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  • Inoue Mao to be presenter for Tohoku aid project at 'Kohaku'

    December 19, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    It's been revealed that actress Inoue Mao will serve as the presenter for the Tohoku Aid Project during this year's broadcast of the Kohaku Uta Gassen. During the first portion, "Ashita wo Utaou.", Inoue will reach out to families whose children were born on the fateful day that the earthquake and ensuing tsunami decimated the Tohoku area of Japan. The scenes were shot by photographer Kobayashi Kisei, who hoped to give off the feeling that t

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  • AKB48's Watanabe Mayu to make a solo debut in February

    December 19, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    It was announced that AKB48 member, Watanabe Mayu (17) will be making her solo debut with the single "Synchro Tokimeki" set to be released on February 29th 2012.  Watanabe will be the 4th AKB48 member to make a solo debut after Maeda Atsuko (20), Itano Tomomi (20), and Iwasa Misaki (16). It was also announced that Watanabe's solo debut song will be used as the theme song for a new drama on TV Tokyo (title currently unknown) which Watanabe

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  • aiko wraps up her live house tour

    December 19, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    On December 18th, singer-songwriter aiko wrapped up her live house tour, "Love Like Rock vol. 5", at Zepp Tokyo. aiko livened up the crowd by opening the stage with "Renai Junkie", "Kagami", "Kokoro Hiyori", and "milk". She showed concern for her fans saying, "It's hot. It's really hot, isn't it? If you're not feeling well, please tell the person in charge." aiko also sang "Sakura Iro", a new arrangement of "Samui ne...", and her new songs

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  • Tegomass promises to resume activities with NEWS

    December 19, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    On December 18th, Tegomass (comprised of NEWS members Tegoshi Yuya and  Masuda Takahisa) performed at the Yokohama Arena leg of their nationwide tour. During the concert, Tegoshi promised to resume their activities as NEWS members, saying, "As NEWS, we want to steadily release new material." Since Yamashita Tomohisa focused on his solo career and Nishikido Ryo was busy with his own activities in Kanjani8, NEWS wasn't able to do much thi

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  • AKB48 and SMAP sing a Christmas medley on 'SMAP x SMAP'

    December 19, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Idol group AKB48 guest-featured on the latest episode of 'SMAP x SMAP' to perform a Christmas medley with the boys of SMAP! On December 19th, the two groups sang "Original Smile", "Flying Get", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", "SHAKE", "Heavy Rotation", and "Kaze wa Fuiteiru". Check out their awesome collaboration below!

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  • Performances from 'HEY! HEY! HEY! X-mas Special'

    December 19, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    On December 19th, Fuji TV's 'Hey Hey Hey Music Champ' held a Christmas special with many top stars. Comedian duo Downtown (comprised of Matsumoto Hitoshi and Masatoshi Hameda) were joined by child star Miguel in their hosting duties, and viewers were charmed by Miguel's shy smile. This year, the music program invited No Sleeves, SKE48, AKB48, NMB48, BoA, Tohoshinki, Shoujo Jidai, KARA, Fairies, Sexy Zone, Kis-My-Ft2, Ikimonogakari, SMAP, and

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  • THE UNIQUE STAR announces new mini-album, "LEVEL9"

    December 19, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    THE UNIQUE STAR has just announced the release of their 3rd mini-album, 'LEVEL9'! Scheduled to hit stores on February 29th, 'LEVEL9' will contain six new songs. The mini-album is said to be filled with songs that show an impressive, dramatic, and emotional contrast between stillness and motion for a stunning masterpiece of musicianship. Additionally, THE UNIQUE STAR will be performing a series of one-man lives across Japan called "VS". Th

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  • Kikkawa Yu + Vanilla Beans perform at special idol concert

    December 19, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    On December 17th, idols Kikkawa Yu and Vanilla Beans performed at the huge idol event, "HMB presents Misono Idol Festival Vol.2 ~Urawamisono ni Idol Daishuugou! 2011nen Saigo no Fan Daikansha!!~", at the Urawamisono Aeon Mall. Kikkawa Yu charmed the crowd in her pure white outfit, and received a huge cheer from all the idol fans present at the event as she performed five of her songs, beginning with her latest song "Konna Watashi de Yokattar

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  • JKT48 holds their first performance in Indonesia

    December 19, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    On December 17th, AKB48's sister group JKT48 held their first performance through a TV broadcast in Indonesia. Wearing original uniform-style costumes, the girls covered AKB48's hit song, "Heavy Rotation", in Indonesian. The following day, the group held two handshake events at a shopping center in Jakarta. Member Melody Nurramdhani Laksani commented, "I was very happy. After practicing a lot, we were finally able to hold a performance. Th

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  • Oricon announces 2011's yearly ranking for "Artist Total Sales"!

    December 19, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Oricon has stamped the end of 2011 with the release of their yearly ranking for "Artist Total Sales". The ranking is based on the gross total sales of CDs (both singles and albums), DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs. We've got the list of the 'top 5' artists with the highest record of sales down below! - 01 - AKB48 # 16,282,000,000 Yen (approx. 209,126,008 USD) 02 - Arashi # 15,369,000,000 Yen (approx. 197,399,436 USD) 03 - EXILE # 5,60

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