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  • flumpool's Yamamura Ryuta & Sakai Kazuki, Kameda Seiji, and more form a unit

    July 23, 2014 @ 1:33 am

    It's been revealed that Kameda Seiji, Yamamura Ryuta (Vo / flumpool), Sakai Kazuki (G/ flumpool), Sugimoto Yuji (Vo, Piano / WEAVER), and Tamada Tom (Dr / 100s) have formed an unit called 'THE TURTLES JAPAN' for a limited time. The idea of this new unit began when flumpool's Yamamura and Sakai, who celebrated the 5th anniversary of their debut, sought after new inspirations. The two suggested they form a unit to Kameda, who agreed willingly. In a

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  • AKB48 Team 8's first original song to be included in the group's upcoming single

    July 22, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    On July 21, it was announced that AKB48's Team 8, which is comprised of members hailing from all 47 prefectures of Japan, will record their first original track entitled "47 no Suteki na Machi e." The track is for their upcoming 37th single "Kokoro no Placard," which is set to be released on August 27. Each of the members will sing their home-prefecture name in the interlude of the track. Hyogo-born member Yamada Nanami (15) stated, "I would lik

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  • GPS found in present sent to idol group Alice Juban

    July 22, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    Eight-member idol unit Alice Juban's agency Alice Project announced at their theater on July 20 that the idol group had received a present from fans that had a GPS hidden in it. As a result, they have announced on their official site that the company will be reviewing its policies on presents, "A present sent to the theater had a GPS included in it. We are currently investigating the said object. As a consequence, we will be r

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  • Kanjani8 discuss their friendship

    July 22, 2014 @ 2:27 am

    Kanjani8 member Shibutani Subaru, Yokoyama You, and Okura Tadayoshi appeared on Kansai TV's variety show "Owarai Wide Show Marco Porori!" on July 20 and talked about friendship among the members. Comedian Tsukitei Hachimitsu asked the three idols, "Which Kanjani8 member do you think values your friendship most?" While Yokoyama answered Subaru (Shibutani), Shibutani and Okura both mentioned fellow member Nishikido Ryo. Shibutani sai

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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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  • 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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