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  • Nogizaka46's "Hashire! Bicycle" sells 187,000 copies, tops Oricon weekly chart

    August 28, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Idol group Nogizaka46's 3rd single "Hashire! Bicycle" (released August 22nd) has sold 187,000 copies in its first week, topping the Oricon weekly charts for September 3rd. The first week sales for this single have exceeded their previous single "Oide Shampoo" (released in May), which sold 156,000 in its first week. With this, the group has set a new record for themselves since making their debut in February. For this week's album rankin

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  • Sakanaction unveils PV for "Yoru no Odoriko"

    August 28, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    The full PV for Sakanaction's upcoming single, "Yoru no Odoriko", has been unveiled through Victor Music's official YouTube channel! This PV was directed by Tanaka Yusuke, who has previously worked with Sakanaction for the PV for "Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu". Meanwhile, Kitazawa "momo" Hisashi was in charge of the styling and creative directing. In the PV, the members perform alongside a group of odoriko (female dancers) at

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  • AKB48's latest album tops Oricon weekly album chart 2 weeks in a row

    August 28, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Popular idol group AKB48's latest album "1830m" (released on August 15th) has topped the Oricon weekly album chart for the week of September 3rd, making it the first time that the group has topped the weekly chart two weeks in a row. It was also the first time in 9 years since an album by a female group topped the weekly chart for two consecutive weeks since 12 Girls Band's instrumental album "Joshi Juni Gakubou~Beautiful Energy~." Addi

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  • Aragaki Yui to release her first fashion magazine

    August 28, 2012 @ 4:19 am

    Actress Aragaki Yui will be releasing her first fashion photo magazine, 'NYLON JAPAN × Yui Aragaki Fashion Photo Magazine'. This is a collaboration with 'NYLON JAPAN', who has been in charge of the popular serialization 'yui’s fashion patrol' for about 2 years. In this 112-page magazine, Aragaki talks about her private life as well as her love life. It also features 109 questions that reveals her true colors as well as a fashion story wit

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  • Kabuki actor Ichikawa Somegoro transported to the hospital due to a fall during performance

    August 28, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    On the night of August 27th, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Somegoro (39) fell from the stage about 3 meters down, during his performance at the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo, and was transported to a hospital by an ambulance.  According to the parties concerned, he is conscious and the injuries are not life-threatening. The performance for the day was to celebrate Ichikawa's father and Kabuki actor Matsumoto Koshiro's 70th birthday,  howe

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  • Actress Shiho from 'Kamen Rider Fourze' releases her first photo book

    August 28, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    On August 28th, young actress Shiho, who is especially known for her role as 'Nozama Tomoko' in the recent 'Kamen Rider Fourze' series, has released her first photo book called 'SHIHO' and showed that she wasn't afraid of taking a couple of bold shots. In the series she plays a peculiar girl who works at the Witches' Sacrifice occult store after school and is indirectly involved in the creation of the 'Kamen Rider Club'. She wears black ma

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  • BREAKERZ reveal details on first best-of album

    August 27, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Rock band BREAKERZ has finally revealed the details on their upcoming best-of album! BREAKERZ's first best-of album will be titled "BREAKERZ BEST~SINGLE COLLECTION~", and it's slated for release on October 10th. It will be a compilation of the band's previously released singles from "SUMMER PARTY / LAST EMOTION" to "Overwrite / Nonai Survivor". Out of the 22 total songs, 19 of them have received tie-ups. The album will be available in 3

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  • Maeda Atsuko makes a surprise appearance on the balcony

    August 27, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    As we reported, Maeda Atsuko's last performance as an AKB48 member at the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara ended not too long ago. However, a numerous amount of fans who weren't able to get a ticket for the performance have been gathering around the theater since long before the actual performance and were hoping to catch a glimpse of Maeda in public despite the canceled parade. The police and the theater's security had a lot of trouble keeping

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  • Maeda Atsuko graduates from AKB48 with a smile

    August 27, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    On August 27th, Maeda Atsuko (21) appeared at the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara as a member for the final time, officially graduating from the group. Maeda joined AKB48 as a first generation member when she was 14-years-old, and has led the group as its "immovable ace" since then. At Maeda's graduation performance, 28 members said their farewells to Maeda.  Maeda then said toward the members, "I know we all have been through some tough tim

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  • Jacket covers + track list + short PV for girl next door's upcoming single "all my life"

    August 27, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    girl next door has revealed the jacket covers, track list, and short PV for their upcoming single, "all my life"! "all my life" will be released in both CD+DVD and CD-Only versions on September 19th. The title track has earned tie-ups with 'H.I.S. Kaigai Wedding Honeymoon Campaign', NTV's 'Happy Music', and Sapporo TV's 'Joshista'. It's described as a wedding ballad that conveys the happy feelings of a woman as she gets ready for her weddi

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