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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for July 2012

    August 10, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of July. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,000,000 un

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  • Check out the performances from August 10th's MUSIC STATION

    August 10, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    On the August 10th broadcast of Music Station, Kato Miliyah, Sonar Pocket, SMAP, and Yuzu took to the stage to put on exciting performances. Check out some of their respective performances below! "Moment" - SMAP "Kimi to Miru Mirai." - Sonar Pocket "HEART BEAT" - Kato Miliyah

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  • Koda Kumi announces new single, "Go to the top"

    August 10, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    Koda Kumi has announced that she will be releasing her new single, "Go to the top", on October 24th! This will mark Koda's first single after giving birth to her first baby last month. The title track is described as a dance tune that tells a message for people living in conflict. For its coupling track, the single will include a love song called "darling". "Go to the top" has already been picked up as the opening theme song for the ani

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  • Sukima Switch to release new live album in September

    August 10, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    It's been revealed that Sukima Switch will be releasing a new live album titled "Sukima Switch TOUR 2012 'musium'" on September 26th. "Sukima Switch TOUR 2012 'musium'" will feature live audio from the duo's NHK Hall performance on April 13th which was a part of their recent tour held from January to April. It will consist of 21 tracks mainly focused on songs included in their latest album, "musium". The album will be released in both l

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  • Oshimi Shuzo's manga "Aku no Hana" to get anime adaptation in 2013

    August 10, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    On August 9, it was revealed in the September issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine that Oshimi Shuzo’s unique manga “Aku no Hana”, which was nominated for the “Manga Taishou 2012”, will be adapted into an anime in 2013. Director Nagahama Hiroshi, who directed the anime adaptations of “Mushishi” and “Detroit Metal City”, will direct the anime. Details are expected to follow in later issues of the magazine. “Aku no Hana” began as a serial ma

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  • Itaya Yuka gives birth to her 2nd son

    August 10, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    In March, we wrote about actress Itaya Yuka's second pregnancy. On August 9, she gave birth to her second son at a hospital in Tokyo. The announcement was made on Nippon TV's news program "NEWS ZERO", which Itaya appears on regularly. Her newborn son is 3,180 grams (7 lbs), and both her and her newborn son are reported to be doing well. She also tweeted about the birth of her second son: "This morning, a new member joined our family. With

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  • Maeda Atsuko's last appearance on Music Station as an AKB48 member to be on August 17th

    August 10, 2012 @ 4:04 am

    It was revealed that Maeda Atsuko's last appearance on TV Asahi's music program MUSIC STATION as a AKB48 member will be on August 17th.  On this broadcast, AKB48 will perform a special medley to commemorate Maeda's graduation. Maeda first appeared on the program as a part of AKB48 on June 9th 2006 when she was 14 years old before the group made their major debut, and they performed their indie single "Skirt, Hirari".  After that Maeda made

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  • Check out Oricon's monthly chart for July!

    August 10, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    Oricon has just revealed their monthly charts for July. Check out the results below and see who made it to the top in July! ----- <Single Monthly Ranking> 1. "ER" - Eight Ranger : 7/25 (349,277) 2. "Chankapana" - NEWS : 7/18 (272,406) 3. "HEAT" - Kim Hyun Joong : 7/4 (196,850) 4. "ANDROID" - Tohoshinki : 7/11 (171,554) 5. "LOVE CHASE" - Yamashita Tomohisa : 7/4 (139,735) 6. "Moment" - SMAP : 8/1 (136,727)

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  • 9mm Parabellum Bullet to release new single, "Heart ni Hi wo Tsukete"

    August 10, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    It's been revealed that 9mm Parabellum Bullet will be releasing their new single, "Heart ni Hi wo Tsukete", on October 24th! 9mm Parabellum Bullet is currently holding summer festivals and live events across Japan. Their upcoming single has already been performed during their concerts, and it's described as an upbeat tune that'll make you want to dance. "Heart ni Hi wo Tsukete" will be available in both limited and regular editions. Bot

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  • Details on knotlamp's upcoming album revealed

    August 9, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Earlier, we reported that rock band knotlamp would be releasing a new album on September 19th. Now, the details have finally been revealed! knotlamp's 3rd album will be titled "Geoglyph" and it's track list will consist of 10 songs. It will include their already released single, "Across my world", which is the theme song for NHK's anime 'Ginga e Kick Off!!'. The limited edition will come with a DVD containing video clips for "Across my wor

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