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  • Katayama Haruka to graduate from AKB48

    April 14, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    AKB48 Team B member Katayama Haruka has announced her graduation from the group.This announcement was made on April 14th during Team B's performance at AKB48 Theater. After the show, Katayama wrote on her blog, "During my 7 years in AKB48, I learned a lot of things and found my dream of becoming a musical actress. I really want to star in musicals!! I decided to graduate because I had strong feelings to become a full-fledged actress." The last ha

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  • AKB48's Kikuchi Ayaka announces her graduation

    April 13, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

    It's been announced that AKB48's Kikuchi Ayaka will be graduating from the group on April 21st.  This was announced on April 13th during Team A's performance. She explained, "I want to move forward not as an idol, but by finding things that I want to do such as fashion and modeling. I made this decision after carefully thinking about it." Kikuchi made her stage debut as a member of Team B in 2007, and has been a part of Team A since November of

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 4/2~4/8

    April 10, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of April 2nd to April 8th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Grotesque feat. Amuro Namie" - Hirai Ken 02 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 03 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Ending)" - May J. 04 - "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel 05 - "Hidamari no Michi"

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/31 ~ 4/6

    April 10, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    Below are the results of Oricon's latest weekly charts for March 31st to April 6th.Check it out. =====[Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Kizuitara Kataomoi" - Nogizaka46 : 4/2 (457,837)2. "NO MERCY" - B. A. P : 4/2 (40,026)3. "High Five" - Nakayama Yuma : 4/2 (34,377)4. "Grotesque feat. Amuro Namie" - Hirai Ken : 4/2 (30,064)5. "Mitaiken Future" - FTISLAND : 4/2 (22,197)(Check out the full ranking here.)---[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "HUMAN" - Fukuyama Mas

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  • MEGARYU announce their hiatus

    April 9, 2014 @ 6:01 am

    Reggae unit MEGARYU has put a stop to activities as of April 7.  This was revealed through the unit's official website. Regarding the reason for their hiatus, they explained it was "to improve RYUREX's voice condition and because of our different visions in music." They also commented on their future, "Through our own individual activities, we will do our best to return on stage as a MEGARYU that shines even more." Sourc

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  • Miyazaki Aoi receives her first shampoo CM

    April 7, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    Actress Miyazaki Aoi was chosen as the image character for Unilever's hair care product 'CLEAR' and attended its CM presentation event.   Miyazaki, who appeared at the event wearing a black dress, smiled and said, "This is my first shampoo CM. I've always wanted to try it, so I'm glad that I kept my hair long."The CM, which was shot in Thai, will begin airing on April 9th. The film staff came from different nationalities, so Miyazaki had the opp

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  • Happiness & E-girls member Sugieda Mayu to withdraw from both groups

    April 7, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    It's been announced that Happiness and E-girls member Sugieda Mayu will be withdrawing from both groups.  Sugieda joined Happiness after passing the vocalist audition in December of 2009. Since December of 2011, she has also been a member of E-girls. In order to undergo medical treatment, Sugieda went on hiatus for about a year in August of 2012. After making her comeback, she has been thinking about her own future, which lead to this decision o

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  • Yuki Maomi gives birth to her first child

    April 5, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    It's been announced that talento Yuki Maomi (34) gave birth to her first child. She gave birth to a 2426 gram (5 lbs 5 oz) baby girl on April 4th at 2:28 pm.   Through her agency, Yuki reported, "It was a little earlier than planned, but we are both healthy." After taking a 3 to 4 month break, Yuki till return to work while considering her physical condition. Yuki expressed, "When I held our newborn baby in my arms, I was very happy and I adored

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/24 ~ 3/30

    April 3, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for March 24th to the 30th. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Takane no Ringo" - NMB48 : 3/26 (406,579)2. "S.A.K.U.R.A." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE : 3/26 (109,554)3. "Mirai to wa?" - SKE48 : 3/19 (55,911)4. "ikki!!!!! i!!" - Chotokkyu : 3/26 (32,157)5. "Yuuki Super Ball" - THE Possible : 3/26 (25,790)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "HIT! H

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  • Kiritani Kenta announces his marriage + expecting his 1st child

    April 3, 2014 @ 1:26 am

    On April 2, actor Kiritani Kenta (34) announced on his official blog that he has registered his marriage with a non-celebrity woman he has been dating for some time. With the blog entry titled "resolution", Kiritani revealed that his wife is a 29-year-old woman who is very motherly, calm, and kind at heart. He wrote, "I first met her 4 years ago, and we got closer with each other slowly, but got really close at the end of last year. I

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