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  • Mr. Children's two best-of album sells over 1.44 million copies

    May 16, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    Popular rock band Mr. Children released two best-of albums for their 20th anniversary on May 10th. The albums have been met with great response as 'Mr.Children 2005-2010 <macro>' sold 732,000 copies and 'Mr.Children 2001-2005 <micro>' sold 716,000 copies for the first week of sales, and clinched 1st and 2nd place on the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking Chart for the week of May 21st. They sold over 1,147,000 in total for the two alb

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – May 11th~May 13th

    May 16, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    [caption id="attachment_239219" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – May 11th~May 13th"][/caption] We are right in the middle of the season and the dramas have pretty much found a stable level around their average rating. On Friday, 'Mou Ichido Kimi ni, Propose' (TBS) recorded a rating of 8.3% for the third consecutive week. Although you can't really say that it's a successful drama, you have to give credit to

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  • AKB48 research student Mitsumune Kaoru to play lead role in new movie

    May 15, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    It's been revealed that AKB48 13th generation research student Mitsumune Kaoru will be playing the lead role in the upcoming film, 'Shoujo Camera'. Mitsumune won the grand prix in the 'Kobe Collection Model Audition' back in 2011. She just made her theater debut last December, and has already made her acting debut last month in the TBS drama series, 'ATARU'. 'Shoujo Camera' tells a story of 4 college students who each return to their ho

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  • Teaser for Oizumi Yo & Aso Kumiko's new movie 'GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!' revealed

    May 15, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    A teaser video for Oizumi Yo and Aso Kumiko's upcoming movie, 'GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!', has been revealed! 'GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!' is based on a novel by Yoshikawa Toriko, and is directed by Yamamoto Yutaka. It tells a story of a complicated family consisting of a single mother, her daughter, and her former bandmate. Aso plays the role of the mother 'Aki', while Oizumi plays the frivolous and kind 'Yagu'. It also stars 'Seventeen' model M

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  • MAY'S reveals short PV for "SKY"

    May 15, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    Pop duo MAY'S has revealed the short PV for their new song, "SKY"! "SKY" is a track off of the duo's upcoming album, "Smiling", which is due out on June 13th. The album will feature a total of 17 tracks that will bring a smile to the listeners' faces. After going on hiatus last year due to vocalist Katagiri Maiko's poor throat condition, MAY'S commemorated their comeback with a concert earlier in March. Along with "Smiling", the duo wil

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  • Not yet releases full PV for "Suika BABY"

    May 15, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    AKB48 sub-unit Not yet has revealed the full PV for their upcoming single, "Suika BABY"! In the video, the girls return to their hotel room after a successful concert in London for their world tour. The girls celebrate their night with champagne bottles, pillow fights, make-overs, silly strings, and more! "Suika BABY" is scheduled for release on May 30th. Check out the PV below! Tip: joe.oppa

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  • Base Ball Bear reveals title of their new mini-album

    May 15, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Previously, we reported that Base Ball Bear would be releasing their new mini-album on July 11th. Now, it's been revealed that the mini-album will be titled "Hatsukoi"! The title track of the mini-album was written as the theme song for animated film, 'Toshokan Senso: Kakumei no Tsubasa'. It will also contain a new song produced by Okamura Yasuyuki and a collaboration song with Maeyamada Kenichi. "Hatsukoi" will be available for downloa

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  • Gouriki Ayame appointed as new spokesperson for Deo Water deodorant

    May 15, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    On May 14th, actress Gouriki Ayame (19) appeared wearing a yukata at a press conference in Tokyo to announce her appointment as the CM character for the new 8X4 Deowater (Nivea-Kao) deodorant CM. The actress, who will be 20 in August, was cheerful as she said, “I am very excited.”  She avoided a question regarding relationships as she stated, “Because every day is packed with activities, I am channeling all my energy into my work,” but sh

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  • Cast of 'Hotaru no Hikari' movie attends completion ceremony

    May 15, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    On May 14th, the cast of 'Hotaru no Hikari' attended an event to announce the completion of filming for their upcoming movie. Actress Ayase Haruka claimed that she's a 'himono onna' herself as she said, "I'm a himono onna. I tend to find things very bothersome. When I go home, I take off my pants and socks together." Announcer Hayama Hélène responded, "How efficient." 'Hotaru no Hikari' is based on Hiura Satoru’s popular manga that was

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  • Salyu collaborates with full orchestra for a concert

    May 15, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    On May 12th, Salyu held her live concert, 'Symphonic Evolution with Salyu supported by Zero Home', at Kyoto Concert Hall. For this concert, Salyu collaborated with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. The set list consisted of a total of 15 songs with its main focus on ballads such as "VALON-1", "Corteo ~Gyouretsu", "to U", "Aozora", and "Tabibito". She also performed her latest single "Lighthouse" and her hit song "HALFWAY" w

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