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  • aiko's "Kuchibiru" chosen as CM song for Itoen's 'Jasmine Tea'

    May 7, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    aiko's new song, "Kuchibiru", has been chosen as the CM song for Itoen's "2tsu no Hataraki Catechin Jasmine Tea" "Kuchibiru" is a track off of aiko's upcoming album (currently untitled), set for release on June 20th. It's described as a medium tempo love song that conveys the message, "a world without you, I'm not in it". The 'LOVE EAT' version of the CM with aiko's song will air starting May 9th. The song was reportedly chosen for the

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  • YUKI holds her 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo Dome

    May 7, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    On May 7th, singer-songwriter YUKI held her 10th anniversary concert, "YUKI LIVE 'SOUNDS OF TEN'", at Tokyo Dome. In front of 50,000 people, YUKI appeared in a white dress and kicked off the concert by singing her solo debut single, "the end of shite". During the first MC segment, she reported, "Until now, I've never been named 'the first-ever' in anything, but it seems I'm the first female artist to perform at Tokyo Dome as a band and sol

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  • Nogizaka46 to promote tourism in Oita alongside Sashihara Rino

    May 7, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    On May 7th, it was revealed that Nogizaka46 had been appointed as the first 'sightseeing envoy' of Oita City. They will promote tourism alongside AKB48's Sashihara Rino, who was selected as Oita's 'sightseeing ambassador' last month. Just like Sashihara, 2 members of Nogizaka46 were born in Oita City. When the group visited mayor Kugimiya Ban to promote their new song in late-April, they requested to also become the 'sightseeing ambassador

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  • Which female celebrities are getting paid the most per CM?

    May 7, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    TV commercials are one of the best 'popularity barometers' for celebrities in Japan. However, it's not just the amount of CM contracts nor the amount of exposure that differentiates a CM Queen (or king) from a 'normal' female celebrity, it's the fee they get paid per CM. Tabloid 'Shukan Post' once again managed to obtain the top secret list that showed how much celebrities are getting paid per CM contract. Naturally, you have to have a cer

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  • AKB48's Oshima Yuko expresses her mind about 'AKB48 27th Single General Election'

    May 7, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    On May 6th, AKB48 launched a channel on YouTube, where each member express their views and comments regarding the upcoming 'AKB48 27th Single General Election'. In this short video, member Oshima Yuko mentioned that Maeda Atsuko will not be participating in the general election. She then stated, "People are saying that this is the change of generations. In fact, I also think that AKB48 is going to enter a period of a change of generations.

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  • Kora Kengo and Yoshitaka Yuriko talk about their upcoming movie "Yokomichi Yonosuke"

    May 7, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    On May 6th, the media was invited on the set of the upcoming movie "Yokomichi Yonosuke" in Chiba, where they were able to interview two starring actors Kora Kengo and Yoshitaka Yuriko, as well as director Okita Shuichi. "Yokomichi Yonosuke" is the live-action adaptation of a novel of the same name by famed author Yoshida Shuichi ("Akunin", "Parade"). It's set in the 1980s and depicts the life of the young 'Yokomichi Yonosuke' (Kora) who mo

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  • Track lists for L'Arc~en~Ciel's upcoming tribute album and live DVD revealed

    May 7, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Previously, we reported that L'Arc~en~Ciel would be releasing their tribute album "L'Arc-en-Ciel TRIBUTE" and live best DVD, "LIVE TWENITY" on June 13th. Now, the track lists have been revealed! For this album, various overseas artists will be covering L'Arc~en~Ciel's hit songs. These artists include BOYZ II MEN, Clémentine, Daniel Power, Eric Martin, JOHN 5, Maxi Priest, Orianthi, TLC, Vince Neil, ZEBRAHEAD, and Michael Monroe. Additio

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  • NEWS's best album to be released on June 13th

    May 7, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Back in April, NEWS announced their comeback through the release of a new single and album, now the group has finally announced the details of their upcoming album which will hit stores on June 13th! The upcoming album is titled  'NEWS BEST' and it will include their hit singles. The tracks range from their debut single "NEWS Nippon" to the latest single "Fighting Man". It will come in two versions, the limited edition will come with th

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  • Summer Internships Available! (Edgewater, New Jersey)

    May 7, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    We are currently looking for summer interns to work out of our Edgewater, NJ office. We work hard but play harder, so get ready to have fun while working in the fast paced entertainment media business. The following positions are available: Intern Writer for tokyohive (Journalism Majors) Writers are required to translate assigned stories, as well as research and utilize your own sources to report on the latest breaking news and celebr

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  • flumpool to release new single, "Because… I am"

    May 7, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    Rock band flumpool has announced that they will be releasing their new single, "Because... I am", on July 4th. This was announced during the flumpool's concert at Sendai Sun Plaza Hall on May 6th. The single shares the same title as the band's nationwide tour, and it was created after Yamamura Ryuta (Vo, G) sincerely confronted himself. It's described as a dynamic rock number with powerful lyrics, and it's already received a CM tie-up.

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