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  • Sukima Switch opens poll to help choose songs for self-cover best-of album

    January 20, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Jazz fusion duo Sukima Switch will be celebrating their 10th debut anniversary on July 9th, 2013. In preparation for the big event, Sukima Switch have decided to open a poll allowing fans to choose their favorite songs from them, and thus help Sukima Switch compile a best-of self-cover album this summer. Although the title has not yet been chosen, this new album will be part one of their anniversary project and is already in the works.

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  • Tokyo Jihen performs special medley on 'Music Station'

    January 20, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Tokyo Jihen has returned to TV Asahi's 'Music Station' with a special medley! On January 20th, the band performed "Konya wa Karasawagi" and "Ginjou Biyori" in a 1920's-inspired set. Tokyo Jihen had previously revealed that after eight years of making music together, they would be disbanding at the end of February. You definitely don't want to miss out on their live stage below, as it will be one of their last!

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  • KARA to release photo book in Paris + announce first Japanese tour

    January 20, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Korean girl group KARA has announced that they will be releasing their first photo book, "Je t'aime, KARA", on February 14th. Additionally, they have revealed that they will be holding their first Japanese tour, "KARASIA", starting this spring. Shot in Paris, France, "Je t'aime, Kara" features photos of the girls with a relaxed look as they leave behind their busy lives in Korea and Japan. It will also come with a DVD containing making-of

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  • Kanda Uno to establish a new brand "UNOUNO"

    January 20, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    It was announced that talento Kanda Uno who gave birth to her first child back in October 2011, will establish a new brand "UNOUNO". This new brand will be setup for maternity and child care items. Kanda has been producing stockings along with lingerie items, and has also established some brands for wedding dresses, jewelry, as well as fashion accessories.  Now, she will be adding a new brand for mothers and their children. The brand wi

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  • Takei Emi to continue her endorsement of 'MAQuillAGE'

    January 20, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Actress Takei Emi will be continuing her endorsement of "MAQuillAGE" this year. Takei was selected by the cosmetics brand to be their CM character last year, and officials was so impressed that they've signed her on for another year. On January 19th, 'MAQuillAGE' held a CM presentation event in Tokyo, and Takei appeared with almost no make-up on. During the event, she re-did her make-up and re-emerged on stage to wow the audience with the

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  • RIAJ reveals digital certifications for December 2011

    January 20, 2012 @ 2:22 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 December. 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 p

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  • Yaguchi Mari reveals she spent her honeymoon in the Maldives

    January 20, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Dream Morning Musume member, Yaguchi Mari has revealed that she spent her honeymoon at the Maldives islands. Yaguchi married actor Nakamura Masaya back in May of 2011, but the couple weren't able to go on their honeymoon until the New Year's holiday. According to Yaguchi, the Maldives was a place she'd been wanting to visit for a long time. As such, when she and her husband finally got to go together, it was like a dream honeymoon. Y

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko chosen as a special supporter for King Tut exhibit

    January 20, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    On January 18th, AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko attended a private viewing of the ‘King Tut Exhibit: Golden Treasures and the Young King’s Truth’ exhibit at the Tempozan Tokusetsu Gallery in Osaka. Shinoda was chosen as the special supporter for the exhibit, and so she arrived in grand style to do the King proud. Wearing a black, off-the-shoulder dress with golden accessories, Shinoda drew compliments for her timeless look. While at the exhibit

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  • m-flo to release their first album in 5 years

    January 20, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Hip-hop group m-flo will be releasing their first original album in 5 years! The album will be titled "SQUARE ONE", and it's scheduled for a March 14th release. It will contain 15 tracks that will bring out the various sounds the members have been experimenting with for their individual projects. After collaborating with 41 artists for his "LOVES series", VERBAL has been active as a member in TERIYAKI BOYZ, and launched his solo career

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  • T-ARA reveals PV for "Roly-Poly"

    January 20, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Korean girl group T-ARA is back with a new music video for their 3rd Japanese single, "Roly-Poly". "Roly-Poly" was originally released in South Korea last summer, and it became such a huge hit that it not only reigned music charts for weeks, but also inspired a musical. Now the girls are bringing it over to Japan, hoping to create a similar sensation. The PV for "Roly-Poly" plays on the discotheque theme found in the original Korean PV,

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