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  • Sowelu announces new album, "29 Tonight"

    January 20, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Pop singer Sowelu has announced that she will be releasing her new album, "29 Tonight", on March 21st! Since Sowelu is currently 29-years-old, the album will tell the story of a woman on the night of her 29th birthday. Fans will find a total of 15 tracks, with brand new songs being provided by Komuro Tetsuya, Chara, Fujii Fumiya, Fujii Naoyuki, and Furuuchi Toko. Novelist LiLy, who's worked on Sowelu's previous albums, will be in charge

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  • DiVA's "Lost the way" chosen as the theme song for new 'Ultraman' movie

    January 20, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    AKB48 sub-unit DiVA has revealed that their third single, "Lost the way", has been chosen as the theme song for upcoming movie, "Ultraman Saga"! The surprise announcement was made on the first day of AKB48's annual event  "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012". As reported previously, seven AKB48 members (four of which are from DiVA: Akimoto Sayaka, Umeda Ayaka, Miyazawa Sae, and Masuda Yuka) will appear in the movie as the Earth defe

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  • Oguri Shun wears a kimono for his 'Kitsutsuki to Ame' stage greeting event

    January 20, 2012 @ 2:50 am

    On January 18th, the cast members of upcoming movie 'Kitsutsuki to Ame' gathered for a pre-screening event with their fans.  While many were dazzled by the appearances of Oguri Shun, Yakusho Koji, and other cast members attended the pre-screening event for their new movie "Kitsutsuki to Ame" which will be released on February 11th. This movie is set at a peaceful mountain village, which is home to a woodcutter named 'Kishi Katsuhiko' (play

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  • LUNA SEA to release their first new single in 11 and a half years

    January 20, 2012 @ 12:35 am

    Rock band LUNA SEA will be releasing their first new single in 11 and a half years! Their last single dates from November of 2000, and their new work is scheduled to hit stores on March 21st. Details about LUNA SEA's latest single have been largely been kept under wraps, however, the title track is said to be over 20 minutes long. There will also be four different versions available: 'Regular CD', 'High Quality CD', '5.1ch Surround CD',

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  • Okada Risako to graduate from NMB48

    January 19, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    On January 19th, NMB48 second generation member Okada Risako updated her official blog stating that she will be graduating from the group. Okada wrote, "When I entered NMB48, I was determined to manage both work and school. When I was chosen as a member, lessons started and I got to participate in performances and handshake events." She continued, "I got to meet everyone at events, and I got to work with the members I love. Everyday was

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  • Yu Darvish & Saeko file for divorce

    January 19, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    It's been reported that professional baseball player Yu Darvish and talento Saeko has filed for divorce. Both Darvish and Saeko stated, "For the sake of our children, we are each taking a step forward into our new lives as soon as possible." Back in November of 2010, the couple revealed through their official blogs that they were in the middle of divorce negotiations. The divorce was finally settled after Darvish signed a 6-year $60 mil

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  • moumoon's new song "Tomodachi/Koibito" chosen as CM song for Lotte's "Ghana Milk Chocolate"

    January 19, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    moumoon's new song, "Tomodachi / Koibito", has been chosen as the CM song for Lotte's "Ghana Milk Chocolate"! "Tomodachi / Koibito" can be found in moumoon's 3rd album, "No Night Land", which will be released on February 8th. It's described as a pop number that is filled with bittersweet feelings of love. As we reported earlier, the CM for "Ghana Milk Chocolate" stars actresses Nagasawa Masami, Takei Emi, and 5-year-old child actress Wa

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  • Check out the full PV for NMB48's "Junjou U-19"

    January 19, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Earlier, tokyohive revealed the short PV for NMB48's upcoming single, 'Junjou U-19'. The full version of the video has just been released, and its production is top-notch. This fun PV is set in a glitzy circus, and the NMB48 girls fit right in with the tumblers, magicians, and clowns. A lot of idol PVs tend to go a little overboard with their gimmicks, but NMB48's "Junjou U-19" managed to blend just the right amount of quirk without losing

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  • AKB48 to live-stream "Request Hour Set List Best 100"

    January 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    AKB48 will be holding their annual event, "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100", at Tokyo Dome City Hall this year, and they've announced that they'll be live streaming the show through their official YouTube channel! This event is held yearly by AKB48 and their sister groups to showcase their fans' favorite songs. This year, fans got to vote for their favorites out of a total of 421 songs from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48. 2012's ev

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  • T.M. Revolution receives ambassador appointment for 'Anime Mirai'

    January 19, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    On January 18th, Nishikawa Takanori (a.k.a T.M. Revolution) was appointed as the public ambassador for the 'Anime Mirai' project at a press conference in Tokyo. 'Anime Mirai'  began in 2010 as an initiative from the Agency of Cultural Affairs. This bureau sought to promote Japanese anime culture and encourage the growth of young animators by providing opportunities and funding. 'Anime Mirai' selects four applicant teams to produce original a

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