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  • AKB48's Sashihara Rino to make a solo debut under avex trax

    January 8, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    It was announced that AKB48/Not yet member Sashihara Rino will soon be making her solo debut. This surprising announcement was made during a handshake event for AKB48's latest single "Ue kara Mariko". The news was even a shock to Sashihara, who had no idea that she would be getting a solo debut. Her solo debut single (title unknown yet) will be released in March, under avex trax, as the theme song for her first starring drama "Muse no Kagami

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  • Dream Morning Musume releases full PV for "Shining Butterfly"

    January 8, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    Earlier we reported the full audio for Dream Morning Musume's upcoming single "Shining Butterfly".  Though not scheduled for release until February 15th, the full PV has already been revealed to gather anticipation for the single. Ishikawa Rika steals the scene as a furious hostess who sees her man stroll into the bar with Kei Yasuda and Kusumi Koharu on his arms. It looks like all hell is about to break loose in that bar, but in the end,

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  • Kikkawa Yuu releases PV for "Early Snow"

    January 8, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    The PV for Kikkawa Yuu's "Early Snow" has been revealed. "Early Snow" is the B-side to Kikkawa Yuu's latest single, 'Konna Watashi de Yokattara'. Since the single was released just after Christmas, Yuu is seen smiling with a cute Rudolph accessory on her nose. As for the rest of her shots, the director decided to focus on the feelings of wonder and warmth brought on by the very first snow. Check out her PV below: Tip: kairi

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  • Domoto Koichi's musical "Endless SHOCK" reaches 800th performance

    January 8, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    On January 7th, the musical featuring KinKi Kids' Domoto Koichi, "Endless SHOCK", opened at the Hakataza Theatre in Fukuoka. "Endless SHOCK" has been playing for 13 consecutive years, and this day saw its 800th performance. Last year, the Tohoku earthquake struck during a performance at the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo, and a total of 28 performances were canceled afterwards. Domoto commented, "The day has finally come.  Though the

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  • ViViD holds their 1st live concert at Nippon Budokan

    January 8, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    On January 7th, five-member rock band ViViD held their very first live concert at the Nippon Budokan. ViViD made their major debut back in January of 2011, and so the concert was an especial triumph for the band. Vocalist Shin shouted to the audience, "We were able to stand on the Budokan stage which is like the sanctuary, because of the staff, family, and you fans... Thank you!" ViViD performed total 24 songs including their new so

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  • AneCan model Suzuki Sachi is expecting her 2nd child

    January 8, 2012 @ 4:02 am

    Model for fashion magazine 'AneCan', Suzuki Sachi (32) announced that she is pregnant with her second child.  The announcement was made both on the latest issue of AneCan (released on January 7th) and on her blog.  According to her blog, she is currently in the fifth months of pregnancy.  She is expected to give birth in June. Suzuki wrote on her blog, "I had heavy morning sickness, and could not even get up for a while.  Therefore, consid

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  • FLiP announces new single, "Wonderland"

    January 8, 2012 @ 3:13 am

    FLiP's new single, "Wonderland" will be released on February 8th. The title track also called "Wonderland" will be used as the new opening song for TV Tokyo's anime "Gintama" starting on January 9th.  The single itself will have a total of 4 tracks. Also, FLiP will conduct a special web program, 'Wonderland Special' starting on the 9th (watch here).  This program will be distributed for a limited time only.  It will be updated every Mon

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  • Cast and director of "Quartet!" attend stage greeting

    January 7, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    "Quartet!" opened in theaters today, and was celebrated by a stage greeting in Tokyo. "Quartet!" is a heartwarming movie about music and a family that has to rediscover its bonds. The greeting event was attended by the main cast, Tagasugi Mahiro, Gouriki Ayame, Tsuruta Mayu, and Yuki Saori, as well as the director, Mimura Junichi. Like many other movies that were filmed last year, "Quartet!" was about to face a long delay in schedule du

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  • Check out the results of Oricon weekly chart for January 9th

    January 7, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Below are the results of Oricon's weekly chart for the week of January 9th. ----- <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "Seasons" - Akanishi Jin : 12/28 (97,148) 2. "Pedicure day" - No Sleeves : 12/28 (85,660) 3. "Kudokinagara Azabujyuban duet with Mino Monta" - SDN48 : 12/28 (67,018) 4. "Wonderful Cupid/Glass no Mahou" - NYC/Nakayama Yuma : 1/4 (38,936) 5. "Please Mini Skirt Post Woman!" - S/mileage : 12/28 (34,132) (Ch

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  • Kim Hyun Joong's 3 album jackets for Japanese debut single album revealed

    January 7, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    After a successful nationwide Japanese tour which drew in more than 30,000 fans, Kim Hyun Joong, the leader of popular Korean group SS501 will be releasing his debut Japanese single album. On January 6th, he released 3 different album jackets for his upcoming debut Japanese single album, 'KISS KISS / Lucky Guy'. The album jackets use three different color schemes of white, green, and red and he also gives off three different images in

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