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  • Check out the artist line-up for the next episode of MUSIC STATION

    January 15, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    TV Asahi's music program MUSIC STATION has revealed the artists line-up for their next episode, which will air on January 20th. Check it out below! ----- "Itsudatte Bokura wa" - Ikimonogakari "START" - JUN SKY WALKER (S) "Special Medley" - Sexy Zone "Special Medley" - Tokyo Jihen "TONIGHT" - BIGBANG ----- Source: MUSIC STATION official site (TV Asahi)

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  • GACKT discusses difficult filming of Hollywood debut movie, "BUNRAKU"

    January 15, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    On January 14th, GACKT's Hollywood debut movie "BUNRAKU" was released in Japan. Despite his busy schedule, GACKT appeared for a stage greeting to promote the movie. "BUNRAKU" is a martial-arts action movie directed by Guy Moshe. GACKT plays a Samurai,"Yoshi", who becomes partners with a drifter played by Josh Hartnett. During the stage greeting, GACKT revealed how rough the filming was.  According to GACKT, he fainted, hitting his head

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for December 2011

    January 14, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of December 2011. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,0

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  • Check out the opening and ending themes for Watanabe Mayu's new drama!

    January 14, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Recently, tokyohive revealed a preview for Watanabe Mayu's upcoming drama, 'Saba-dol'. Following up, the opening and ending theme songs for the drama have finally been released as well. The opening theme, "Synchro Tokimeki", is Mayu's solo debut single. It's described as an up-tempo '80s song that perfectly bridges Mayu's youthful voice with a musical style familiar to older audiences.  The ending theme is titled "Saba no Kanzume", is a fol

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – January 9th~12th

    January 14, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    [caption id="attachment_215161" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – January 9th~12th"][/caption] Ten new dramas are featured in this week's first Drama Prime Time Report. From ending planners, hungry rock bands to dirty mamas, there was a great variety of new stories, but they all were overshadowed by a strawberry night. Which of them can stay near or even above the 15.0% mark this season? It will be interesting

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  • Kuroki Meisa reveals previews for upcoming album, 'UNLOCKED'

    January 14, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    Singer Kuroki Meisa has just released a digest of previews for her upcoming album, 'UNLOCKED'! On January 14th, Kuroki Meisa's official Facebook page shared a compilation of previews for 'UNLOCKED', which include the first seven tracks of the album. Fans got to hear snippets of "Hit the Road", "Shake it Off", "Wired Life", "One More Drama", "Take Me Away", "Flash Light", and "Woman's Worth". As reported earlier, 'UNLOCKED' comes with 14 t

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  • Nishino Kana attends the 'Mie Prefecture Restaurant Fair'

    January 14, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    On January 13th, singer Nishino Kana (22) attended an opening event for the ‘Mie Prefecture Restaurant Fair’ as a tourism ambassador for her hometown in that prefecture. The singer came to promote hijiki (dark strips of edible seaweed), a regional specialty of Mie Prefecture. Since food plays an important part in our memories, Nishino felt inspired to describe a moment from her childhood. “I played a lot in areas where we could play kick-th

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  • Sakamoto Maaya to voice act for "Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito"

    January 14, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    It's been revealed that Sakamoto Maaya will be voice acting in the new anime, "Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito". Sakamoto will portray the character of 'Reira Marukaru', the heroine of the story. "Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito" is the latest project from the popular anime series, "Code Geass". It will be directed by Akane Kazuki, and the character designs will be done by CLAMP. It was also reported that Sakamoto will be providing the theme

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  • L'Arc~en~Ciel to invite 777 fans to their special free live at LIQUIDROOM ebisu

    January 14, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel has announced that they will be holding a special free live, "One Night Only L'Arc~en~Ciel Premium Night", on April 20th at the LIQUIDROOM ebisu. L'Arc~en~Ciel will invite 777 lucky fans who purchase their new album, "BUTTERFLY". Since L'Arc~en~Ciel has been holding large-scale concerts in recent years, it's an exciting opportunity for fans to experience the band's music in a more intimate setting. It's also been

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  • MUCC reveals details on their new single, "NIRVANA"

    January 14, 2012 @ 5:51 am

    Visual kei band MUCC has announced that they will be releasing their new single, "Nirvana", on March 7th. As previously reported, the title track is currently the opening theme song for the anime series, "Inu×Boku SS". It was written and composed by member Miya, and is described as an electro tune with a sense of speed. The single will come in three different versions: a limited edition with a DVD, a CD-only regular edition, and a limit

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