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  • Oricon surveys 1,000 girls on the most anticipated dramas this summer

    July 6, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    Oricon Style's print magazine "Only Star" surveyed 1,000 girls in their teens and twenties about their most anticipated summer dramas. The publication wanted to know which actor or actress these ladies were most looking forward to this season. According to the results, most girls anticipated the 'rebirth' of the "Hanazakari no Kimi Tachi e", starring AKB48's most popular member Maeda Atsuko. Atsuko also ranked in the top spot for performan

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  • Not yet's "Hug Tomo" to be used for Japanese dubbed version of "Hop"

    July 6, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    AKB48's sub-unit, Not yet, had their song "Hug Tomo" picked up for the Japanese-dubbed version of the animated film, "Hop". This song was chosen to be in this movie because it resembles the situation of characters E.B. and Fred. "Hug Tomo" will play during the end credits, and will also be used as the TV CM song. "Hop" is about a bunny and a chick who makes colorful candies for children all over the world. The bunny, E.B., runs away to

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  • Kuroyume reveals details + jacket covers for "heavenly"

    July 6, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    Rock duo Kuroyume has revealed details and jacket covers for their upcoming single, "heavenly"! This single was originally scheduled to be released on August 24th, but has been bumped up to the 17th. "heavenly" will be released in three different editions: a CD+DVD version, CD-Only Type A, and CD-Only Type B. Type A's B-side will be their recent cover of STEPPENWOLF's "Born to be wild". Meanwhile, Type B's B-side will be a brand new song

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  • Hajime Chitose to release her first new single in 3 years

    July 6, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    Hajime Chitose will be releasing her newest single "Towa no Shirabe" on August 31st. This song is Hajime's first new single in nearly three years, and it's already been picked up to be used as the theme song for a new movie titled 'Nichirin no Isan'. Starring Sakai Masato, the movie was directed by Sasabe Kiyoshi and will be released in theaters August 27th. The lyrics for "Towa no Shirabe" were reportedly inspired by a Scottish folk song

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  • T-ARA to debut in Japan with "Bo Peep Bo Peep" in September

    July 6, 2011 @ 3:00 am

    [caption id="attachment_169934" align="aligncenter" width="451" caption="T-ARA (from left to right): Jiyeon, Hyomin, Qri, Boram, Soyeon, Eunjung, and Hwayoung."][/caption] It's been revealed that 7-membered Korean girl group T-ARA will debut in Japan this September, with the Japanese version of their hit single, "Bo Peep Bo Peep". Released in Korea in 2009, "Bo Peep Bo Peep" became popular for its "cat dance" choreography, which saw the mem

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  • Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 reveals jacket covers for "Hetappi Wink"!

    July 6, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Recently, tokyohive reported on the details for Watarirouka Hashiritai 7's upcoming single, "Hetappi Wink", and now, the jacket covers have been revealed! "Hetappi Wink" will be released on August 3rd, and will come in four different editions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, Limited Edition C, and a regular edition. Check out the jacket covers below! - <Limited Edition A> <Limited Edition B> <Limit

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  • X JAPAN completes their first European tour, plans for Japan Dome Tour

    July 6, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    Rock band X JAPAN reached their final concert stop of their first European tour on July 4th (July 5th in Japan) at Berlin's Columbia Hall. In the course of one week, they traveled to four different countries and gave strong performances that drove  local fans wild. After their final performance, X JAPAN’s leader YOSHIKI responded to a call from Sanspo in which he expressed his desires for a Dome Tour in Japan next year. He passionately sa

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  • 2PM releases teaser for 2nd single, "I'm Your Man"

    July 6, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    Although the 2PM boys are busily promoting in Korea with their comeback hit, "Hands Up", they haven't neglected their fanbase in Japan. 2PM's official Japanese website has just uploaded a teaser for their 2nd single, "I'm Your Man". Sophisticated, charismatic, and armed to melt hearts, these boys are sure to create yet another hit on the Oricon charts. Check out the teaser below! Source: 2PM's Official Japanese Website

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  • Koda Kumi to return to the small screen with "Ikemen desu ne"

    July 5, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    Today it was revealed that singer Koda Kumi will make her first drama guest appearance in five years through the upcoming TBS drama, "Ikemen desu ne", which  stars actress Takimoto Miori, Kis-My-Ft2's Tamamori Yuta and Fujigaya Taisuke, as well as Hey!Say!JUMP's Yaotome Hikaru. "Ikemen desu ne" is a Japanese remake of the Korean drama "You're Beautiful". Takimoto plays a girl disguised as her twin brother, and ends up joining the band 'A.N

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  • Aiba Masaki returns to the studio after being hospitalized for a week

    July 5, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    It's been revealed that Arashi member Aiba Masaki was discharged on July 4th, after being hospitalized for a week due to a collapsed lung. Aiba returned to work on the 5th to record "VS Arashi". Before the recording, he greeted the audience saying, "Thank you for your concern. As you can see, I have recovered. Please continue to support Arashi," and received a warm round of applause. To the fans, he wrote, "From today, I will take care of

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