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  • BABYMETAL become the youngest female artists to top Oricon Blu-ray Ranking

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    Three-member metal and dance unit BABYMETAL recently released their first Budokan concert (in March 2014) CD "Live at Budokan ~Red Night~" and came in at 3rd place on the Oricon Album Ranking. This is the first time in 24 years and 7 months that a Japanese female group's live concert album has made it into the top 3 on the album charts since Wink's "Shining Star". Furthermore, the concert DVD "Live at Budokan ~Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse~"

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/5 ~ 1/11

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:28 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for January 5 to 11. Check it out below! [Single Weekly Ranking] 1. "KAGUYA" - NEWS : 1/7 (140,144)2. "Mou Ichido Dake" - Da-iCE : 1/7 (21,595)3. "Let Me Hear" (Limited Edition) - Fear,and Loathing in Las Vegas : 1/7 (17,644)4. "border" - ClariS : 1/7 (15,002)5. "Hitomi" - Ohara Sakurako : 1/7 (9,268)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Toumei na Iro" - Nogizaka46 : 1/7 (222,031)2.

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  • Arashi's Matsumoto Jun meets a mermaid in new hair CM

    January 13, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    Hair care series "Je l'aime" by Kose has released a new CM for its new hair product lineup featuring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun. In the CM, Matsumoto is seen with a mermaid who has terribly damaged hair. She complains to him, "I've been eating konbu too.." Matsumoto appears to be shocked at the damage before advising the mermaid to use the new Je l'aime product. Filled with exaggerated expressions and humorous moments, this CM is set to capture

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  • 22 AKB group members celebrate Coming of Age Day

    January 13, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

    January 12 is Coming of Age Day in Japan, and a total of 22 'new adults' from the AKB groups attended their coming of age ceremony at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo. All of the girls were dressed in their beautiful traditional kimono while surrounded by about 1,000 fans.The members were blessed by the Shinto priest one by one and consumed the holy sake in completion of the ceremony.7 members from AKB48 attended the ceremony. Kawaei Rina (19) co

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  • Hige Danshaku's Higuchi-kun to wed his girlfriend of 12 years

    January 13, 2015 @ 2:29 am

    Higuchi-kun (40) of comedian duo Hige Danshaku has announced through his official blog that he will register his marriage with a non-celebrity woman in March. Higuchi-kun announced, "I will register my marriage with my girlfriend of 12 years in March." He also expressed his determination, "It's my turn to support the woman who has been supporting me from the time I didn't have money. There may be times when she will have to support me, but

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  • More characters' visual art for 'NARUTO' stage play revealed

    January 13, 2015 @ 2:03 am

    As previously reported, Kishimoto Masashi's popular manga "NARUTO" is getting adapted into a stage play "Live Spectacle : NARUTO" starting in March. It was last month when some of the main characters' ("Uzumaki Naruto", "Uchiha Sasuke", "Haruno Sakura" and "Gaara") visual art were revealed, and recently, 5 more characters' visual art have also been revealed. The 5 characters are "Hatake Kakashi", "the Third Hokage", "Umino Iruka", "Mom

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  • Nogizaka46's 1st album sells over 220,000 copies in the first week

    January 13, 2015 @ 1:50 am

    Idol group Nogizaka46 released their first album "Toumei na Iro" on January 7, and sold 222,000 copies during the first week, allowing the group to top Oricon's weekly album ranking. Nogizaka46 became the first female artist in one year and 10 months to top the album chart with their first album while selling over 200,000 copies during the release week. This was last achieved by NMB48 with "Teppen Tottande!" (released in February 2013, first wee

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  • NEWS' latest single tops Oricon weekly single ranking

    January 12, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

    NEWS' first single for 2015, "KAGUYA," that went on sale on January 7, sold 140,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly single ranking. This marks the group's 17th consecutive chart-topping single since their debut song "Kibou ~Yell~" (released in May 2004)."KAGUYA" is a love song that has a motif of "Princess Kaguya" from 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.' The DVD that comes in limited edition 'A' contains the music video to the tit

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  • Talent and former SKE48 member Kaneko Shiori releases 1st DVD happy smile'

    January 12, 2015 @ 1:28 am

    On January 11, talent and former SKE48 member Kaneko Shiori (19) appeared in Tokyo at the sales event for her first DVD "happy smile." She did PR for the DVD with, "I wore my favorite blue bikini [for the DVD.]"   With her graduation from SKE48 in April 2014, her dating ban has also been lifted, but when asked about her ideal type, she responded, "Because I am a trouble-making type of rebel that will be in trouble, I would like to da

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 12/31~1/6

    January 11, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of December 31st to January 6th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 03 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 04 - "Nijiiro" - Ayaka 05 - "Guilty Love" - 2PM 06 - "Gaki no Tsukai 'OUT' sound" - Gaki no Ts

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