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  • NEWS' latest single tops Oricon weekly single ranking

    January 12, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

    NEWS' first single for 2015, "KAGUYA," that went on sale on January 7, sold 140,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly single ranking. This marks the group's 17th consecutive chart-topping single since their debut song "Kibou ~Yell~" (released in May 2004)."KAGUYA" is a love song that has a motif of "Princess Kaguya" from 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.' The DVD that comes in limited edition 'A' contains the music video to the tit

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  • Arashi's 1st single for 2015 to be the theme song for 'Ouroboros' starring Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun

    January 12, 2015 @ 1:36 am

    Popular idol group Arashi's first single for 2015, entitled "Sakura" would be released on February 25.The single will be used as the theme song for upcoming TBS drama "Ouroboros ~Kono Ai koso, Seigi" starring Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun which will begin airing on January 16 (every Friday at 10:00 pm). This marks the first time for Arashi to participate in a drama just for the theme song. "Ouroboros" is a live-action drama adaptation of Kanzaki Yuy

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  • Talent and former SKE48 member Kaneko Shiori releases 1st DVD happy smile'

    January 12, 2015 @ 1:28 am

    On January 11, talent and former SKE48 member Kaneko Shiori (19) appeared in Tokyo at the sales event for her first DVD "happy smile." She did PR for the DVD with, "I wore my favorite blue bikini [for the DVD.]"   With her graduation from SKE48 in April 2014, her dating ban has also been lifted, but when asked about her ideal type, she responded, "Because I am a trouble-making type of rebel that will be in trouble, I would like to da

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 12/31~1/6

    January 11, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of December 31st to January 6th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 03 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 04 - "Nijiiro" - Ayaka 05 - "Guilty Love" - 2PM 06 - "Gaki no Tsukai 'OUT' sound" - Gaki no Ts

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  • Goto Aya to graduate from SUPER☆GiRLS & retire from entertainment industry

    January 10, 2015 @ 9:05 pm

    SUPER☆GiRLS member Goto Aya has announced that she will graduate from the group and retire from the entertainment industry in March. This was announced on January 10 during SUPER☆GiRLS' one-man live 'SUPER☆GiRLS LIVE 2015' at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. Regarding her graduation, Goto explained, "While being active in SUPER☆GiRLS, I found another dream. I decided to graduate in order to get a step closer to that dream. I will graduate from SUPER☆GiRLS a

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  • Aso Kumiko appears at press conference for starring comedy drama 'Kaiki Renai Sakusen'

    January 10, 2015 @ 1:30 am

    On January 8, actress Aso Kumiko (36) appeared in Tokyo for the TV Tokyo drama "Kaiki Renai Sakusen" press conference (premiering January 9, airing Fridays at 12 AM.) Aso, Sakai Maki (44), and Ogawa Tamaki (43) star in the nonsense comedy as 3 women in their 40s who have a passion for love, careers, friendships, while also getting involved in fighting Yokai and other strange phenomenons. Aso, who is starring as the lead for the first time i

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  • SKE48 member Iwanaga Tsugumi to graduate at the end of February

    January 9, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    SKE48 member Iwanaga Tsugumi announced that she would be graduating from the group during team E's performance held at SKE48 theater on January 9. Though Iwanaga hasn't revealed the reason of her graduation, she released a comment on SKE48's official site that said, "I, Iwanaga Tsugumi, am graduating from SKE48 after February. I am so sorry to make this announcement at the very first performance for the new year.  There's a little over a mo

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  • Sheena Ringo's new song to be used in Shibasaki Kou's starring drama

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:43 am

    Sheena Ringo will release a new single, titled "Shijou no Jinsei", on February 25. The title track has been picked up as the theme song for NTV's upcoming drama 'Maru Maru Tsuma', which will premiere on January 14. 'Maru Maru Tsuma' is a new drama brought to you by scriptwriter Yukawa Kazuhiko and the team of drama 'Kaseifu no Mita'. The protagonist 'Hikari' will be played by Shibasaki Kou and her husband, popular news reporter 'Kubota

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  • Matsuyama Kenichi and more to star in special NHK Kohaku drama

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:20 am

    As part of the celebration for the 90th anniversary of NHK this year, the broadcast company has announced a special drama titled "Kohaku ga Umareta Hi" to be aired on March 21 starring actor Matsuyama Kenichi (29) as the lead. Other cast members include Honda Tsubasa (22), Hoshino Gen (33), and Takahashi Katsumi (53). The drama focus on the story of how NHK's famous New Year's Eve program "Kohaku Uta Gassen" came about in 1945, when the

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  • SKE48's Yamada Mizuho and Abiru Riho announce their graduation

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:17 am

    On January 7 during SKE48 Team KII's performance, it was announced that members Yamada Mizuho and Abiru Riho will be graduating from the group. The group's official website posted a comment from both members. Yamada, who will be graduating from the group after January, commented, "It's been 3 years since I joined SKE48. There were a lot of painful times, as well as fun times. During those times, fans would always be supportive. I am filled w

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