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  • Kawabata Kaname to release cover album in December

    October 18, 2014 @ 2:48 am

    Kawabata Kaname will release a cover album, titled "ON THE WAY HOME", on December 10.Since his solo debut in 2010, Kawabata's singles have all included a cover song. He's also been performing cover songs at his acoustic lives 'Utagokoro' that he's been holding since April of this year. Kawabata's first cover album will feature 11 covers of hit songs by female artists. The artists he will be covering include JUJU, Hirose Kohmi, Nakashima Mika

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  • 'Doraemon' theme song to be sung by its characters

    October 18, 2014 @ 12:06 am

    Until December, anime Doraemon's theme song "Yume wo Kanaete Doraemon" will be sung by its characters Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Jaian, and Suneo.  The special version theme song was recorded to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the TV anime series, which started in 1979, and the movie series, which began in 1980. This version will be released as a single on November 19. It will mark the first time that the main cast will sing the theme song f

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  • Details on DIVA's last album revealed

    October 18, 2014 @ 12:03 am

    The details on AKB48 sub-unit DIVA's last album (November 5 release) has been revealed.To put an end to their 4-year career, DIVA's last album will be self-titled. All members tried their hand at writing the lyrics to a song for the album. Miyazawa Sae, who wrote "DIVA!", reflected, "When I was writing it, many things came to mind, such as [past] choreography and lives, so it was fun." Meanwhile, Akimoto Sayaka revealed the difficulty of songwrit

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  • Maeda Atsuko to guest star in drama 'Nobunaga Concerto'

    October 17, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    It's been revealed that former AKB48's Maeda Atsuko will be making a guest appearance in Fuji TV's 'Getsu 9' drama 'Nobunaga Concerto'.'Nobunaga Concerto' is a historical drama that follows the story of a high school student named 'Saburo' (played by Oguri Shun) who aims to unify the country as "Oda Nobunaga" after slipping back into the Sengoku Era. Maeda will play the role of 'Oharu', a village girl from Sengoku daimyo Imagawa Yoshimoto's terri

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  • Tsunku♂ undergoes surgery after being diagnosed with cancer for the 2nd time

    October 17, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

    It's been revealed that Tsunku♂ has been diagnosed with cancer for the 2nd time.Tsunku♂ went on hiatus in March for laryngeal cancer treatment. Then in September, he announced that he was getting better after getting the cancer removed. On October 17, he updated his official website, "I would like to make a revised announcement." He revealed that he started experiencing swelling and pain in his vocal cords, and noticed hi

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  • Takenouchi Yutaka & Kurashina Kana are in a relationship

    October 17, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    It's been revealed that actor Takenouchi Yutaka (43) and actress Kurashina Kana (26) are in a relationship. After weekly tabloid magazine 'FRIDAY' leaked the info on its October 17 issue, both parties admitted to the reports. Through his agency, Takenouchi commented, "I am sorry to have caused trouble at this time. I am in a close relationship with Kurashina-san. I'd be grateful if you would watch over us warmly."  Kurashina's agency also stated

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  • aiko reveals jacket covers for 'Ashita no Mukou'

    October 17, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    aiko has revealed the jacket covers for her new single "Ashita no Mukou" which will be released on November 12.The jacket covers feature the singer wearing a red scarf under a faint light. She looks forward in the limited edition jacket cover, while she casts her eyes down in the regular edition jacket cover. Check them out below. [Limited Edition][Regular Edition]Source & Image(s): natalie

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  • MUSIC STATION artist line up for October 24 revealed

    October 17, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    TV Asahi's popular music program 'MUSIC STATION' has revealed the artist line up for its October 24 broadcast.Next week's episode will feature performances by Arashi, Sheena Ringo, Denki Groove, VAMPS, V6, May J., and Morning Musume.'14. This will be Denki Groove's first time in about 17 years to guest on the program. Check out the full line up below! ==="Zero-G" - Arashi"Arikitari na Onna" - Sheena Ringo"Baby's on Fire" - Denki Groove"VAMPIRE'S

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  • Former Otona AKB48 Tsukamoto Mariko makes her modeling debut

    October 17, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    Former 'Otona AKB48' Tsukamoto Mariko, also known as "Mariri", made her modeling debut on the December issue of 'Be ST' which was released on October 17. Earlier in April, the the 38-year-old mother of two was chosen out of 5,066 applicants to become 'Otona AKB48'. Until her "graduation concert" on September 1, she participated in CMs, concerts, and handshake events.  In the magazine's interview, Tsukamoto reflected, "I don't have

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  • Nakayama Yuma to release his first album

    October 17, 2014 @ 2:57 am

    Nakayama Yuma will release his first album "Chapter 1" on November 26.In addition to his solo singles "Missing Piece", "High Five", and "Get Up!", the album will contain "Kousaten", which was first performed during 'Johnny's Ginza' earlier this year, and "Akuma na Koi", which was rearranged just for the album.The limited edition DVD will include a short movie titled "Kousaten" and its making-of footage that will amount to about 50 minutes long. M

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