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[Event Report] Hikaru Utada promotes 'Bad Mode' album with online concert at Air Studios

Written by: Nicole Castro and Gabriel Castillo

Published on: January 26, 2022 at 17:07 PHT (GMT+8)

Viral Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada delighted fans with a live online concert last Jan. 19, 2022 to promote her eighth studio album Bad Mode.

The concert, called Hikaru Utada Live Sessions from Air Studios, coincided with the singer's 39th birthday.

The online concert was recorded at the legendary Air Studios in London with a group of renowned musicians led by bassist Jodi Milliner, the band master for their tour in 2018.

Hikaru Utada from Air Studios | PHOTO COURTESY: Sony Music Entertainment Japan & Philippines

Utada and her band performed a total of 11 songs comprising tracks from the Bad Mode album plus the songs Hotel Lobby and About Me from her 2004 debut album Exodus.

Below is the concert setlist in the order they were performed:


  2. One Last Kiss (theme song for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time)

  3. Kimi ni Muchuu (main theme for TBS Friday Night Drama Saiai)

  4. Darenimo Iwanai (SUNTORY Tennensui CM Song)

  5. Find Love (featured in Shiseido's Global Campaign "POWER IS YOU")

  6. Time (main theme for NTV Sunday Drama Bishoku Tantei Akechi Goro)

  7. PINK BLOOD (main theme for anime series To Your Eternity)

  8. Face My Fears (English Version) (opening theme for action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts Ⅲ)

  9. Hotel Lobby

  10. Beautiful World (Da Capo Version) (theme song for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time)

  11. About Me

The video was directed by David Barnard, whose filmography includes Radiohead's In Rainbows - From Basement and Eric Clapton's LOCKDOWN SESSIONS.

David Barnard | PHOTO COURTESY: Sony Music Entertainment Japan & Philippines

The concert was made available from Jan. 19 to 23, 2022 on several online live streaming services such as Streaming+, Stagecrowd, and Bilibili.

Approximately 50,000 viewers from all over the world attended the event. It