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  • Ninagawa Mika is pregnant with her 2nd child

    May 24, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

    On May 24th, photographer Ninagawa Mika (42) announced that she is pregnant with her 2nd child. She wrote on her official blog, "It's a personal manner, but I am currently 6-months pregnant. My condition has settled down, so I would like to take this opportunity to make this announcement."  She continued to express her joy, "Both my son and partner are looking forward to becoming a family of 4."  Regarding her career, she stated, "I'm sure balan

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  • Ayaka shows her 9-month belly

    May 24, 2015 @ 8:38 pm

    On May 21st, Ayaka updated her official blog and shared a photo of her 9-month pregnant belly.The singer began the entry stating, "I haven't written in awhile, but I'm doing fine." She then reported, "My belly is so tight!! It's so tight that I don't think it can go anymore than this lol." Ayaka revealed that recently she has been "moderately exercising, eating good things, and going out to buy necessities..." She continued, "I need to spend

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  • 21-year-old idol Maruyama Karin passes away due to lung cancer

    May 23, 2015 @ 11:39 pm

    Solo idol Maruyama Karin passed away on May 22nd due to lung cancer. She was 21 years old. Maruyama had been battling a malignant brain tumor ever since it was found during her 2nd year of elementary school. More recently, the brain tumor had spread to her lungs and she had been receiving treatment for it. In 2012, Maruyama was chosen as the semi-finalist for 'Miss iD2013', then started her solo activities that summer. Although she was constantl

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  • Arashi provide CM song for 'Zexy'

    May 22, 2015 @ 8:03 am

    Arashi have provided their new song "Ai wo Sakebe" as the CM song for wedding information magazine 'Zexy'.According to creative director Yanai Michihiko, this collaboration came about as he wanted "the 5 members of Arashi to sing 'a national song of celebration' that everyone can sing together during a wedding reception." In response to Yanai's request, Arashi put together a cheerful and uptempo wedding song that's sung from the point of view of

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  • ANGERME's Fukuda Kanon to graduate from the group and Hello! Project

    May 22, 2015 @ 4:48 am

    ANGERME (formerly S/mileage) member Fukuda Kanon announced that she would graduate from the group and Hello! Project. She made the announcement on Hello! Project's YouTube program "Hello! Sta#118", which was released on May 20. Fukuda also released her comment on ANGERME's official site. She wrote regarding her graduation, "Now that it's been about 6 years since I joined S/mileage, I began facing sincerely with a big theme, graduation. When

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  • AKB48's latest single sells over 1.47 million copies on the first day

    May 21, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

    AKB48's 40th single "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" (released on May 20) sold 1,472,000 copies on the first day!The first day sales for this single exceeded their own record of 1,462,000 copies which they achieved last year with "Labrador Retriever." This is the 9th single for the group to sell over a million copies on the release day, and the 2nd single for Shimazaki Haruka to surpass the million mark as the center. "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" i

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 5/13~5/19

    May 20, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of May 13th to May 19th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Anata" - Ikimonogakari 02 - "Moshimo Unmei no Hito ga Iru no Nara" - Nishino Kana 03 - "Arigatou Forever..." - Nishiuchi Mariya 04 - "I know" - 2PM 05 - "Hapimari" - Silent Siren 06 - "Kimi ga Ita Kara" - Cryst

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts 5/11 ~ 5/17

    May 20, 2015 @ 5:01 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for May 11 to 17. Take a look at the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari" - Arashi : 5/13 (501,010)2. "Evergreen" - GENERATION from EXILE TRIBE : 5/13 (44,266)3. "THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 08 GOIN'!!!" - CINDERELLA PROJECT : 5/13 (25,972)4. "Tensai Bakabon" - Team Syachihoko : 5/13 (25,356)5. "FOUR ROOMS (Toaru Hajimari no Jokei / ~

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  • Goto Mariko to resume her activities

    May 20, 2015 @ 4:57 am

    It's been revealed that Goto Mariko will resume her artist activities.Goto had been quiet since she announced her hiatus on February 13 of this year. Then on May 20 before dawn, she declared via Twitter that she would be resuming her activities. Her official website also says "Come-back" in large letters.  According to an interview held with natalie, specific details on her activities have not been determined at this time. However, it's kno

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  • Total number of albums and singles sold by Arashi reaches 30 million copies

    May 20, 2015 @ 2:59 am

    Popular group Arashi released their 46th single "Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari", which is the theme song for member Aiba Masaki's ongoing Fuji TV drama "Youkoso, Wagaya e", on May 13.According to Oricon, the single sold 501,000 copies during the first week, and it topped its latest weekly ranking. When including the sales of the single, the total number of singles and albums sold by Arashi have reached 30,413,000 copies (46 singles: 21.74 mill

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