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  • AKB48 and SMAP to perform a Christmas medley on 'SMAP X SMAP'

    December 16, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    It's been announced that idol group AKB48 will guest-feature on the December 19th broadcast of Fuji TV's 'SMAP X SMAP Special'. The members will dress up in Santa outfits for the special occasion, and sing Christmas carols like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" with SMAP. Both groups will take the stage for a total of six songs, including AKB48's ultra-popular hit, "Kaze wa Fuiteiru". SMAP X SMAP has also invited other guests to participa

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  • Angela Aki to release a cover album of western songs

    December 16, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    In commemoration of her new NHK E-tele program, 'Angela Aki’s SONGBOOK in English', Angela has decided to release a new album. This album, adroitly titled "SONGBOOK", will be comprised of Angela's covers of 13 popular Western songs. Angela recorded all the songs in Japanese and it seems as though the entire album will be done with a piano accompaniment -- a first for Angela. Fans will be particularly interested in Angela’s cover of Billy J

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  • Kansai idol group JK21 releases their first major album

    December 16, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    “Funny and Cute” idol unit from Kansai, JK21, made their major label debut last year and on December 14th, they finally released their first major album, “JK21 Yanen”. Comprised of 13 songs, this major album includes all of their major singles such as “Namidame Peace Sign”, “I Ai KANSAI”, and“Koi no Kiseki (Love’s Miracle).”  It also includes songs from their indie days, which were re-arranged for the album. The director of this group

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu designs shampoo for Reveur

    December 16, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    On December 15th, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu appeared at a sales event for her collaboration with shampoo brand, ‘Reveur’. This new shampoo is called ‘Reveur x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Limited Collaboration’ and will cost 1,890 yen (~24 USD). Kyary prepared two different designs, the ‘Baby Scent’ and ‘Cotton Candy Scent’. She confessed, “To be honest, I tend to find things troublesome, even taking a bath. But I thought I could enjoy bath time with my fav

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  • Koda Kumi confirms her pregnancy

    December 16, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Singer Koda Kumi has confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child! Koda was rumored to be pregnant shortly after she revealed that she was getting married to BACK-ON vocalist and guitarist, KENJI03. She planned to make her official announcement after entering a more stable period of pregnancy, however, with all the confusion from the media, Koda decided to release the news today. On her official website, Koda Kumi wrote: "Hello

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  • Momoiro Clover Z to release new single, "Shiroi Kaze"

    December 16, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    On December 25th, Momoiro Clover Z will hold their Christmas Live, “Momoiro Christmas 2011 Saitama Super Arena Taikai”, and also release their limited Christmas single, “Shiroi Kaze”. The title song was written and composed by Tada Shinya and arranged by Ikuta Magokoro, who also composed and arranged AKB48's "Ponytail to Shushu". This will be the second time that they've collaborated on a song for Momoiro Clover Z, the first being “KIMI NO

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  • Idoling!!! reveals PV preview for their new track, "MAMORE!!!"

    December 16, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    With Yazawa Erika and Fonchi graduating at the end of this month, Idoling!!! is preparing to unveil a music video for "MAMORE!!!" that shows off their unique 'strength'. To achieve that feeling, the girls didn’t film their PV in a studio; instead, they opted for a warehouse without any windows. Additionally, this video doesn't focus on their smiling faces like in their past works, so it ends up giving off a more serious and cool feel.

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  • Kawashima Ai develops a bone fracture from running too much

    December 16, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    It's been revealed that Kawashima Ai has developed a bone fracture due to running too much. Kawashima began running so that she could build strength for her upcoming concerts. Recently, she had her eyes set on a Trail Running event and was running 10 to 20 kilometers a day. Unfortunately, Kawashima overexerted herself and involuntarily gave herself a fracture. Though Kawashima can walk, she isn't allowed to put a lot of strain on her legs

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  • Maeda Atsuko to play the heroine in upcoming movie, "Kuyaku Ressha

    December 16, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    It's been announced that AKB48's Maeda Atsuko will appear in the upcoming movie, 'Kuyaku Ressha', alongside actor  Moriyama Mirai. 'Kuyaku Ressha' was adapted from Nishimura Kenta's novel, which received the 144th Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literary award. The story is set in 1987 and revolves around 'Kitamachi Kanta' (played by Moriyama), a 19-year-old day laborer who's infatuated with alcohol and brothels. He has no friends, no girlf

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  • Shimizu Shota reveals PV for upcoming single, "Fuyu ga Owaru Mae ni"

    December 16, 2011 @ 5:05 am

    Back in November, R&B singer Shimizu Shota announced that he'll be releasing his 12th single on December 21st titled, "Fuyu ga Owaru Mae ni". The singer has now revealed the PV for the single, and it's definitely a pretty video that matches well with his winter love song concept. This 6-minute video follows the story of a couple with Shimizu narrating their feelings amidst the falling snow. Check it out below! fuyugaowarumaeni by

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