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  • SMAP's disaster relief album debuts on top of the charts

    August 18, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    On August 17th, SMAP’s disaster relief album “SMAP AID” was released and sold 102,000 copies in its first day, topping the charts for Oricon Daily Album Ranking. Since their 1995 album release of “COOL” (total sale of 684,000 units) to 2010’s “We are SMAP!” (total sale of 273,000 units), their albums have topped 11 consecutive times on the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking chart. This album is based on their top 15 songs that were voted by their

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  • C-ute reveals profile pictures for latest single, "Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko"

    August 18, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Hello! Project idol group C-ute have just updated their official website with new profile pictures! The pictures were uploaded to celebrate the impending release of their latest single, "Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko". Diverting from their very colorful image (as seen in their PV for the single), the girls were photographed in a simple, yet refreshing style. Dressed in white, the C-ute members exude a look of innocence, and their concept se

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  • Matsuzaka Tori strips down for his second photobook

    August 18, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Actor Matsuzaka Tori (22) will be releasing his second photobook, "TAO", on October 25th. Matsuzaka made his debut in 2009 as 'Shinken Red' in the drama, "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger". In this new photobook, he will boldly present his nude body while posing on a bed. While this was his first time posing in the nude, Matsuzaka bashfully commented, "I couldn't look at a naked picture of myself." But he showed his ambition by saying, "It was

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  • BENI announces her new single, "Koe wo Kikasete/crazy girl"

    August 18, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    R&B singer BENI will be releasing her new double A-side single, "Koe wo Kikasete/crazy girl", on September 14th. "Koe wo Kikasete" is a medium-tempo tune that expresses the painful feelings that sway between hope and insecurity from unrequited love. Check out the track list below, and stay tuned for more information on this upcoming single! - 01. Koe wo Kikasete 02. crazy girl 03. Koe wo Kikasete (Instrumental) 04. crazy gi

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: "I feel like being enraged because I'm so happy"

    August 18, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Popular model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (18) prayed for the success of her debut mini-album "Moshi Moshi Harajuku" at the Onden Shrine in Tokyo on August 17th. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a sensation amongst teenage girls, thanks to her novel Harajuku fashion. In fact, on this day of celebration, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu arrived at the shrine wearing a colorful outfit that was topped off with a little cake accessory on her head. American singer-songwr

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  • NMB48 act as cheerleaders for the Hanshin Tigers

    August 18, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    We previously reported that NMB48 would be rooting for the Hanshin Tigers as they play an important game against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. On August 17th, the girls made their appearance as enthusiastic cheerleaders at the Kyocera Dome. For a pre-game performance, the sixteen members of Team N performed "Seishun no Lap Time" in their special collaboration uniforms. NMB48 captain Yamamoto Sayaka confessed, "My favorite player is Fujikawa Shu

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  • Sakurai Sho and Miyazaki Aoi team up once again for a "Kamisama no Karute" CM!

    August 18, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Arashi's Sakurai Sho (29) and actress Miyazaki Aoi (25) have teamed up once again for a collaboration CM between insurance company Aflac and the movie, “Kamisama no Karute”. The CM has been titled, "Cinema", and recording for it completed on August 18th. Reportedly, the CM features the Aflac duck mascot watching "Kamisama no Karute" at a movie theater, and Sakurai and Miyazaki make their appearance as a married couple. The theme of this

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  • Kanjani8's TV program gets moved to golden time slot

    August 18, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    On August 17th, it was revealed that Johnny’s Entertainment group Kanjani8 received a remarkable piece of news regarding their popularity on TV. Their TV Asahi program “Kanjani no Shiwake8” will be moved to a golden time slot (7 PM to 10 PM) starting on September 10th. Their original broadcast period was on Wednesdays at 1:21 AM. Now, they'll enjoy a new broadcast time of Saturday evenings at 7:54 PM. Their first episode in this new time

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  • AKB48's Miyazawa Sae reveals her girlish heart at a motorcycle event

    August 18, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    [caption id="attachment_183007" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="From left to right: Terry Ito, Miyazawa Sae (AKB48), and ISSA (DA PUMP)"][/caption] On August 17th, Miyazawa Sae of popular idol group AKB48 attended a motorcycle fan networking event called ‘Fun to Ride! Meeting 2011’. Held at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, Miyazawa appeared along with TV personality Terry Ito and DA PUMP’s ISSA. Although Miyazawa is well-known for her t

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  • "101 Kaime no Propose" gets a stage play adaptation starring Takeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko

    August 18, 2011 @ 2:46 am

    It's been reported that the popular drama, "101 Kaime no Propose", will be getting a 'Jidaigeki' stage play adaptation! It will star the drama's original actors Takeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko in a historical setting. "101 Kaime no Propose" aired in 1991 as a "Getsu9" drama, leaving a record high rating of 36.7% in its final episode. Takeda played the role of a sub-manager of a construction company, and Asano played the role of a cellist w

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