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  • Utada Hikaru talks about her husband-to-be on her radio program

    February 19, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    On February 18, singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru (31), who revealed earlier this month that she would marry an Italian man (23), announced on her Inter FM program in her natural voice that "I will be getting married."She thanked everyone with, "I was happy to hear the well wishes from everyone," and explained disinterestedly that, "I did not deliberately choose an international marriage.  Rather, it happened unexpectedly not to be a Japanese person

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  • Yuzu's Kitagawa Yujin and announcer Takashima Aya celebrate the birth of their first child

    February 19, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    Yuzu's Kitagawa Yujin and announcer Takashima Aya have welcomed the birth of their first child. This was announced by Takashima's agency via FAX.According to the announcement, Takashima gave birth to a 3,128 gram (6 lbs 14 oz) baby girl on February 17 at 8:52 pm. In a handwritten letter, the couple expressed, "We are filled with grateful feelings to the birth of this small life." They also commented, "We will raise her with great care by changing

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  • Sashihara Rino opens a Twitter account

    February 17, 2014 @ 2:30 am

    On the night of February 16th, HKT48's Sashihara Rino started up her own Twitter account. At about 10:00 pm, she wrote her account name "@345__chan" on her Google+ which led fans to her Twitter account. Her first tweet was a reply to one of her fans saying, "It's you!!! ... Who? ;_;"   Among those she follows are fellow members Kitahara Rie and Yokoyama Yui, former members Maeda Atsuko and Itano Tomomi, as well as Tanaka Masahiro who recently jo

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  • Takahashi Ai & Abe Koji hold a press conference about their marriage

    February 14, 2014 @ 4:29 am

    On February 14, talento Takahashi Ai and comedian Abe Koji held a press conference about their marriage at Yokohama Marine Tower.When asked about their plans for starting a family, Takahashi responded, "We haven't thought about it yet. But in the future, three [children]!" As the former leader of Morning Musume, she shared that if she had a daughter, she would want her to join the group in the future. She laughed as she said, "I came out to

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  • EXILE ATSUSHI & Kiyokiba Shunsuke collaborate for each other's upcoming albums

    February 13, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

    It was revealed that EXILE ATSUSHI and Kiyokiba Shunsuke will collaborate for each of their respective new albums. Kiyokiba's upcoming commemorative album for his 10th anniversary "Utaiya BEST Vol.1" (set for release on March 5) will include their collaboration song titled "Hane 1/2" under the name "Kiyokiba Shunsuke & EXILE ATSUSHI", while ATSUSHI's 2nd solo album "Music" (set for release on March 12) will include 2 of their collaborat

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 2/3 ~ 2/9

    February 13, 2014 @ 12:19 am

    Oricon has revealed the weekly charts for February 3rd to the 9th. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Aino Arika / Aisureba Motto Happy Life" - Hey!Say! JUMP : 2/5 (207,469)2. "Hide & Seek / Something" - Tohoshinki : 2/5 (107,413)3. "little" - Itano Tomomi : 2/5 (34,037)4. "fish" - back number : 2/5 (17,903)5. "Welcome to the Shuffle!!" - BEE SHUFFLE : 2/5 (16,306)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1.

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 02/05~02/11

    February 12, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of February 5th to February 11th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Maeshika Mukanee" - AKB48 02 - "TSUKI" - Amuro Namie 03 - "Harukaze" - Rihwa 04 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 05 - "Story Of My Life" - One Direction 06 - "Ima, Sakihokoru Hana-tachi

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  • Country Musume to hold new member auditions

    February 12, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    It's been announced that Country Musume will be holding new member auditions. A special website has been launched and is currently accepting participants until March 31.This was announced on February 11 during Hello! Project's live event 'Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~' at Sendai Sun Plaza Hall. During the live, Satoda Mai appeared on the stage monitor with a recorded commentary. This audition will be held as Satoda will be going to the

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  • AKB48's album sells over a million copies for 2nd consecutive time

    February 9, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    The total sales number of AKB48's 5th album "Tsugi no Ashiato" (went on sale on January 22) reached 1,001,000 copies when including the sales --1,351 copies-- from February 6. This marked their 2nd consecutive million-selling album. They achieved it 16 days after the album went on sale, and it is the fastest record for the group's history (for albums), as their previous album "1830m" reached a million copies 33 days later from the release day.Th

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  • NEWS to release Tokyo Dome live on DVD/Blu-ray

    February 8, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    It's been revealed that NEWS will release a new live DVD/Blu-ray titled 'NEWS 10th Anniversary in Tokyo Dome' on March 19th.The live DVD/Blu-ray will feature NEWS' 10th anniversary concert that was held on September 7th at Tokyo Dome. On that day, the group performed songs mainly from their latest album "NEWS", along with their hit singles.   The DVD/Blu-ray will be 3-disc set. DISC 1 and 2 will include live footage, while DISC 3 will include a

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