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  • Merengue sings the theme song for Kora Kengo's upcoming drama 'Tsumi to Batsu'

    March 20, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    On March 19th, it was announced that rock band Merengue will be providing the theme song for the upcoming WOWOW drama 'Tsumi to Batsu A Falsified Romance', starring Kora Kengo. The drama is a live-action adaptation of Ochiai Naoyuki's manga of the same title, which is based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's famous novel "Crime and Punishment" (1866). Dostoyevsky's novel was adapted into modern-day Japan and tells the story of a hikikomori college

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  • Sakuraba Kazuki's "Fuse" gets animated this Fall

    March 20, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    Novelist Sakuraba Kazuki's "Fuse - A Girl Gunslinger's Detective Story" has been given the green light for an original animation this fall. The animation is about a fictitious girl, Hamaji, living in a fictitious city in the mountains during the Edo period. Sakuraba's story is based off a classic Japanese novel "Nansou Satomi Hakkenden". Miyaji Masayuki, assistant director on "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi", will be making his animation

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  • PIKO's new single produced by L'arc-en-Ciel's TETSUYA

    March 20, 2012 @ 4:04 am

    Male singer PIKO has announced a new single is underway. Titled "Emiiro Refrain"  the single will be released April 25th. The single is also produced by L'arc~en~Ciel bassist TETSUYA. This is TETSUYA's first time to produce a song for another artist. A treat for PIKO, considering that he is a huge fan L'arc~en~Ciel and also belongs to the same company, Ki/oon Records. TETSUYA expressed his hopes that everyone will enjoy the new song by

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  • SDN48 tops Oricon Weekly Chart for the first time with their 1st/last album

    March 20, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    On the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking for the week of March 26th, SDN48’s first and last album, “NEXT ENCORE” (released on the 14th), sold 48,000 copies in its first week and thus, topping the charts. This album marks the first time since their debut to achieve first on the Oricon charts. SDN48 formed back in August 2009 under the mature concept of “Saturday Night’s 20 and over female group” and released their debut single, “GAGAGA”, back in N

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  • GALNERYUS to provide new theme song for "HUNTER x HUNTER"

    March 20, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    It was announced today that rock band GALNERYUS will provide a new ending theme song for anime "HUNTER x HUNTER" called "Hunting For Your Dream". It's also been revealed that vocalist Ono Masatoshi of GALNERYUS will sing a new opening theme song for the program called "departure! -second version-". Additionally, the band will be releasing a new live DVD & CD from their "RAISE YOUR FLAG AGAIN! TOUR 2011", titled "PHOENIX LIVING IN THE

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  • Acid Black Cherry releases 0th single PV "Kimi ga Iru kara"

    March 19, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Acid Black Cherry revealed in February his fourth present to his fans for the "ABC Dream CUP" anniversary project. The present turned out to be a recording of "Kimi ga Iru kara", a song that's was made before the formation of ABC and performed many times live, but had previously never been recorded for distribution. (The song can be downloaded for free via PC and mobile here until July 20th 23:59 (JST)) Now just two days before the releas

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  • Shimizu Shota holds a free live in Osaka

    March 19, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    On March 18th, R&B singer Shimizu Shota held a free live at Osaka-jo Park to commemorate the release of his latest album, "Naturally". Since Shimizu is an Osaka native, Osaka-jo park is a special place for the singer, as he often held free lives at the park before making his major debut. On this day, he fully enjoyed himself by singing 4 songs for about 3,000 fans. Shimizu showed a relaxed expression as he called out to the crowd, "Toda

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  • RIAJ reveals digital certifications for February 2012

    March 19, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ' for short), has just released the digital recording sales certifications that artists achieved during the month of February. To announce the certifications, the RIAJ works together with almost all of the digital and mobile download portals in Japan, including recochoku, dwango.jp, music.jp, mu-mo (Avex), oricon ME, and many more. After compiling the data from all the major download

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  • Perfume reveals cover jackets + teaser for "Spring of Life"

    March 19, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Perfume has revealed the cover jackets and teaser for their upcoming single, "Spring of Life"! Both the limited and regular edition cover jackets have a cool design with the motif of 'transparent sphere'. Meanwhile, in the 18-second teaser, the girls reveals a portion of their new song with robotic movements and hard sounds. "Spring of Life" will hit stores on April 11th. Check out the cover jackets and teaser below! === <Li

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  • E-Girls reveal Short PV for "One Two Three"

    March 19, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    The E-Girls have revealed the Short PV to their 2nd single, "One Two Three". Set for release on April 18th, the single will be available in 2 different versions: CD+DVD and CD-Only. The single will also feature EGD (EXPG GIRLS DANCERS) members Kizu Reina (17) and Suda Anna (14). The track was also selected as the theme song for a Samantha Thavasa CM. The short PV was uploaded earlier today through avex's official YouTube channel and com

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