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  • AKB48 to open a new official fan club

    December 7, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    It's been announced that popular idol group AKB48 will be opening a new official fan club called "Nihon-bashira no Kai" to celebrate the 6th anniversary of AKB48 Theater. Their previous fan club, "Bashira no Kai", stopped accepting new members in September of last year due to ticket resale problems. Ever since it officially shut down its services, there were many fans who had hoped for a new fan club. The name "Nihon-bashira no Kai" car

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  • Koda Kumi to release new album "JAPONESQUE" in February

    December 7, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    2011 has been a productive year for singer Koda Kumi, as she's garnered many achievements with her chart-topping songs like "Love Me Back" and "Ai wo Tomenaide". Though the year is not quite done, the pop diva has already got her eyes on 2012! Koda Kumi has announced that she'll be releasing her 10th album, 'JAPONESQUE', on February 1st, 2012. The album will be released in four different versions: CD-only, CD + DVD, CD + 2 DVDs, and CD + P

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  • Remioromen's Fujimaki Ryota to make his solo debut

    December 7, 2011 @ 5:00 am

    It's been reported that rock band Remioromen vocalist Fujimaki Ryota will be making his solo debut on February 29th with his first single, "Hikari wo Atsumete". After the Tohoku Earthquake, Fujimaki had participated in volunteer work, distributing food in disaster-stricken areas. At the shelters in those areas, he was asked to sing, and was able to face music in a new way. Fujimaki revealed, "In spring of our 11th year, along with the great

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  • May'n to release her third album in March

    December 7, 2011 @ 3:39 am

    Singer May'n has announced that she will be releasing her third album in March! While the album is currently untitled, it's scheduled to be released on March 21st. The day before the release, May'n will hold her one-man live, "May'n☆GO!AROUND!!", at Yokohama Arena. After releasing her second album, "If you...", May'n has been performing on big stages for roughly 13 months. Fans can look forward to how much the singer has progressed in th

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  • Miura Haruma attends press conference for Fujitsu Toshiba's new smart phone

    December 7, 2011 @ 1:46 am

    On December 5th, actor Miura Haruma attended a new CM presentation event for Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications' new smart phone for mobile phone company au. Since there were many English speaking staff on set, Miura shared that he felt like he was working overseas. When asked, "Are you looking towards working overseas?", he responded, "I don't want to restrict myself from the possibilities." As au's new winter models, the brand releas

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  • Hemenway to release new theme song for "NARUTO"

    December 7, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    Rock band Hemenway will be releasing the new ending theme song to popular anime "NARUTO Shippuuden". Titled, "By My Side" will be the band's second single and release on January 25, 2012. The song will be on air starting January 5th. Vocalist, Issac said that he is very happy that they are doing the theme song to "NARUTO" as he grew up reading manga and watching anime, and Japanese music played a huge part in his childhood. Hemenway is al

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  • Kikkawa Yuu releases short PV for "Konna Watashi de Yokattara"

    December 6, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Kikkawa Yuu has just unveiled the short PV to her new single, "Konna Watashi de Yokattara"! The PV differs from her earlier preview, which had natural shots of Kikkawa basking in the sunlight and dabbling with some domestic chores. The short PV, on the other hand, includes a quirky Polaroid reel mixed in with some choreography footage. Kikkawa Yuu will be releasing her new single on December 28th. In the meantime, check out her video be

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  • Perfume becomes 2nd girl group to achieve 3 consecutive Number 1 albums

    December 6, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    It's been 12 years since a girl group has had three consecutive Number 1 albums. The first to achieve this was veteran pop group SPEED and joining them now is 3-member group Perfume, who just released their fourth album "JPN" on November 30th. The group sold 227,000 for the first week of sales, taking the first spot on the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking chart. The album makes it their third consecutive Number 1 album along with "GAME" (200

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  • Sakurai Sho & Matsumoto Jun to make guest appearance on Ohno Satoshi's special drama

    December 6, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    It's been announced that Arashi members Sakurai Sho and Matsumoto Jun will make guest appearance on fellow member Ohno Satoshi's upcoming special drama "Mou Yuukai nante Shinai".  This special drama is a comical mystery about a freeter (Ohno) who receives the odd request to fake the kidnapping of racketeer boss daughter, (Aragaki Yui). Sakurai will appear in the special drama as the butler "Kageyama" which is from Sakurai's ongoing dra

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  • (Updated) Recochoku's yearly download charts/awards for 2011

    December 6, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Recochoku, one of the biggest mobile music download sites in Japan, recently released the 2011 yearly download chart ranking and awards for the period from December 1st, 2010 until November 30th, 2011. Check out the top ranking for digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos over the past twelve months below! *Updated the top 10 of all rankings! === < Recochoku (Chaku Uta Full) Ranking > * complete digital songs 01 -

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