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  • Nothing's Carved In Stone to make their major debut

    May 28, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Rock band Nothing's Carved In Stone has transferred to EPIC Record Japan, and will be releasing their major debut album, "Silver Sun", on August 15th! The band just announced that they would be releasing their new single, "Pride", on July 18th. Details on the album have not been revealed at this time; however, fans can expect it to be filled with energy. To coincide the album's release, Nothing's Carved In Stone will hold their one-man to

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  • SKE48 holds a handshake event for 8,000 fans at Pacifico Yokohama

    May 28, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    On May 27th, SKE48 held a handshake event for the commemoration of the release of their single, “Ai Shite Love Ru!”, at Pacifico Yokohama. Matsui Rena, who placed 7th in the preliminary results of AKB48’s 4th General Election published on the 23rd, commented on this feat with, “I was really surprised. Since this result was beyond my expectations, I want to do my best to not fail other people’s expectations of me,” and showed her determinatio

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  • AKB48 turn into 'Veggie Rangers' for new Kagome CM

    May 28, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    AKB48 has turned into 'Veggie Rangers' in the new CM for Kagome's vegetable juice, "Yasai Ichinichi Kore Ippon". In previous CMs for Kagome, AKB48 showed cute expressions as the 'Vegetable Sisters'. The new CM features 30 members in cool vegetable outfits, which were designed by Naito Yasuhiro, the creator of popular manga, 'Toraigun'. The CM starts when the members of AKB48 find an office lady (played by Maeda Atsuko) about to eat a hot

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  • Niigaki Risa attends release event for her photo book, 'ASCENSION'

    May 28, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    On May 27th, former Morning Musume leader Niigaki Risa attended a release event for her photo book, 'ASCENSION', at a bookstore in Tokyo. As this marked her first public appearance after graduating from the group on May 18th, Niigaki said, "Yaguchi-san got married and she looked very happy. So I also hope to get married like my senpais someday." She then continued, "By performing as the solo Niigaki Risa, I hope to deliver messages to people

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  • AKB48 members turn up at Tokyo Racecourse as derby presenters

    May 28, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    On May 27th, AKB48’s Takahashi Minami, Shinoda Mariko, and Takajo Aki turned up at Tokyo Racecourse to be derby presenters for this day. This was the first time for Takahashi to watch a horse race live and she commented on the experience with, “There was a lot of excitement in the atmosphere and I was surprised when I heard the audience,” talking about her amazement to the press. She added, “I also saw the word ‘Kubi (Neck)’ (can also m

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  • AKB48's Itano Tomomi holds 'CLUV Tomo' in Tokyo

    May 28, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    On May 27th, AKB48’s Itano Tomomi (20) held a live event, titled ‘CLUV Tomo’, at STUDIO COAST in Shinkiba, Tokyo. Since this is the third time she held this solo live event, an enormous LED monitor was setup at the venue and an even bigger stage for her to perform on. Itano wore three different outfits to this event including a gorgeous pink dress to perform in front of 4,000 fans (two performances). She even wore a revealing outfit to this

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  • Music Japan announces the lineup for their June 3rd episode!

    May 28, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    NHK's very own music program Music Japan has now unveiled the guest lineup for their June 3rd episode! On this upcoming broadcast, plenty of hit artists will be performing on this stage featuring Nishino Kana, Yusuke, Hey! Say! JUMP, and AKB48's sub-units Not yet and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7! Check out the full details of this broadcast below! === “Watashitachi” – Nishino Kana “Suika BABY” – Not yet “Shounen yo Uso wo

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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel to open fan voting for next world tour

    May 28, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    L'Arc-en-Ciel has just announced that they set up a campaign whereby fans can vote for the cities of their next world tour. The voting will start right after the band finishes the final concert of 'L'Arc-en-Ciel 20th L'Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012' in Hawaii. The campaign tells voters "Your click of vote will bring L'Arc~en~Ciel to your city! The cities for the next WORLD TOUR will be chosen by your votes from around the world!!!". Fans hav

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  • STRAIGHTENER releases PV for "Synchro"

    May 28, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    Rock band STRAIGHTENER has revealed the PV for their song, "Synchro", through their official YouTube channel! "Synchro" is a medium tempo number that can be found in the band's upcoming acoustic album, "SOFT". The video is directed by stylist Tamura Kazuyuki, and follows the concept, "the encounter, relationship, and separation of people". Aside from the scenes of the band performing, the video was shot in England. "SOFT" will be releas

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  • KARA successfully concludes 'KARASIA' Japanese tour

    May 28, 2012 @ 4:23 am

    via allkpop: On May 26th and 27th, KARA successfully concluded their first Japanese tour concert, 'KARASIA', at the Saitama Super Arena! The tour launched in April in Yokohama and traveled through six cities (Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Saitama) for a total of 12 concerts and managed to sell out every single seat to a total of a 150,000 member audience. The final concert on the 27th was especially special in that it was

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