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  • Itano Tomomi reveals jacket covers & track list for 'little'

    January 21, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    Itano Tomomi has revealed the jacket covers and track list for her 5th single "little", which will be released on February 5.The title track "little" is a medium tempo number with a rock taste and serious lyrics. Regarding the lyrics, Itano explained, "I wrote it while comparing human weakness to myself. It's a song with a positive message of turning hard and regrettable things into strengths." For its coupling track, the single will include

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  • Music producer Sakuma Masahide passes away

    January 21, 2014 @ 5:16 am

    It's been reported that music producer Sakuma Masahide passed away on January 15. He was 61 years old.In April of 2013, Sakuma was diagnosed with scirrhous stomach cancer. Since then, he continued to work while receiving treatment. He had battled cancer for about 10 months, but his condition became critical on the 15th. His funeral will be held privately with close relatives as stated in his will.   Sakuma was a member of ban

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  • Sandaime JSB tops Oricon's album chart 4 weeks in a row

    January 20, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    7-member dance & vocal unit Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE topped Oricon's latest album chart 4 weeks in a row with "THE BEST / BLUE IMPACT" (released on January1). This week's sale was 23,000 copies, and with that the album has now sold 275,000 copies in total. This is the first time in 3 years and 8 months for any artist to top the chart 4 weeks in a row since Tokunaga Hideaki last achieved it with "VOCALIST 4" back in May 2010,

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  • Kanjani8' latest single sells over 200,000 copies in the first week

    January 20, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    Popular group Kanjani8's latest single "Hibiki" (release January 15) sold 206,000 copies in the first week, landing the group in the No.1 spot on Oricon's weekly ranking.The single happened to be their 13th consecutive chart-topping single (and 21st in total). "Hibiki" is the second one of the group's three consecutive single releases, and the title track is being used as the theme song for member Okura Tadayoshi's starring TBS drama "Dr.DMAT" (

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  • MISIA to release her 11th album in April

    January 20, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    It's been revealed that MISIA will be releasing her 11th original album "NEW MORNING" on April 2nd. This was announced during her tour 'Hoshizora no Live VII -15th Celebration- Hoshizora Symphony Orchestra', which started on January 18th and 19th at Nippon Budokan. The crowd was excited to hear of her first album since "SOUL QUEST" was released about 3 years ago. More details on the album will be revealed at a later date.This tour

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  • Mizuki Nana announces summer tour 'NANA MIZUKI LIVE FLIGHT 2014'

    January 20, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    Mizuki Nana has announced that she will be kicking off her nationwide tour 'NANA MIZUKI LIVE FLIGHT 2014' on June 1st. Mizuki held her special event 'NANA WINTER FESTA 2014' (also known as 'Nana Fes') on January 18th and 19th at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. On the 18th, she announced the release of her 10th album (currently untitled) in April. Then on the 19th, she announced that she will be holding her live tour 'NANA MIZUKI LIVE FLIGHT 2014' this

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  • NMB48's Yamauchi Tsubasa temporarily suspends her activities

    January 20, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    It's been reported that NMB48 member Yamauchi Tsubasa will temporarily suspend her activities due to a leg injury.During the group's 3rd anniversary live at Osaka-jo Hall back in October, Yamauchi challenged herself to a difficult dance as a member of the dance senbatsu. NMB48's theater manager Kaneko Tsuyoshi explained, "Recently, there has been a pain in her leg. Upon discussion with the doctor, her parents, and Yamauchi herself, it has been de

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  • aiko starts up a Twitter account

    January 20, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    On January 20th, aiko started up her official Twitter account. Through her account "@aiko_dochibi", both aiko and her staff will be updating fans with the latest news. aiko first tweeted "breast!", then followed up by greeting her fans, "I've started. Please treat me well." Tweets by aiko herself will be signed with the hiragana letter "あ" at the end of the sentence. aiko will release her new single "Kimi no Tonari" on January 29th. Fo

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  • Eita plays a 'father role' in new Toyota CM

    January 20, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Actor Eita plays the role of a father in Toyota's new CM for 'Voxy' which will start its broadcast on January 21st. This is Eita's first time playing a "father role" in a CM. The CM, titled 'Love and Father', portrays the time Eita spent together with his girlfriend until the moment he becomes a father. In the last scene, he is seen holding hands with his son, where he realizes that he's become a father. During the CM shoot, Eita got along with t

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu reveals additional dates for her 2nd world tour

    January 20, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    On January 18 and 19, singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held 'Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Magical Wonder Castle' at Yokohama Arena. During this concert, she revealed the schedule for her second world tour. "My first concert at Yokohama Arena. Since the stage was really spacious, I made a castle. I made it so it seemed like we were playing at a theme park," Kyary said. She also fascinated the crowd of 24,000 people (over 2 days) with "knight" and "princess" cos

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