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  • Check out the performances from the May 20th broadcast of Music Japan!

    May 20, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    Performances from Music Japan's May 20th broadcast have now been revealed! This latest episode featured artists, YUI, SKE48, Ashida Mana, and NYC who performed their latest singles. Check out the performances below! === <“fight” – YUI> <“Aishite Love Ru!” – SKE48> <“Zutto Zutto Tomodachi” – Ashida Mana> <“Haina!” – NYC> ===

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko takes a break from Twitter

    May 20, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    On May 19th, AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko announced that she would be taking a break from Twitter. As usual, Shinoda frequently updated her Twitter throughout the day. When night came, she suddenly announced, "I will briefly take a break from Twitter." Followers were both surprised and confused, and started showing concern for the idol. Although Shinoda will be taking a break, fans can rest assured because she won't be quitting Twitter. "I

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  • aiko reveals the title of her upcoming album

    May 20, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    Singer-songwriter aiko has revealed that the title of her upcoming album will be 'Toki no Silhouette' ('The Silhouette of Time')! This will be aiko's 10th original album, and her first album since releasing "BABY" about 2 years and 3 months ago. aiko explained the meaning behind the title, saying, "Everyday changes little by little, and there's one shape for that certain time. I hope this will be an album with a collection of songs that en

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  • Miyazaki Aoi and Mukai Osamu to play a married couple in 'Kiiroi Zou'

    May 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    On May 18th, it was announced that Miyazaki Aoi and Mukai Osamu are going to co-star together for the first time in Hiroki Ryuichi's upcoming movie 'Kiiroi Zou'. The movie is based on a popular novel of the same name by Nishi Kanako and focuses on the life of a married couple who simply refer to each other as "Muko-san" and "Tsuma". Miyazaki plays Tsumari Aiko, a very innocent yet very loving wife of an unsuccessful writer called Muko Ayum

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  • Karina reveals she used to be a 'gyaru' in high school

    May 20, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    On May 18th, model/actress Karina attended a preview event for her movie, 'GIRL'. This event was held especially for 100 high school girls. When Karina took the stage, cheers arose as the crowd started calling out, "Kawaii [cute]!" While getting their commemorative photo taken, there were some girls that broke into tears. After the screening, Karina was asked about her high school days. She revealed that she used to be a 'gyaru' saying,

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  • PENPALS announces first new album in eight years

    May 20, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    After reuniting all of their original members in February of 2011, PENPALS has announced that they will be releasing an album with new songs for the first time in eight years on July 25th. Although the cover and other details about the album are still not known, the album will contain a self-cover of their hit song "TELL ME WHY", which gained popularity as the opening theme song to the anime "Berserk". PENPALS has also announced that th

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  • Otsuka Ai releases new picture book, "Neko ga Suki ni Natta Kirai na Neko"

    May 20, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    Singer-songwriter Otsuka Ai has just released her first new picture book in over two years, "Neko ga Suki ni Natta Kirai na Neko". Much like her previous work which marked her debut as a picture book author, "Neko ga Suki ni Natta Kirai na Neko" is completely hand-drawn and written, from the pictures to the text on each page by Otsuka herself. The famous pop singer sat down with ORICON STYLE to talk about secret stories behind her latest p

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  • Sunya announces his 1st full album, "DRAMA"

    May 20, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    Singer Sunya has just announced that he will be releasing his first full album "DRAMA" on June 27th! This album will contain his collaboration songs "To You... Mou Ichido feat. AZU", "Kimi no Tonari de... feat. Nakamura Maiko", his previous singles "Destination" and "Shounen Trauma ~Ashita no Kimi e~", and songs from the mini-album he released last year for a total of thirteen tracks. Of the new songs created just for "DRAMA", Sunya collab

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  • ChocoLe holds release event for 2nd single, "Kuchibue Byu Byu"

    May 20, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    On May 19th, idol group ChocoLe held a release event for their 2nd single, "Kuchibue Byu Byu". ChocoLe made their debut as a junior high school unit in September of last year. They're comprised of Idoling!!!’s Hashimoto Kaede, Takahashi Kurumi, and Tamagawa Ramu. Now in high school, Hashimoto and Takahashi stated, "We have to become reliable now that we're becoming adults." Meanwhile, Tamagawa said, "When I saw them in their high schoo

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  • Kikkawa Yu to release 4th single "Koko Kara Hajimaru n da!" in July

    May 19, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    Solo idol Kikkawa Yu has just revealed that her fourth single "Koko Kara Hajimaru n da!" will be released on July 11th. Since making her debut a little over a year ago, on May 11th, 2011, the idol has kept herself busy. She also plans to participate in two consecutive theater performances, "Kawaiku Nakuccha Ikenai Riyuu" and "The Best House 1 2 3 on Stage!!!" in June. In addition, she will appear in rotating conveyor belt sushi restaurant

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