Hikaru Utada Scores First Hot 100 Hit With Skrillex Collaboration 'Face My Fears'
The track also launches at No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales.
Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada makes her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, as her single "Face My Fears," with Skrillex, debuts at No. 98 (on the chart dated Feb. 2).
The track, which was produced by Skrillex and dance producer/singer Poo Bear and released Jan. 18, serves as the opening theme for the video game Kingdom Hearts III, which was released Jan. 29.
Utada is one of the top Japanese artists of all time and boasts a notable history on Billboard's U.S.-based charts. She's landed a pair of solo albums on the Billboard 200: Exodus in 2004 (No. 160 peak) and This Is the One in 2009 (No. 69). She earned her first No. 1 on the World Albums chart in 2016 with her Japanese-language LP Fantôme.
She's also earned four Dance Club Songs hits: "Devil Inside," which spent a week at No. 1 in 2004, "Exodus '04" (No. 24 in 2005), "Come Back to Me" (No. 5 in 2009) and "Dirty Desire" (No. 16 in 2010).
"Face My Fears" earns Skrillex his eighth total Hot 100 hit, and first since 2016's "Purple Lamborghini," with Rick Ross.
The track concurrently debuts as Utada's first No. 1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart, with 10,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, and at No. 9 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. She lands another entry on World Digital Song Sales, "Simple and Clean," new at No. 21, and re-enters the Emerging Artists chart at No. 42.