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  • RIAJ reveals digital certifications for July 2012

    August 21, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ' for short), has just released the digital recording sales certifications that artists achieved during the month of July. To announce the certifications, the RIAJ works together with almost all of the digital and mobile download portals in Japan, including recochoku, dwango, music.jp, mu-mo (Avex), oricon ME, and many more. After compiling the data from all the major download portals,

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  • Takei Emi to graduate from 'Seventeen' magazine

    August 21, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    It's been revealed that model/actress Takei Emi will be graduating from fashion magazine, 'Seventeen', after its October issue. Her graduation ceremony will be held during the event, 'Seventeen Natsu no Gakuensai', on August 24th at Pacifico Yokohama. Takei made her modeling debut on the November 2006 issue of 'Seventeen'. She signed a contract with the magazine in February the following year and have been active for 5 and a half years. Th

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  • flumpool announces new single + album + concerts

    August 21, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    flumpool has announced that they will be releasing a new single and album later this year! They will also be holding concerts at Yokohama Arena and Osaka-jo Hall in January, 2013. This announcement was made during the Tokyo performance of flumpool's nationwide tour, 'Because… I am', on August 20th at Tokyo International Forum Hall A. Yamamura Ryuta excited the fans after stating, "I will announce our future schedule!" flumpool's upcomi

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's newest single grabs first for the fourth consecutive time since debut

    August 21, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Johnny’s 7-member group Kis-My-Ft2, who celebrated their one year anniversary on the 10th of August, grabbed first place on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart for the week of August 27 with their fourth single “WANNA BEEEE!!!/Shake It Up” (released for sale on August 15).  Their single sold 285,000 copies in its first week after release. This is Kis-My-Ft2’s fourth consecutive first place ranking, which started with their debut song “Everybo

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  • SHINee reveals Key's teaser photo for "Dazzling Girl"

    August 21, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    SHINee has revealed Key's teaser photo for their upcoming Japanese single, “Dazzling Girl“! “Dazzling Girl” is described as an electro-pop number with a polished beat and refreshing melody. It represents the start of a romance with a dazzling woman and the emotional intensity one feels when in love. The single was produced by Jeff Miyahara, and mixed by Miles Walker. Tom Coyne (Sterling Sound) also participated with the mastering of the

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  • Nagasawa Masami to be featured in 'IQUEEN' for 2nd time

    August 21, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Actress Nagasawa Masami will be featured in the eleventh volume of Plup's popular high resolution digital photo series 'IQUEEN'. She already appeared in the first volume, which was released in August 2011. It was around the same time she received a huge boost in popularity thanks to her role in 'Moteki' and the stage play 'Crazy Honey'. Many things have changed since then in terms of her schedule, but you definitely cannot say the same abo

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  • SPYAIR bares all in new music video

    August 21, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    Earlier, we reported that SPYAIR will release a new single, and now, new information about the upcoming music video for the single has been revealed. Five-man rock band SPYAIR took on the challenge of a full-nude performance in the music video for their upcoming single “Naked,” which will be released on September 5th. The group made their mainstream debut in August of 2010, and rapidly rose in popularity as their song “0 GAME” was chose

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  • Hayami Mokomichi to take over the 'Asami Mitsuhiko' series

    August 21, 2012 @ 3:59 am

    On August 19th, actor Sawamura Ikki appeared at a graduation event for the TBS drama series, 'Asami Mitsuhiko', at Akasaka Sacas. During this event, it was announced that actor Hayami Mokomichi will be taking over the series as the new Asami Mitsuhiko. After 12 years of serving as Asami Mitsuhiko, Sawamura will be graduating from the role with the September 3rd broadcast of episode "Hashihaka Gensou". He shook hands with Hayami and present

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  • Sakamoto Maaya to release her 3rd single collection album + nationwide tour

    August 21, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    It's been revealed that Sakamoto Maaya's 3rd single collection album, "Single Collection + Mitsubachi", will be released on November 14th. The album will feature a total of 17 tracks including all her singles released since 2005, and a brand new song called "Nekoze", provided by Kanno Yoko and Iwasato Yuuho. The limited edition of the album will come with a Blu-Ray disc containing music videos for "Universe", "Magic Number", and "DOWN TOWN

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  • mudy on the sakuban's Kiriyama Ryota to leave the band

    August 21, 2012 @ 12:11 am

    It's been reported that guitarist Kiriyama Ryota will be leaving rock band mudy on the sakuban. Kiriyama decided on his withdrawal after having repeated discussions with the members and staff. He explained, "It has become difficult to aim for the same goal with the band while continuing music. Even if I continue with these half-hearted feelings, it won't bring positive things for the band. I have come to the conclusion that it's unnatural,

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