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  • AKB48 monopolizes Oricon's yearly singles ranking 'Top 5' for 2011!

    December 18, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Oriocn revealed that idol group AKB48 monopolized the TOP 5 of yearly single ranking for 2011.  AKB48's total sales for CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays during 2011 reached 8,911,000 copies, and for the first time since they debuted 6 years ago, AKB48  received the "Total sales by artist" honor which is given to the artist who has the most total annual sales during the year which for them was 16,280,000,000 yen.  Moreover, they topped 7 out of 16 categ

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  • AAA's Ito Chiaki holds her 1st photobook release event

    December 18, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    On December 17th, 7-member group AAA member Ito Chiaki (24) made her appearance to a release event for her first photobook, “chercher” at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku, Tokyo. In this photo album, one of the pages displays Ito's face without make-up. Regarding this challenge, the singer stated, “I wanted [the readers] to know my natural face although members of AAA [who knows my bare face] told me my face looks like a grandpa or a Kona

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  • Music Japan performances from December 18th!

    December 18, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    On December 18th episode of Music Japan, various artists such as No Sleeves, Rainbow, L'arc~en~Ciel, and T-ARA took the stage to perform their singles and songs. Without further ado, check out the featured performances below! === <"Pedicure Day" - No Sleeves> <"yayaya" - T-ARA> <"Mach" - RAINBOW> <"CHASE" - L'arc~en~Ciel> === Tip: joe.oppa

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  • The last episode of 'Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu' to have a partial live broadcast

    December 18, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    [caption id="attachment_195576" align="aligncenter" width="549" caption="From L to R: Starring actresses Yoshitaka Yuriko, Karina, and AKB48’s Oshima Yuko"][/caption] On December 17th, it was revealed that a part of the final episode of Fuji TV’s ‘Getsu 9’ drama 'Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu' (to be broadcasted on the 19th) will be broadcasted live.  The drama starring actresses Karina, Yoshitaka Yuriko, and AKB48’s Oshima Yuko will give it

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  • ayaka launches fan club for her 24th birthday

    December 18, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    On December 18th, ayaka celebrated her 24th birthday by launching an official fan club! Unfortunately, the fan club is limited to only fans living in Japan. Members of the fan club will have access to ayaka's blog, original novelties, ticket information, fan club events, and much more. The entrance fee is 1,000 yen, and the annual fee is 4,000 yen. Those who join the fan club before December 23rd will receive an invitation to a premium

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  • Funky Monkey Babys attracts 3,500 fans to the Xmas Live

    December 18, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    On December 17th, Funky Monkey Babys held a 'Xmas Special Ballad Live' at Yomiuri Land in Inagi, Tokyo. Approximately 3,500 fans gathered to this outdoor stage and leader Funky Kato (33) exclaimed, “This is the first and the last live with just ballads.” They performed 5 songs, including “LOVE SONG” from their upcoming  album, “Funky Monkey Babys 4” scheduled for release on December 21st. Currently, the group is unfolding their collabor

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  • DA PUMP celebrates KENZO's 5th place win at 'World Dance Competition'

    December 18, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    On December 17th, 8-member unit DA PUMP performed at Tokyo's Akasaka BLITZ for an independent live. On this day, member KENZO (26) made a triumphant performance after winning the World Dance Competition in Germany, where he was named as the fifth best dancer in the world. Vocalist ISSA (33) enthusiastically announced KENZO's achievement with, “We have a joyous announcement to make. This guy, KENZO, is best man in the world!!” DA PUMP

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  • Chatmonchy's new song becomes theme song for "Mousou Sousa"

    December 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    It's been revealed that Chatmonchy's new song, "Mangetsu ni Hoero", has been chosen as the theme song for the upcoming drama, "Mousou Sousa ~Associate Professor Kuwagata Koichi no Stylish na Seikatsu~". Chatmonchy have just wrapped up their tour, "Chatmonchy no Kyuai Tour♡", as a two-man band. Their new song is slated for a February 1st release. Commenting on their new song, Chatmonchy said, "It's a song that says, 'Even if it's a dark

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  • AZU reveals new info about upcoming album, "Love letter"

    December 18, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Pop/urban singer AZU has revealed new information about her upcoming album, "Love letter", through her official website. She's announced that she'll be releasing a brand new album titled "Love letter" on January 18th! According to the update, the album will include her hit songs "Ring ~M&M~", "Woman", and "Tomodachi☆★" for a total of 14 tracks. The same art director for AZU's previous single "Woman", Eri Ikue, has stepped in once again to

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  • NMB48 reveals title for their 3rd single

    December 18, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    AKB48's sister unit NMB48 has revealed the title for their new single! Their 3rd single will be called "Junjou U-19", and is slated for release on February 8th. The single will be available in four different versions: Type A, Type B, Type C, and Theater Edition. The participating senbatsu members in the title track were revealed to be: Ogasawara Mayu, Kadowaki Kanako, Kishino Rika, Kinoshita Haruna, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Jonishi Kei,

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