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  • SMAP's 53rd single tops Oricon's latest single weekly ranking

    July 22, 2014 @ 1:21 am

    SMAP's 53rd single "Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery" sold 123,000 copies in the first week, allowing the group to top the latest Oricon weekly ranking. This is their 20th consecutive chart-topping single since "freebird" (released in May 2002), and the 31st one to top the chart in total. Also, this marked their 53rd consecutive single ranked in TOP10 since their debut song "Can't Stop!! -Loving-" (released in September 1991), and with this

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  • SEKAI NO OWARI to release official piano sheet music collection

    July 22, 2014 @ 1:19 am

    SEKAI NO OWARI will release their piano sheet music collection "SEKAI NO OWARI Selection" on August 13. This is their first official piano score book and it will include their hits such as "Starlight Parade" and "RPG". Also included in the collection are songs "Moboroshi no Inochi" and "Nijiiro no Senso" from their first album, and their latest single "Honoo to Mori no Carnival". The 12 songs included in the book have been arranged for

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  • Goto Maki to marry a non-celebrity man 3 years her junior

    July 21, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    It's been reported that singer Goto Maki (28), who recently resumed her activities after a 2.5 year hiatus, will be getting married. According to sources, Goto will be getting married to an office worker (25) from Tokyo. He is a friend from her hometown and they met about 7 or 8 years ago. He is said to be her "ex-boyfriend that she dated for a period of time," and he has supported her since she went on hiatus. Reports say that they've already gr

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 7/14~7/17

    July 19, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out more of the most recent ratings from July 14th to July 17th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! === 7/14 – Monday 07.5%(5.2%) – 19:30-20:43 – 2014 FIFA World Cup Highlights 08.4%(4.2%) – 21:00-22:00 – News Watch 9 04.3%(2.

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 7/9~7/15

    July 19, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    Recochoku has just updated its weekly charts for the week of July 9th to July 15th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles, and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Love Song wa Tomaranai yo" - Ikimonogakari 02 - "Precious Love" - EXILE ATSUSHI 03 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 04 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 05 - "Top Of The Wor

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  • SMAP goes bald for FNS's 27-Hour TV

    July 18, 2014 @ 2:36 am

    The poster and CM for Fuji TV's upcoming special program "FNS no Hi 27-Hour TV" (July 26 6pm onwards) has revealed the program's main personality, SMAP, completely bald.  This is the first time the quintet are hosting a program together. However, they did not actually shave their heads. The bald look was created with special makeup that took about 1.5 hours to complete. According to SMAP, they want to show that, "SMAP and Fuji TV have retur

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  • Inaugural issue of Idol magazine "LIVE Idol Collection" to feature 28 groups in swimsuits!

    July 18, 2014 @ 2:28 am

    Japan's entertainment industry has entered what is called the "Idol Warrior Era" with idol groups saturating the market. On top of idol groups that have made their major debut, there are also many groups known as "underground idols" who focus on live performances instead of making media appearances. The magazine "LIVE Idol Collection" by Gum Publishing will exclusively cover these underground idols. The inaugural issue, to be released on Jul

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  • 'Otona AKB48' Tsukamoto Mariko makes theater debut on her 38th birthday

    July 18, 2014 @ 1:41 am

    Tsukamoto Mariko, the winner of "Otona AKB48 Audition", turned 38 on July 16, and celebrated with her theater debut during the Team 4 performance "Idol no Yoake" held at AKB48's theater in Tokyo's Akihabara.Tsukamoto, nicknamed "Mariri", introduced herself with the catchphrase, "Maririri, Maririri, the Pager of Lover is ringing!", and performed 12 out of the 16 songs that day, even shedding tears during the last song, "Arigatou". During her

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  • Arashi's movie 'PIKA☆★☆NCHI' to be shown in four additional cities

    July 18, 2014 @ 1:37 am

    It has been announced that Arashi's upcoming movie "PIKA☆★☆NCHI" (Pikanchi Half) Life Is Hard Tabun Happy" (directed by Kimura Hisashi, to be released on August 1) will be released in 4 additional cities outside Tokyo. The movie was originally meant to be only shown in 1 hall at the Tokyo Dome City Hall for 1 month. However, the total 250,000 tickets were sold out within one day after sales launched on July 13 and the tickets became as hard

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  • Avex Group Holdings tops music revenue for the first half of 2014

    July 18, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    Oricon released on July 17 the market report for sales of music (CD Single, CD Album, Music DVD, Music Blu-ray) for the first half of 2014. Avex Group Holdings brought home the largest share of sales at more than 26.3 billion yen. This is the third consecutive year that Avex has topped the market for the first half of the year. The company has also increased its share of the market from 14.7% to 18.2%, thanks to sales from the soundtrac

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