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  • Check out Kuraki Mai on 'Music Lovers'

    January 23, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    On the January 22nd episode of music program 'Music Lovers', only one artist performed. Singer, Kuraki Mai performed a melody of songs. Visiting her on the show is one of her biggest fans and close friend, Figure Skating gold medalist Arakawa Shizuka. Check out her performance after the jump! - < 'Stand Up', 'Feel Fine!', 'Love, Day After Tomorrow' > - < 'Secret of my heart', 'Your Best Friend' > - <

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  • AKB48 forms a band for "GIVE ME FIVE!" + jacket covers

    January 23, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    On January 22nd, AKB48 performed their new song, "GIVE ME FIVE!", for the first time during the encore of their live event, 'AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012'. During the event, it was revealed that the idol group formed a band called "Baby Blossom" specifically for the new single. "Baby Blossom" is a 18-member band comprised of Maeda Atsuko (G), Oshima Yuko (B), Takahashi Minami (G), Kashiwagi Yuki (Dr), Kojima Haruna (Key), a

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  • NHK to hold live concert for the Tohoku Earthquake

    January 23, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    In memory of the tragic Tohoku Earthquake that shook Japan last March, NHK will be holding a live concert called "Shinsai Kara 1nen 'Ashita e' Concert" (1 Year After the Earthquake 'For Tomorrow' Concert). The concert will be held on March 10th at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Chiba and Sukagawa City Cultural Center in Fukushima simultaneously. It will feature a gorgeous line-up of artists to deliver a message to the disaster-stricken areas t

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  • "Heavy Rotation" tops this year's AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100!

    January 23, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    On January 22nd, it was the last day of AKB48's annual live event "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100" which was held at Tokyo Dome City Hall during January 19th ~ 22nd.  This live event is that the top 100 songs among AKB48' and its sister groups' songs (total 421 songs were available for voting this year) are chosen by the fans' votes, and the members perform the best 100 songs in count-down style for 4 days (25 songs per a day).  This an

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  • 9nine's Murata Hirona to release first photo book

    January 23, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    It's been revealed that 9nine member Murata Hirona will be releasing her first photo book, "Tsubomi 3 Murata Hirona", in late-February. "It's my first photo book, so I was very nervous, but I had a lot of fun. You might be able to see a new side of Murata Hirona," said Murata. "Tsubomi" is a new series of photo books that feature actresses, models, and singers in their teens. Murata's photo book will be the third in the series, and was sh

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  • Mr.Children announces new single + live DVD/Blu-ray

    January 22, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Mr.Children has announced that they will simultaneously release a new single and a live DVD/Blu-ray on April 18th! Their new single, titled "Inori ~Namida no Kidou / End of the day / pieces", will be their first in about 3 years and 7 months. "Inori ~ Namida no Kidou" and "pieces" are the theme songs to Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko's upcoming movie, "Bokura ga Ita". Meanwhile, the live DVD/Blu-ray, "Mr.Children STADIUM TOUR 2011 SENSE

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  • Check out two songs off of C-ute's upcoming album!

    January 22, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    On January 20th, idol group C-ute's "Hitorijime Shitakatta Dake na no ni" and "Shiawase no Tochuu" played throughout radio stations in Japan. The two songs can be found on C-ute's upcoming album, "Dai Nana Sho 「Utsukushikutte gomen ne」", which will drop on February 8th. Check out them out below, and let us know what you think! - <Hitorijime Shitakatta Dake na no ni> <Shiawase no Tochuu>

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  • NMB48's Shirogumi reveals short PV for "Doryoku no Shizuku"

    January 22, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    NMB48's sub-unit, Shirogumi, has revealed their short PV for "Doryoku no Shizuku"! This medium-tempo pop song comes with a video that carries lush imagery. The girls seem like they're meant to embody the spirit of perseverance, and the scenes convey the message that even when you're feeling alone, keep holding on. Shirogumi's "Doryoku no Shizuku" will be included in the 'Type A' and 'Theater' versions of NMB48's upcoming single, 'Junjou

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  • FoZZtone to release a mini-album in April

    January 22, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    Rock group FoZZtone will be releasing their new mini-album, "LOVE", on April 11th. The mini-album will feature a total of five songs, and is said to give off a positive vibe. Prior to the CD release, the title track will be available for download through iTunes and Recochoku, starting February 1st. Additionally, on February 3rd, the band will be releasing a live DVD through the FoZZtone Shop. The live DVD will contain footage from their

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  • WOWOW releases trailer for joint Asian drama, 'Strangers 6'

    January 22, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    WOWOW recently updated the official site of the upcoming action-suspense drama, 'Strangers 6', with a new teaser! 'Strangers 6' is a joint production between Japan, South Korea, and China. It aims to reach new heights in terms of pace and sheer scale for a TV drama, by utilizing production skills and acting prowess from all three countries. WOWOW will broadcast the drama in Japan, and aside from South Korea and China, 'Strangers 6' will also

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