from the Japanese music scene, Utada Hikaru continues to dominate the charts in Japan with her 2016 studio album Fantôme, still hovering in the Top 3 on Oricon's Weekly Album Chart three months after its release. (Evidently, more than a few people are happy about her return.)
At the same time, Hikki and Square Enix have decided to fulfill some major gaming nerd fantasies with a shiny new remix package of her Kingdom Hearts classic, "Simple & Clean" ("Hikari") this week on iTunes worldwide — 15 years (!) after the first installment's release in 2002. The remixes also serve as the theme song(s) for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, due out for PlayStation 4 this week in Japan, and later this month worldwide.
For fans who've grown a little tired of the same song being recycled for yet another installment of the game, fear not: Utada's returning for the eternally awaited Kingdom Hearts III.
Right before Christmas, Utada's father Teruzane casually tweeted in response to a fan asking for confirmation of Utada's involvement in Kingdom Hearts III: "We'll do it. Actually we have already started. Sorry for keeping you waiting." So that settles it!
In the meantime, listen to the Ray of Hope and P remixes of "Simple & Clean" and "Hikari" below.
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