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  • SHAKALABBITS' bassist KING withdraws from band

    December 1, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Punk-ska band SHAKALABBITS has announced that their bassist KING has left the band. KING held his last performance with the band on November 20th at Utsunomiya University's school festival. He revealed that he has lost his passion for music, and explained, "The reason is, I couldn't face music because of my cowardice. My feelings for improvement have distanced themselves from music and bass. It's a pitiful story, but I felt that I've reached

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  • Tokyo Jihen to release live DVD & Blu-ray + live best-of album

    December 1, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Eclectic rock band Tokyo Jihen has announced that they will be releasing a live DVD and Blu-ray as well as a live best-of album next year! Titled "Discovery", the live DVD & Blu-ray will feature footage from their ongoing nationwide tour of the same name. Meanwhile, the band's first live best-of album, "Tokyo Collection", will contain the 'best takes' of selected songs from all of their live concerts. "Discovery" and "Tokyo Collection

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  • Check out the full PV for AI's "Happiness"

    December 1, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    Earlier this month, Coca-Cola announced that they've enlisted singer AI for their upcoming winter campaign, the "Coca-Cola 2011 Christmas Campaign". AI created a song for them called "Happiness", which will be released with her new single, "Letter In The Sky feat. The Jacksons", on December 14th. A short version of the PV was reported on previously, but now a full version of "Happiness" has been released. Check it out below! -- Iha

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 11/23~11/29

    December 1, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    Recochoku has just updated their weekly charts for the week of November 23rd to November 29th. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta Full (Digital Single) Weekly Ranking > 01/(01) "Aruite Ikou" - Ikimonogakari 02/(03) "Anata e" - EXILE 03/(00) "Love Me Back" - Koda Kumi 04/(07) "Happiness" - AI 05/(00) "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith

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  • jyA-Me releases major debut album, "Luv.Me" + PV shorts

    December 1, 2011 @ 4:42 am

    On November 30th, singer jyA-Me (pronounced "Yammy") released her major debut album, "Luv.Me". jyA-Me is a singer-songwriter who, prior to releasing this album, went to the States to hone her dance skills. She's also showcased her talents in penning lyrics and composing songs, as the album holds most of her personally-crafted work. "Luv.Me" contains 11 songs, all reflecting her feelings of wanting love. The album comes with a DVD featur

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  • Kichise Michiko & Higashiyama Noriyuki receive "The 40th Best Dresser Award"

    December 1, 2011 @ 3:11 am

    On November 30th, the winners of "The 40th Best Dresser Award" was announced at the official ceremony. Actress Kichise Michiko (36) and Shounentai's Higashiyama Noriyuki (40) were chosen as this year's winners for the 'entertainment category'. Kichise commented, "I'm almost 40-years old. I want to become a woman who suits simple and high-quality clothing." Meanwhile, Higashiyama shared that he does 1,000 sit-ups a day in order to keep his

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  • GReeeeN to sing for Takeuchi Yuko's new drama

    December 1, 2011 @ 1:29 am

    It's been revealed that vocal group GReeeeN will be singing the theme song for actress Takeuchi Yuko's upcoming drama, "Strawberry Night". Written exclusively for the drama, the title of the song is "Misenai Namida wa, Kitto Itsuka". It's described as a ballad with warmth, different from the group's usual energetic material. The members of GReeeeN commented, "There are times when your efforts go unanswered. However, there is always some

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  • DREAMS COME TRUE to transfer labels in 2012

    December 1, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    It's been announced that pop group DREAMS COME TRUE will be transferring to UNIVERSAL SIGMA on January 1st, 2012. Commenting on this transfer, UNIVERSAL MUSIC's CEO Koike Kazuhiko stated, "With this label transfer, I feel we are able to arrange the best environment to support DREAMS COME TRUE from here on out. Taking this opportunity, I am looking forward to seeing DREAMS COME TRUE create masterpieces that only they can create and delivering

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  • SUPER☆GiRLS to release new album in February

    November 30, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    Idol group SUPER☆GiRLS has announced that they will be releasing their second album on February 1st! Titled "EveryBody JUMP!!", the album will have the themes of "Jump" and "Challenge". It will feature a total of 13 songs including their singles, "Ganbatte Seishun", "MAX! Otome Gokoro", and "Joshiryoku←Paradise". The album will come in four different versions: a CD+DVD limited edition, a CD+DVD regular edition, a CD-only regular edition

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  • Takei Emi to perform her debut song on MUSIC STATION

    November 30, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    MUSIC STATION has revealed that actress Takei Emi will be appearing on their December 9th broadcast, where she will perform her debut song, "Koi Suru Kimochi", for the very first time. As we previously reported, Takei will make her singing debut on December 14th with a love ballad written by GLAY's TAKURO. During the recording, she commented, "It's a song that is perfect for the winter season. I did my best and sang it wholeheartedly."

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