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  • Takei Emi becomes the image character for 'Dai-ichi Life Insurance'

    December 2, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Actress Takei Emi has become the new image character for "Dai-ichi Life Insurance", and will be starring in their CM starting December 2nd. Takei commented, "I wondered if it was okay since I'm only 17 years old. I want people who are young like me to know more about insurance." The CM will come in two versions: "Anata no Koe ni Kotaeru Hoken: Miraijin" and "Anata no Koe ni Kotaeru Hoken: Samurai". In the "Miraijin" ('person from the fu

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  • CHEMISTRY to release new album, "Trinity"

    December 2, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    R&B duo CHEMISTRY has announced that they will be releasing their their new album, "Trinity", on January 25th. "Trinity" will be CHEMISTRY's 7th original album, and their first one in about 2 years. The album will come in three discs, with each disc featuring works by the duo, Kawabata Kaname, and Dochin Yoshikuni. The limited edition will come with a DVD containing footage of "10th Anniversary in NY Complete Version". Stay tuned

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  • Idol group Fairies light up Omotesando

    December 2, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    Idol group Fairies has been selected as the image character for 'Omotesando Illumination', and they attended the light-up event  on December 1st. 'Omotesando Illumination' is an annual event that lights up Tokyo at the end of the year. This year marks the first time that the event chose an image character in its 26-year history. Fairies appealed with their fresh and cheerful image, which fit well with the event's theme of "Sending out impres

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  • Plastic Tree announces label transfer + 4th Budokan concert

    December 2, 2011 @ 4:43 am

    Plastic Tree has announced that they've transferred their label to FlyingStar Records, and that they will hold a live concert titled "Tent (3)" at the Nippon Budokan on April 14th, 2012. Plastic Tree was holding a mysterious countdown on their official site since the end of last month, and on December 1st, the countdown ended with the announcement of the news. According to the band, their 1st release from the new label will be in Februa

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  • Suzanne announces her marriage to Saito Kazumi

    December 2, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    On December 2nd, talento Suzanne (25) announced via fax that she got married to Saito Kazumi (34), a coach for baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.  The couple met each other through a mutual friend, and have been together for about 2 years. Suzanne wrote, "I'm happy that my dream to marry someone I really love has come true.  I am sure we will have to face many difficulties, but I would like to discuss them and work together every time, maki

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  • Fairies reveal PV previews for upcoming single, "HERO/Sweet Jewel"

    December 2, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    Seven-member idol group, Fairies, will be releasing their 2nd single "HERO/Sweet Jewel" on December 21st. In anticipation of its release, their label released the PV previews for both title tracks through the girls' official YouTube channel. Check them out below! ===== <HERO> - <Sweet Jewel> Thanks to Foreverstorm90 for the tip.

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  • ViViD reveals the cover jacket for their 4th single

    December 1, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    Five-member rock band ViViD will be releasing their 4th single "message" on January 11th, and the cover jackets for the upcoming single were revealed on Sankei Sports. The new single is a rock song that expresses the feeling toward loved ones.  The vocalist, Shin commented, "I wrote the lyrics with my feeling of gratitude toward everybody who has been involved, not only the words of love toward a specific person.  I hope I will be able to

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  • Most popular Karaoke songs for 2011 revealed

    December 1, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    On December 1st, Karaoke system manufacturer Daiichi Kosho revealed their "2011 Yearly Karaoke Request Ranking". The results were taken from the songs people most sung on Daiichi Kosho's 'DAM series' Karaoke system, and the survey period was taken from January 1st to November 30th. Did your favorite song make the list? Check out the results below! - <2011 Yearly Karaoke Ranking (By Song)> 01. "Heavy Rotation" - AKB48 02

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  • GRANRODEO to release their 1st coupling collection album

    December 1, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Rock unit GRANRODEO has revealed that they will be releasing their first coupling collection album, "GRANRODEO Bside collection (tentative title)", on February 15th. GRANRODEO just released their latest single, "Ai no Warrior" last week on November 23rd. This new album will come in two discs, and will feature coupling songs from every single that has been released up until now. For the bonus tracks, the album will also include "Grind", the

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  • Sakura Gakuin releases PV for "VERISHUVI"

    December 1, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Back in October Tweleve member idol group Sakura Gakuin announced their second single, "VERISHUVI". It will be released on December 21st, exactly one year since the release of their debut single, "Yume ni Mukatte". Ahead of this release, the PV for "VERISHUVI" was released. Check out the music video below! - The single will come in two editions with one including a DVD with the title track music video. Both versions will have

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