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  • AKB48's Itano Tomomi reveals she has vocal cord nodules

    July 28, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    On July 28th, AKB48 member Itano Tomomi revealed through her official blog that she was diagnosed with vocal cord nodules. She wrote, “This whole month I was thinking my voice was hoarse…it seems that I have vocal cord nodules.” She added, “I am worried that it won’t heal that quickly. For now, I would like some rest.” Vocal cord nodules are condition where the two vocal cords comes in contact and creates friction, thus making one’s voi

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  • Horipro's "Talent Scout Caravan" is coming to L.A. this year

    July 28, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Major talent agency 'Horipro' announced that the "36th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan" will make a stop in Los Angeles this year. The agency's scout caravan was the first step in the career for many great stars such as Fukada Kyoko, Ayase Haruka, and Ishihara Satomi. This year they're focusing on discovering many new voice-actresses and due to the basic requirements of being good enough in Japanese to have a normal conversation, regardless o

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  • Momoiro Clover Z to cut their hair if their album doesn't hit #1?

    July 28, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    On July 27th, five-member idol group Momoiro Clover Z held an event to celebrate the release of their first album, "Battle and Romance". Riding in the back of the "Momoclo Election Car", the group made a memorable speech in front of the Tokyo Tower. "Are there any idol groups that make you as energetic (as Momoclo)?" shouted Nankai Candies member Yamasato Ryouta to the crowd. Member Tamai Shiori added, "If this album isn't number one, I'll

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  • PASSPO☆ reveals full PV for "ViVi Natsu"!

    July 28, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Idol group PASSPO☆ has just revealed the full PV for their latest single, "ViVi Natsu"! The PV switches between dance scenes and adorable shots of the girls playing around together for the perfect summer music video. Check out the PV below!

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  • Mukai Osamu to create his own club for Bokutachi wa Sekai wo Kaerukotoga Dekinai

    July 28, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    In promotions for his new starring movie, “Bokutachi wa Sekai wo Kaerukotoga Dekinai.” (to be released on September 23rd), actor Mukai Osamu is recruiting for his own club, “Mukai Osamu ni Aitai” (“I Want to Meet Mukai Osamu”). This club was created based on this same movie that tells a true story about four bored college students who decide to volunteer to bring something new to their mundane life. Mukai, who “worked very hard” for thi

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  • Dir en Grey become regulars on NicoNico Douga

    July 28, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Rock band Dir en Grey may be gearing up for their world tour this fall and winter in the Americas, but before that occurs the band will be releasing a new album, "DUM SPIRO SPERO" on August 3rd. It was also recently announced that the band will become regulars on NicoNico Douga monthly program 'DIR EN GREY x Boo CHANNEL'. The show will start at 20:00 the night before their album release. Member, Die (G) will be the first member to appea

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  • SHINee reveals teaser for 2nd Japanese single, "JULIETTE"

    July 28, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Last month, Korean group SHINee officially debuted in Japan with the release of their single, "Replay". The single was a success as it was certified Gold by the RIAJ and recently it was announced that SHINee's follow up single in Japan would be "JULIETTE". Earlier today, a teaser for the upcoming single was revealed on EMI Music Japan YouTube channel. Check out the teaser below, the Japanese version of "JULIETTE" is slated to be officia

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  • SDN48 holds collaboration live with "Minmin Daha"

    July 28, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    On July 26th, AKB48's sister unit SDN48 held a collaboration live with drink company Tokiwa Pharmaceutical Co. and their drink brand, 'Minmin Daha', called "Minmin Daha presents 'Otona no Seaside Live' SDN48 LIVE@OTODAMA SPECIAL". SDN48 performed in front of 1,000 fans at OTODAMA SEA STUDIO, a live house on the Zushi Coast in Shiohama. The girls appeared in costumes with wings that said 'min', and sang their third single, "Min Min Min". Th

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  • Berryz Koubou reveals CM for "Aa, Yo ga Akeru"!

    July 28, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Berryz Koubou has just unveiled a thirty-second commercial, featuring the PV for their upcoming single, "Aa, Yo ga Akeru"! Fans were able to catch a brief glimpse of the PV earlier this week, but this latest CM features extra shots not included in their earlier preview. Check out the video below!

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  • AAA reveals PV preview of their upcoming song, "CALL"!

    July 28, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    AAA has just revealed a PV preview for their latest song, "CALL"! "CALL" is one of the A-sides from their upcoming double-header "CALL / I4U", which will be released on August 31st. The second A-side, "I4U", will be included as one of the new tracks on their best album, and will also air as the theme song to the "Prince of Tennis" movie that opens this September. Check out the PV preview below, as well as the track list for their upcomi

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