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  • X Japan returns to USA for Coachella 2018 debut

    January 9, 2018 @ 3:22 am

    Legendary Japanese rock group X JAPAN will return to the U.S. this spring (Saturday, April 14, Saturday, April 21) for their debut performances at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.  Returning to the states after major concerts at Lollapalooza (2010) and headlining Madison Square Garden (2014), Coachella 2018 will mark the dramatic return to drumming for the band's creative leader YOSHIKI. After his emergency surgery las

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  • Aqua Timez to release 8th album + hold nationwide tour

    January 9, 2018 @ 3:20 am

    Aqua Timez will release their 8th album (currently untitled) this spring, then set out on a nationwide tour called "Present is a Present tour 2018" in May. The band held their countdown live "The FANtastic Tour 2017" on December 31 at Ebisu The Garden Hall where they made the album and tour announcement. Details on the album have not been revealed just yet. For their tour, they are scheduled to perform 29 shows from May 12 at Gifu club-G to Septe

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  • Itano Tomomi to release a new photo book and single

    January 9, 2018 @ 3:12 am

    Itano Tomomi will release her photo book "Wanderer" on February 19, then her new single "Just as I am" on February 28. These two releases share the concept of "individuality." The photo book as well as the single's jacket covers and music video were shot in Los Angeles. Itano herself wrote the song's lyrics.  On this project, Itano commented, "What I wanted to express through the photo book and single were the same. I challenged myself

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  • Former NMB48's Kishino Rika announces engagement and pregnancy

    January 9, 2018 @ 3:09 am

    Former NMB48 member and rock band Over The Top vocalist Kishino Rika (23) has announced that she will marry basketball player Nakahigashi Taito (25). They are also expecting a child together. On Over The Top's official website, Kishino announced, "I am marrying someone I have been dating for some time. He is Nakahigaki Taito-san of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins. We plan to register our marriage in mid-January, and we are also expecting a baby.

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  • Details on Ieiri Leo's 5th album unveiled

    January 6, 2018 @ 4:01 am

    The details on Ieiri Leo's fifth album "TIME" have been unveiled. Besides already released tracks, such as "Zutto, Futaride" and "Relax," the album will include "Fantasy" and "Binetsu" provided by Honma Akimitsu, "Inori no Melody" and "After Dark" by Sudo Yu, a solo version of "Koi no Hajimari," which is a collaboration song with Ohara Sakurako and Fujiwara Sakura, and other numbers. "TIME" is slated for release on Februa

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP's new single to be released on Valentine's Day

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:57 am

    Hey! Say! JUMP's new single "Mae wo Muke" will be released on February 14. On December 31, Hey! Say! JUMP made their first appearance on the 'Kohaku Uta Gassen,' and they will be celebrating their 11th anniversary this year. The group's first single of 2018 has been picked up as the theme song for member Yamada Ryosuke's starring drama "Momikeshite Fuyu: Wagaya no Mondai Nakatta Koto ni." The single will be available for purchase in thr

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  • Ayaka & Miura Daichi's collaboration song used in CM for Tokyo Metro

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:56 am

    Ayaka and Miura Daichi's collaboration song "Heart Up" is featured in the CM for Tokyo Metro's "Find my Tokyo" campaign. Actress Ishihara Satomi serves as the image character and Kobayashi Takeshi as the music producer for the "Find my Tokyo" campaign CM series. In the CM, Ishihara visits spots in Nishi-Nippori where you "unconsciously want to take pictures."  "Heart Up" will be released as a single on February 14. It was written

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  • GENERATIONS, NEWS, Nogizaka46, and more to perform on 2-hour MUSIC STATION special

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:50 am

    TV Asahi's 'MUSIC STATION' will air its 2-hour special program on January 12. It will feature performances by Kobukuro, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, NEWS, Nogizaka46, Little Glee Monster, and WANIMA.The set list can be seen below. Kobukuro - "Kimi to Iu na no Tsubasa"GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE - "ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT!" "AGEHA"NEWS - "LPS"Nogizaka46 - "Itsuka Dekiru kara Kyou Dekiru"Little Glee Monster - "Jupiter" "Dakara, Hitorijanai"WANIMA - "Si

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  • Kobukuro to stop in 7 cities for upcoming arena tour

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:49 am

    Kobukuro will hold an arena tour called "KOBUKURO LIVE TOUR 2018" from May to July. The upcoming tour will kick off on May 26 and 27 at Ecopa Arena and wrap up on July 21 and 22 at Kyocera Dome Osaka for a total of 14 shows in 7 cities. This will be the sixth consecutive year for the duo to perform at Kyocera Dome Osaka. For this tour, they will not be performing with a band. You can check out the full tour schedule below!  [KOBUK

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  • Niigaki Risa & Kotani Yoshikazu divorce

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:48 am

    Niigaki Risa has announced that she and actor Kotani Yoshikazu have divorced.  Niigaki and Kotani registered their marriage in July of 2016. On the reason for their divorce, she explained on her blog, "We reached the conclusion that it would be best for both of us if we went our separate ways." She continued, "I am terribly sorry for causing worries to those who celebrated with us and supported us."Kotani also updated his blog reporting the

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