|Song by Utada Hikaru featuring Nariaki Obukuro|
|from the album Fantôme|
Tomodachi (ともだち, lit. "Friends") is a song recorded by Japanese-American singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru,featuring Nariaki Obukuro from her sixth Japanese studio album, Fantôme (2016). It was written by Utada herself, while its production was done by her, her father Utada Teruzane and her long-time collaborator Miyake Akira. "Tomodachi" is a R&B and bossa nova pop which features both singers singing passionately over a repeated acoustic guitar performed by Tanaka Yoshito. Lyrically, it talks about a gay person who accidentally fell in love with their friend. It was acclaimed by music critics who praised both singer's vocals.
"Tomodachi" was written by Utada, while produced by her and features the vocals by Japanese singer and producer Nariaki Obukuro, who also runs an independent record label, Tokyo Recordings. It was recorded in three studios: RAK Studios (UK), Bunkamura Studio (Japan) and Metropolis Studio (UK). The audio mixing of "Tomodachi" was completed by Steve Fitzmaurice at Pierce Room and the track was eventually mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound.
On September 22, 2016, Utada and Obukuro performed "Tomodachi" on the Japanese television program, Songs with Kris Roche playing the acoustic guitar.
Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.
Utada Hikaru, who is also known as Hikaru Utada and the mononym Utada, is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter and producer. Born in the United States to Japanese parents, record producer Utada Teruzane and enka singer Keiko Fuji, Utada began to write music and lyrics at an early age and often traveled to Tokyo as a result of her father's job. Eventually, a recording contract with Toshiba-EMI was signed and, under the stage name Cubic U, Utada released her English-language debut album Precious in early 1998, but it was a commercial failure. In the following year, heavily influenced by R&B and dance-pop, her Japanese-language debut First Love was released and became an instant success. Backed by the massive success of singles "Automatic", "Time Will Tell", and "Movin' On Without You", the album sold two million copies in its first week in Japan, topped the Oricon charts for six non-consecutive weeks and went on to sell six million more throughout the rest of 1999. First Love eventually became the country's best-selling album of all time.
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