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  • Check out the audio for Dream Morning Musume's "Shining Butterfly"

    January 5, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Last month, the ladies of Dream Morning Musume revealed the PV Preview for their upcoming single "Shining Butterfly". Although the single is scheduled for release on February 15th, the track recently played on the radio and fans were quick to capture the audio. Check out the audio for Dream Morning Musume's “Shining Butterfly“ below! Tip: Ashley

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  • AKB48 becomes the top-selling girl group in single sales

    January 5, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    With the results of the latest Oricon weekly charts, it was confirmed that popular idol group AKB48 finally managed to become the top-selling girl group in single sales with a total of 11,787,000 sold copies since their debut. AKB48 needed a total of 25 singles along with five years and eleven months since their debut in 2006 in order to overtake fellow idol group Morning Musume. The previous record held by Morning Musume was 11,774,000 so

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  • Oba Mina officially returns as the captain of AKB48's Team 4

    January 5, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    On January 4th, the AKB48 Theater in Tokyo opened its doors again after the holidays. Furthermore, it marked the official return of Oba Mina as a member of AKB48 and the captain of  Team 4. Oba had been suspended from her activities since September 2nd, after her old blog entries revealed that she had a boyfriend and had consumed alcohol. On November 12th, she appeared at a handshake event and once again apologized to the fans. She also as

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  • Japan Box Office Report – December 31st/January 01st

    January 5, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    [caption id="attachment_213745" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Yamamoto Isoroku" / "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" / "friends Mononoke Jima no Naki""][/caption] After several non-working days due to New Year's, the movie industry finally released the box office chart for the New Year's weekend. Naturally there weren't really any new box office openings, resulting in the top 10 from the previous C

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  • NHK to air a documentary show featuring AKB48

    January 5, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Last month, it was announced that AKB48 would be releasing a sequel to their documentary movie titled "DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on Shoujo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru". Prior to its release in this month, TV station NHK will broadcast their own documentary on the group on January 23rd titled, "DOCUMENTARY of AKB48+1". The documentary will air at 24:15 JST. Also, check out the preview for "Show must go on" below!

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  • FLOW to release new single and album in February

    January 5, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Rock band FLOW has announced they will be releasing a new single and album this February. The single ('Rock Climbers') and album ('BLACK & WHITE') will both be released on February 22nd. "Rock Climbers" is the new ending theme song to TBS program, 'Nounai Word Q Hikidasu'. Meanwhile, 'BLACK & WHITE' will be FLOWS' first original album since 2010. To commemorate the album, they will embark on a two-month tour starting from Februa

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  • No Sleeves reveal their goals for 2012

    January 5, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    On January 4th, AKB48's sub-unit No Sleeves held a handshake event for their latest single, "Pedicure day", at the Zepp Tokyo. During the live corner, the girls performed three songs: "Pedicure day", "Answer" and "Kuchibiru Furezu...". Since this event marked their first day of work as No Sleeves this year, the members shared their goals for 2012 through Kakizome (the first calligraphy of the year). For the Kakizome, Takahashi Minami wrot

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  • Check out the preview for AKB48's "GIVE ME FIVE!"

    January 5, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    As reported previously, AKB48 will be releasing their 25th single titled "GIVE ME FIVE!" on February 15th. Fans finally got a taste of the new song through a CM for Apamanshop, starring several members of the idol group. "GIVE ME FIVE!" is said to be AKB48's new "Sakura song" with a graduation theme. Check out the CM and the making of below! Image: Amapanshop official site Thanks to everybody who sent this tip in!

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  • Oriental Radio's Nakata Atsuhiko & Fukuda Moe are dating

    January 5, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    On January 4th, it was reported that comedian duo Oriental Radio's Nakata Atsuhiko and talento Fukuda Moe are in serious relationship. Reportedly, they co-stared in a variety show that Nakata took part as the host, last spring, and got closer to each other since then.  The couple is close enough to visit each other's house, and they spent last Christmas together. About this report, both of their agencies commented that the companies lea

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  • Hilcrhyme to release their 1st best album

    January 5, 2012 @ 3:10 am

    It was announced that Hilcrhyme will release their 1st best album (title unknown) in this spring. This best album will be a linked project with their nationwide tour "Hilcrhyme RISING TOUR 2012" which will start on January 9th, and the track list for the album will be decided by the fans' votes who visit their live concerts.  It was a member, TOC's idea that he has stated on Hilcrhyme's Ustream program before, "If we ever release a best al

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