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  • Kikkawa Yuu reveals alternate cover for new photo book, "YOU"!

    July 23, 2011 @ 4:16 am

    Previously, we shared the original cover for Kikkawa Yuu's first photo book, "YOU", and now, an alternate cover has been revealed! This cover features Kikkawa on the beach in a blue and yellow bikini set; it will only be available through the online store, Wani Books. By lottery, 30 people will receive an autographed copy, along with a special photo, and 5 people will receive a mini poster printed on photo paper. Kikkawa made her solo d

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  • NMB48 performs debut single on Mainichi TV's "Chichin Puipui"

    July 23, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    On July 20th, NMB48 (AKB48’s Namba, Osaka-based sister group) performed their debut song “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo,” on Mainichi TV’s “Chichin Puipui” program. Before their mini-live performance, TV personality Sumi Junichi (66) tried to make the girls feel less nervous by making them laugh. He turned to Watanabe Miyuki (17), and teased, “You have the image of a baby,” causing the entire studio to laugh. The song made it into 1st plac

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  • GACKT's band YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz kicks off their European tour

    July 23, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    On July 21st, GACKT’s 7-man band YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz (YFC) kicked off their European tour “WORLD TOUR “SHOW UR SOUL.I Sekai show your soul sai” with a live performance at the LE BATACLAN theater in Paris. Nearly 1,000 fans gathered from all over Europe to show their support. YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz is comprised of 7 members: GACKT (Vocals), JON (Vocals), YOU (Guitar), CHACHAMARU (Guitar), TAKUMI (Guitar), U:ZO (Bass), and SHINYA (Drums).

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  • Enka singer Jounouchi Sanae does mini-live performance for her new song Nishimonai Bonuta

    July 23, 2011 @ 3:01 am

    On July 21st, Enka singer Jounouchi Sanae, who celebrated the 25th anniversary of her debut in June, sang her new song “Nishimonai Bonuta” in a mini-live performance.  The performance, held at the Kawasaki Azalea Sunlight Plaza, was her commemorative sales event. The song's theme uses the Akita prefecture’s Ugomachi Nishimonai Bon dance, one of the three most prevalent Bon dances in Japan, as its foundation. It was reported that the sing

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  • SID to release new single + live DVD this fall

    July 23, 2011 @ 2:10 am

    Rock band SID has confirmed the release of a brand new single and live DVD! The single is currently untitled, and will be released on September 28th. This single is their first single in about ten months, with their last being December 2010's "Ranbu no Melody". Fans can purchase one of two different CD+DVD limited edition versions or a regular CD-only version when it hits stores. Additionally, SID will also be releasing a live DVD on Octobe

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  • Nishino Kana to appear on this week's "Music Lovers"

    July 23, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    "Ringtone queen" Nishino Kana will be the star of this Sunday's episode of "Music Lovers"! During this week's studio live, Nishino will perform her love songs "Aitakute Aitakute", "Kimitte", and "Esperanza" while surrounded by her female fans. This week's guest lovers include actress/talento Kurashina Kana and comedian Ayabe Yuuji, who share wise words learned from past loves in a special "confession" talk segment. Make sure not to miss thi

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  • YOSHIKI attends press conference for "Blood Red Dragon" at Comic-Con

    July 22, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    On July 21st, X-JAPAN's YOSHIKI appeared at a press conference for the American comic, "Blood Red Dragon", at Comic-Con in San Diego. "Blood Red Dragon" is a story about a rock star who transforms into a superhero after playing a certain note on the piano; he then strives to defeat the powers of darkness. The character was made in YOSHIKI's image, while comic creator Stan Lee wrote and cartoonist Todd MacFarlane illustrated the comic. Y

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  • Check out a radio rip of miwa's "FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC"!

    July 22, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    A radio rip of singer-songwriter miwa's "FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC" has just been revealed! This cheerful track is currently the theme song for the drama, "Ouran High School Host Club". Listen to the full song below! Thanks to maki for the tip!

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "PONPONPON" tops iTunes charts in Finland + Belgium

    July 22, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's addictive electronic song "PONPONPON" has topped the iTunes' electronic charts in both Finland and Belgium! The song was released digitally in twenty-three different countries through iTunes on July 20th, and is already seeing some international success. For the iTunes' electronic ranking, Kyary currently tops the charts in both Finland and Belgium, which is quite a feat for her, as she has only promoted her song in Jap

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  • Softbank and Ueto Aya lose the "Favorite CM" crown

    July 22, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Earlier today, CMDB announced the results of their recent survey asking 3,000 residents in the Kanto area regarding their most favorite commercial for the first half of 2011. The results featured somewhat of a surprise as Softbank and their popular 'White Family' commercials, starring Ueto Aya among others along with their commercials featuring SMAP didn't manage to come out on top after ten semi-annual-consecutive wins. Instead, 'AC Japan

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