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  • w-inds. announces release of new single, "FLY HIGH"

    December 27, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    w-inds. has just revealed that they will be releasing their 31st single "FLY HIGH" on February 22nd! As the trio begins their 11th year together, they plan to reach higher goals with their "dance beat number", which reportedly boasts a impressive choreography. "FLY HIGH" will be available in four different versions: Limited Edition A (CD+DVD), Limited Edition B (CD+DVD), Limited Edition C (CD+DVD), and a regular CD-only version. Each CD+D

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  • L'Arc~en~Ciel's HYDE to release his autobiography

    December 27, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    HYDE (of L'Arc~en~Ciel/VAMPS) has announced that he'll be releasing his autobiography on January 29th! The news has caused a surge of anticipation in the J-rock industry, since HYDE rarely discloses his personal information. In fact, HYDE guards his private life so closely that many of his long-time fans (including those from L'Arc~en~Ciel's formation in 1991) don't know his full name. The autobiography was proposed by HYDE himself, who

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  • Kanno Yoko composes opening theme for 2011 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'

    December 27, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Celebrated composer Kanno Yoko has composed the opening theme song to the 62nd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen. Kanno is known for scoring a multitude of popular anime series, such as "Macross F", "Sousei no Aquarion", and "Ghost in the Shell". The bright, hopeful opening theme serves an important purpose -- it will play during the opening segment by Kohaku hosts Arashi and actress Inoue Mao, as well as during the artist introductions. Kanno commen

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  • Official performance order revealed for this year's 'Kohaku'!

    December 27, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    The official performance order for the 62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen has been revealed! As tokyohive previously reported, this year's Kohaku features long-standing artists such as Go Hiromi, Matsutouya Yumi, and more in addition to popular acts like Perfume, Korean idol group Shoujo Jidai, and the adorable duo Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku, who tore up the charts this year with their hit single "Maru Maru Mori Mori". Without further ado, check out

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – December 22nd~25th

    December 27, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    [caption id="attachment_212610" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Ishihara Satomi in 'Saka no Ue no Kumo' (NHK)"][/caption] Here is the Friday and weekend edition of the Drama Prime Time Report, in which every drama but one came to an end. No big surprises were found with the ratings, however, 'Boku to Star no 99 Nichi' managed to reach a new personal season-high. The two Thursday prime time dramas finished this season with a

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  • Preview Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's upcoming song, "Kyary ANAN"!

    December 27, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    an has just revealed its latest CM featuring charismatic model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and her new song, "Kyary ANAN"! "Kyary ANAN" is one of the B-sides to her upcoming single "Tsukema Tsukeru", which will be released on January 11th. The commercial itself will start airing throughout Japan on January 7th. Check out Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's cute new song and commercial below!

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  • Morning Musume reveals longer version of "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra"!

    December 27, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    After teasing fans with a two-minute version of their upcoming song "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra" earlier this week, Morning Musume has just unveiled a longer version through member Michishige Sayumi's official radio show! Check out the longer version beneath the cut!

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  • THE BACK HORN announces new single, "Sirius"

    December 27, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    Rock group THE BACK HORN has just revealed that they will be releasing a brand new single in March, titled "Sirius"! The single officially hits stores on March 7th and is their twentieth overall. The title track "Sirius", is a song containing the band's ambition to continue their live activities as a band through 2011, and is said to be a powerful number containing themes of 'human life'. Fans can purchase "Sirius" in two different versions:

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  • BOOM BOOM SATELLITES announces multi-band tour + new album

    December 27, 2011 @ 2:45 am

    Rock band BOOM BOOM SATELLITES has just revealed that they will be heading on a five-stop tour through the months of March and April alongside Sakanaction, MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, and 9mm Parabellum Bullet! The tour, which is titled "BRANDNEW CHAPTER -GARDEN OF DELIGHT-", will feature performances at five different venues: Fukuoka's DRUM LOGOS (March 22nd with 9mm Parabellum Bullet), HIROSHIMA CLUB QUATTRO (March 23rd with 9mm Parabellum Bullet

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  • AKB48's Sashihara Rino to star in a drama for the first time

    December 27, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    It was announced that AKB48 / Not yet member, Sashihara Rino will star in a new NTV drama titled "Muse no Kagami" for the first time. This drama will be aired confined in the Kanto region, and Fukuda Yuichi ("Yuusha Yoshihiko no Bouken", "33-pun Tantei") will also take part in the direction of the drama.   Sashihara will play a girl who seems to have nothing to recommend her, but after being discovered by an erstwhile great actor "Okita Ry

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