J-pop singer Utada Hikaru has announced on her blog that she’ll be going on hiatus starting next year. She does plan to release a full-length album consisting of her more recent singles before she departs, but as she takes note to emphasize, this will not be a retirement announcement or even a break. Based on what she wrote, she’s looking to mature as an artist and once she feels recharged, it’ll be full steam ahead.
What she doesn’t say is how long this hiatus will last because she hints it could range from 2 years to as long as 5 years. It has been 12 years since she debuted and has been working almost non-stop this entire time.