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  • MONKEY MAJIK to release English best-of album

    June 9, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    Sendai-based band MONKEY MAJIK, who are currently on their nationwide tour 'MONKEY MAJIK JAPAN TOUR 2012', announced that they are releasing an English version best-of album. (Title, release date, and other detail are undecided) This release idea was first revealed Maynard Plant(Vo・G)'s Twitter. At the celebration party after the Osaka concert on June 3rd, the band's members and staff talked about this English best-of album, and Maynard t

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  • Nakagawa Shoko to participate in upcoming DECO*27 album as a guest vocalist

    June 8, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    It has just been revealed that talento Nakagawa Shoko will be participating in DECO*27's upcoming album "Love Calendar", which will be released on July 25th. As tokyohive previously reported, "Love Calendar" follows the story of two high school students as they fall in love for the very first time. Nakagawa will be participating on the album as a guest vocalist in the song "Amayadori", which goes along with the first kiss scene of the prot

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  • Dorothy Little Happy to release new single in July

    June 8, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Idol group Dorothy Little Happy has announced that they will be releasing a new single titled "Tobidase! Summertime" on July 11th. The Sendai-based idol group got their chance during their appearance at the large-scale idol event "TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2011 Eco & Smile", where they captured the hearts of idol fans and broadened their popularity to a national scale. "Tobidase! Summertime" will be their first single in about half a year, a

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  • Full trailer for Takakura Ken's 'Anata e' impresses with stellar cast

    June 8, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    The full trailer for the upcoming movie road movie 'Anata e', starring Takakura Ken in his 205th movie, has finally been released on the official website. 'Anata e' is directed by Furuhata Yasuo, who already worked with Takakura in 20 other films. It tells the story of a Japanese prison counselor called ‘Kurashima Eiji‘ (Takakura) who lost his beloved wife (Tanaka) at the relatively young age of 53. In her last ‘etegami’ (picture lette

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for May 2012!

    June 8, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that May has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and revealed their rankings for the month. Many trends have to do with the solar eclipse and opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree in May. (If you want to go back in time and compare what trended in the past, you can check out April’s ranking here.) == [Word Ranking] – [Most Popular Day] 1. Solar Eclipse –

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  • S/mileage to show off their goofy dancing in new Mister Donuts CM

    June 8, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    It has been revealed that six-member idol group S/mileage will appear in a brand new commercial for Mister Donuts as the new image characters. The group will be singing and dancing to the famous song "Koi no Dial 6700" by the co-ed idol group Finger 5, which was popular in the 1970s. In the commercial, S/mileage will be dressed as the summertime-only 'Ginger Ring' donuts as they parody Finger 5's song while doing a comical dance. The 'G

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  • NEWS to release new single "Chankapana" in July

    June 8, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Idol group NEWS has announced they will be releasing a new single this summer. Titled, "Chankapana" it will be released on July 18th. The meaning behind the word "Chankapana" is "to love someone". It's been described as being similar to an exotic woman's name and the song writes the love of a man and woman. It's also said to have be another danceable tune with a catchy hook. The single will come in two versions in which the limited edit

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  • Ketsumeishi to appear in a commercial for the first time in 10 years

    June 8, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Popular hip-pop group Ketsumeishi has confirmed that they will be appearing in a commercial for the first time in ten years! The group will be appearing in a CM for KIRIN's 'Tanrei <Nama>' alcoholic drink alongside actor Satou Kouichi. Ketsumeishi will also be covering the song "Volare ~Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu" for the commercial, which will be their first cover song. In the CM, the group is hanging out on the beach on a beautiful

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  • Dragon Ash to hold nationwide memorial live tour for IKUZONE

    June 8, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    To pay tribute to Dragon Ash member IKUZONE, who passed away at the young age of 46 in April, the band will be hitting the road on a special memorial tour beginning in July. The tour is titled "Dragon Ash Live ~REST IN PEACE IKUZONE~", and will feature the six remaining members of Dragon Ash performing alongside recordings of IKUZONE to illustrate the strong bond between the members and their late bassist. A special video presentation of I

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  • Niigaki Risa attends event for "Tumbling vol.3"

    June 8, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    On June 7th, Niigaki Risa, who recently graduated from the idol group Morning Musume, attended a presentation for the stage play "Tumbling vol.3". In the play, the former leader of Morning Musume plays the captain of a female rhythmic gymnastics club. "I'll do my best to give a spendidly girlish performance," she said to those present at the event, full of fighting spirit. She then said with a laugh, "I've been dancing for ten years so I w

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