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  • Chatmonchy reveals details on upcoming single

    April 11, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Rock band Chatmonchy has revealed the details of their upcoming single! Chatmonchy's 3rd single of 2012 will be a double A-side single titled "Hatena / Yume Mitai da". "Yume Mitai da" is originally a song by American indie pop duo MATES OF STATE, called "Proofs", with Japanese lyrics by member Hashimoto Eriko. This song will be used as the opening theme for NHK Sougou's 'SHIBUYA DEEP A' starting April 13th. Along with the details, Chatm

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  • Sakanaction collaborates with JONTE' for new 'Mode Gakuen' CM

    April 11, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Rock band Sakanaction will be providing the new CM song for 'Mode Gakuen'! The band collaborated with dancer JONTE', who's been in charge of choreography for top artists such as Beyonce and Janet Jackson. In the CM, JONTE' will show off his dancing to Sakanaction's new song. The release date for the song has not been determined at this time. Sakanaction's "Boku to Hana" is currently the theme song for the drama, '37sai de Isha ni Natta

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  • B'z sets new record with their 50th single "GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku-"

    April 11, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    The 50th single of popular rock band B’z, “GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku-” (released on April 4th), has sold 143,000 copies in its first week and has topped Oricon Weekly Ranking for April 16th. Along with this recent feat, B’z has now topped Oricon Single Weekly Ranking 46 consecutive times since their June 1990 single “Taiyou no Komachi Angel”. The band has had their singles top this ranking for a total of 63 weeks and is now tied w

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  • Check out Oricon's weekly charts for April 16th!

    April 11, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    Oricon has just revealed the results of their weekly charts for the week of April 16th! Check them out below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. “GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku” – B'z : 4/4 (143,402) 2. “Oppa, Oppa” – SUPER JUNIOR DONGHAE & EUNHYUK : 4/4 (68,475) 3. “Ikiteru Ikiteku” – Fukuyama Masaharu : 3/28 (23,032) 4. “Hitori Nagaragawa” – Mizumori Kaori : 4/4 (20,278) 5. “Beat Generation/No More Dist

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  • Yuzu reveals jacket cover for "With You"

    April 11, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    Pop duo Yuzu has revealed the jacket cover for their upcoming single, "With You"! As reported earlier, the title track is currently the theme song for 'Nippon Life Insurance'. It was both written and composed by member Kitagawa Yujin. For its coupling tracks, the single will include a song by member Iwasawa Koji called "Yes", and an orchestra version of "Niji". The single is scheduled to be released on May 23rd. Additionally, prior t

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  • Ninomiya Kazunari's new Pocky CM released!

    April 11, 2012 @ 12:27 am

    Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari will once again be starring in the new commercial for Glico's chocolate snack 'Pocky'. Like the previous CM, Ninomiya continues to dance to hip hop artist MC Hammer's signature song, "U Can't Touch This". This time, he mishears the lyrics as "Tabi ni aundesu" (It suits travels). To coincide the CM, 'Pocky' is currently holding a campaign through their official website for a chance to win a 'Pocky' original sui

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  • Matsuda Seiko announces new single, "Namida no Shizuku"

    April 10, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Matsuda Seiko has announced that she will be releasing her new single, "Namida no Shizuku", on May 2nd! The title track will be used as the image song for the upcoming film, 'Waga Haha no Ki', which will open in theaters nationwide on April 28th. This movie is based on Inoue Yasushi's novel, 'Waga Haha no Ki ~Hana no Shita. Tsuki no Hikari. Yuki no Omote', and stars Yakusho Koji, Kiki Kirin, Miyazaki Aoi, Minami Kaho, Kimura Midoriko, Mimu

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for March 2012

    April 10, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of March. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,000,000

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – April 2nd~April 8th

    April 10, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    [caption id="attachment_232437" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – April 2nd~April 8th"][/caption] This edition of the Drama Prime Time Report features one new morning, one new prime time, two new midnight and one new late-night dramas that began airing in the past week. As reported in a previous article, Monday marked the start of the 2012 spring/summer NHK morning drama 'Umechan Sensei' starring Horikita M

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  • AKB48's Watanabe Mayu absent from nationwide tour due to poor health

    April 10, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    It's been reported that AKB48's Watanabe Mayu will be absent from a portion of the group's nationwide tour, "AKB48 Nationwide Tour 2012 'Nonaka Misato, Ugoku. ~47 Todofuken de Aimashou~'", due to poor health. According to the announcement, Watanabe was diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis and inflammation around the pharynx after medical examination. Consequently, Watanabe will be absent from Team B's upcoming concerts on April 11th at

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