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  • Hey! Say! JUMP tops Oricon weekly chart with "Magic Power"

    September 27, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Today, it was revealed that popular group Hey! Say! JUMP’s 8th single “Magic Power” (released on the September 21st) sold 218,000 copies in its first week and topped Oricon’s Weekly Single Ranking for the week of October 3rd. This is their eight consecutive single to top the Oricon Charts since their debut song, “Ultra Music Power” (released back in November 2007). This is also their second consecutive single to sell over 200,000 copies f

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  • Performances from HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ's Idol Special!

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    On September 26th, Fuji TV's music program HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ held an "Idol Festival Special" for this episode. As the name suggests, this broadcast featured performances from various idol groups such as SKE48, Idoling!!!, Fairies, Momoiro Clover Z, NMB48, bump.y, 9nine, SUPER☆GiRLS and SDN48. Check out some of the performances from this exciting episode below! <"Pareo wa Emerald" - SKE48> (Performance starts at 5:0

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  • Japan Box Office Report – September 24th/25th

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_193028" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Moteki" / "Unfair: The Answer" / "Tantei wa BAR ni Iru""][/caption] It was the second long weekend in a row for the Japanese and the first fall weekend of 2011. Distributor Toho were the ones who led the first fall box office chart by claiming the top two spots. You might think that this would be the norm, but the last time they were able

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  • Nine idol groups perform "YMCA" with Saijo Hideki on 'HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ'

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    On the September 26th broadcast of 'HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ', nine idol groups (SKE48, Idoling!!!, Fairies, Momoiro Clover Z, NMB48, bump.y, 9nine, SUPER☆GiRLS and SDN48) took the stage with Saijo Hideaki to perform "Y.M.C.A."! Check out this unbelievable large performance below!

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  • Cross-dressing idol unit Fudanjuku to recruit a new member

    September 27, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    On September 26th, six-member cross-dressing unit Fudanjuku announced that they'll be recruiting a new member for their group. Fudanjuku is part of “the second face” for girl unit Nakano Fujo Sisters, and they're widely known both in Japan and overseas for their unique concept. This group was formed back in 2007 and in July of 2011, leader Inui Yoko (30) graduated from the unit. Since then, the unit changed its name and have been looking f

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  • Kimura Kaela returns as the cover girl of "Zipper"

    September 27, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    On the November issue of “Zipper” magazine, artist Kimura Kaela appeared as the cover girl for the first time in 10 months. Some time ago, Kimura performed her one-man live at the Yokohama Blitz and displayed a powerful voice and performance that's almost unbelievable for a woman who just gave birth not too long ago. This singer, who came back as a model for “Zipper” after 10 months, wore a yellow dress and multicolored cardigan paired wi

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  • Kitano Takeshi and more to join Takakura Ken for new movie "Anata e"

    September 27, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    [caption id="attachment_192895" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Takakura Ken in his role as a prison counselor"][/caption] Actor Kitano Takeshi will team up with Takakura Ken once again for their upcoming movie, "Anata e" ("To You"). It's been 27 years since Kitano and Takakura last co-starred together in a film. "Yasha" (1985). For Takakura, it's going to be the first movie in six years, and the 205th movie overall in his impressi

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  • Mizuki Nana to provide theme song for "Mahou Shoujo Ririkaru Nanoha A's PORTABLE -THE GEARS OF DESTINY-"

    September 27, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Singer/voice actress Mizuki Nana will be contributing her new song, "ROMANCERS' NEO", to Playstation Portable's new game, "Mahou Shoujo Ririkaru Nanoha A's PORTABLE -THE GEARS OF DESTINY-", as its theme song. "ROMANCERS' NEO" can be found in her upcoming best-of album, "THE MUSEUM II", which will be released on November 23rd. Other songs to be included in the album are "PHANTOM MINDS", "Shinai", "DISCOTHEQUE", and "Junketsu Paradox". Ad

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  • Aoi, Moran, and more to release '90s Visual Kei cover album

    September 27, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Visual Kei fans get ready, because your favorite VK bands are coming together and releasing a cover album of hit rock songs from the 1990's! The album has been titled, "CRUSH! -90's V-Rock best hit cover songs", and it's scheduled to hit shelves on November 23rd. Some of the participating artists include Annie's Black, R Shitei, OZ, Gurudo, 9GOATS BLACK OUT, MEGAMASO, MORAN, and more. They will be covering classics like "Yurameki" by Dir

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  • Shiina Ringo to provide theme song for ballet documentary film

    September 27, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    Singer-songwriter Shiina Ringo will be providing the theme song for the upcoming documentary film, "Kyou to Ashita no Aida de". This will be Shiina's first dance song, and she will play the piano alongside Saito Neko Quartet. "Kyou to Ashita no Aida de" is a documentary film about Shuto Yasuyuki, a world-famous ballet dancer. It will portray the real side of the 'isolated dancer', as he reveals his innermost thoughts for the first time. Th

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