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  • Former Morning Musume member Ogawa Makoto announces her retirement from the entertainment industry

    March 13, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

    On March 13, former Morning Musume member Ogawa Makoto (27) announced through the official site and her blog that she would leave her agency at the end of this month and retire from the entertainment industry.Ogawa wrote, "I decided to leave the showbiz world where I have been in since I was 13, after March 31, 2015." She continued, "I feel sorry to make this sudden announcement for you guys who have supported me, but this is the decision I

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  • 5 members graduate from Kamen Joshi

    March 12, 2015 @ 5:26 am

    It's been announced that 5 members, Hayase Amu, Araya Satsuki, Koyanagi Tomoe, Amaki Jun, and Aizawa Mina, have graduated from Kamen Joshi. Each member announced their graduation through their blogs and revealed their current state of mind. Hayase, who had been on break due to her poor health (including panic disorder), explained that she will graduate in order to "move forward," whereas Amaki will "concentrate on work to become a gravia ido

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/2 ~ 3/8

    March 12, 2015 @ 5:23 am

    Check out Oricon's weekly charts for March 2 to 8! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Green Flash" - AKB48 : 3/4 (1,001,393)2. "Jounetsu no Hana" - EXILE : 3/4 (66,545)3. "Yacchatta!" - Busaiku : 3/8 (57,964)4. "Kitto" - Choshinsei : 3/4 (54,208)5. "R.O.S.E" - WOOYOUNG (From 2PM) : 3/4 (38,666)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "EPIC DAY" - B'z : 3/4 (209,576)2. "Hanadokei" - Flower : 3/4 (57,203)3. "Launcher" - LiSA : 3/4 (25

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  • Perfume appear at press conference for new Sapporo CM

    March 11, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    On March 9, 3 member techno-pop group Perfume appeared at a press conference in Tokyo for their new "Sapporo Green Aroma" CM.   In the CM, the trio appear in the middle of a forest and drink beer while expressing their enjoyment of the beer's aroma. The CM uses the trio's song "Relax In The City".At the press event, A-chan (26) smiled as she said, "I like how it was made as if we became 'forest fairies'." She said with jo

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  • B'z grab the No.1 spot on Oricon weekly album ranking

    March 10, 2015 @ 2:45 am

    Popular rock unit B'z recently released their first original album in 3 years and 8 months "EPIC DAY" on March 4, and sold 210,000 copies in the first week. According to Oricon, this allowed the album to top the latest weekly ranking. This is the 27th No.1 album for the duo, and when including the sales for the album, the total sales for their albums have reached 46,284,000 copies. Thus, with this, they've renewed their own records for "the numb

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  • AKB48 become first artist to have 20 consecutive million selling singles after 'Green Flash' surpasses 1 million sales

    March 9, 2015 @ 5:55 pm

    AKB48's 39th single "Green Flash" which Kashiwagi Yuki and Kojima Haruna serve as the center, sold 1,001,000 copies in its first week, topping Oricon's latest weekly single ranking. "Green Flash" is the group's 26th consecutive chart-topping single, and they broke the record of "the most number of consecutive No.1 singles" (for female artists) which was held by Hamasaki Ayumi with 25 consecutive singles. Hamasaki Ayumi held the record for 4 year

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  • Somoto Saori to withdraw from Maison book girl

    March 8, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

    Maison book girl's Somoto Kaori will withdraw from the group after the live event 'SOLITUDE HOTEL B1' on March 27 at CHELSEA HOTEL.This was announced on March 8th during Maison book girl's stage at the event 'POP SONG FOR U Vol.2' at Shibuya eggman. On the group's official website, Somoto explained, "Due to family reasons, it has become difficult to continue my activities."  Maison book girl will release their 1st CDs "white" and "blac

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  • SPACE SHOWER TV announces 'Music Video Award' winners

    March 8, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

    SPACE SHOWER TV has announced the winner of its 'SPACE SHOWER MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS'.This year marks SPACE SHOWER TV's 19th 'MVA'. The 'BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR' went to Quruli's "Liberty&Gravity" and the 'BEST ARTIST' went to SEKAI NO OWARI. You can check out the full list of winners below! And if you haven't seen it yet, check out the music video for Quruli's "Liberty&Gravity"! [SPACE SHOWER MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS] BEST VIDEO OF THE YEARQuruli - "Libe

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  • Matsuzaki Shigeru to be the temporary vocalist for SuG

    March 6, 2015 @ 2:54 am

    It was previously reported that an unknown vocalist named SHIGERU will temporarily join the band while Takeru is on hiatus. That unknown vocalist has been revealed to be singer Matsuzaki Shigeru, and he's participating in the TV spot CM for the band's new album "BLACK", which was released on March 4. In the band, Matsuzaki wears a blonde wig as well as clothes that will remind you of Takeru. "Because I have experience in

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  • Ito Misaki announces her 2nd pregnancy

    March 5, 2015 @ 5:56 am

    On March 5, it was reported that actress/model Ito Misaki (37) is pregnant with her second child.The actress released a comment through her agency, which stated, "I'm currently 6 months pregnant and my due date is the same day as my first born. My family and I are spending everyday feeling the nobility of life, especially joyous." Ito plans to continue her activities while paying close attention to her health. "While my life will be cen

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