Hikaru Utada rocks Coachella with Kingdom Hearts theme ‘Simple and Clean’

Marc Griffin
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Hikaru Utada, the world-renowned artist behind one of the biggest Kingdom Hearts’ tracks, performed at the iconic festival.

Kingdom Hearts IV took the internet by surprise when Square Enix dropped a trailer for the forthcoming game on April 10, 2022. Serving as a follow-up to the third installment in the series, fans of the Disney/Square crossover franchise were ecstatic to see the return of Sora, Donald, and Goofy as they continue where the narrative last ended.

Aside from the complex story and their lovable characters, Kingdom Hearts has also become a fan-favorite for its OST, most notable the contributions made by Hikaru Utada.

And, with a surprise Coachella performance from the singer as mentioned above, the Kingdom Hearts fandom was treated again.

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Utada Hikaru recently released an album this year entitled BADモード.

Hikaru Utada performs at Coachella

Performing on April 17, 2022, at the iconic Coachella Festival for the first time, Hikaru Utada brought the Kingdom Hearts flare to the desert. They blessed the crowd with a rendition of Simple and Clean from Kingdom Hearts 1.

In an almost angelic performance, the singer effortlessly belted out the catchy song; the smoke and wind worked together to create an ethereal moment truly.

Audience members in the video posted by Kinda Funny Games co-founder Tim Gettys can be seen pleased by the performance as the cheers become deafening as she makes her through the tune.

It’s incredible to see Utada being invited to a stage as larger than life as the Coachella Music Festival, especially because they have amassed so many fans that transcend video games throughout their long career.

But Simple and Clean isn’t the only song they sang while they were at Coachella. While there, the Japanese singers also took the time to perform their first singles, “Automatic” and “First Love,” – which came out back in 1998.

With Kingdom Hearts 4 on the horizon, it’ll be interesting to see where Utada takes the theme song for the next arc in the franchise. We can hardly wait.

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