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  • Nakama Yukie to become MC for NHK's '46th Omoide no Memory'

    July 17, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    NHK Director-General Momii Katsuto (71) announced on July 15 that actress Nakama Yukie has been selected to be the MC for the 46th installment of its annual music program 'Omoide no Melody', hailed as the 'Summer Kohaku' (August 9, 7:30pm onwards). The mediator will be Ayanokoji Kimimaro. Nakama has gained much popularity through her role as 'Hayama Renko', best friend of the protagonist Hanako (Yoshitaka Yuriko) in NHK's ongoing morning dra

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu grabs No.1 spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking

    July 15, 2014 @ 1:59 am

    Singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu grabbed No.1 spot on Oricon's latest weekly ranking with her 3rd album "Pikapika Fantajin" (released on July 9) after selling 48,000 copies during the first week.This is her second chart-topping work, including both singles and albums, since her previous album "Nanda Collection" ranked No.1 on the chart.Kyary commented, "I am really happy to be able to grab the No.1 spot on Oricon ranking again with my 3rd album! I realiz

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  • Nogizaka46 tops Oricon's weekly single ranking for 8th consecutive time

    July 14, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Idol group Nogizaka46's 9th single "Natsu no Free&Easy" (went on sale on July 9) sold 422,000 copies in the first week, and topped Oricon's latest weekly single ranking. This marks the group's 8th consecutive chart-topping single since their 2nd single "Oide Shampoo" (released in May 2012). With this, they're tied for 6th place in the record of number of consecutive chart-topping single for female groups, following AKB48 (23 consecutive sing

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  • Himuro Kyosuke to suspend live activities after 2015

    July 13, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Himuro Kyosuke will be putting his live activities on hold after his final live scheduled in 2015.   During his Yamaguchi concert on July 13, Himuro surprised fans when he announced that he is planning to retire. After, it was announced on his official website that he would be suspending all live activities after his live plans next year. Details on his other music activities will be revealed at a later date. Currently, Himuro is

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  • Oguri Shun borrows Yamada Yu's Instagram to warn fans about fake accounts

    July 13, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    On July 13, actor Oguri Shun borrowed his wife Yamada Yu's Instagram account to warn fans about fake accounts.   Oguri wrote, "This is Oguri Shun borrowing my wife's Instagram. I don't use neither Instagram or Twitter. Yoroshiku. I apologize [to inform everybody] from a place like this. But I heard it from my wife and I didn't like it." In addition, he uploaded a photo of himself covering his face with his right hand. In response, fans left comm

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 7/2~7/8

    July 12, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of July 2nd to July 8th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Precious Love" - EXILE ATSUSHI 02 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 03 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 04 - "Saishuu Densha ~missing you~" - Sonar Pocket 05 - "Nijiiro" - Ayaka

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  • Hashimoto Kanna cast in Fuji TV Drama 'Suikyuu Yankees'

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    Hashimoto Kanna (15) from Fukuoka-based idol group Rev.from DVL has been cast as herself in Fuji TV's upcoming drama "Suikyuu Yankees", which is set to begin on July 12. Although Hashimoto has made an appearance in Koreeda Hirokazu's movie "Kiseki" in 2011, this is her first time on a nationally broadcast drama. She commented, "I will do my best to play my part. I also want to learn a lot from being on set." The drama is a youth co

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  • Kanjani8's latest single tops Oricon's Weekly Singles Chart for the 15th consecutive time!

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    Idol group Kanjani8 sold 169,000 copies of their 28th single "Omoidama" (released on July 2) in the first week, topping the July 14th Oricon Weekly Singles Ranking. This is their 15th consecutive single and 23rd single in total (including single released under Eight Ranger) to have topped the chart. The single is the "2014 ABC summer high school baseball league cheering song" for ABC/TV Asahi's summer high school baseball digest program "Netto Ko

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  • JKT48's Melody appointed as Okayama Prefecture's 'Fruits Ambassador'

    July 10, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    Melody (22) from AKB48's Indonesian sister group JKT48 was appointed "Okayama Fruits Ambassador" on July 7th. Okayama Prefecture Governor Ibaragi Ryuta personally presented Melody with the appointment letter. The idol commented, "I will do my best to let the people of Indonesia know how delicious fruits from Okayama are."As part of its goal to globalize the Okayama brand, the prefecture has begun a campaign to advertise and sell fruits

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's 4th album refreshes Oricon chart records

    July 10, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    Popular group Kis-My-Ft2 sold 246,000 copies of their 3rd original album "Kis-My-Journey" (released on July 2) in the first week, topping the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking Chart.This is the fourth album including their singles collection "HIT! HIT! HIT!" (released in March 2014) to have reached the top spot. Kis-My-Ft2 is the 4th male artist in history to have sold more than 200,000 copies of their work in the first week for four consecutive a

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