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  • Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 to hold special event for the release of "Hetappi Wink"

    July 19, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48 sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 will be holding a special talk session and live event for the release of their upcoming single, "Hetappi Wink"! This event will take place at Tokyo's Nicofarre on August 3rd, also the release date for the single. Two types of tickets have been prepared for the event: a 'real ticket' and a 'net ticket'. The real ticket will provide entry to the actual event, and will be availab

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  • GIRL NEXT DOOR to release new single, "Dada Para!!"

    July 19, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Electropop trio GIRL NEXT DOOR have announced that they will be releasing a new single titled, "Dada Para!!", on September 7th! This single will be the first of a trilogy of songs that seeks to encourage and enliven the world. "Dada Para" will be similar to GIRL NEXT DOOR's famous "Infinity", but with an increased speed. The members commented, "We think it's a song that will liven things up in many places, starting with our participation i

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  • Morning Musume's Tanaka Reina takes a funny picture with S/mileage

    July 19, 2011 @ 5:22 am

    Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina updated her official blog with an adorable picture of herself and S/mileage, giving Hello! Project fans a good laugh. "Wellllll, today we're gonna make fun memories too <3", she wrote in her blog entry, followed by her group shot with S/mileage. "... (lol)" In the picture, the five girls can be seen making bizarre faces for the camera while dressed in full costume for their current tour, "Hello! Project

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  • Announcer Kamishige Satoshi & model Azama Mew revealed to be dating

    July 19, 2011 @ 4:20 am

    On the July 19th issue of 'FLASH' magazine, it was reported that Kamishige Satoshi (31), an announcer for “Zoom In!! Saturday”, and Azama Mew (24), a popular “CanCam” model, are dating. This issue featured a photo of the rumored couple, who are said to be living at the same apartment building but in different rooms. It's speculated that the two met through work, when Kamishige was beginning his career as the main newscaster in April of las

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  • GACKT sets new singles record with his latest single, "Episode.0"!

    July 19, 2011 @ 3:23 am

    GACKT's first single in nearly a year, "Episode.0", has sold approximately 29,000 units since it hit shelves on July 13th, landing solidly in third place and setting a new record for male soloists! "Episode.0" is GACKT's 39th single, and it's continued his tradition of landing in the top 10. This puts GACKT one single ahead of the previous record-holder, Tahara Toshihiko, whose 1992 single "Ame ga Sakende'ru" gave him his 38th 'top ten singles

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  • Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku reveals PV for "Oh my ghost~" + holds successful PR event at Tower Records

    July 19, 2011 @ 2:28 am

    With the average age of their members being 13.1, female idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku held an event called “Tower Records Chou! Hoshuu wa Mijikame de Onegaishimasuu” at Tower Records Shibuya STAGE ONE on July 17th.  At the event, group sold limited copies of their new song “Oh My Ghost? ~Watashi ga akuryou ni natte mo~,” which will be released for distribution on July 27th. On the same day, the group successfully achieved a 12th place ran

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  • Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku dances to "Maru-Maru-Mori-Mori" at 'Odaiba Gasshuukoku'!

    July 19, 2011 @ 2:00 am

    On July 18th, Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku attended the summer event, 'Odaiba Gasshuukoku', where they delivered a brilliant on-stage dance to "Maru-Maru-Mori-Mori!", the theme song to their recent drama, "Marumo no Okite". Ashida, who proudly stated, "My dance is perfect!" before the performance, forgot the choreography a few times during the song. When she shyly expressed, "I made a few mistakes," the crowd of 2,000 people called out, "Cu

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  • Celebrities give their profuse congratulations to Nadeshiko Japan

    July 19, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    After Japan’s national women's soccer team, Nadeshiko Japan, won the world cup on July 18th, many celebrities sent words of blessings to the winning team. From Arashi to various Hello! Project members, the celebratory atmosphere shows no sign of stopping. ----- • Arashi “They are a group who frequently said they have the ‘best comrades’ and became the best in the world. We felt their bonds by becoming one with them, and learned the

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  • SKE48 to make their first appearance on 'All Night Nippon'

    July 18, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    SKE48, the Nagoya relatives of idol group AKB48, are going to make their first appearance on the radio show, 'All Night Nippon' on JOLF. A total of 16 members will appear as radio personalities on the July 26th broadcast of the show, which begins every night at 1 am. Member Matsui Rena will have just turned twenty when the show goes live, so it's highly likely that the other members are going to prepare a little birthday event for the s

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  • Itano Tomomi tops the Weekly Oricon Chart for the first time

    July 18, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    AKB48's Itano Tomomi released her second single "Fui ni" on July 13th and today's Weekly Oricon Chart revealed that it snatched first place with 90,000 copies sold in its first week. Itano is the second solo-artist out of AKB48 to top the Oricon chart after Maeda Atsuko with "FLOWER" in the July 4th ranking of Oricon. Furthermore, "Fui ni" is currently being used as the theme song for the "Samantha Thavasa" commercials. Itano's first s

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