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  • (Updated) Recochoku's yearly download charts/awards for 2011

    December 6, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Recochoku, one of the biggest mobile music download sites in Japan, recently released the 2011 yearly download chart ranking and awards for the period from December 1st, 2010 until November 30th, 2011. Check out the top ranking for digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos over the past twelve months below! *Updated the top 10 of all rankings! === < Recochoku (Chaku Uta Full) Ranking > * complete digital songs 01 -

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  • December 5th performances from 'Coming Soon!'

    December 6, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    TBS midnight music program 'Coming Soon!' hosted five artists this week on December 5th. Idol group AKB48 performed "Ue kara Mariko", Every Little Thing with "Landscape", and solo artist Kuroki Meisa performed "Woman's Worth". Joining the female artists were rock band flumpool with "Present" and duo Yuzu with "Sho". Check out the performances below! - < AKB48 - 'Ue kara Mariko' > - < Every Little Thing - 'La

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  • Movie "K-ON!" to release single tracks and OST

    December 6, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    Animated movie 'K-ON' will release an an album with various songs from the movie titled, "HO-KAGO TEA TIME in MOVIE" on January 18th. The movie has already been released nation-wide in Japan on December 3rd and the original movie soundtrack, "K-ON! MOVIE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK" will be released on December 21st. The main theme song "Unmei♪wa♪Endless!" and ending theme song "Singing!" will both be released as singles on December 7th. [gal

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  • KAT-TUN tops Oricon weekly chart with 17 consecutive singles

    December 6, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Popular boy band KAT-TUN has just landed their 17th consecutive single atop the Oricon with "BIRTH". The single which was just released on November 30th has hit #1 on the Oricon Singles Weekly Ranking and sold 194,000 in it's first week. "BIRTH" is the theme song to Kamenashi Kazuya's drama "Youkai Ningen Bem". Since the group debuted back in 2006, every single since "Real Face" to now ("BIRTH") has reached number 1 on the Oricon. KA

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  • Japan Box Office Report – December 3rd/4th

    December 6, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    [caption id="attachment_208276" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""K-On!" / "Kaibutsu-kun" / "The Adventures of Tintin""][/caption] The second consecutive box office win for "Kaibutsu-kun", "K-On!" coming in at second place and "Tintin" rounding out the top three. This weekend, "Kaibutsu-kun" grossed 449,791,950 Yen (5.78 million USD), which was only a drop of 23% compared to the opening-weekend revenue.

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  • Shoujo Jidai reveals their 'secret menu' to staying thin

    December 6, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    [caption id="attachment_208173" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="L to R: Taeyeon, Sunny, Yuri, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Tiffany, Yoona, Jessica, Hyoyeon"][/caption] The January issue of ‘Popteen’ features a special segment called “Uwasa no Hallyu Diet Juseyo SPECIAL” (The rumored Korean diet please, SPECIAL); where popular K-Pop girl groups reveal their “thin menu”. In this issue, Shoujo Jidai shared their ‘secret technique’ to maintainin

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  • Dream releases full PV for "Dreaming Girls"

    December 6, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Last month, girl group Dream released a short PV for their upcoming single, "Dreaming Girls". Now, they've followed up with the full version, which showcases the girls' classy fashion and sassy dance moves. "Dreaming Girls" is the theme song to Samantha Thavasa's new CM, so you'll see a lot of product placement in the video. Check out the PV below! - Tip: Foreverstorm90

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  • 'CDTV' performances from December 4th

    December 6, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    The December 4th episode of Countdown TV hosted two artists. Singer Koda Kumi performed her latest single, "Love Me Back", while duo Yuzu performed "Sho". Check out the performance after the jump! - < Koda Kumi - 'Love Me Back' > - < Yuzu - 'Sho' >

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP's Yamada Ryosuke to star in historical drama for the first time

    December 6, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Hey! Say! JUMP member Yamada Ryosuke (18) will be starring in his first historical drama as 'Yamada Akiyoshi' in the TBS New Year's  special, "Shirarezaru Bakumatsu no Shishi: Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari". Yamada revealed, "When I first received the offer, I thought, 'Can I really do it?'. I was unsure of myself." However, after visiting the location of the drama in Uzumasa, Kyoto, Yamada felt convinced that he could successfully swing the

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  • Kago Ai's agency demands 100 million yen in damages

    December 6, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Kago Ai's stream of bad luck doesn't seem to be letting up -- the president of her agency, Ito Kazuyuki, is setting out to sue the former Morning Musume idol for damages. Ito explains that Kago has cost the company more than 100 million yen (~1.3 million USD) in damages due to a violation of her contract, so he is preparing to fight her in a civil suit for the damages. Ito spoke of the problem to Sankei Sports, “She cancelled her last job

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