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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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  • AKB48 celebrates the one-millionth audience member to their theater

    February 25, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    On February 25, the total audience members to AKB48's base, AKB48 Theater (Akihabara, Tokyo) reached the one million mark.AKB48 theater has a capacity of 250, and there were only 7 people who visited the first opening performance, however, after 9 years and 2 months (3367 days) since its opening on December 8 2005, it has finally welcomed the one-millionth visitor. Up until now, a total of 471 members  (including AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HK

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  • Oricon Weekly Ranking for 2/16 ~ 2/22

    February 25, 2015 @ 5:32 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for February 16 to 22. Check it out below![Single Weekly Ranking] 1. "Kareinaru Gyakushu / Humor Shichauyo" - SMAP : 2/18 (160,313)2. "Mr.Chu (On Stage) -Japanese Ver.-" - Apink : 2/18 (54,161)3. "Gira Gira Revolution" - SUPER☆GiRLS : 2/18 (50,740)4. "THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 01 Star!!" - CINDERELLA PROJECT : 2/18 (46,730)5. "Miiro" - AKINO from bless4 : 2/18 (31,398)(Check out

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  • Yuki Mio postpones her singing debut, takes a break due to poor physical condition

    February 25, 2015 @ 5:30 am

    Previously, we reported that actress Yuki Mio (15) would be making her singing debut with double A-side single "Oshiete, Kamisama / Sayonara Mata Aoune", which was scheduled to be released on March 25. However, it was recently announced the release of her debut single has been postponed, and a CD debut event, which was slated to be held on February 26, has been canceled. Her CD debut event was originally scheduled to be held on the 2nd

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  • Oguri Shun turns into a 'blue bird' in new Pretz CM

    February 24, 2015 @ 3:02 am

    Actor Oguri Shun is starring in the new CM for Glico's 'Pretz', which will begin airing nationwide on February 26. The CM starts with Oguri gazing at a woman practicing the piano. When the woman notices Oguri mumbling to himself, she looks over at the sofa and finds a blue bird in his place. On his first 'bird role', Oguri commented, "I played the part while being conscious of the qualities of birds." Source & Image: Oricon

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  • MAX's REINA gives birth to her 3rd child

    February 24, 2015 @ 2:56 am

    MAX member REINA, who has been on maternity leave since 2011, has announced that she has given birth to her third child, a baby boy. Although she gave birth one week after her due date, REINA revealed that the delivery went smoothly. Her son was born 4 hours after she went into labor. She explained, "Because I'm still on maternity leave and haven't returned to work yet, I decided to make the announcement to everyone after I had given birth."&nbs

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  • GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE tops Oricon album ranking once again

    February 24, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    7-member vocal and dance unit GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE topped Oricon's latest weekly album ranking with their 2nd album "GENERATION EX" (released on February 18) with first week sales of 64,000 copies.As their previous self-titled album "GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE" released in November 2013 grabbed No.1 spot on the chart, this marked the 2nd consecutive chart-topping album. Also, the first week sales was 15,000 copies more than the previous

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  • SMAP top Oricon weekly single ranking for 32nd time

    February 23, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

    SMAP's 54th single "Kareinaru Gyakushu / Humor Shichauyo" which went on sale on February 18, topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking, selling 160,000 copies in the first week.This is their 21st consecutive chart topping single, and 32nd overall. When including the sales for this single, the group's total number of singles and albums sold have reached 35,158,000 copies. They are the 4th male artist to reach the 35 million sale threshold, following

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