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  • AKB48 reveals short PV + track list for "GIVE ME FIVE!"

    January 27, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    It was announced earlier today that idol group AKB48 would be releasing a 34-minute promotion video (PV) for their new single, "GIVE ME FIVE!". Directed by Sugita Shigemichi, the video will see some dramatic acting from several AKB48 members. Fortunately, for those fans who'd love to get their AKB48 fix but don't have 34 minutes to spare, the girls have prepared a five-minute version. Check out the shortened PV below, as well as the tra

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  • Ms.OOJA releases teaser for "Be..."

    January 27, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Earlier this month, tokyohive revealed that singer-songwriter Ms.OOJA would be providing the theme song to upcoming drama series, 'Renai NEET ~Wasureta Koi no Hajime Kata~'. No new details regarding the single have been released, but her label (Universal Music Japan) has uploaded a two-minute teaser of "Be...". Check it out after the jump! -

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  • "Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de" to return as a special drama in March

    January 27, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Fuji TV's hit drama series, "Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de", will be returning as a special drama in March! Starring Arashi's Sakurai Sho and actress Kitagawa Keiko,"Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de" first aired in October of 2011 and concluded in December with high rankings in December. The TV series was adapted from Higashikawa Tokuya's hit mystery novel, which tells of a rookie detective named "Hosho Reiko" (Kitagawa), the daughter of rich f

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  • Yamashita Tomohisa reveals details on his upcoming single, "Ai, Texas"

    January 27, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Yamashita Tomohisa has revealed the details for his upcoming single, "Ai, Texas"! "Ai, Texas" is Yamashita's first single from Warner Music Japan, and is scheduled to be released on February 29th. As tokyohive previously reported, "Ai, Texas" is currently being used as the theme song for the drama, "Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata ~Ending Planner~". It was written by Tica・α (Yakushimaru Etsuko of rock band Soutaisei Riron), and composed by

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  • Kitano Kii will become an angel for Hotei Tomoyasu's play, "Psychedelic Pain"

    January 27, 2012 @ 5:47 am

    It's been announced that actress Kitano Kii will star in an upcoming stage play called "Psychedelic Pain", which marks the directorial debut of famed guitarist, Hotei Tomoyasu. "Psychedelic Pain" marks Kitano's first theater project. The multi-talented star has appeared in various dramas and movies, and is even active as a singer. The play is about youth, and focuses on a five-member rock band called 'Psychedelic Pain'. Kitano plays a m

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  • Oguri Shun attends "Arakawa Under the Bridge" premiere in a kimono

    January 27, 2012 @ 3:55 am

    On January 25th, actor Oguri Shun continued his new-found tradition of wearing a kimono to PR events by appearing in another kimono for the premiere of his new movie, "Arakawa Under the Bridge THE MOVIE". Oguri first wore the traditional Japanese outfit to a pre-screening event for "Kitsutsuki to Ame", where he explained, "I want to become someone that [would make] people say, 'He's always wearing a kimono at stage greetings'." For this

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  • AKB48's "GIVE ME FIVE!" PV will be a 34 minute long, drama-style production

    January 27, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    Popular idol group AKB48 will be releasing their longest music video yet for their upcoming single, "GIVE ME FIVE!". Directed by Sugita Shigemichi (who's known for his classic drama series, 'Kita no Kuni Kara'), the PV will be 34 minutes long and is set in a drama-style format. The music video takes place at a part-time high school, and centers around several students. "Ogata Atsuko" (Maeda Atsuko) is a girl whose parents are divorced, and

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  • Shimizu Shota collaborates with Oda Kazumasa for upcoming single

    January 27, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    On February 22nd, R&B singer Shimizu Shota will be releasing his new single, "Kimi Sae Ireba", which will feature singer-songwriter Oda Kazumasa as a special guest. The collaboration was put into effect after Shimizu appeared on the TBS annual Christmas program, "Christmas no Yakusoku", back in 2009. Shimizu directly approached Oda, whom he respected both as a singer and a person. "Kimi Sae Ireba" was written and composed by Shimizu h

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  • Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari to star in latest Higashino Keigo adaption, "Platina Data"

    January 26, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    On January 26th, it was announced that Ninomiya Kazunari from Arashi will be starring in an upcoming movie titled,"Platina Data". "Platina Data" is based on a novel by famed writer Higashino Keigo. Set in 2017, it tells the story of a young brilliant scientist named Kagura Ryuhei (Ninomiya), who works as a DNA specialist for the National Police Agency in the newly created underwater DNA data center. One day, he suddenly becomes the prime s

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi reveals 2012 tour dates

    January 26, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Hamasaki Ayumi has revealed the dates to her upcoming nationwide tour, "ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~"! Hamasaki had planned to hold her tour under the same title last year, however, in light of the Tohoku Earthquake, the title was changed to "ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC~ 2011 A". This year, Hamasaki will kick off her tour on April 7th at Saitama Super Arena, and will wrap up on August 12th at Marine Messe Fukuo

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