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  • girl next door announces nationwide tour for 2012

    November 2, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Electropop trio girl next door has announced that they will be holding their third nationwide tour in 2012! Titled "girl next door Live House Tour 2012", the tour is scheduled to kick off next February, and will be held at various live houses across Japan. Additional details will be revealed on their official website at a later date. Meanwhile, girl next door is set to release their new single, "Boogie-Woogie Night", on November 16th. I

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  • Perfume unveils covers + tracks for "JPN" + 2012 tour details

    November 2, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Nearly two months ago electro-trio Perfume announced their long awaited fourth album, "JPN". The album is slated to drop at the end of the month on November 30th. Back then not much information was released about the album, but now the group has released the cover jackets and track lists for their upcoming album. "JPN" will have 14 tracks including their singles "Fushizen na Girl/Natural ni Koishite", "Laser Beam", "Spice", and "GLITTER

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  • Oricon reveals the weekly charts for November 7th

    November 2, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Below are Oricon's latest weekly charts for November 7th. Check it out! ----- < Single Weekly Ranking > 1. "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" - AKB48 : 10/26 (1,300,482) 2. "Baby U!" - MBLAQ : 10/26 (42,624) 3. "Zero" - BUMP OF CHICKEN : 10/19 (35,019) 4. "Suteki na Nichiyoubi ~Gyu Gyu Good day!~" - Ashida Mana : 10/26 (27,737) 5. "Oh My God!” – NMB48 : 10/19 (16,639) (Check out the full ranking here.) - < Album Week

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  • First generation members of JKT48 selected!

    November 2, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    On November 2nd, the final audition for JKT48, the first sister group of AKB48 based overseas, in Jakarta, Indonesia, was held at a hotel in Jakarta. At the audition, the 28 first generation members for this new group have been selected. Akimoto Yasushi, the judge and the general producer, commented at the press conference, "Though there are many differences in cultures, languages, customs, and national characters (in comparison to Japan),

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  • Tackey & Tsubasa talk about an Asia tour, relationships, and Tohoku

    November 2, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    On November 1st, popular unit Tackey & Tsubasa held a live concert at Yoyogi First Gymnasium as part of their nationwide tour. They drew 15,000 wildly cheering fans, which promised a great start to their first live at this venue. Since next year will be Tackey & Tsubasa's 10th debut anniversary, they revealed that they were planning to hold a large-scale tour which will also include concerts in Asia. Takizawa Hideaki (29) said, "I

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko holds a handshake event for her fashion magazine

    November 2, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    On November 2nd, AKB48's Shinoda Mariko held a handshake event for her fashion magazine, "MARIKO magazine", at Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade. Shinoda won AKB48's recent Janken Tournament and took the center position for their upcoming single. As a result, the single was titled in her honor: "Ue Kara Mariko (Mariko From the Top)". Shinoda expressed, "I'm happy that my name will be included in the song. But why 'from the top'? Does it me

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  • Tokyo Jihen adds two more tour dates + Shiina Ringo's "Carnation" PV

    November 2, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Eclectic rock band Tokyo Jihen has just announced two more dates for their nationwide tour, "Tokyo Jihen Live Tour 2011 Discovery". The band  added shows for December 24th at Aomori Civic Cultural Hall and December 26th at Iwaki Arts and Cultural Exchange Centre Alios. Tickets will be available for purchase starting December 4th. Meanwhile, Tokyo Jihen's Shiina Ringo released her new single, "Carnation", today. The song currently serves

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  • AKB48 and '7-Eleven' release their Christmas cake CM

    November 2, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    AKB48 wants to know if you're ready to "deck the halls with boughs of holly" -- if not, you better make your way to 7-Eleven and grab one of their Christmas cakes to get into the holiday spirit! After revealing their special 'Macaron cake' at their press conference yesterday, the girls followed up with their full CM. In the commercial, AKB48 introduces several collaboration cakes in cute Santa outfits, as their new song "Noel no Yoru" plays

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  • Ketsumeishi to release best-of album + PV collection

    November 2, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    Hip hop group Ketsumeishi will soon be releasing their first best-of album and PV collection on December 21st. The group's best-of album will come in four separate discs, each representing a different season. In total, it will feature 30 singles from "Kocchi Oide" to "Kodama", and 22 coupling songs. Each album will come with an entry form for a chance to win "Ketsu no Demo", which includes an unreleased demo track. Additionally, Ketsumeis

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  • Aragaki Yui becomes the new CM character for 'Mobage'

    November 2, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    Actress Aragaki Yui has been appointed as the new CM character for the mobile social network 'Mobage' and attended a PR event to introduce the CM on Tuesday. For the CM, Aragaki, who is sporting a new short hairdo since the filming of "Ranma 1/2", was put in a vast and empty studio, where she had to follow the instructions given by the director through a speaker. While following his instructions and playing the game, she was filmed by thirte

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