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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 03/24~03/30

    April 1, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report giving you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out the most recent ratings from March 24th to March 30th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! === 03/24 – Monday 14.0%(?.?%) – 20:00-20:43 – NHK News 7 07.8%(2.7%) – 19:30-20:43 – Sekai Isan Dream Taiketsu! 09.3%(2.3%) – 21:00-22:

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  • Nogizaka46's Shinuchi Mai appointed as 'OL idol'

    April 1, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

    It's been revealed that Nogizaka46's Shinuchi Mai will be active as an 'OL idol' (OL stands for office lady).   Shinuchi joined Nogizaka46 as its 2nd generation member last year, and was promoted to a regular member in March. She graduated from college this spring, and starting this month, she will will enter the work force while continuing her idol activities.On April 1st, Shinuchi attended the company's welcoming ceremony in Tokyo, where she t

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's 1st single collection album tops Oricon weekly ranking

    April 1, 2014 @ 3:14 am

    Popular group Kis-My-Ft2's first single collection album "HIT! HIT! HIT!" (released on March 26) topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking within the first week of its release, selling 218,000 copies. This marked their third consecutive chart-topping album since the first one "Kis-My-1st" (released in March 2012). Including both male/female group/solo categories, no one has topped the album chart 3 consecutive times since Superfly last achieved

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  • NMB48 top Oricon weekly single ranking with first week sales of 400,000+ copies

    April 1, 2014 @ 1:26 am

    Idol group NMB48's 9th single "Takane no Ringo" (released March 26) sold 407,000 copies in the first week and topped Oricon's weekly ranking.This is the group's 5th consecutive chart-topping single (8th in total), and the first week sales for this single surpassed their previous single's, which was 375,000 copies.One of the coupling tracks of the single is "Isshuukan, Zenbu ga Getsuyoubi nara Iinoni..." that was composed by THE ALFEE's Takamizawa

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  • Four Sakura Gakuin members graduate from the group

    March 31, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    On March 30, members Horiuchi Marina (15), Iida Raura (15), Sugisaki Nene (15), and Satou Hinata of idol unit Sakura Gakuin, which requires graduation from the group upon graduation of middle school, appeared at their public graduation ceremony.During their graduation ceremony, Horiuchi formally proclaimed with tears, "We will work towards our respective dreams.  We hope someday we can provide requital for favors granted to us" and v

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  • Ikimonogakari to sing the ending theme for 'NEWS23'

    March 31, 2014 @ 12:22 am

    Ikimonogakari's new song "Namida ga Kieru Nara" has been chosen as the ending theme for TBS' news program 'NEWS23'.   "Namida ga Kieru Nara" is a slow tempo song with Yoshioka Kiyoe's (Vo) singing voice sounding gently. It was written by Yoshioka and Yamashita Hotaka (G, Harmonica), and composed by Yoshiko and Mizuno Yoshiko (G). This is the group's first song in which all members were involved in the song making. The arrangement was d

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  • Oshima Yuko to release stamps in commemoration of her graduation

    March 29, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    In commemoration of her graduation from AKB48 on June 2, Oshima Yuko will be releasing a postage stamp set called 'AKB48 Oshima Yuko Sotsugyou Kinen Frame Kitte Set'.Since her theater debut in April of 2006, Oshima has been an active member of AKB48 for about 8 years. For the stamps, she has handpicked one picture to represent each year. Including pictures from her graduation ceremony, which will be held on March 29 and 30th a

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  • yui talks about her panic disorder on her blog

    March 28, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    Singer-songwriter yui recently canceled her band FLOWER FLOWER's live appearance in the 'VIVA LA ROCK' festival due to her panic disorder. On March 27th, she updated the band's blog and talked about her situation.   yui, who just turned 27-years-old on the 26th, reported, "How is everyone doing? Thanks to everyone, I am able to take it easy. It's a sickness that gets better little by little, so I want to take my time to face it." As her goal, sh

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  • [Champagne] to change their band name to '[Alexandros]'

    March 28, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    It has been announced that [Champagne] will be changing their band name to [Alexandros]. This was announced on March 28th at the band's one-man live at Nippon Budokan. Kawakami Yohei (Vo, G) appeared on stage during the encore and introduced, "Nice to meet you. We are [Alexandros]." The band followed up by playing their new song. During the MC, Kawakami commented, "Please check our interviews for the name's origin. We will start [o

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  • Anne to be the charity personality for this year's 24-Hour TV

    March 28, 2014 @ 12:50 am

    It was announced that actress Anne has been chosen to be the charity personality for NTV's annual telethon 24-Hour Television which will air in August. Together with Kanjani8 --the main personality for this year--, Anne will liven up the program from the main venue at the Nippon Budokan.This will be the very first time for the actress to participate in the program. According to the producer, the reason why she was appointed for the big role was

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