After nearly 2 decades with EMI Records, Utada Hikaru will be transferring to Sony Music Japan on March 1.
In a blog post on her official website, Hikaru explained that after coming back from a lengthy hiatus, she had reached a turning point in her career. With her contract with Universal Music Japan expiring, the singer decided it was time for a fresh start.
"Since I debuted with EMI Records, I have been thankful for everyone who has supported me through my activities," she said, acknowledging the work the label's staff has put in through her career.
Hikaru first debut with EMI Records in 1998 when the label was still an independent company. In 2013, while Hikaru was still on hiatus, the label was absorbed by Universal Music, thereby making her a part of the company as well.
Sony Music Japan has announced that Hikaru will be a part of its sub-label Epic Records Japan. She joins other notable artists such as SCANDAL, Yuya Matsushita and Angela Aki on the label.
In its announcement, Sony Music Japan stated that it plans on revealing new music from Utada Hikaru within the year. The singer is already known to be working on new music for the upcoming video game "Kingdom Hearts 3".