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  • Southern All Stars' first original album in 10 years tops Oricon chart

    April 7, 2015 @ 3:03 am

    Southern All Stars released their first original album in about 10 years, "Budo", on March 31. The long-awaited album sold 300,000 copies during its first week and grabbed the top spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking. When including their best-of albums, this marks their 17th chart-topping album.With this album, the band proved their long-standing popularity as they have topped the album ranking for 4 consecutive decades with 7 albums in the 198

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  • SKE48 wins the simultaneous single release competition against NMB48

    April 6, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

    SKE48's 17th single "Coquettish Juutai Chuu" (went on sale on March 31) sold 640,000 copies during the first week, coming out on top of Oricon's latest weekly single ranking.On the other hand, NMB48's single "Don't look back!" which was released on the same day as SKE48, was in second place with the first week sales of 447,000 copies. The first week sales for "Coquettish Juutai Chuu" exceeded the group's previous best record, 539,000 copies

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  • Tsunku♂ has his vocal cords removed

    April 4, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Tsunku♂ has revealed that he has gotten his vocal cords removed.On April 4th, Tsunku♂ appeared at an entrance ceremony at his alma mater Kinki University. Instead of personally reading a congratulatory speech, he delivered the message through a video on the screen. Through the video message, he revealed that he had his vocal cords completely removed for cancer treatment.  Then on his official blog, Tsunku♂ wrote, "I had surgery in mid-October,

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  • PASSPO☆'s Makita Sako announces indefinite hiatus

    April 4, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    PASSPO☆'s Makita Sako has announced that she would go on an indefinite hiatus.This announcement was made on April 4 during the group's concert 'One Man Flight Tour 2015 ~more Attention~' at EX THEATER ROPPONGI. On her reason for the hiatus, Makita explained that after being in PASSPO☆ for 6 years, she wanted some time to take a look at herself again. She also revealed that she hasn't been able to perform at her best due to poor health since last

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  • Superfly's new song 'Beautiful' to be used in Kimura Fumino's new drama

    April 4, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    Superfly's new song "Beautiful" has been chosen as the theme song for TBS' new drama 'Mother Game ~Kanojotachi no Kaikyuu~' premiering on April 14. 'Mother Game ~Kanojotachi no Kaikyuu~' is a human drama that revolves around a single mother who meets a group of "celebrity" (wealthy socialite) mothers after entering her son in a prestigious kindergarten. Actress Kimura Fumino will take on her first lead role in the drama as the single mother. The

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  • AKB48 Team 8 welcome 12-year-old new member

    April 4, 2015 @ 2:56 am

    New member Yoshida Karen has joined AKB48 Team 8.This announcement was made on April 3 during the group's concert "TOYOTA presents AKB48 Team 8 Zenkoku Tour ~47 no Suteki na Machi e~ Team 8 Kessei 1 Shunen Kinen Tokubetsu Kouen in Tokyo" at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. Yoshida, who joined the group as the new Fukuoka representative, took the stage alone and sang "Romance Kakurenbo". Afterwards, she introduced herself as a 12-year-old who entered he

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  • THE BAWDIES member ROY to become a father

    April 4, 2015 @ 2:55 am

    THE BAWDIES member ROY's (Vo, B) wife, model AMO, is pregnant with their first child.AMO announced through her official blog that she is currently 8-months pregnant. She revealed, "Thanks to my husband who supports me with his full effort, my family and friends who are always concerned about me, and everyone who understands and watches over me, I am spending everyday peacefully. My physical condition is good, and the precious life is growing

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  • 'Attack on Titan' live-action drama to be made starring Ishihara Satomi

    April 4, 2015 @ 2:53 am

    On April 2, it was announced that Isayama Hajime's popular manga "Shingeki no Kyojin ('Attack on Titan')" would be getting a live-action drama adaptation, and it will feature "Hans" played by Ishihara Satomi.The story of the drama adaptation will be linked to its upcoming film, which is slated for release in this summer. The drama version will depict the solders' daily lives and their secrets, mainly the episodes that could not be shown enou

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  • Amuro Namie shows off her sleek & shiny hair in CM for Kose's 'OLEO D'OR'

    April 4, 2015 @ 2:18 am

    The new CM for Kose's hair care series "OLEO D'OR", starring Amuro Namie, will begin airing on April 10. A 15-sec CM has been uploaded onto OLEO D'OR's teaser site.Kose's "OLEO D'OR" is a shampoo and treatment that will help you to obtain beautiful, damage-free hair. In the CM, Amuro shows off her sleek and shiny hair with a smile despite being in the desert, a dry environment with strong UV rays.Check out the CM below. Source & Image: natalie

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  • Kago Ai to divorce her husband

    April 3, 2015 @ 6:08 pm

    On April 3, former Morning Musume's Kago Ai updated her blog for the first time in 6 months. She announced that she and her husband are currently separated, and are working towards a divorce.Kago revealed, "I'm sorry that I haven't been able to update my blog since last October. During that time, I had taken a break from my activities due to personal reasons. I, Kago Ai, would like to announce that I have separated from my husband, and we are in

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