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  • Jin Akanishi reveals track lists & cover jackets for "JAPONICANA"

    January 26, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    Jin Akanishi has revealed the track list and cover jackets for his upcoming album, "JAPONICANA"! The album will come in three different types: a CD+DVD limited edition, a CD-only regular edition, and a U.S. version. It will contain "Test Drive (feat. Jason Derulo)" and "Sun Burns Down", which both placed #1 on the U.S. iTunes dance charts. "JAPONICANA" will be released on March 6th in the States, and March 7th in Japan. Without furth

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  • Satoda Mai announces her engagement with Tanaka Masahiro

    January 26, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    On January 26th, talento Satoda Mai announced her engagement to professional baseball player Tanaka Masahiro (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles).  Though the schedule for the wedding ceremony is undecided at this moment, they're planning to officially register their marriage near the end of March. Satoda and Tanaka met each other through a TV program, and they have been dating for about 2 years.  On the announcement, Satoda stated, "He has a st

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  • Princess Princess, Kome Kome Club, & TM NETWORK to hold charity live in Makuhari Messe

    January 26, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Pop groups from the '80s and '90s will be gathering for a special charity event called ‘ALL THAT LOVE –give & give-‘! The event will hold its stage at Makuhari Messe hall in Chiba on March 20th. 'ALL THAT LOVE - give & give -' will headline three old-school groups: Kome Kome Club, TM NETWORK, and Princess Princess. For Princess Princess, this will be their first reunion in 16 years, and the event will mark their first step towards t

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  • Maeda Atsuko becomes "Jaiko" for Toyota's 'Doraemon' CM

    January 26, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    AKB48's Maeda Atsuko has been chosen to portray the ''Doraemon' character "Jaiko" for Toyota's upcoming CM! As previously reported, this CM series leaps 20 years into the future, with the Doraemon characters being played by a crew of talented actors. Frenchman Jean Reno will play as "Doraemon"; other cast members include Tsumabuki Satoshi (as "Nobita"), Mizukawa Asami (as "Shizuka-chan"), Yamashita Tomohisa (as "Suneo"), and Ogawa Naoya (a

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  • Jin Akanishi's "Sun Burns Down" tops U.S. iTunes dance chart

    January 26, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    It's been reported that Jin Akanishi's new single, "Sun Burns Down", has topped the U.S. iTunes dance charts! This marks Jin's second time being #1 on the iTunes dance charts; he's previously topped the charts with his debut American mini-album, "TEST DRIVE feat. JASON DERULO". "Sun Burns Down" was produced by The Stereotypes, who are known for creating hit songs for Ne-Yo and Justin Bieber. They congratulated Jin by saying, "Jin, congrat

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  • Visuel kei duo ZUCK to release their 2nd single in March

    January 26, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Visual kei unit ZUCK have announced that they will be releasing their second single, "MONSTER", on March 7th. ZUCK is a 2-man unit comprised of vocalist Yu and guitarist TSUKASA. The duo originally formed in January of 2010, and have been active since March of the same year. Known for their stylish sound and Yu's high-tone voice, ZUCK has been steadily rising up in the V-ROCK scene. "MONSTER" will be co-produced by Janne Da Arc's kiyo. Th

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko reveals her wedding dress designs for 'Love Mary'

    January 26, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    On January 25th, AKB48's Shinoda Mariko attended a press conference for her wedding dress brand, "Love Mary". Although it's her first time designing wedding dresses, Shinoda has already come up with 10 different pieces in a period of six months. "It's been a dream of mine for awhile, so I'm happy," she expressed. As for her own future wedding, Shinoda mused, "Maybe [when I'm] around 40. I think it's okay to get married after working har

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  • Oricon reveals comic chart for January 30th

    January 26, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Oricon has just revealed the comic chart for the week of January 30th. Take a look below to see if your favorite manga ranked in the top 5! - 1. GANTZ, Volume 33 - Oku Hiroya : 155,485 - 2. Sukitte Ii na yo., Volume 8 - Hazuki Kanae : 103,765 - 3. Magi, Volume 11 - Ootaka Shinobu : 88,307 - 4. PEACE MAKER, Volume 8 - Minagawa Ryoji : 84,652 - 5. Area no Kishi, Volume 29 - Iga Hiroaki : 76,360

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  • Matsushita Yuya reveals new details about his 2nd album

    January 26, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    As reported earlier, Matsushita Yuya will be releasing his 2nd album on February 22nd. Recently, new details on the release have been revealed, including the album's title. The album has been named "2U", and it will come in three different versions: limited edition A, limited edition B, and a regular edition. Both the limited editions will include DVDs with varying content. Check out the new details on Matsushita Yuya's "2U" below: ===

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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel to perform at New York's Madison Square Garden!

    January 26, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    L'Arc-en-Ciel fans, heads up! The legendary rock band will be bringing their music to arenas all over the world! L’Arc-en-Ciel will return to the U.S. as part of their 2012 world tour, and they'll be performing at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City -- a first ever achievement for a Japanese artist. The first time the band performed in the States was in 2004, where they played to a crowd of over 10,000 in Baltimore. This

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