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  • Mizuki, Ano Natsu, and Suzuki Hirono to withdraw from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku

    December 30, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku has announced that members Mizuki, Ano Natsu, and Suzuki Hirono will be withdrawing from the group. They will 'transfer schools' after their Nippon Budokan concert (currently untitled) on April 15th.The girls decided to withdraw from the group after having many talks with their parents and staff. They will continue their education at an university, as well as aim for their long-time goal of becoming actresses. Among t

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  • Muto Ayami to make her major debut in April

    December 30, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Former Sakura Gakuin member Muto Ayami will be making her major debut under A-Sketch in April.  Muto just wrapped up her live house tour 'TRAVELING ALONE' on December 29th at Akasaka BLITZ. The major debut was announced during the live, where Muto expressed, "The road I head towards as a soloist is not all about fun. There may be times when I face painful experiences as well as times when things don't turn out the way I want,

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  • VAMPS new song to be used in CM for 'X-TRAIL'

    December 30, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    It's been revealed that VAMPS' new song (currently untitled) will be used in the CM for Nissan's latest model 'X-TRAIL'.   The CM song was written by VAMPS based on the worldview of 'X-TRAIL'. It will on air for the first time on the January 2nd broadcast of TV Asahi's 'Tunnels no Sports Ou wa Ore da!! 15-kai Kinen 5 Jikan Special Kaikyoku 55 Shunen Kinen'. Afterwards, the CM will be available for viewing on the CM gallery of Nissan's official w

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  • EXILE wins the 55th Japan Record Awards

    December 30, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    On December 30, the final selection for the annual music awards, "the 55th Japan Record Awards" was held at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and EXILE's "EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame~" won the grand prize "the Japan Record Award". As EXILE has won the award 3 consecutive times from 2008 ~ 2010, this marked their 4th time winning the award, the most in the awards' history. On the stage, EXILE's leader HIRO who will retire as a performer

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  • Sawajiri Erika & Takashiro Tsuyoshi finalize their divorce

    December 28, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

    On December 28, actress Sawajiri Erika (27) and "hyper media creator" Takashiro Tsuyoshi (49) announced on both of their official sites that they have finalized their divorce.Reportedly, Takashiro submitted the divorce paper on the 26th. Sawajiri married Takashiro back in January 2009, but she announced her intention for divorce in April of 2010.  However, when Takashiro revealed that it was a complete surprise for him, things seemed to get comp

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  • HKT48 Kenkyuusei Abe Kyoka to graduate from the group

    December 28, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    On December 26, it was announced that HKT48's Kenkyuusei Abe Kyoka would graduate from the group. According to HKT48 official site, the graduation is due to her intent to pursue her dream of being a model, rather than a singer.Abe's last theater performance will be HKT48 Himawari-gumi's "Pajama Drive" stage on December 30th. More details on her future activities including her appearance at the handshake event, will be announced at a later date.S

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 12/16 ~ 12/22

    December 26, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    The results for Oricon's latest weekly charts for December 16th to the 22nd have been released.Check out below. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Shareotsu / Hello" - SMAP : 12/18 (207,665)2. "Nano Second" - UVERworld : 12/18 (55,111)3. "Eeka!? / 'Iiyatsu'" - S/mileage : 12/18 (33,320)4. "Fall in Love/Shape of your heart" - U-KISS : 12/18 (26,556)5. "Tana kara Botamochi" - Busaiku : 12/13 (26,441)(Check out the full ranking here.)---[Album Weekly Ranki

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 12/18~12/24

    December 26, 2013 @ 5:43 am

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of December 18th to December 24th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 02 - "Love Story" - Amuro Namie 03 - "Tana Kara Botamochi" - Busaiku 04 - "Shareotsu" - SMAP 05 - "Ashita mo" - MUSH&Co. 06 - "Fuyumonogatari" - Sandaime

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  • SMAP tops Oricon's latest weekly single ranking

    December 24, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Popular group SMAP's 51st single "Shareotsu / Hello" (released on December 18) sold 208,000 copies during the first week, and they grabbed the number one spot on Oricon's latest weekly chart. This marks the group's 18th consecutive chart-topping single (29th in total). Also, they have renewed their own record of "the number of consecutive singles ranked in TOP10 since debut" to 51 singles.One of the title track for the single "Shareotsu" was use

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  • SUPER☆GiRLS leader Yasaka Saori announces her graduation from the group

    December 23, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    On December 22nd, idol group SUPER☆GiRLS leader Yasaka Saori announced her graduation from the group during the concert 'iDOL Street Carnival 2013 WINTER X'mas Special'.In front of 2,200 fans, Yasaka declared, "I, Yasaka Saori, will graduate from SUPER☆GiRLS after our concert at Pacifico on February 23rd!" She continued, "I apologize for the sudden announcement, but as before, I will continue to charge with full force toward my dream, s

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