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  • Sheena Ringo to sing theme song for '2014 FIFA World Cup' programs on NHK

    April 24, 2014 @ 3:06 am

    It's been revealed that singer-songwriter Sheena Ringo will be singing the theme song for soccer-related programs on NHK. The song will air on May 12 during 'Namachukei World Cup Nihon Daihyou Happyou' where the Japanese representative players for the '2014 FIA World Cup' will be announced.   Sheena's new song will be released on June 11. She commented, "Thank you very much for requesting this important mission. This time, the World Cu

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 4/14 ~ 4/20

    April 23, 2014 @ 5:07 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for April 14 to the 20th. Check it out below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Toki wo Koe Uchuu wo Koe / Password is 0" - Morning Musume.'14 : 4/16 (119,409)2. "Family Party" - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu : 4/16 (15,762)3. "STEP" - ClariS : 4/16 (15,641)4. "Yes we are / Koko Kara" - SMAP : 4/9 (13,417)5. "PEACE SUNSHINE" - DANCE EARTH PARTY : 4/16 (13,348)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "SUPER

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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi to open Yakiniku restaurant

    April 23, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    On April 22, AKB48's Uchida Mayumi announced through her Google+ account that she would be opening a yakiniku restaurant.   The restaurant will be named 'Yakiniku IWA', and it will have its grand opening in Shinjuku on the 29th. Uchida commented, "I've been thinking about owning my own restaurant from way back. As a matter of fact, I've been getting ready for it since last year." She added, "From now on, I will do my best to manage both my activ

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  • Mizuki Nana grabs the No. 1 spot on Oricon weekly album chart

    April 22, 2014 @ 2:19 am

    Voice actress and singer Mizuki Nana's 10th original album "SUPERNAL LIBERTY" (released on April 16) sold 76,000 copies in the first week, and it allowed her to grab the number one spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking.This is the first time in 4 years and 10 months for her to top the chart since she last topped it with her 7th album "ULTIMATE DIAMOND" back in June 2009.  This album contains a total of 15 songs including "Appassionato" that

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  • Morning Musume '14 top Oricon weekly single ranking 5 consecutive times for the 1st time

    April 22, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    Idol group Morning Musume '14's 56th single "Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0" (went on sale on April 16) topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking with first week sales of 119,000 copies.  This marked the first time ever for the group to top the single ranking 5 consecutive times since their debut.With this single, they have also renewed their own record (for both male/female, solo/group) of "the total number of singles ranked in top 10" to

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  • bump.y to 'graduate' from their group activities

    April 22, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    bump.y has announced that they will "graduate" from their group activities in late-June.The girls will be "graduating" in order to devote themselves to their acting careers. They are scheduled to hold an event for members of their mobile site 'bump.y mobile' as their final activity as bump.y. bump.y is a 5-member actress group comprised of Matsuyama Mary, Sakuraba Nanami, Miyatake Mio, Takatsuki Sara, and Miyatake Matsuri. They formed in 2009, th

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  • E-girls member Takeda Kyoka to withdraw from group

    April 21, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    It's been announced that E-girls member Takeda Kyoka will be withdrawing from the group.  The reason for Takeda's withdrawal is her goal of becoming an actress. A message has been uploaded onto LDH's official website, which says, "As a result of thinking about what I really want to do in the future, acting was number one. The path that I am planning to take will not be an easy one. It may be series of painful and sad things. However, I want to u

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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel's tetsuya to become a father

    April 21, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    It's been reported that L'arc-en-Ciel member tetsuya's (B) wife Sakai Ayana is currently 6-months pregnant.   This announcement was made by Sakai through her official blog. She revealed that she is due sometime this summer, "At this time, we have been blessed with our long-awaited child." She further expressed, "Since this is my first time, I am very anxious, but I am spending everyday happily while feeling our child move around energetically in

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  • Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to temporarily suspend her activities

    April 20, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika has announced that she will not be participating in the group's new single, as well as activities accompanying the new release.This announcement was made by Ikuta herself on April 20th during a handshake event for Nogizaka46's 8th single "Kizuitara Kataomoi" at Pacifico Yokohama. She explained, "Until now, I have managed both Nogizaka46 and my high school life, but there are a lot of things I'm missing out on. If I go on

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  • Momoiro Clover Z' Sasaki Ayaka fractures her left ankle

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    On April 18, Momoiro Clover Z member Sasaki Ayaka announced via their Ustream channel "momoclo TV" that she has fractured her left lateral malleolus after falling down during the shoot for TV program. On "momocloTV", she said, "I have something to tell you Mononofu (the fans) with my own words." She continued, "Today, I fell down during the shoot for Kansai TV's 'Mujack', and fractured my left foot. Though I went to the hospital right after

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