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  • aiko reveals new artist photo

    January 22, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    aiko, who will be releasing her new single "Kimi no Tonari" on January 29, has revealed a new artist photo.   In the new artist photo, aiko is seen with a gentle smile in a bright blue dress. She shows a different expression than the jacket photos she revealed earlier this month. The single's title track is the CM song for Lotte's 'Ghana Milk Chocolate'. For its coupling tracks, the single will include new songs "Shitauchi" and "A

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  • Utada Hikaru absent from scheduled radio program

    January 22, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    It has been announced that singer Utada Hikaru did not go on her scheduled radio programs due to health problems. Utada was scheduled to appear on Inter FM's "KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru". However, it was announced on the program's official website that due to health reasons, Utada would not appear on the show. Worried fans have also noted that the last time Utada updated her Twitter account was on January 1 and there has been no news from

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  • Music producer Sakuma Masahide passes away

    January 21, 2014 @ 5:16 am

    It's been reported that music producer Sakuma Masahide passed away on January 15. He was 61 years old.In April of 2013, Sakuma was diagnosed with scirrhous stomach cancer. Since then, he continued to work while receiving treatment. He had battled cancer for about 10 months, but his condition became critical on the 15th. His funeral will be held privately with close relatives as stated in his will.   Sakuma was a member of ban

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  • Sandaime JSB tops Oricon's album chart 4 weeks in a row

    January 20, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    7-member dance & vocal unit Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE topped Oricon's latest album chart 4 weeks in a row with "THE BEST / BLUE IMPACT" (released on January1). This week's sale was 23,000 copies, and with that the album has now sold 275,000 copies in total. This is the first time in 3 years and 8 months for any artist to top the chart 4 weeks in a row since Tokunaga Hideaki last achieved it with "VOCALIST 4" back in May 2010,

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  • Kanjani8' latest single sells over 200,000 copies in the first week

    January 20, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    Popular group Kanjani8's latest single "Hibiki" (release January 15) sold 206,000 copies in the first week, landing the group in the No.1 spot on Oricon's weekly ranking.The single happened to be their 13th consecutive chart-topping single (and 21st in total). "Hibiki" is the second one of the group's three consecutive single releases, and the title track is being used as the theme song for member Okura Tadayoshi's starring TBS drama "Dr.DMAT" (

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  • NMB48's Yamauchi Tsubasa temporarily suspends her activities

    January 20, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    It's been reported that NMB48 member Yamauchi Tsubasa will temporarily suspend her activities due to a leg injury.During the group's 3rd anniversary live at Osaka-jo Hall back in October, Yamauchi challenged herself to a difficult dance as a member of the dance senbatsu. NMB48's theater manager Kaneko Tsuyoshi explained, "Recently, there has been a pain in her leg. Upon discussion with the doctor, her parents, and Yamauchi herself, it has been de

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  • aiko starts up a Twitter account

    January 20, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    On January 20th, aiko started up her official Twitter account. Through her account "@aiko_dochibi", both aiko and her staff will be updating fans with the latest news. aiko first tweeted "breast!", then followed up by greeting her fans, "I've started. Please treat me well." Tweets by aiko herself will be signed with the hiragana letter "あ" at the end of the sentence. aiko will release her new single "Kimi no Tonari" on January 29th. Fo

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  • Eita plays a 'father role' in new Toyota CM

    January 20, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Actor Eita plays the role of a father in Toyota's new CM for 'Voxy' which will start its broadcast on January 21st. This is Eita's first time playing a "father role" in a CM. The CM, titled 'Love and Father', portrays the time Eita spent together with his girlfriend until the moment he becomes a father. In the last scene, he is seen holding hands with his son, where he realizes that he's become a father. During the CM shoot, Eita got along with t

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  • AKB48's Yokoyama Yui opens her official Twitter account

    January 20, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    On January 20th, AKB48 member Yokoyama Yui launched her official Twitter account. She has already over 50,000 followers, and among those she follows are fellow member Umeda Ayaka, SKE48's Matsui Rena, and Rakuten Golden Eagles' Tanaka Masahiro.  There are many Twitter accounts who claim to be Yokoyama, but her official account name is "@Yui_yoko1208". Her first tweet says "I'm Yokoyama Yui of AKB48! I started Twitter! Please treat me kindly!" In

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  • JUJU provides song for Shiseido's 'MAQuillAGE' CM starring Mizuhara Kiko

    January 19, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    JUJU's new song "Hot Stuff" will be used as the CM song for Shiseido's 'MAQuillAGE Essence Glamorous Rouge NEO'.  'MAQuillAGE Essence Glamorous Rouge NEO' is a new product that will be released on January 21st, and it's the evolved version of 'Essence Glamorous Rouge'. The new CM, which will start airing on the release date, will star Mizuhara Kiko.For the CM, JUJU created a dance number that's soulful and filled with elation. "Hot Stuff" will b

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