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  • Nishino Kana to sing for Karina's upcoming movie

    February 21, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    It's been announced that singer Nishino Kana will be providing the theme song for Karina's upcoming movie, 'GIRL'. The movie is based on Okuda Hideo's novel of the same title, which has sold over 30,000 copies. Actresses Aso Kumiko, Kichise Michiko, and Itaya Yuka will also star in the movie. Producer Kubota Osamu explained that he chose Nishino to sing the theme song because of her immense popularity. "The concept of this movie is 'Dedicat

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  • BRIGHT to release new self-titled album

    February 21, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Pop group BRIGHT has announced that they'll be releasing a new album on March 21st. The self-titled album will feature 12 songs including the group's latest singles, "Kimi ga Iru Kara ~Kokoro no Tonari de~", "BAD GIRL!!feat. SKY HI (AAA)", and "LOVE ~Aru Ai no Katachi~". It will be available in two different versions: AL+DVD and AL, with the DVD containing music videos and a 20-minute documentary clip. Check out the jacket covers and tr

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  • m-flo releases teaser for new album, "SQUARE ONE"

    February 21, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Previously, we reported that hip-hop group m-flo would be releasing their first new album in five years. Now, the group has revealed a teaser along with new details on their upcoming release! "SQUARE ONE" is said to incorporate the various sounds and styles that members VERBAL and ☆Taku Takahashi picked up through their individual projects. The album will also feature special guest vocalists -- unfortunately, the members are keeping their

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  • AKB48's Oshima Yuko to play the heroine in "Yamikin Ushijima-kun" movie

    February 21, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    AKB48's Oshima Yuko has been cast as the heroine for upcoming movie, "Yamikin Ushijima-kun"! Oshima will play the role of 'Suzuki Miko', a freeter (permanent part-timer) who works at a 'dating cafe' in order to pay off her mother's debt. "I felt uneasy about the character, but I was able to pull through by being surrounded by such wonderful actors," she said. The movie is based on Manabe Shouhei's manga of the same title, which has been

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  • Sawamura Ikki to debut as a picture book author

    February 21, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    It's been revealed that actor Sawamura Ikki will be making his debut as a picture book author and illustrator! Sawamura's first picture book, "Tane Pokkuru ~Papa to Mama ni wa Naisho no Ohanashi~", will be released on March 16th.  He expressed, "I'm not done yet, but these next few days, I want to shave time off my sleep schedule and life, and devote myself to drawing." The book is an adventure fantasy that tells a story of three fairy br

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  • Ikimonogakari to hold free event

    February 21, 2012 @ 3:05 am

    Ikimonogakari has announced that they will be holding a free event on February 29th at Roppongi Hills Arena! The free event will be held to commemorate the release of the group's upcoming album, "NEWTRAL", and to celebrate vocalist Yoshioka Kiyoe's birthday. Since Yoshioka's birthday is on leap day, this will be her first time in 4 years celebrating the actual date of her birthday. She's decided to take the time to spend this special day

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  • LUNA SEA reveals details on their new single

    February 21, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    Previously, we reported that rock band LUNA SEA would be releasing their first new single in 11 and a half years. Now, the details on the anticipated single have finally been revealed! The single will be titled "THE ONE -crash to create-", and is set for release on March 21st. It will contain one track that is said to be 22 minutes long. It will be available in 4 different editions: Analog Deluxe Version, SACD-Hybrid Version (5.1ch Surround)

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  • Kanjani8 to release a dome tour DVD in March

    February 21, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    On February 19th, it was revealed that Kanjani8 will release a dome tour DVD titled, “KANJANI 8: Godai Dome TOUR EIGHTXEIGHTER” on the 21st of March. This upcoming DVD will feature their five dome tour performances from last year including concert segments from Kyocera Dome. This DVD will also mark their first big project for their 8th anniversary as Kanjani8 as well. This DVD will be released in three versions: Regular Edition, First Pres

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  • RIAJ reveals digital certifications for January 2012

    February 20, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ' for short), has just released the digital recording sales certifications that artists achieved during the month of January. To announce the certifications, the RIAJ works together with almost all of the digital and mobile download portals in Japan, including recochoku, dwango, music.jp, mu-mo (Avex), oricon ME, and many more. After compiling the data from all the major download por

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  • Former SDN48 member Ninomiya Yuka announces her pregnancy

    February 20, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Former SDN48 member Ninomiya Yuka (22) has announced through her official blog that she is currently 7-months pregnant! Ninomiya wrote, "Right now, we are filled with happiness that there will be a new addition to the family!" She also shared, "The baby is healthy and is growing very quickly. My physical condition hasn't changed much since before my pregnancy, I'm very healthy!!" This being her first pregnancy, Ninomiya called out to ex

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