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  • NMB48 reveals title + senbatsu members for new single

    March 30, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    AKB48 sister group NMB48 has revealed the title and senbatsu members for their upcoming single! NMB48's 4th single will be titled "Nagiichi", which is short for "Nagisa de Ichiban Kawaii GIRL!!" (The Cutest GIRL on the Beach!!). It is scheduled for release on May 9th. The 16 senbatsu members who will be participating in this single are Ogasawara Mayu, Kadowaki Kanako, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Jonishi Kei, Shiroma Miru, Fukumoto Aina, Ya

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  • Yoshikawa Hinano gives birth to her 1st child

    March 30, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    Model / talento Yoshikawa Hinano (31) has announced that she has given birth to a baby girl on March 20th! Yoshikawa recently wrote, "After experiencing something I've never imagined, I found out for the first time that there's a happiness like this existing in this world." She continued, "I'm filled with gratitude for everything that is happening to me right now." Yoshikawa plans to continue working while observing her physical conditi

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  • Big Bang performs "Fantastic Baby (Japanese Version)" on Happy Music

    March 30, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    On the March 30th episode of NTV's Happy Music, Korean group Big Bang performed "Fantastic Baby". The lyrics for the Japanese version of "Fantastic Baby" was penned by m-flo's Verbal. On March 28th, Big Bang released their fourth Japanese studio album 'Alive' and it debuted at #2 on the Oricon Daily Album Chart. With this release, Big Bang will be promoting in Japan for the next few weeks. Additionally, Big Bang will share the same sta

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  • AKB48 sings the national anthem for baseball season opening ceremony at Tokyo Dome

    March 30, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    On March 30th, AKB48 sang the national anthem at the Tokyo Dome for the opening ceremony of this year's baseball season. This opening ceremony was held before the Yomiuri Giants vs. Yakult Swallows game. 16 members including Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, Takahashi Minami, and Kashiwagi Yuki participated in singing "Kimigayo". AKB48 has previously thrown the first pitch at Tokyo Dome for Yomiuri Giants vs. Hiroshima Toyo Car

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  • The full trailer for "Sadako 3D" is here to haunt you

    March 30, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    The official website of "Sadako 3D", the upcoming 3D horror movie and latest installment in the popular 'Ring' series, was updated with a full-length trailer. In the movie, actress Ishihara Satomi plays the role of a teacher at a female high school where the rumor about a video clip of a person committing suicide is making it rounds. It's said that you yourself will commit suicide upon watching this clip. Soon a similar mysterious death ha

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  • SCANDAL holds their first concert at Nippon Budokan

    March 30, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    On March 28th, female rock band SCANDAL held their first Nippon Budokan concert, "SCANDAL JAPAN TITLE MATCH LIVE 2012 'SCANDAL VS BUDOKAN'" for 8,000 fans. After 5 years and 7 months since forming, SCANDAL has become the youngest all-female band to hold a concert at Nippon Budokan. The live kicked off with footage followed by the sound of a gong and flames rising. As the 4 members made their way on stage, HARUNA (Vo & G) called out,

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  • EXILE's ATSUSHI covers a nursery rhyme for the first time

    March 30, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    On March 30th, EXILE's ATSUSHI released a cover of the nursery rhyme, "Furusato". ATSUSHI had originally planned to gift this song to a married couple friend he knew since his junior high school days as a baby gift. He explained, "It represents the excellence of Japan, it's a song I want to deliver to the future generations." ATSUSHI first sang "Furusato" on 'EXILE Tamashii' back in January when guest Miwa Akihiro requested the song. Mi

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  • ChocoLe announces 2nd single, "Kuchibue Byu Byu"

    March 30, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Idol unit ChocoLe, comprised of Idoling!!!'s Hashimoto Kaede, Takahashi Kurumi, and Tamagawa Ramu, has announced that they will be releasing their 2nd single, "Kuchibue Byu Byu", on May 16th. The title song has already been picked up as the ending theme for TV Tokyo's upcoming anime series, 'GON'. The jacket covers and music video for the single will feature the girls wearing monster costumes that were made in the image of the main charact

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  • Sakanaction to sing theme song for Kusanagi Tsuyoshi's upcoming drama

    March 30, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Rock band Sakanaction will be providing their new song, "Boku to Hana", as the theme song for Fuji TV's upcoming drama series, '37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku ~Kenshui Junjou Monogatari~'. Starring SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, the drama tells the story of a 37-year-old man who works as a medical intern at a university hospital after quitting his job at a food company. This will be Sakanaction's first time to provide a theme song for a drama.

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  • S/mileage reveals jacket covers for new single, "Dot Bikini"

    March 30, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    S/mileage has revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming single, "Dot Bikini"! This will be S/mileage's 2nd single since becoming a 6-member group. As the single's title suggests, the girls are seen posing in a red bikini with white polka dots for their new artist photo and jacket covers. The single will be released in 5 different versions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, Limited Edition C, Limited Edition D, and Regular Editio

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