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  • UTB Los Angeles premieres Arashi drama 'Freeter' and mystery-thriller 'Iryu Sosa' this week

    January 7, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    Los Angeles television station UTB 18.2 will premiere two new drama series this week, including Freeter, Ie wo Kau (English broadcast title: Job-Hopper Buys a House)  starring Ninomiya Kazunari as a young man who restarts his life with a part-time construction job. Ninomiya, a member of the Japanese pop group Arashi, won Best Actor awards for the role from the 2011 Tokyo Drama Awards, the 67th Television Drama Academy Awa

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  • Funky Kato's new song to be used in CM for Nissan Serena

    January 7, 2014 @ 6:38 am

    Funky Kato's new song "Restart" has been chosen as the CM song for Nissan Motor's 'Nissan Serena'.   "Restart" is the coupling track to Funky Kato's solo debut single "My VOICE", which will be released on February 12. It's an uptempo tune that is filled with positive thoughts.Additionally, Funky Kato's documentary film 'Funky Kato / My VOICE ~FunMon Kara Arata na Mirai e~' will open in theaters nationwide on February 14.Source & Im

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  • Sandaime J Soul Brothers tops Oricon weekly album chart

    January 6, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE's double album "THE BEST/BLUE IMPACT" (released on January 1) sold 147,000 and 74,000 copies for the week of January 6 and 13, respectively (total 221,000 copies), topping Oricon's weekly album chart for two consecutive weeks.  This marks Sandaime J Soul Brothers' 2nd consecutive album since "MIRACLE" (released on New Year's Day of last year) to top Oricon's weekly album chart. Regarding their

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP's 11th single tops Oricon weekly chart

    January 6, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    Hey! Say! JUMP's 11th single "Ride With Me" (released on December 25) sold 163,000 copies during the first week, topping Oricon's latest weekly ranking.This is the group's 11th consecutive chart-topping single since their debut song "Ultra Music Power" (released in November 2007).The title track "Ride With Me" was used as the theme song for NTV's special drama "Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken" (aired on January 4) whi

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  • Salyu launches official YouTube channel

    January 6, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    Salyu has launched an official YouTube channel, as well as a 10th anniversary special website.  To commemorate her 10th anniversary, Salyu will release her new single "Ai ni Yukeru / Line" on February 26. Her new YouTube channel features a total of 20 PVs from her debut single "VALON-1". Meanwhile, her special website "Salyu Special Site" carries an archive of all her artist photos, along with comments from artists and produc

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  • Two 3Bjunior members to join Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku

    January 4, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    It's been revealed that Kobayashi Kaho and Nakayama Riko of Stardust Promotion's '3Bjunior' will be transferring into Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku as new students.   This was announced on January 4th after 3Bjunior's event "3B junior Live Final 'Ore no Fujii' 2014" at Green Dome Maebashi in Gunma. Ebichu's new students Kobayashi and Nakayama participated in this event as members of 'Team Daiou Ika'. From now on, they will be active as student number

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 12/25~12/31

    January 4, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of December 25th to December 31st. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 02 - "Love Story" - Amuro Namie 03 - "Ame Nochi Hallelujah" - Yuzu 04 - "Fuyumonogatari" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 05 - "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" -

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  • Recochoku's monthly download charts for December 2013

    January 4, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    Recochoku has just released the monthly download charts for the month of December. Check out the top ranking for digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos over the past month below! - < Chaku-Uta - Monthly Ranking > 01 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 02 - "SO RIGHT" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 03 - "Fuyumonogatari" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 04 - "Love Story" - Amuro Namie 05 - "Shareotsu" - SMAP 06 - "Shirayuk

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  • Tsunku♂ to receive throat surgery

    January 3, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    It's been reported that Sharam Q vocalist and Hello! Project producer Tsunku♂ (45) will be receiving throat surgery.This was revealed by Tsunku♂ himself on January 2nd at a press conference before the kick off of Hello! Project's New Year tour. His vocal chords had been inflamed since late October of last year and as a result, his voice had been suffering. "There is a foreign body sensation in the throat. According to the doctor, the throat must

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  • Kanjani8 chosen as the main personality for this year's 24-Hour TV

    January 2, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

    It was revealed that 7-member group Kanjani8 has been chosen as the main personality for NTV's annual telethon 24-Hour Television.  The announcement was made on "Ganjitsu wa TOKIO×Arashi Ultraman DASH, Arashi ni Shiyagare 2-Jikanhan Special" which aired on New Year's day. This will be the second time for the group to take the role, as they previously have been the main personality for the program back in 2011. Member Yokoyama You left

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