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  • Arashi's Ohno Satoshi mimics his co-actors at a fan gratitude event

    June 6, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    On June 4th, Arashi’s Ohno Satoshi (31) attended a fan gratitude event for his Fuji TV drama “Kagi no Kakkata Heya” (currently on-air, Mondays at 9 P.M.). At the request of their fans, Ohno was asked to mimic the lines of their co-actors Sato Koichi (51) and Toda Erika (23), a method he uses to practice his lines back at home. Sato did not find Ohno’s mimicking satisfactory and stated, “Doesn’t it sound more like Matsuda Yusaku (actor)?” I

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  • Visual-kei band HERO to provide opening theme for "FAIRY TAIL"

    June 6, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    On June 5th, it was revealed that visual kei rock band HERO will be providing the opening theme song for the anime "FAIRY TAIL" beginning on July 7th. The band had previously been featured in the ending scene of an episode of "FAIRY TAIL" and will now be moving on to providing the theme song for the anime, the first time for HERO. "When I started chasing after my dream of being in a band, I was talking with my friends and told them, 'In th

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  • flumpool's "Because… I am" earns tie-up with 'au AQUOSPHONE CL IS17SH' and 'Sukkiri!'

    June 6, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    flumpool's new song, "Because... I am", has been chosen as the CM song for 'au AQUOSPHONE CL IS17SH'! It will also serve as the theme song for NTV's morning news show, 'Sukkiri!'. The song shares the same title as flumpool's current nationwide tour, and it's described as a dynamic rock number. "Because... I am" was originally slated for release on July 4th, but due to certain circumstances with production, the release date has been push

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  • Tohoshinki to release new single and DVD this summer!

    June 6, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    Pop duo Tohoshinki have announced a new single this summer titled "ANDROID" and a new DVD/Blu-ray, currently untitled. "ANDROID" will be released on July 11th and the DVD/Blu-ray on July 25th. "ANDROID" is Tohoshinki's second single of 2012 and is a new dance tune. There will be three versions for the single; "CD+DVD" version, "CD only" version, and their official fan club "Big East" version. "CD+DVD" version will include a DVD with the "A

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  • Oricon reveals weekly charts for the week of June 11

    June 6, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Oricon has released its latest weekly charts! Below are the results of Oricon’s weekly charts for the week of June 11. As previously reported, AKB48 and its sub-units have taken over the top three spots on this week’s single chart. Check to see if your favorite artists made it to the top! —– <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. “Suika BABY” – Not yet : 5/30 (135,513) 2. “Manatsu no Sounds good!” – AKB48 : 5/23 (128,604) 3. “

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  • Kylee performs her new song "Mirai" at private showing of "Signal ~Getsuyoubi no Ruka~"

    June 6, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    On June 4, American-born singer Kylee appeared at a private preview showing of the movie "Signal ~Getsuyoubi no Ruka~" with the film's lead actress Mine Azusa, and performed the theme song of the movie, "Mirai". The movie will open in Japanese theaters on June 9. Kylee's newest song, which will be released later this month, has been appointed as the theme song of the film. "I'm honored that you so thoroughly sang Ruka's (the protagonist of

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  • TACKEY & TSUBASA to release fan-selected best album for 10th anniversary

    June 6, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    To celebrate their upcoming tenth anniversary Tackey & Tsubasa have begun a special project. Since making their CD debut with the album "Hatachi" on September 11, 2002, Tackey & Tsubasa have released three original albums, one mini-album, one best-of album, and thirteen singles to date. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite song from these works, and the most popular will be compiled onto a best-of request albu

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  • B'z consecutively tops eight of their live DVDs

    June 6, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    On the Oricon Weekly DVD Ranking for June 11, the live DVD of popular band B’z, ‘B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 - C’mon-’ (released on May 30), topped the ranking for this week with its first week sales of 53,000 copies. This new record now marks their 8th consecutive DVD, and B'z is now the only artist to hold this record with Arashi trailing behind. The Blu-ray Disc (BD) version of this live concert also topped the weekly BD ranking, selling 56,000

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  • [Completed] AKB48's 4th Senbatsu General Election results!

    June 6, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    A couple weeks ago, preliminary results for AKB48’s 4th Senbatsu General Election were revealed, and the election results have finally been announced! Who did you root for? — As Maeda Atsuko announced through AKB48's official channel on April, she withdrew from the general election due to her graduation. The election itself encompasses the biggest number of girls so far; a total of 237 girls participated. [AKB48 (including researc

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  • Kanjani8 to be featured in a new CM for 'SCALABO'

    June 6, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    On June 5, it was announced that popular group Kanjani8 attended a new CM announcement event for scalp care product ‘SCALABO’. For this endorsement, the members of the group showed up as the colorful ‘Eight Rangers’ to the event. Member Yokoyama Yu (31) even revealed a story from behind the scenes: “After our live concert, it feels good to go into the bath with all the members. Everyone uses the bath tub, but only Okura (Tadayoshi) will h

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