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  • B'z break records and top Oricon chart with their 1st single in 2 years and 9 months

    January 19, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

    Popular rock unit B'z released their come back single titled "Uchouten" on January 14 which was their first single in 2 years and 9 months.After selling 134,000 copies in the first week, the single topped Oricon's weekly single ranking and it has become their 47th consecutive chart-topping single.The total number of weeks their singles have charted has reached 64 weeks, and it broke the record of "number of weeks an artist's singles have charted"

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  • Itano Tomomi & TAKAHIRO deny reports of relationship & marriage

    January 19, 2015 @ 6:38 am

    Recently, there have been some reports that singer Itano Tomomi and EXILE's TAKAHIRO will soon be getting married. On January 18, both parties denied such reports. A message titled "To everyone who support EXILE TAKAHIRO" was posted onto EXILE's official website. It stated, "From before there have been reports through various media outlets regarding relationship and marriage, but none of that is true." The message concluded, "Our sincerest apolog

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 1/7~1/13

    January 16, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of January 7 to January 13. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 03 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 04 - "Attakain Dakara" - Kumamushi 05 - "Kibou no Hikari ~Mirai wo Shinjite~ (Dream & E-gir

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  • Studio Ghibli's 'Kaguyahime no Monogatari' receives nomination for the 87th Academy Awards

    January 15, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

    It was announced that Studio Ghibli's film 'Kaguya-hime no Monogatari ('The Tale of the Princess Kaguya')', directed by Takahata Isao, has been nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 87th annual Academy Awards.As Miyazaki Hayao's 'Kazetachinu ('The Wind Rises')' was also nominated last year, this marks the second consecutive year for a Japanese film to be nominated in this category.  'Kaguya-hime no Monogatari' is

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  • ONE OK ROCK's new song to be used in J-WAVE's Super Bowl special program

    January 14, 2015 @ 3:57 am

    ONE OK ROCK's new song "Cry out" will be used as the theme song for J-WAVE's special program "J-WAVE SPECIAL SUPER BOWL XLIX RADIO supported by Audi". "Cry out" will be included in ONE OK ROCK's new album "35xxxv", which will be released on February 11. "J-WAVE SPECIAL SUPER BOWL XLIX RADIO supported by Audi" is a live broadcast program of NFL's 'SUPER BOWL XLIX' featuring commentaries from the members of the band. There will be a chanc

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  • Amuro Namie transfers to Avex's Dimension Point

    January 14, 2015 @ 3:56 am

    Amuro Namie has ended her contract with Rising Production as of January 14 and has signed a new contract with Dimension Point. Dimension Point was established within Avex about 2 years ago. While she's been releasing her works under Dimension Point since then, they will also be in charge of management with this new transfer effective January 15.  In a press release, Avex stated, "Music production, promotions, live activities, and busin

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  • BABYMETAL become the youngest female artists to top Oricon Blu-ray Ranking

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    Three-member metal and dance unit BABYMETAL recently released their first Budokan concert (in March 2014) CD "Live at Budokan ~Red Night~" and came in at 3rd place on the Oricon Album Ranking. This is the first time in 24 years and 7 months that a Japanese female group's live concert album has made it into the top 3 on the album charts since Wink's "Shining Star". Furthermore, the concert DVD "Live at Budokan ~Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse~"

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/5 ~ 1/11

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:28 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for January 5 to 11. Check it out below! [Single Weekly Ranking] 1. "KAGUYA" - NEWS : 1/7 (140,144)2. "Mou Ichido Dake" - Da-iCE : 1/7 (21,595)3. "Let Me Hear" (Limited Edition) - Fear,and Loathing in Las Vegas : 1/7 (17,644)4. "border" - ClariS : 1/7 (15,002)5. "Hitomi" - Ohara Sakurako : 1/7 (9,268)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Toumei na Iro" - Nogizaka46 : 1/7 (222,031)2.

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  • Arashi's Matsumoto Jun meets a mermaid in new hair CM

    January 13, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    Hair care series "Je l'aime" by Kose has released a new CM for its new hair product lineup featuring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun. In the CM, Matsumoto is seen with a mermaid who has terribly damaged hair. She complains to him, "I've been eating konbu too.." Matsumoto appears to be shocked at the damage before advising the mermaid to use the new Je l'aime product. Filled with exaggerated expressions and humorous moments, this CM is set to capture

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  • 22 AKB group members celebrate Coming of Age Day

    January 13, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

    January 12 is Coming of Age Day in Japan, and a total of 22 'new adults' from the AKB groups attended their coming of age ceremony at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo. All of the girls were dressed in their beautiful traditional kimono while surrounded by about 1,000 fans.The members were blessed by the Shinto priest one by one and consumed the holy sake in completion of the ceremony.7 members from AKB48 attended the ceremony. Kawaei Rina (19) co

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