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  • Kanjani8 top Oricon weekly single ranking with 'Gamushara Koushinkyoku'

    December 10, 2014 @ 2:11 am

    Popular group Kanjani8's newest song "Gamushara Koushinkyoku" (released December 3) topped Oricon's weekly single ranking with first week sales of 201,000 copies.When including their singles released under name of Eight Ranger, this is the group's 18th consecutive, and 26th chart-topping single. "Gamushara Koushinkyoku" is also their 6th chart-topping single in this year, and that is the most number of chart-topping singles in one year, which ti

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  • EXILE ATSUSHI grabs No.1 spot on Oricon chart for the first time

    December 9, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    EXILE ATSUSHI's new album "Love Ballade" which was released on December 3, sold 81,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly album ranking. This marks his first chart-topping work as a solo artist including both singles and albums. Previously, his best ranked works reached second on the charts including, "MELROSE ~Aisanai Yakusoku~" (single: released in December 2012) and "Music" (album: released in March 2014).This album contains 14

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu denies retirement reports

    December 9, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    Recently, some media outlets have reported that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will announce her retirement on 'Kouhaku Uta Gassen' later this month. On December 8, the singer denied the retirement reports through her official Twitter.Both Kyary and SEKAI NO OWARI are scheduled to appear in 'The 65th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen'. Some media reports have reported that Kyary and FUKASE will share a kiss and announce their marriage on live TV. Fans asked her, "It's a

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  • Nakazawa Yuko is pregnant with her 2nd child

    December 7, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

    On December 7, talento Nakazawa Yuko (41) updated her official blog and announced that she is pregnant with her 2nd child. Nakazawa reported the happy news in a blog entry titled "An announcement to everyone." She expressed, "My husband and I are happy that a younger brother or sister will be born to our daughter, who is growing quickly and energetically.  Nakazawa revealed, "I've entered my 5th month and my stomach is starting to show," and con

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  • Stardust Promotion denies reports on Kitagawa Keiko's smoking habits

    December 5, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

    Recently, it was reported by a few weekly magazines that actress Kitagawa Keiko is a "heavy smoker." On December 4, Kitagawa's agency Stardust Promotion updated her official website and denied the reports. In the diary corner of her website, Kitagawa's management staff wrote, "There have been reports about Kitagawa's smoking habits, but there is no truth in that." They called to her fans, "We ask for your kind understanding and continued sup

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  • Former Idoling!!! member Kikuchi Ami reveals that she's lost 7.5 kg

    December 3, 2014 @ 3:56 am

    On December 2, Kikuchi Ami (24), who recently graduated from idol group Idoling!!!, updated her official blog revealing that she has lost 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs) through dieting. She also shared a picture of herself when she was at her heaviest weight.Kikuchi revealed, "During summer, when I was at my max weight, I was 57 kg (125.4 lbs)." In order to improve her figure, she says she used various dieting methods such as drinking enzyme diet dr

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 11/24 ~ 11/30

    December 3, 2014 @ 3:54 am

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for November 24 to 30. Take a look at the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Kibouteki Refrain" - AKB48 : 11/26 (1,130,312)2. "Mr.Snowman" - E-girls : 11/26 (43,653)3. "Aki no Anata no Sora Tooku" - lily white : 11/26 (40,116)4. "DREAM TRIGGER" - Tokyo Performance Doll : 11/26 (33,012)5. "Tora Tora Tiger!!" - babyraids : 11/26 (31,171)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "THE

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  • BIGBANG tops Oricon's weekly album ranking with their best-of album

    December 1, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    Popular Korean group BIGBANG and their best-of album 'THE BEST OF BIGBANG 2006-2014' (released on November 26) sold 120,000 copies during the first week, topping Oricon's latest weekly album ranking.The first week sales for this album was their highest since they made their major debut in Japan back in June 2009. This also marked the first time in 3.5 years for the group to top the Oricon charts since their last top-charted work, their 2nd album

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  • AKB48 becomes first female artist to sell more than 30 million singles

    December 1, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    AKB48's 38th single "Kibouteki Refrain" topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking with first week sales reaching 1,130,000 copies.  If you add the first week sales of "Kibouteki Refrain," the total sales for AKB48's singles have reached 31,111,000 copies since their debut back in February 2006. They're the second artist to achieve the 30 million sales figure for singles after B'z (sales figure: 35.443 million copies). AKB48 is also the first fe

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  • PE'Z to disband at the end of 2015

    December 1, 2014 @ 3:31 am

    Jazz band PE'Z will be disbanding at the end of 2015.According to the band, the disbandment was decided "after talking with the 5 members, and eventually talking with the staff." They explained, "The members' passion for music hasn't faded at all. It was a positive decision for us."  At this moment, PE'Z is scheduled to hold their customary year-end lives 'EN-MUSUBI2014 ~Chisoutte Iu Gurai Dakara Sore wa Mou~' and their live house tour 'REALIVE

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