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  • Avex Group Holdings tops music revenue for the first half of 2014

    July 18, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    Oricon released on July 17 the market report for sales of music (CD Single, CD Album, Music DVD, Music Blu-ray) for the first half of 2014. Avex Group Holdings brought home the largest share of sales at more than 26.3 billion yen. This is the third consecutive year that Avex has topped the market for the first half of the year. The company has also increased its share of the market from 14.7% to 18.2%, thanks to sales from the soundtrac

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  • A.B.C-Z tops Oricon's Weekly DVD Chart

    July 17, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Five-member Johnny's group A.B.C-Z released their latest single DVD "Legend Story" on July 9. The DVD sold 26,000 copies in its first week, topping Oricon's Weekly DVD Overall Ranking for the week of July 21. This is their 5th chart-topping DVD after their debut DVD "Za ABC~5stars~" (2012/2), "ABC za Star Gekijo" (2012/7), "Zutto LOVE" (2012/9), and "Walking on Clouds" (2013/7). It is also the first time they topped the charts since a year a

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  • Shinoda Mariko-produced fashion brand 'ricori' shuts down

    July 17, 2014 @ 2:26 am

    Former AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko (28) tweeted that she was "very surprised" at the news of the closing of fashion brand "ricori", which she had produced. ricori announced through Twitter on July 16 that starting on the 15th, all of its stores would be shut down. Shinoda, who produced and designed for the brand, seemed to have not been aware of this beforehand. She added, "I, Shinoda Mariko, was able to help as an adviser until last year, s

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  • Hirano Aya's father passes away

    July 17, 2014 @ 1:36 am

    Voice actress and singer Hirano Aya (26) revealed on her own blog that her father (56) had passed away on July 11 from cancer. She stated on her blog that her father was diagnosed with end-stage cancer at the end of year before last, and received surgery. After that, he also underwent chemotherapy, and went in and out of the hospital for treatments. His vigil was held on the 14th and funeral on the 15th of July. According to sources, Hi

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  • Nakama Yukie to become MC for NHK's '46th Omoide no Memory'

    July 17, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    NHK Director-General Momii Katsuto (71) announced on July 15 that actress Nakama Yukie has been selected to be the MC for the 46th installment of its annual music program 'Omoide no Melody', hailed as the 'Summer Kohaku' (August 9, 7:30pm onwards). The mediator will be Ayanokoji Kimimaro. Nakama has gained much popularity through her role as 'Hayama Renko', best friend of the protagonist Hanako (Yoshitaka Yuriko) in NHK's ongoing morning dra

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  • Kasai Tomomi postpones the release of her new single

    July 16, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    It's been revealed that Kasai Tomomi has postponed the release of her 4th single (currently untitled). This was announced on July 15 through her record company Nippon Crown. The single was originally scheduled to be released on July 23; however, it will now be released two months after the original release date, on September 17. Nippon Crown explained that the single's release had to be postponed due to "circumstances with the production process,

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 7/7 ~ 7/13

    July 16, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for July 7 to 13. Check it out below. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Manatsu no Free&Easy" - Nogizaka46 : 7/9 (421,622)2. "E.G.Anthem -WE ARE VENUS" - E-girls : 7/9 (49,207)3. "KiRa-KiRa Sensation! / Happy maker!" - μ's : 7/9 (49,099)4. "BLEEZE" - GLAY : 7/9 (45,078) 5. "Gui Gui Gui ↑↑↑" - BEE SHUFFLE : 7/9 (26,843)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Pika Pika Fantajin" - Kyary Pamyu

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  • S/mileage hold their 1st solo live concert at Nippon Budokan

    July 16, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    On July 15, 6-member idol group S/mileage held their first ever solo live concert, "S/mileage LIVE 2014 Natsu FULL CHARGE ~715 Nippon Budokan~", at Nippon Budokan.The leader of the group Wada Ayaka cheerfully greeted the audience, "The one to cause an excitement today here at Nippon Budokan will be us, S/mileage!" Fellow member Fukuda Kanon, who couldn't stop her tears from the start, followed her with, "We will liven up the stage while

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  • French Kiss announce their 1st single in over 2 years

    July 16, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    French Kiss' 6th single "Omoidasenai Hana" is set for release on October 1, according to their announcement made on July 15th, which was a member Kashiwagi Yuki's 23rd birthday. This marks their first single in 2 years and 3 months since they released their previous single "Romance Privacy" back in July 2012.Reportedly, the title track is a song which is reminiscent of folk music from the 1970s. The song was used as the theme song for membe

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 6/30~7/13

    July 16, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report giving you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out the most recent ratings from June 30th to July 13th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current dramas below! === 6/30~7/6 – Short Overview 7/1 – 03.6%(0.1%) – 22:30-23:18 – Hard Nut! (2) > Cast: Hashimoto Ai, Kora Kengo, Yajima Kenichi, Namioka K

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