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  • Up-Front Agency's talents charity song "Ai wa Katsu" to be released as a CD

    April 25, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    As we reported earlier, 131 talents from Up-Front Agency created a special group "Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu singers" for a disaster relief project. They sang a charity song "Ai wa Katsu" which was a big hit song by KAN back in 1990.   The song was already distributed as a digital single on April 9th, however, it's been announced that now it will be released in CD form on June 22nd. It will include "Ai wa Katsu" and its instrumental versi

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  • COMA-CHI releases anti-nuclear power song, "say 'NO'"

    April 25, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    R&B singer COMA-CHI unveiled her latest song "say 'NO'" on her official blog, revealing her firm position on nuclear power. "The last time (they had a protest about nuclear power), I was in Germany," she wrote, encouraging people to attend the April 24th protest in Yoyogi Park. "I penned (this song) in my hotel room in Berlin." The track was produced by Frankfurt producer Chris Mako, who also included the English translation of the ly

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  • EXILE's ATSUSHI covers Ray Charles on "EXILE Tamashii"

    April 24, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    On the latest episode of "EXILE Tamashii", EXILE member ATSUSHI covered the legendary American musician, Ray Charles! ATSUSHI made fans swoon by playing the piano while singing his own versions of the hit songs, "Unchain My Heart", "I've Got A Woman", and "Georgia on my Mind". The episode also features the appearance of singer Wada Akiko, who was close friends with Ray Charles. Check out the videos below! http://www.youtube.com/watc

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  • Oku Hanako announces new best album, "Kimi no Egao -smile selection-"

    April 24, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Singer-songwriter Oku Hanako announced on her official blog that she will be releasing a compilation album titled "Kimi no Egao -smile selection-"! The album will consist of ten songs hand-picked by Oku herself, all of which carry the theme of making someone smile. The cover of the album will also be designed by Oku Hanako, thus making "Kimi no Egao -smile selection" a "self-produced" album. Check out the list of songs that will be included

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  • NERDHEAD to make major label debut with "Doushite Suki Nan Darou feat. Mai-K"

    April 24, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Hip-hop unit NERDHEAD has announced that they will be making their major label debut this year! NERDHEAD will release their single "Doushite Suki Nan Darou feat. Mai-K" on June 1st, which features the vocals of pop singer Kuraki Mai. This marks the first time that Kuraki has used the name "Mai-K" since her less-than-successful attempt to break into the American market in 1999. NERDHEAD is the solo project of Giorgio Cancemi, a hit produce

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  • mihimaru GT's "Hajimari no Ippo" becomes theme song for "Himitsu no Kenmin SHOW"

    April 24, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Pop duo mihimaru GT announced over their official Twitter that their upcoming song will be used as the ending theme for "Himitsu no Kenmin SHOW"! The song is titled "Hajimari no Ippo" and will be included on their new single, "Masterpiece". This release will be the first that mihimaru GT has released as a duo since both members began their solo projects; it'll hit stores on June 8th. Fans who can't wait to hear new material from mihimaru GT

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  • MAY'S announces the return of NATURAL8!

    April 24, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    MAY's member Katagiri Maiko announced on her official blog that eight-member unit NATURAL8 will be making a comeback! NATURAL8 is a special collaboration unit consisting of CLIFF EDGE, MAY'S, SHIKATA, and KG. The group came together in 2007 to release their first album "GOLDEN SHUFFLE", which was followed by "GOLDEN SHUFFLE 2" in 2008. Since then, little has been heard from NATURAL8 as a unit. Although there hasn't been any info about their

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  • Ex-Melon Kinenbi member Shibata Ayumi to release solo single, "ALL"

    April 24, 2011 @ 5:17 am

    Ex-Melon Kinenbi member Shibata Ayumi will be going solo this year! Shibata's first solo single is titled "ALL", and will be available in two different versions: a limited edition and a regular edition. The single is scheduled to hit stores on July 6th. This will be Shibata's first musical release since Hello! Project group Melon Kinenbi disbanded last year, and after leaving Up Front Agency. No further information has been revealed, so k

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  • exist†trace reveals track list for "TRUE"!

    April 24, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    We previously reported that female visual kei band exist†trace would be releasing their first major label single "TRUE," on June 15th and now the full track listing for the single has been revealed! The girls are going all-out with a maxi single, which features five new tracks. A short preview of the title track "TRUE" can be heard here. Check out the track list below! - 01. TRUE 02. Honnou 03. Tokoyami no Yoake 04. KISS IN THE DA

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  • F.T. Island to perform at Budokan in July

    April 23, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Today South Korean band F.T. Island held a special event for their new song "SATISFACTION," that was released on April 20th in Tokyo. On that occasion, the band also announced that they are going to perform at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 29th. F.T. Island debuted in Japan last May and have been working hard since then in order to earn them many new Japanese fans. The efforts paid off, as they are going to be the first South Korean ba

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