Precious is an album by Cubic U (Utada Hikaru's pseudonym before becoming a superstar in Japan), which was recorded at Sony Music Studio in New York in 1996. The album was first released in Japan on January 28, 1998 and then later re-released on March 31, 1999. All songs on Precious were written and sung (in English) by Cubic U except for "Close To You" which is a duet.
Precious were a British female band, comprising Louise Rose, Anya Lahiri, Sophie Mc Donnell, Kalli Clark-Sternberg and Jenny Frost. They first achieved fame as the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest and went on to become a moderately popular act until they decided it was time to go their own ways.
"Precious" is Depeche Mode's forty-first single, and the first single from the album Playing the Angel. It was released on October 3, 2005 in the UK by Mute Records and October 11, 2005 in the US by Sire/Reprise. The single reached #4 in the UK, #71 on the Hot 100, and #23 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.