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  • KANA-BOON to kick off their nationwide tour in April

    January 15, 2015 @ 2:24 am

    KANA-BOOM will hold a nationwide tour called 'KANA-BOON no Touru Touru Come Touru TOUR 2015 ~Zenkoku Touru Touru Hen~' starting in April. The tour will be held to coincide their new album "TIME" which will be released on January 21. It will kick off on April 4 at Niigata LOTS, and will wrap up on May 21 at Zepp Tokyo for a total of 16 shows at 14 venues. Details on ticket pre-reservations will be included in "TIME". The tour schedule can be seen

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  • NEWS member Kato Shigeaki's novel to be adapted into film

    January 14, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

    On January 13, it was announced that NEWS member Kato Shigeaki's (27) first novel 'Pink and Grey' will be adopted into film, with Hey! Say! JUMP's Nakajima Yuto (21) starring as the lead.   'Pink and Grey' was published in 2012 with 160,000 copies issued; the novel is set in the entertainment world. The protagonist is an unknown actor, while his friend is a famous actor who dies in front of him. The film adaptation will be directed

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  • ONE OK ROCK's new song to be used in J-WAVE's Super Bowl special program

    January 14, 2015 @ 3:57 am

    ONE OK ROCK's new song "Cry out" will be used as the theme song for J-WAVE's special program "J-WAVE SPECIAL SUPER BOWL XLIX RADIO supported by Audi". "Cry out" will be included in ONE OK ROCK's new album "35xxxv", which will be released on February 11. "J-WAVE SPECIAL SUPER BOWL XLIX RADIO supported by Audi" is a live broadcast program of NFL's 'SUPER BOWL XLIX' featuring commentaries from the members of the band. There will be a chanc

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  • Amuro Namie transfers to Avex's Dimension Point

    January 14, 2015 @ 3:56 am

    Amuro Namie has ended her contract with Rising Production as of January 14 and has signed a new contract with Dimension Point. Dimension Point was established within Avex about 2 years ago. While she's been releasing her works under Dimension Point since then, they will also be in charge of management with this new transfer effective January 15.  In a press release, Avex stated, "Music production, promotions, live activities, and busin

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  • Details on EXILE ATSUSHI's new single 'Sakura no Kisetsu' revealed

    January 14, 2015 @ 3:55 am

    EXILE ATSUSHI will release a new single, titled "Sakura no Kisetsu", on February 4.This song was originally included in ATSUSHI's album "Love Ballade", and it was used as the set music for the junior high school division of 'The 81st Nationwide Contest of Music sponsored by NHK'. Besides the original and instrumental tracks, the single will include a chorus version sung by the NHK Tokyo Children's Choir and a music box ve

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  • BABYMETAL become the youngest female artists to top Oricon Blu-ray Ranking

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    Three-member metal and dance unit BABYMETAL recently released their first Budokan concert (in March 2014) CD "Live at Budokan ~Red Night~" and came in at 3rd place on the Oricon Album Ranking. This is the first time in 24 years and 7 months that a Japanese female group's live concert album has made it into the top 3 on the album charts since Wink's "Shining Star". Furthermore, the concert DVD "Live at Budokan ~Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse~"

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/5 ~ 1/11

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:28 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for January 5 to 11. Check it out below! [Single Weekly Ranking] 1. "KAGUYA" - NEWS : 1/7 (140,144)2. "Mou Ichido Dake" - Da-iCE : 1/7 (21,595)3. "Let Me Hear" (Limited Edition) - Fear,and Loathing in Las Vegas : 1/7 (17,644)4. "border" - ClariS : 1/7 (15,002)5. "Hitomi" - Ohara Sakurako : 1/7 (9,268)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Toumei na Iro" - Nogizaka46 : 1/7 (222,031)2.

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  • Listen to a short clip of Sheena Ringo's new song 'Shijou no Jinsei'

    January 14, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    Sheena Ringo has revealed a teaser for her new song "Shijou no Jinsei" through her official YouTube channel. "Shijou no Jinsei" will be used as the theme song for the NTV drama 'Maru Maru Tsuma' premiering January 14. It will be released as the singer's new single on February 25. You can listen to a short clip of "Shijou no Jinsei" below. 

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  • Arashi's Matsumoto Jun meets a mermaid in new hair CM

    January 13, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    Hair care series "Je l'aime" by Kose has released a new CM for its new hair product lineup featuring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun. In the CM, Matsumoto is seen with a mermaid who has terribly damaged hair. She complains to him, "I've been eating konbu too.." Matsumoto appears to be shocked at the damage before advising the mermaid to use the new Je l'aime product. Filled with exaggerated expressions and humorous moments, this CM is set to capture

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  • 22 AKB group members celebrate Coming of Age Day

    January 13, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

    January 12 is Coming of Age Day in Japan, and a total of 22 'new adults' from the AKB groups attended their coming of age ceremony at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo. All of the girls were dressed in their beautiful traditional kimono while surrounded by about 1,000 fans.The members were blessed by the Shinto priest one by one and consumed the holy sake in completion of the ceremony.7 members from AKB48 attended the ceremony. Kawaei Rina (19) co

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