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  • Inoue Mao sheds tears for the victory of Red team on Kohaku

    December 31, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    At the ‘62nd NHK Kohaku Utagassen’ held at NHK Hall on December 31st, the Red team broke their six consecutive losses at this event with the power of artists such as Ashida Mana and AKB48 thus winning for the first time in 7 years since the ‘55th Kohaku Utagassen’ held in 2004. Although the White team is leading in overall victories with 33 wins versus the Red team’s 29, the red team took the win for this year while stopping the White team’s

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  • Dorothy Little Happy announces new single + mini album

    December 31, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Idol group Dorothy Little Happy has announced their first single and mini album for 2012. The single "HAPPY DAYS!" and mini album "DEMO SAYONARA 2012" will both be released on January 11th. The single will come in three types, in which each type will have a different coupling song. The first press will come with a photo trading card. "DEMO SAYONARA 2012" will be a remake of their first mini album "DEMO SAYONARA" which was released earli

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  • Performances from the 62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen

    December 31, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    On December 31st, NHK held its 62nd annual Kohaku Uta Gassen program, featuring famous artists of all ages in an intense battle between the red team and the white team. Check out performances from the program beneath the cut! (More will be added as they are found.) - Hamasaki Ayumi - "progress" - NYC - "100% Yuuki NYC" - AKB48 – “Kohaku 2011 AKB48 Special MIX ~Ganbarou Nihon!~” - Nishino Kana - "Tatoe Donna ni.

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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel reveals cover + tracklist for new album, "Butterfly"

    December 31, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    A few days ago, rock band L'arc~en~Ciel announced the track list to their upcoming album, "BUTTERFLY". The album is scheduled to hit stores on Februrary 8th and will have 11 tracks. The limited edition will come with P'UNK-EN-CIEL's first album "P'UNK IS NOT DEAD", which will contain coupling songs including ones that have been remixed and remastered. It will also come with a bonus DVD that includes a special program called "Best Hit LEC", w

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  • Fairies receives the Best New Artist Award at this year's Japan Record Awards

    December 31, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Back in November, tokyohive posted the list of winners for the ‘53rd Japan Record Award’. However, that list was incomplete, as the event withheld its winners for the 'Best Song' and the 'Best New Artist' awards. On December 30th, it was revealed that the seven members of idol group Fairies was chosen as this year’s Best New Artist. Member Itou Momoka expressed her happiness with, “I feel honored to have received such an award at a histori

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  • Kobayashi Sachiko to use 2.5 ton lion prop for 62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen

    December 31, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    On December 30th, artists attended the rehearsal for the 62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen at the NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo. Kobayashi Sachiko (58), who'll appear on the Kohaku stage for her 33rd consecutive time, astounded everyone there with her 2.5 ton "lion prop". When Kobayashi appeared on stage in her gold-colored dress, the stage slowly began to rise and a black cloth drops to unveil a huge red lion.  The length of the lion is said to meas

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  • Performances from the 53rd Japan Record Awards

    December 31, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    On December 30th, TBS held its 53rd Japan Record Awards to honor those who were outstanding in the music industry for the year of 2011. As reported earlier, AKB48 took home the prestigious Japan Record Award with their single "Flying Get", but there were may other memorable moments that night. Check out some of the performances below! --------------- < Fairies - 'More Kiss' > - < AAA - 'Call' > - <

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  • What are your favorite dramas featuring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun?

    December 31, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    With 2012 just around the corner, Fuji TV's new drama 'Lucky Seven', which stars Arashi's Matsumoto Jun, is approaching its first broadcast date. With this highly-anticipated action drama in mind, goo asked its users, "What are your favorite dramas starring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun?" Check out what the users picked as their favorites below! === 1. Hana Yori Dango 2. Kimi wa Petto 3. Gokusen 4. Bambino! 5. Natsu no Koi wa

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  • SHAKALABBITS introduces their new member, YOSUKE

    December 31, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    On December 29th, rock band SHAKALABBITS appeared on an annual music festival ‘COUNTDOWN JAPAN 11/12’ and marking their first performance with new member and bassist YOSUKE, who is also the younger brother of their guitarist TAKE-C. YOSUKE will be replacing the former founding member KING who left the band on November 20th after their performance at Utsunomiya University. KING was this band’s bassist for 13 years and YOSUKE will take the ne

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  • Kikkawa Yuu unveils full PV for "Konna Watashi de Yokattara"!

    December 31, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    After teasing fans with previews earlier this month, idol soloist Kikkawa Yuu has finally revealed the full PV for her new song, "Konna Watashi de Yokattara"! The sweet PV features sweet close-up shots of the idol as she sings her latest tune, dance scenes, and even some adorable scenes of Kikkawa lip-syncing through puppets. Check out the PV for yourself below! Thanks to Brittni for the tip!

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