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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 5/9~5/15

    May 21, 2014 @ 5:09 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 May 9th to May 15th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! === 5/9 – Friday 24.8%(?.?%) – 08:00-08:15 – Hanako to Anne 13.0%(?.?%) – 19:00-19:30 – NHK News 7 10.2%(?.?%) – 19:30-19:55 – Tokuh

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  • AKB48 sets record for best first day sales with their latest single

    May 21, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    According to Oricon, AKB48's 36th single "Labrador Retriever" (went on sale on May 21) in which Watanabe Mayu serves as the center, sold 1,462,000 copies on the first day, and topped the daily single ranking.  The single broke the group's own record for the best first day sales which they previously set with "Sayonara Crawl" (released in May 2013, 1,451,000 copies sold on the first day).This is also their 7th single to sell over a million c

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 5/12 ~ 5/18

    May 21, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for May 12 to 18. Check it out below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "King&Queen&Joker" - Sexy Zone : 5/14 (150,586)2. "Iikurashi" - Team Syachihoko : 5/14 (34,830)3. "Hanamichi!! Ambitious" - SUPER☆GiRLS : 5/14 (33,585)4. "Bucchake Rock'n Hacchake Roll / Baby Step" - babyraids : 5/14 (21,275)5. "Kagayake" - Funky Kato : 5/14 (19,762)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Anna to Yuki no

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  • AKB48's Kizaki Yuria fractures her left wrist

    May 21, 2014 @ 4:47 am

    On May 21, it was reported that AKB48 member Kizaki Yuria fractured her left wrist during the rehearsal for a professional wrestling project 'Mecha Nippon Joshi Pro Wrestling', a part of Fuji TV's variety program 'Mecha×2 Iketeru!'.   According to Fuji TV, Kizaki was diagnosed with "fracture of the left distal radius" at a hospital in Tokyo and is required 3-4 weeks for complete recovery. In addition, they commented, "We placed utmost

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  • Gacharic Spin to perform at France's Japan Expo

    May 20, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    All-female J-Rock band Gacharic Spin will perform at France's Japan Expo this summer. Gacharic Spin joins previously announced musical guests Berryz Kobo, C-ute, moumoon, and Nakagawa Shoko at the 5-day event which will be held July 2-6, 2014 in Paris.Event information:http://www.japan-expo.com/en/Formed by bassist F Chopper KOGA and drummer Hana, the band has contributed to Sony PSP's Hatsune Miku Project Diva series and crea

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  • Higa Manami to be the heroine in upcoming 'GTO' drama

    May 20, 2014 @ 3:30 am

    It was revealed that Higa Manami has been chosen to play the heroine in the new "GTO" drama series (directed by Iizuka Ken), which stars EXILE's AKIRA. This is the new season of the "GTO" drama that is based on Fujisawa Tohru's popular manga. It revolves around high school teacher Onizuka Eikichi (AKIRA), who used to be a delinquent, tackling his students' problems with his unprecedented ways. The new series will be set in Onizuka's ho

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  • Sexy Zone's 6th single tops Oricon weekly chart

    May 20, 2014 @ 3:04 am

    Five-member group Sexy Zone's sixth single "King & Queen & Joker" (went on sale on May 14) sold 151,000 copies in the first week and topped Oricon's latest weekly single ranking. Since their debut song "Sexy Zone" (released in November 2011), this is the sixth consecutive time that their single has topped the chart. The first week sales for this latest single exceeded the previous one's 145,000 copies.The title track is being used t

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  • TOKIO's Joshima Shigeru chosen as the marathon runner for 24-Hour TV

    May 20, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    It was announced that TOKIO's leader Joshima Shigeru has been chosen as the charity marathon runner for NTV's annual telethon '24-Hour Television' (to be aired on August 30th ~ 31st).This announcement was made on the night of 18th during the live broadcasting of NTV's variety show "Gyouretsu no Dekiru Houritsu Soudanjo".   Joshima will be the second TOKIO member to take on the charity marathon as fellow member Yamaguchi Tatsuya has don

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announces her 1st arena tour + 3rd album

    May 18, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    On May 18 at Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's live concert at Zepp Tokyo, sheannounced that she would release her 3rd album "Pika Pika Fantajin" on July 9, and hold her 1st arena tour in this fall. Kyary's 1st arena tour will be kicked off on October 18 at Makuhari Messe Event Hall, and according to her, the theme will be "death."During the concert, Kyary who is currently in the middle of her world tour "NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014", talked about the wo

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  • CHAGE releases comment in response to ASKA's arrest

    May 18, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    It's been announced that CHAGE and ASKA's ASKA was arrested on May 17.According to their official website, ASKA was arrested for the violation of Stimulants Control Law. Along with the announcement, their agency Rockdom Artists has released a letter of apology. More details will be announced later as the facts of the case are currently being confirmed.   CHAGE has also released a comment regarding this matter, "I have been waiting for ASKA's ret

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