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  • SEAMO to release a 'best-of' collaboration album

    July 28, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Hip hop artist SEAMO hosted a mini-live and handshake event on July 27th to celebrate the release of his new mini-album, "ONE LIFE". Held at the grand stage in Lazona Kawasaki in Kanagawa prefecture, the event also announced SEAMO's upcoming collaboration album, "Korabo Densetsu", which will be released on August 24th. The album will feature a new collaboration track with Suga Shikao and Tsuchiya Anna called, "S.ex. with TSUCHIYA ANNA and

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  • Former AKB48 member Ono Erena resurfaces after a year-long hiatus

    July 28, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Former AKB48 member Ono Erena, who graduated from the group last September to pursue acting, has opened a new official blog on July 27th! Her blog link was published through Twitter by a yaplog blog staff member, and it's already garnered over 1,000 comments on its first entry. Titled “Nice to meet you”, the blog post reads, “Nice to meet you and long time no see, everyone. It’s been quite a long time. It’s Ono Erena.” Commenting on h

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  • Takaoka Sousuke to leave his agency after making controversial tweets

    July 28, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    On July 28th, actor Takaoka Sousuke announced through his official Twitter that he will be resigning from his agency. The actor recently stirred a controversy with an inflamatory series of tweets, bashing 'Hallyu' ('Korean Wave)' in Japan. Takaoka commented, "From one tweet, it became a big sensation. I have caused trouble to people who are related to the agency. I know this is the logical consequence." He continued, "To everyone who has

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  • SKE48's Matsui Rena celebrates her coming-of-age as an adult

    July 28, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    On July 27th, Matsui Rena of Nagoya-based idol group SKE48, turned 20-years-old and therefore officially became an adult in Japan. Weekly magazine "Nikkan SPA!" visited Matsui after the live broadcast of news show "PON" in order to throw a little birthday party for her. They gave her a delicious cake, a book about melon bread, and a cute parasol as presents. Matsui was grateful for the presents and said, "Is it really okay to get so many

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  • Suzuki Ryohei gets married!

    July 28, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    On July 28th, it was announced that actor Suzuki Ryohei got married to a non-celebrity who works for a web-related company. The two met six years ago, during Suzuki's modeling days, through a friend's introduction. It's also been revealed that his wife is six months pregnant at this time. The wedding ceremony and reception were held on the 24th amongst their close relatives. Suzuki commented, "We hope to build a cheerful and thoughtful fam

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  • Kato Miliyah + Shimizu Shota to appear on "MUSIC FAIR"

    July 28, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    R&B singers Kato Miliyah and Shimizu Shota will appear together on the upcoming episode of "MUSIC FAIR"! For the July 30th episode, Kato Miliyah will perform her hit songs "Dear Lonely Girl", "19 Memories", and "DESIRE" to promote her upcoming best album, "M BEST". Afterwards, the duo will wrap the episode with another live of their collaboration tracks, "Love Forever" and "BELIEVE". This will be Kato's first appearance on "MUSIC FAIR".

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  • LOVE PSYCHEDELICO to appear on 'Music Station' for the very first time!

    July 28, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Rock duo LOVE PSYCHEDELICO will be making their very first appearance on popular music show, 'Music Station', on August 12th. The duo made their debut 11 years ago, but this will be their first time singing on a live show. LOVE PSYCHEDELICO's latest single, "It's You", is currently the theme song for "Zettai Reido~Mikaiketsu Jiken Tokumei Sousa~". The single will be released on August 10th. Make sure to tune into 'Music Station' on Augu

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  • PLASTIC GIRL IN CLOSET's new song, "Pearl", becomes available for free download

    July 28, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    PLASTIC GIRL IN CLOSET - a popular band known for their male and female lead vocalists and pleasant melodies - has released their lead track “Pearl” from their new album, “cocoro”, for a limited-time free download through DIESEL’s music project website, “DIESEL:U:MUSIC.” “Pearl” expresses their true melodic strengths freely and gives the pleasant sensation of listening to music while driving by a beach.  Throughout the full album, their pop

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  • Visual Kei band BLOOD to perform at 'Dot.con' in Canada

    July 28, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    Japanese visual kei/gothic band BLOOD has announced that they'll be performing at anime convention, Dotcon, in Toronto, Canada. They will be performing live on November 12th, and they even left a short video message. In the video message, each of the members introduce themselves (except Dora) and expressed their gratitude and hope for their fans to come up to Canada. Impressively, they all spoke in English. Check out the 45-second video

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  • My Little Lover to provide theme song to "Last Money"

    July 28, 2011 @ 3:22 am

    Vocalist akko's solo project, My Little Lover, will provide her new song as the theme to the upcoming drama, "Last Money ~Ai no Nedan~"! The song is titled "Hikoukigumo", and it will be the title track of her new single, which drops on October 12th. "Hikoukigumo" was written, composed, and arranged entirely by producer Kobayashi Takeshi, his first in nearly seven years. As tokyohive previously reported, the suspenseful drama revolves around

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