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  • Arashi tops Oricon weekly album chart 2 weeks in a row

    November 4, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    Arashi's 12th original album "LOVE" (released on October 23) sold 62,000 copies in the second week (732,000 copies in total), and it once again topped Oricon's weekly album chart for the 2nd week in a row.  This is the first time in 3 years and 3 months for a group's album to top the weekly chart for 2 consecutive weeks. Arashi was the last to achieve this with their 9th original album "Boku no Miteiru Fukei" (relased in August 2010). 

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  • D-BOYS' Igarashi Shunji to leave showbiz industry

    November 4, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    It was announced that Igarashi Shunji, a member of young actors' group D-BOYS, and also a member of 5-member unit D☆DATE, will be leaving the entertainment industry at the end of this month.The announcement was made by Igarashi himself at D☆DATE' live concert held at Zepp DiverCity on October 4th.Igarashi joined D-BOYS after winning the second prize in "The 1st D-BOYS Audition" back in 2004, and he made his acting debut next year in 2005. He was

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  • Yuki Maomi is pregnant with her first child

    November 4, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    On November 3rd, talento Yuki Maomi (33) announced through her agency that she is pregnant with her first child. She is currently 4 months pregnant and is due sometime in early May of next year.In a handwritten letter, Yuki wrote, "At this time, I have been blessed with a new life. I am currently in the middle of my 4th month and progressing favorably. Right now, I am able to spend every day peacefully." She continued, "I have many things that I'

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  • miwa provides CM song for 'C1000'

    November 2, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    miwa has provided her new song "It's you!" as the CM song for House Wellness Foods Corporation's 'C1000'. miwa wrote "It's you!" just for the CM starring Honda Tsubasa. It's described as a refreshing pop number that portrays the start of a new love. It will be released in Chaku-Uta form on November 6th. Additionally, miwa will hold her annual Christmas live 'miwa -39 live- miwanissimo 2013' on December 23rd and 24th at Zepp Tokyo. The 24th will

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  • X JAPAN's YOSHIKI performs at Salesforce.com conference in Tokyo

    October 31, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    On October 30, rock band X JAPAN's leader YOSHIKI appeared as a guest performer at the "Salesforce.com" event in Tokyo.After performing "Forever Love," he had a talk with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.  During their talk, it was revealed that the two had visited Kyoto on the 29th and YOSHIKI stated, "I made tea for him."YOSHIKI, who plans on spreading Japanese culture throughout the globe starting with activities in Los Angeles, stated to the audie

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  • Odagiri Joe & Kashii Yuu are expecting their 2nd child

    October 31, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Actor Odagiri Joe (37) and his wife, actress Kashii Yuu (26), are expecting their second child.   According to several people concerned, Kashii is in her fifth month and will give birth next spring. The same source also stated that Kashii has not been feeling well since the middle of October. Therefore, she unavoidably decided to leave the ongoing TBS drama "Kurokouchi", which she appeared as a crime laboratory worker. The dr

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  • Morning Musume to sing the official support song for Japanese national team at the 'Sochi 2014 Olympics'

    October 31, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    On October 30, it was announced that idol group Morning Musume would sing the official support song for the Japanese national team at the 'Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics'.  The group has also been appointed as the ambassadors for "Nippon! Call Project" to cheer for the Japanese national team. For this project, they will collect people's "Nippon!" calls from all over Japan by using a smartphone application, and the shouts of encouragement will f

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  • Kimura Kaela launches official Facebook page

    October 30, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    On October 30th, Kimura Kaela released her cover album "ROCK", and to coincide the album's release, she has launched her official Facebook account.Until now, Kimura has used various social media sites such as her blog, Twitter, and Instagram to update fans. Recording episodes with the 12 artists she collaborated with will be shared on Facebook everyday. You can check it out here.  Additionally, there has been a transportation delay in the Limite

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 10/23~10/29

    October 30, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of October 23rd to October 29th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Sayonara" - Nishino Kana 02 - "Funa Funa Funassyi" - Funassyi 03 - "P.A.R.A.D.O.X" - Arashi 04 - "Ima mo Korekara mo" - KG 05 - "Gomennasai no Kissing You" - E-girls 06 - "Kikyo ga Oka" - Hirai Ken 07

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  • AKB48's latest single 'Heart Ereki' sells over a million copies in one day

    October 30, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Popular idol group AKB48' 33rd single "Heart Ereki" (released on October 30) sold 1,021,000 copies on the first day of sales. This marks the group's 14th consecutive million-selling single (15th in total) since "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" (released in February 2011). With this single, AKB48 has set a new record for the number of consecutive million-selling single, breaking B'z' record (13 consecutive singles) after 17 years and 5 months. Al

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