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  • Umeda Ayaka and more perform for the first time as NMB48!

    April 24, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    NMB48's brand new re-shuffled Team BII performed its new show "Sakaagari" for the first time at the NMB48 Theater in Namba, Osaka on April 22. The performance showcased the new cast of NMB48's Team BII, including Umeda Ayaka (25) who transferred from AKB48 as well as Takayanagi Akane (22) who will now be both in NMB48 as well as SKE48's Team KII. Other members of the new team included Watanabe Miyuki (20) who transferred from Team N, Ichikawa Mio

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  • 'Frozen' voice actress Kanda Sayaka to debut in new unit!

    April 24, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Critically acclaimed actress and singer Kanda Sayaka (27), who recently shot to fame as the voice of Anna in the Japanese dubbed version of the Disney hit movie "Frozen", has formed a new unit known as "TRUSTRICK" on April 23. The unit will release its first album, "Eternity",  on June 25.The unit, comprised of Kanda as the vocalist and Billy (33) as guitarist, named themselves after a combination of the English words "Trust" and "Trick." Th

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  • SKE48's Matsui Rena thinks that Nogizaka46 is more fashionable

    April 24, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Fashion magazine ViVi recently held its fashion show "ViVi Night" on April 23 featuring SKE48, Maggie (21), Kawakita Mayuko (22), Yagi Arisa (18) and more. SKE48's Matsui Jurina (17) commented, "We want to work hard and come off 'ViVidly'." When fellow member Matsui Rena (22), who has recently been assigned to be in both SKE48 and Nogizaka46, asked which group is more fashionable, she said that Nogizaka46 is. On the day, it was also announced tha

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  • Shinoda Mariko wants to grow her hair out

    April 24, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    Former AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko tweeted on April 23 that she wants to grow her hair out, resulting in a heavy debate among her followers as to whether they support her wish. Shinoda has more than 1.85 million followers on Twitter. On April 23, a follower asked, "Mari-chan, are you going to always keep your hair short," to which the former idol responded, "For now I will keep it as it is...but once I am done with my role I want to grow it out."

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  • Sheena Ringo to sing theme song for '2014 FIFA World Cup' programs on NHK

    April 24, 2014 @ 3:06 am

    It's been revealed that singer-songwriter Sheena Ringo will be singing the theme song for soccer-related programs on NHK. The song will air on May 12 during 'Namachukei World Cup Nihon Daihyou Happyou' where the Japanese representative players for the '2014 FIA World Cup' will be announced.   Sheena's new song will be released on June 11. She commented, "Thank you very much for requesting this important mission. This time, the World Cu

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 4/14 ~ 4/20

    April 23, 2014 @ 5:07 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for April 14 to the 20th. Check it out below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Toki wo Koe Uchuu wo Koe / Password is 0" - Morning Musume.'14 : 4/16 (119,409)2. "Family Party" - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu : 4/16 (15,762)3. "STEP" - ClariS : 4/16 (15,641)4. "Yes we are / Koko Kara" - SMAP : 4/9 (13,417)5. "PEACE SUNSHINE" - DANCE EARTH PARTY : 4/16 (13,348)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "SUPER

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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi to open Yakiniku restaurant

    April 23, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    On April 22, AKB48's Uchida Mayumi announced through her Google+ account that she would be opening a yakiniku restaurant.   The restaurant will be named 'Yakiniku IWA', and it will have its grand opening in Shinjuku on the 29th. Uchida commented, "I've been thinking about owning my own restaurant from way back. As a matter of fact, I've been getting ready for it since last year." She added, "From now on, I will do my best to manage both my activ

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  • Mizuki Nana grabs the No. 1 spot on Oricon weekly album chart

    April 22, 2014 @ 2:19 am

    Voice actress and singer Mizuki Nana's 10th original album "SUPERNAL LIBERTY" (released on April 16) sold 76,000 copies in the first week, and it allowed her to grab the number one spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking.This is the first time in 4 years and 10 months for her to top the chart since she last topped it with her 7th album "ULTIMATE DIAMOND" back in June 2009.  This album contains a total of 15 songs including "Appassionato" that

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  • Morning Musume '14 top Oricon weekly single ranking 5 consecutive times for the 1st time

    April 22, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    Idol group Morning Musume '14's 56th single "Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0" (went on sale on April 16) topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking with first week sales of 119,000 copies.  This marked the first time ever for the group to top the single ranking 5 consecutive times since their debut.With this single, they have also renewed their own record (for both male/female, solo/group) of "the total number of singles ranked in top 10" to

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  • bump.y to 'graduate' from their group activities

    April 22, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    bump.y has announced that they will "graduate" from their group activities in late-June.The girls will be "graduating" in order to devote themselves to their acting careers. They are scheduled to hold an event for members of their mobile site 'bump.y mobile' as their final activity as bump.y. bump.y is a 5-member actress group comprised of Matsuyama Mary, Sakuraba Nanami, Miyatake Mio, Takatsuki Sara, and Miyatake Matsuri. They formed in 2009, th

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