Utada Hikaru Releases 'Simple & Clean' Remix Package, Will Return for 'Kingdom Hearts 3′ Theme
publish date: 2017-01-10
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.