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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 09/28~10/04

    October 5, 2011 @ 2:50 am

    Recochoku has just updated their weekly charts for the week of September 28th to October 4th. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta Full (Digital Single) Weekly Ranking > 01/(00) "Step" - KARA 02/(06) "Rising Sun" - EXILE 03/(01) "Ai wo Tomenaide" - Koda Kumi 04/(02) "Because... ~Anata ga Ita~ feat. Noa" - LGYankees 05/(00) "Bo Peep Bo Peep (Japan

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  • exist†trace to release new CD, "THE LAST DAYBREAK"

    October 5, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    Visual kei band exist†trace will be releasing their new album, "THE LAST DAYBREAK", on October 19th. exist†trace is an all-female visual kei band that made their major debut in June with "TRUE". "THE LAST DAYBREAK" is said to contain five tracks that pursues the band's own unique sounds. The CD will come in both limited and regular editions. The limited edition will come with a DVD which includes a video clip for the lead track, "Daybreak

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  • Yuzu announces new single + live DVD for November

    October 5, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    It's been revealed that folk duo Yuzu will be releasing a new single, "Sho", along with a new live DVD, "LIVE FILMS 2 -NI-", on November 30th. The title song was written by Kitagawa Yujin as the theme song for Fuji TV's "Sekai Taisou Tokyo 2011". The single will also include a new song, titled "Murasaki Iro", written and composed by Iwasawa Koji as the coupling song. Prior to the release, a Chaku-Uta version of "Sho" will be available for do

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  • Hasegawa Kyoko is pregnant with second baby!

    October 4, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    On October 4th, actress Hasegawa Kyoko (32) announced through her agency's official website that she is pregnant with her second baby! The announcement reports that Hasegawa is currently 6 months pregnant. Both Hasegawa and her baby are in healthy condition. The actress plans to continue her work while focusing on her health. Hasegawa married Porno Graffitti's guitarist Shindo Haruichi (37) back in June 2008. The couple welcomed their fir

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  • HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ announces K-Pop special for October 10th

    October 4, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ announced that they are going to air a two-hour-long special on October 10th in order to celebrate the 18th year anniversary of the show. They also revealed the line-up for the special on their blog and made it clear that it's going to be full-fledged K-Pop special, but the biggest highlight is going to be the appearance of Tohoshinki, who haven't been on the show for two years. The rest of the line-up include

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  • Ayase Haruka to star in "Himitsu no Akko-chan" live-action adaption

    October 4, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    The rumors have been floating for quite a while, but today it finally became official. Actress Ayase Haruka is going to star in the upcoming live-action adaption of the "Himitsu no Akko-chan", the first 'magical girl' manga in Japan. "Himitsu no Akko-chan" is about a young elementary school girl called Akko-chan who received a magical compact mirror that allows her to transform into anything she wishes. The movie is going to feature an ori

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  • Sakamoto Maaya reveals jacket covers for "Driving in the silence"

    October 4, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    Sakamoto Maaya has revealed the jacket covers for her upcoming concept album, "Driving in the silence". "Driving in the silence" is her latest concept album that was constructed around the theme of 'winter'. It will include a total of nine songs such as "Sayonara Santa", composed by Rasmus Faber, and "homemade Christmas", a Maaya-style Christmas song. The album will be prepared in two types: limited edition and regular edition. The limi

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  • Takizawa Hideaki holds a press conference for his stage performance

    October 4, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    On October 3rd, Tackey & Tsubasa's Takizawa Hideaki held a press conference for his upcoming stage performance "Shinshun Takizawa Kakumei" which will open at the Imperial Garden Theater on the new year's day in 2012 (Runs from 1/1 ~ 1/29).   With this, it will be the fourth consecutive year for Takizawa to hold this stage performance, and he commented with a smile, "Every year, I look forward to spending new year's day with the audienc

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  • YUKI adds new dates to her upcoming nationwide tour

    October 4, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    YUKI has just added new dates to her upcoming nationwide tour, "YUKI tour 'MEGAPHONIC' 2011"! The singer has added shows for November 14th and 15th at Zepp Sendai in Miyagi. The tour is scheduled to kick off on October 15th at Makuhari Event Hall in Chiba, and wrap up on December 18th at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Aichi. With these new dates, the tour will now host a total of 17 performances. General tickets sales for these new dates will

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  • Japan Box Office Report – October 1st/2nd

    October 4, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    [caption id="attachment_194572" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Moteki" / "Fast Five" / "Unfair: The Answer""][/caption] "Fast Five" finally opened in Japan, "Dog x Police" just barely missed the top three, and "Hayabusa" has landed in fifth place. It wasn't much of a surprise that "Fast Five" easily claimed the top position in the box office chart. There was an advanced screening last weekend, where

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