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  • Sandaime JSB's 16th single sells over 430,000 copies in the first week

    April 22, 2015 @ 3:37 am

    Seven-member dance & vocal unit Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE's 16th single "starting over" (released on April 15) sold 439,000 copies during the first week, and it topped Oricon weekly single ranking.This is their third chart-topping single and is the theme song for their upcoming first solo dome tour "BLUE PLANET", which will kick off on May 27 at Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome. Up until now, the group's highest first week sales was 190,000

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  • Hirose Suzu sings along to AKB48 & Shoujo Jidai at karaoke

    April 22, 2015 @ 3:31 am

    On April 21, actress Hirose Suzu attended the opening ceremony and CM presentation for Cocoon City opening in Saitama this Friday. During the event, Hirose revealed that she goes to sing karaoke by herself, "I dance as if I'm insane. I dance quite seriously." She apparently has a set list ready when she goes singing. "I love AKB48. I also sing Shoujo Jidai and B'z," she shared.  Hirose also talked about her love for shopping and ho

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  • E-girls do a jump rope dance at the beach in PV for 'Anniversary!!'

    April 22, 2015 @ 3:12 am

    E-girls are preparing to release their new single "Anniversary!!" on May 20. They've recently uploaded the PV for its title track onto their official YouTube channel. Regarding this song, member Ami commented, "It's a really positive song with an open feeling that's perfect for the summer. It will make everyday sparkle and everyday like an anniversary." In the music video, the girls celebrate their 'anniversary' by spending their time freely at a

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 4/13 ~ 4/19

    April 22, 2015 @ 3:10 am

    Check out Oricon's weekly charts for April 13 to 19 below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "starting over" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE : 4/15 (439,067)2. "Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara" - Morning Musume. '15 : 4/15 (101,275)3. "Shine" - Miyano Mamoru : 4/15 (28,814)4. "BILLION DREAMS" - Da-iCE : 4/15 (26,087)5. "Oh! Ribaru" - Porno Graffitti : 4/15 (24,882)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album We

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  • New 'Lupin the Third' anime series to begin this fall

    April 22, 2015 @ 3:10 am

    It's been announced that Monkey Punch's manga 'Lupin the Third' will be returning as a new TV anime series this fall on NTV. 'Lupin the Third' had a spin-off anime 'LUPIN the Third -Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna-' in 2012, and a spin-off movie 'LUPIN THE IIIRD Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou' in 2014. The first original series in 30 years will depict the activities of Lupin and his gang in the Republic of San Marino, Italy. It will also air on Italy's broadcast

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 4/18~4/19

    April 21, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – April 18th/April 19th 01 (00) Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Weeks: 01) 02 (00) Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno (Weeks: 01) 03 (00) Furious 7 (Weeks: 01) 04 (00) Crayon Shin-chan: My Moving Story! Cactus Large Attack! (Weeks: 01) 05 (02) Assassination Classroom (Weeks: 05) 06 (01) Solomon's P

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  • Inoue Mao takes the blame for low taiga ratings

    April 21, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    On April 20th, actress Inoue Mao appeared at a preview event for the taiga drama 'Hanamoyu' together with her on-screen husband Higashide Masahiro. The audience rating for the drama dropped to a new low of 9.8% with its 15th episode which aired on the 12th of this month. It recovered a bit on the 19th with a rating of 10.7%, but that is still far from a relieving improvement.Inoue made a comment about the ratings and said, "I am the starring actr

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  • 2PM achieves their 3rd No.1 album on Oricon Weekly Chart

    April 21, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

    6-member Korean group 2PM just released their 4th album '2PM OF 2PM' on April 15. During the first week, the album sold 43,000 copies, which was good enough to top Oricon's latest weekly ranking. This is the group's 3rd No.1 album after 'LEGEND OF 2PM' (released in February 2013) and 'GENESIS OF 2PM' (released in January 2014). '2PM OF 2PM' contains 13 tracks in total including their latest single "Guilty Love." With the release of this album, t

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  • ℃-ute's Suzuki Airi becomes the house model for 'Ray'

    April 21, 2015 @ 3:27 am

    Idol group ℃-ute's Suzuki Airi has become the house model for fashion magazine 'Ray'. Until now, Suzuki has appeared in the magazine's beauty sections, but starting from its June edition, she will be featured in the fashion sections. On April 21, Suzuki wrote on her official blog, "I never thought a day would come when I would be doing fashion modeling." She expressed her gratitude toward her fans, "I owe it all to everyone w

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  • Kanjani8 to release new single 'Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku' in June

    April 21, 2015 @ 3:26 am

    Kanjani8's new single "Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku" will be released on June 3.The title track has been picked up as the theme song for NTV's drama 'DoS Keiji' starring member Okura Tadayoshi. It's described as a medium-tempo tune with an impressive band sound that will give people wanting to move forward a strong push. The limited edition DVD will include the PV and making-of footage for "Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku". Besides the coupling track, th

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