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  • NEWS tops Oricon album ranking for 7th consecutive time

    March 3, 2015 @ 3:03 am

    Popular group NEWS released their 6th original album "White" on February 25."White" is the group's first album in a year and 7 months, and it contains a total of 11 tracks (15 tracks for the regular edition) including their previously released singles like "ONE -for the win-" and "KAGUYA". After selling 115,000 copies during the first week, the album topped Oricon's latest weekly album ranking. This marks NEWS' 7th consecutive No.1 albu

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  • Arashi top Oricon's weekly single, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc rankings

    March 3, 2015 @ 2:17 am

    Popular group Arashi's 45th single "Sakura" (released on February 25) sold 465,000 copies in the first week and topped Oricon weekly single ranking. "Sakura" is the group's 34th consecutive (and 41st in total) No.1 single, so the fans may not be surprised with the result. However, this week, the group also topped both weekly DVD and Blu-ray Disc rankings with their starring movie "PIKA☆★☆NCHI LIFE IS HARD Tabun HAPPY" which went on sal

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  • Abe Mao announces pregnancy, tour will go as planned

    March 3, 2015 @ 2:14 am

    On March 3, Abe Mao announced her pregnancy through her official website.Abe announced to her fans, "This is a private matter, but at this time, I've been blessed with a new life inside of me. I'm currently 3 months pregnant. Both mother and child are healthy. This was unexpectedly a 'marriage with a blessing'."  Regarding her upcoming nationwide tour "2015-nen Zenkoku Tour 'Abe Mao Live No.6'", which will kick off on March 10, she commented, "I

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  • Arashi wins 'Artist of the Year' for 'THE JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD'

    March 2, 2015 @ 2:56 pm

    The winners of "THE 29TH JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD" have been revealed.The awards are held annually by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Awards are based on sales number, and the winners of this year were chosen from data compiled between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. This year, the 'Artist of the Year' award, which is considered to be the 'grand prize', went to Arashi. This is their first time

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  • 49 girls selected as the candidates for AKB48 group's upcoming 'Draft Kaigi'

    March 2, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    On March 1, the third screening audition to select the candidates who will advance to the "AKB48 Group the 2nd Draft Kaigi" was held. A total of 83 girls who passed through the first paper screening, and the second interview screening, went on the third screening which was to examine their dancing and singing skills. A total of 49 girls were selected as the candidates for the upcoming Draft Kaigi. The youngest candidates are nine girls

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 2/18~2/24

    March 1, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of February 18th to February 24th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Attakain Dakara" - Kumamushi 02 - "Anata ni Koi wo Shitemimashita" - chay 03 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 04 - "Sayonara, Alice" - Flower 05 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 06 - "Eeny

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  • Warner Music Japan establishes a management company

    March 1, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

    Record company Warner Music Japan, who will be celebrating its 45th foundation anniversary this year, has established a brand new management company 'Warner Music Agency' with the theme "ideas and creations from scratch". On March 1st, the new company has started accepting entries for new talent auditions under the slogan "make a hit!!". Besides music artists, the company is looking for models, actors, talents, and comedians.  Some art

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  • An unknown vocalist to temporarily join SuG

    February 27, 2015 @ 3:29 am

    It's been announced that vocalist SHIGERU will temporarily join the band as a helper.  This was decided as Takeru would go on hiatus due to tonsil surgery. Although SHIGERU's identity is unknown, he was chosen to join the band for his high-quality abilities as a vocalist. His shouts are the highlight of his vocals and he is about the same height as Takeru,167cm tall (5 ft 5 in).SHIGERU's identity is scheduled be revealed on March

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  • Berryz Kobo's Sugaya Risako to go on indefinite hiatus

    February 27, 2015 @ 3:05 am

    Many of you may already know that Berryz Kobo will go on hiatus after their concert at Nippon Budokan on March 3. It's been revealed that member Sugaya Risako will also take a break from her individual activities.  On her blog, she wrote, "After this, I want to take a break and think carefully about my future." She also expressed her gratitude to her fans who have been supporting her all along.Sugaya, who was born in 199

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  • The name of new Hello! Pro Kenshuusei unit revealed

    February 26, 2015 @ 2:59 am

    On February 25, Hello! Project announced that the name of their new Kenshuusei unit would be "Kobushi Factory". The name "Kobushi Factory" came from Kobushi Magnolia, which is a tree native to Japan, and "Kobushi," which means "fist" in Japanese. They wish to be a group as graceful as the Kobushi Magnolia flowers and as powerful as a fist represents. Also, just like the language of the Kobushi Magnolia ("friendship", "trust",

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