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  • ayaka reveals PV for "Hajimari no Toki"

    January 1, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    After taking a leave of absence for her health, ayaka is back with a new music video for "Hajimari no Toki"! As reported earlier, the singer went on hiatus near the end of 2009 in order to recuperate from Graves' Disease. She's planning a comeback with her new album, 'The beginning', which holds 13 tracks and will be released on February 1st. You can peep her tracklist here, and check out her PV below:

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  • AYABIE releases full PV for "Merry-Go-Round"

    January 1, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    A few weeks ago, tokyohive delivered the short PV for AYABIE's "Merry-Go-Round", and now the band has unveiled the full version! This time, fans will finally get to see what happens after the mysterious suited man with the umbrella stepped into the store. What will shake up the store clerk's apathy? Find out in the music video below!

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  • Plastic Tree releases a teaser for "Joumyaku"

    January 1, 2012 @ 3:10 am

    Earlier this month rock band Plastic Tree announced a new single to be released February 29th. "Joumyaku" is the band's first single since transferring to Flying Star Records. As a gift to their fans, the band has posted a 30 second preview of the song. Check out the teaser below.

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  • Yamada Takayuki to marry a non-celebrity woman on New Year's Day

    January 1, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    Sankei Sports reports that actor Yamada Takayuki (28) will be getting married to a non-celebrity woman on the New Year's Day. According to Sanspo, Yamada's girlfriend is 35 years old, 7 years older than Yamada.  They started dating about 2 years ago.  Their relationship was reported by some gossip magazines back in February 2010 so the couple have been enjoying their dates openly. Reportedly, they are planning to register their marriage

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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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