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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for October 2012

    November 11, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has recently released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of October. 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

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  • Kashiwagi Yuki to release her solo debut single in February

    November 11, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    It's been revealed that AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki will be releasing her solo debut single (currently untitled) on February 6, 2013. This was announced on November 11th during "KING RECORDS presents August 29th Release 27th Maxi Single 'Gingham Check' Nationwide Handshake Event AKB48 Matsuri powered by Kami TV" at Seibu Dome in Saitama. Kashiwagi's solo debut single will be released from her independent label, 'YukiRing', which will be establi

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  • Aoyama Thelma holds a special live for a tree lighting ceremony

    November 11, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    On November 10th, singer Aoyama Thelma held a special live during a lighting ceremony for 'Daiba Memorial Tree' at Decks Tokyo Beach in Daiba, Tokyo. Aoyama appeared at the event wearing ripped jeans and a leather jacket. Upon seeing the illuminations on the 20 meters (65.6 feet) high and 10 meters (32.8 feet) wide Christmas tree, she said, "I'm from Nara, so I used to often go to Kobe to see illuminations. It's always sparkling here in To

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  • LM.C reveals jacket covers + TV SPOT for "DOUBLE DRAGON"

    November 11, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Visual kei rock duo LM.C has revealed the jacket covers and TV SPOT for their upcoming single, "DOUBLE DRAGON"! The TV SPOT features the progress of FANTASIA UTAMARO's work as he illustrates the image that will be used for the jacket covers. It's said that he finished this illustration in about 3 hours. LM.C will release "DOUBLE DRAGON" on November 28th. Check out the jacket covers and TV SPOT below! === <Limited Edition>

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  • Cross Gene releases debut mini-album teaser + short PV of "For This Love"

    November 11, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    Korean idol group Cross Gene officially debut in Japan on August 12th with the Japanese Edition of their Korean mini-album. Now the group is set to release their first original Japanese song as well as the Japanese versions of tracks from their debut mini-album. The album titled 'TIMELESS-FUTURE' is set for release on November 21st. The mini-album will contain 7 tracks including instrumentals including original Japanese song "New Days" a

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  • 'Aku no Kyoten' receives standing ovation at the 7th International Rome Film Festival

    November 11, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    On November 9th, Miike Takashi's live-action adaptation of Kishi Yusuke's mystery novel 'Aku no Kyoten' ('The Lesson of Evil') – starring Ito Hideaki – screened as the opening movie in the main competition of the 7th International Rome Film Festival in Italy. The screening was attended by Miike, Ito, and actress Mizuno Erina, who plays one of the students in the movie. It took place at the Sinopoli Hall in Rome, which was packed with aroun

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 11/05~11/08

    November 10, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    [caption id="attachment_276239" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 11/05~11/08"][/caption] The first four days of this week made it pretty obvious that the dramas were in for a depressing week. Monday lost a lot of viewers in general compared to last week and it's strongest show, the drama 'PRICELESS' (Fuji TV) wasn't able to buck this trend as well. The drama starring Kimura Takuya lost 3.3% with its third

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  • AKB48's Kasai Tomomi to make her solo debut

    November 10, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    On November 10, AKB48's Kasai Tomomi (20) appeared in Tokyo for JRA's (Japan Racing Association) 'Kasai Project' event. During this event, it was announced that the idol would be making her solo debut under Nippon Crown on December 26. "I was surprised. It's still like a dream," she expressed. She will be holding her solo debut live during the Japan Cup this coming 25th at Tokyo Keibajo. Earlier in spring, JRA started their campaign, 'A

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  • Taketatsu Ayana to release her 3rd single in January

    November 10, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    It's been revealed that voice actress Taketatsu Ayana will be releasing her 3rd single, "Jikuu Tours", on January 9. Taketatsu collaborated with Okii Reiji for her solo debut single, "Sinfonia! Sinfonia!!!", then with Suemitsu Atsushi for her 2nd single, "♪ (Onpu) no Kuni no Alice". Her upcoming single will be composed by Tsutsumi Kyohei, written by Ishiwatari Junji, and arranged by Kobayashi Shuntaro. The band will be made up of Okii Rei

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  • Takei Emi attends 'Aeon' event in a Santa costume

    November 10, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    On November 9th, actress Takei Emi attended a CM presentation event for 'Aeon' wearing a Santa costume. The CM suggests the many different ways to celebrate Christmas, which is perfect match for Takei, whose birthday is also on December 25th. She commented, "Christmas is also my birthday, so I spend 'many' Christmases together with my family and my dog Tea-chan." When asked what she wants for Christmas, Takei responded, "Hand lotion. Be

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