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Ayumi Hamasaki vs Utada Hikaru
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Posted 1/31/07 , edited 4/13/08
UTADA HIKARU. Both have great voices but I still prefer Utada's. I'd be a hypocrite if I say that I don't like Hamasaki's songs but her songs just don't stick with me as much as Utada's do.

I'd like to point out as well an err on anim4niac's side, saying that Utada's only claim to fame was when she sang the Kingdom Hearts theme song. True most of the gamers I know would only recognize Utada through the Kingdom Hearts song "Hikari" but even before the release of the game she had already been well known for her hit single "Automatic" and had hit #1 on the Oricon with her single "Movin' on Without You".
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I'm not particularly a fan of either, because I feel like Utada overuses synthesizers (sp for sure!) in her music; but I can, aboslutely CANNOT stand Ayumi Hamasaki. I just hate her >____> (no offence Ayumi fans of course!).
So my vote is for Utada.
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hmmm... i've only listened to ayu until now and i'm currently listening to utada for the first time (i was bored and felt like posting something somewhere)
i like ayu loads but i think her voice is very flat a lot of the time. (anybody heard Moments?) utada's voice is sooo pretty and wavy. so far i've listened to only a few but i like them all!!
hmmm... i'd say atm utada's better, then again that could be just because i get bored of things easily and i need something new...
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I'm really surprised with these results. I would have thought with Ayumi's star power and elegance she would have been the winner but, wow, am I surprised.
Personally I love Ayu, she is the greatest singer in history for me. And when insane_killer_bunny said:
"...i like ayu loads but i think her voice is very flat a lot of the time. (anybody heard Moments?...)" I was very surprised. Have you heard Bold & Delicious, no flats there, or in Pride, SURREAL., or is this LOVE?. You really have to listen to her to get her rythm. Hikki is also one of my faves, I love Traveling and Time Limit the most.

Although none of these stars got me into JMusic (Aya Ueto did) I love them both. Hikki's music IS westernized, which is what I wanted to get away from, hence me listening to Ayu and other JMusic artists.

Conclusion: Ayu wins, I'm sorry Hikki, but she's gotta get my vote. (LOVEayu)
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Hmmm I guess its like this (if I'm outa line then you can flame me all you want) you know how there are those that can't discern like particular looks because of their race? example: alot of people can't decifer a Japanese person to a Chinese person. Unless you've hung around both its hard to tell (and yes I can find the difference and I bet a lot of you in this sit can too). For those of us that has just gotten into the (hmmm) asian pop music craze, its hard for us to tell the difference in the voices til we've heard it for a while longer. So its really not that surprising for a lot of people not be able to tell the difference between jpop singers unless they see them. If I'm wrong then I'm wrong. That being said I still vote for Hikaru
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Hikki all the way. She was my favorite singer since i can remember and still is~! =]

Ayu has a really nasal defined voice a lot of the times and that annoys me T__T, but no doubt when she does sing, she has a great voice.

Hikki...don't get me started, I can go on and on admiring her skills. Her voice has always had a power to it even when she was sing her softer songs like First Love. =] You can hear her voice progress amazingly from the little japanese girl voice to the amazing powerful japanese girl voice that she has. Not many japanese female artists that I hear can sing like Utada and have that range. She also can speak English which makes me mucho happy. =]

Go Hikki~! =]
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Posted 2/1/07 , edited 4/13/08
*whip cracks* yes ma'am! (although I think ya'll aready know my vote)
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Personally, I believe that a lot of American listeners prefer Hikki because she's familiar. Maybe not Hikki herself, but definitely the style of her songs and the way her voice sounds. Because she's very western-ish (I know that's not a real word) it tends to stick better with western listeners. Now, please don't get me wrong. I love Utada-san's music. Really, I do. But, it's not Utada I hum while I'm working or driving. It's Ayu and all of her wonderful music that ends up stuck in my head. Ayu has an unmistakeable (did I spell that right? It looks wrong....) look and voice whereas Hikki (in my own humble opinion) tends to blend in with the menagerie of western pop singers and "westerized" Japanese artists. And then, there are Ayu songs like "Evolution" that have such great lyrics and meaning and her vocals make the words seem to flow within the river that the melodies create. On the other hand, Hikki used the phrase "I'm Japanesey".....I can't let that slide. =( Now, Utada does have her moments. Example: Hikari. Wonderful song with great lyrics and a beautiful voice to make them work. The video for that song was kinda' crappy, but I can let that go. I love the work of both artists, but, taking a look at all the music that both artists have created, Ayu's achievements (again, this is just the opinion of a guy who has only been listening to Japanese music for about 4 years now) definitely outnumber Hikki's. So, my vote still goes for the unique, beautiful, and powerful vocals of Ayumi Hamasaki. She is, and always will be, one of my all-star choices. I mean....if there ever was an All-Star vote for Japanese Artists.

-Richard
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I will not knock ayu, because she is an awsome singer. And I will acknowledge that she is one of the few (at least what I consider) leading women in modern japanese music today. Hell her record sales are phenomenal at worst. She doesn't "go by the rules" when it comes to her music (she even forgets the lyrics every once in a blue moon and everyone still loves her for it). And personality wise, hell shes as goofy as the next guy and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. That being said, Hikaru is doing the same thing. What I mean is look at utada and her little live concerts, her interviews, hell the way she writes up her songs. She not your standard singer (not saying that ayu is). Everyone says Hikaru's music is westernized, but in all honesty I don't really think it is. Think about it, where does her roots lie? her mom was a traditional japanese singer, her father was (is?) a japanese produccer. Listen to her music and listen to tradititonal japanese music, not exactly the same, but it still has that same...dark (and I use the term very loosely) sorta feel to it you know? Don't get me wrong I love ayu's music, hell I really can't see anyone getting irritated with her music at all. But for me, Hikaru (I refuse to call her hiki. sounds like something puppy dog lovers like to give each other on the neck) has that voice thats so powerful, I can't help but love it. I think its the same for other Hikaru fans also.

Hmm I might have to rephrase my earlier statement. Not all of Hikaru's music is westernized. In fact, some of them were meant to be westernized. After all "Exodus" was meant for U.S listeners. If you think about it you really can't compare her songs like "Easy Breezy" to songs like (and this is purely off the top of my head) "Trauma" or "Pray". These songs are aimed at different...cultures (I guess that the best word for it). If you wanna go comparing songs, compare some of her older songs like "Colors" or "Traveling". You can't tell me these songs are westernized at all. (so she uses some english words in her songs. boo effing hoo. English words do not make a song westernied) As for the argument on who has the "unique" voice, hell everyone and their moma's have a unique voice or a unique way of singing (in some way shape or form). In that regard not a one of 'em is "unique" but they are both very different. I love ayu as a singer, really I do, but I love Hikaru and her more down to earth way of singing (not to say I don't like her more upbeat songs, I think they're awsome) even more.

-Danny
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Posted 2/1/07 , edited 4/13/08

Kelzhal wrote:

As for the argument on who has the "unique" voice, hell everyone and their moma's have a unique voice or a unique way of singing (in some way shape or form).


I'll disagree with you here. And I don't mean to get off topic, but I would like to reference all of the "Cookie Cutter" american bands. 9 out of every 10 american band that comes out these days has no originality and is simply trying to play off of someone else's ideas. OK. Back to the topic at hand now. Sorry, Coco.
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I'll have to agree for the most part with what you said rr, but read just a little bit more and you'll see that I said that they are not unique. Yes a lot of the american bands do "piggy-back" on other people, but its not exactly the same, they are different in some way. Different but not unique. I guess I shoulda worded that a lot better huh? Oops totaly outa subject...Gomen coco-chan
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!

wow. then i must be the first to say that AYU wins for me hands down. i can't stand hikaru's music. i mean i admit, she's good. but just not my cup of joe. i absolutely LOVE ayu's unique voice and how she has that fascinating vibrato when she sings. ayu's songs are much more musical to my ears as opposed to hikaru's r&b tonal modulations. i feel like there's no main tune... but she has very good pitch. i do give her that.


your not the first! lol and here i thought everyone was against me
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I'm with you as well, Kawaiichik. All Ayu fans....UNITE!
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After reading everyone's comments i think iv'e come to a new conclusion...
I don't think Utada is terribly westernised or that say Ayu is indistinguishable, in fact i think what sets the both of them apart is an amazing ability to diverge from musical standards. Ayu's simple, yet powerfull and poetic lyrics are in a class of there own, and Utadas melodies are in most cases completely unpredictable. "Seasons" and "Keep Tryin'" are good examples for this i think...
Therefore if we are simply talking musically, then i can't put one ahead of the other. The reason i choose Ayu is cause i find her slightly more charismatic, and to put it simply, she does more. With constant releases, performances, magazine articles and live concerts i never find myself bored However it seems these days we're lucky if we get a new song from utada every 6 months...
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Ayumi gets my vote I think she is really good and i love her songs ^^
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