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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 08/21~08/27

    August 28, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of August 21st to 27th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" - AKB48 02 - "Itoshi Kimi e" - GReeeeN 03 - "Amachan Opening Theme (Long Version)" - Otomo Yoshihide 04 - "Michi Shirube" - EXILE ATSUSHI 05 - "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO 06 - "Shiosai no

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  • aiko to sing CM song for 'Ghana Milk Chocolate'

    August 28, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    aiko will be singing the new CM song for Lotte's 'Ghana Milk Chocolate'. This was announced on August 28 during Lotte's new CM presentation event. The CM will star Nagasawa Masami and Takei Emi with aiko's heartwarming medium tempo number in the background.  The CM will start airing on September 3. The song's title and release date will be revealed at a later date. In commemoration of her 15th anniversary, aiko is curren

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 8/19 ~ 8/25

    August 28, 2013 @ 6:22 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for August 19 to the 25th. You can check it out below![Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" - AKB48 : 8/21 (1,330,432)2. "Boys Meet U" - SHINee : 8/21 (88,737)3. "Kimi ga Omoidasu Boku wa Kimi wo Aishite Iru Darou ka?" - V6 : 8/21 (54,084)4. "FADELESS" - the GazettE : 8/21 (25,706)5. "Bokura no Yuriika" - NMB48 : 6/19 (25,078)(Check out the full ranking here.)-----[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "KYOSUK

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  • Maeda Atsuko reveals the jacket covers for her 3rd single

    August 27, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    On August 27, the jacket covers for actress Maeda Atsuko's third solo single "Time Machine Nante Iranai" (on sale starting September 18) were released. All 4 of the jacket covers were taken in New York by a New York-based photographer. On her covers, she shows off her white teeth and her signature "Acchan Smile."  The Type A and D jacket covers were taken in an old diner, and Maeda, who is known as a big eater, was hyped-up

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  • AKB48 tops Oricon's weekly single ranking once again

    August 27, 2013 @ 2:33 am

    AKB48's 32nd single "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" (released on August 21st) sold 1,330,000 copies during the first week, and topped Oricon's weekly ranking. This is the 13th consecutive million-selling singles (14th single in total) for the group, and now they have tied the record with B'z. -----[TOP3 artists for the number of consecutive million selling singles] 1. 13 consecutive singles : AKB48 1. 13 consecutive singles : B'z3. 8 con

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  • Utada Hikaru comments on her mother's death

    August 26, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    On August 26, singer/songwriter Utada Hikaru released an official statement on her mother Fuji Keiko's death. Utada started by saying, "It seems there have been much speculation going around, so please allow me to say a few things at this time." She revealed that her mother had been suffering from a mental illness for a long time, "I was always troubled about what would be the best for her." She also reflected, "Since I was a child, I'v

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  • No winners for Morning Musume's new member audition

    August 25, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    The results for Morning Musume's new member audition, "Morning Musume 12 Generation Member 'Mirai Shoujo' Audition", has been revealed. Unfortunately, there was no applicable person chosen become Morning Musume's 12th generation member.Morning Musume producer Tsunku♂ explained his decision. "I was looking for a super star candidate suitable for the name 'Mirai Shoujo' (girl of the future), but I couldn't deny the fact that there was somewhat a l

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  • SPEED's Uehara Takako and ET-KING's TENN celebrate their 1 year wedding anniversary

    August 24, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    SPEED's Uehara Takako (30) and ET-KING's TENN (34) celebrated their 1 year wedding anniversary on August 23rd. Uehara updated her blog with a new entry titled "2013.8.23". She wrote, "Today is our 1 year anniversary," and uploaded a two shot with her husband.  Uehara announced her engagement to TENN in March of last year and they registered their marriage on August 23rd. The following day, she reported their marriage through her blog, "I want to

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  • Aiuchi Rina changes her name to Kakiuchi Rika + to produce dog goods

    August 23, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    Aiuchi Rina, who retired from the entertainment industry in 2010, has changed her name to Kakiuchi Rika. Around the time of her retirement, Kakiuchi got her two poodles Pine and Ribbon. When they became ill, she obtained qualifications to become a dog reflexologist, animal protection supervisor, and dog yoga trainer. She studied reflexology, healing techniques, food, and ethology. Then in October of 2012, she started her career as a pet bran

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  • Mukai Osamu photographs Saito Kazuyoshi in new CM for 'PENTAX K-50'

    August 23, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    Saito Kazuyoshi's new song "Always" has been chosen as the CM song for Ricoh's digital SLR camera 'PENTAX K-50'. The CM stars K-50's image character Mukai Osamu and Saito. Its concept is "one drop of rain will change an ordinary day into a special scene". To show the functionality and charm of the K-50, the CM features Mukai taking a picture of Saito, who holds a street live in the rain. The CM will start airing on August 25. Ricoh's o

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