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  • AKB48 and SMAP sing a Christmas medley on 'SMAP x SMAP'

    December 19, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Idol group AKB48 guest-featured on the latest episode of 'SMAP x SMAP' to perform a Christmas medley with the boys of SMAP! On December 19th, the two groups sang "Original Smile", "Flying Get", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", "SHAKE", "Heavy Rotation", and "Kaze wa Fuiteiru". Check out their awesome collaboration below!

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  • Performances from 'HEY! HEY! HEY! X-mas Special'

    December 19, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    On December 19th, Fuji TV's 'Hey Hey Hey Music Champ' held a Christmas special with many top stars. Comedian duo Downtown (comprised of Matsumoto Hitoshi and Masatoshi Hameda) were joined by child star Miguel in their hosting duties, and viewers were charmed by Miguel's shy smile. This year, the music program invited No Sleeves, SKE48, AKB48, NMB48, BoA, Tohoshinki, Shoujo Jidai, KARA, Fairies, Sexy Zone, Kis-My-Ft2, Ikimonogakari, SMAP, and

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  • THE UNIQUE STAR announces new mini-album, "LEVEL9"

    December 19, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    THE UNIQUE STAR has just announced the release of their 3rd mini-album, 'LEVEL9'! Scheduled to hit stores on February 29th, 'LEVEL9' will contain six new songs. The mini-album is said to be filled with songs that show an impressive, dramatic, and emotional contrast between stillness and motion for a stunning masterpiece of musicianship. Additionally, THE UNIQUE STAR will be performing a series of one-man lives across Japan called "VS". Th

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  • Kikkawa Yu + Vanilla Beans perform at special idol concert

    December 19, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    On December 17th, idols Kikkawa Yu and Vanilla Beans performed at the huge idol event, "HMB presents Misono Idol Festival Vol.2 ~Urawamisono ni Idol Daishuugou! 2011nen Saigo no Fan Daikansha!!~", at the Urawamisono Aeon Mall. Kikkawa Yu charmed the crowd in her pure white outfit, and received a huge cheer from all the idol fans present at the event as she performed five of her songs, beginning with her latest song "Konna Watashi de Yokattar

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  • JKT48 holds their first performance in Indonesia

    December 19, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    On December 17th, AKB48's sister group JKT48 held their first performance through a TV broadcast in Indonesia. Wearing original uniform-style costumes, the girls covered AKB48's hit song, "Heavy Rotation", in Indonesian. The following day, the group held two handshake events at a shopping center in Jakarta. Member Melody Nurramdhani Laksani commented, "I was very happy. After practicing a lot, we were finally able to hold a performance. Th

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  • Oricon announces 2011's yearly ranking for "Artist Total Sales"!

    December 19, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Oricon has stamped the end of 2011 with the release of their yearly ranking for "Artist Total Sales". The ranking is based on the gross total sales of CDs (both singles and albums), DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs. We've got the list of the 'top 5' artists with the highest record of sales down below! - 01 - AKB48 # 16,282,000,000 Yen (approx. 209,126,008 USD) 02 - Arashi # 15,369,000,000 Yen (approx. 197,399,436 USD) 03 - EXILE # 5,60

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  • Oricon announces full list for "2011 Yearly Album Ranking"

    December 19, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    We reported the "2011 Oricon Yearly Single Ranking" earlier today, and following up, we have the results for "2011 Oricon Yearly Album Ranking". Check it out below! --- <2011 Oricon Yearly Ranking TOP50 : Albums> 01 - "Beautiful World" - Arashi : (907,589) 02 - "Koko ni Ita Koto" - AKB48 : (829,645) 03 - "Negai no Tou" - EXILE : (743,242) 04 - "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga : (658,554) 05 - "GIRLS’ GENERATION" - Shoujo Jidai

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  • Koda Kumi cancels arena tour + announces birthday live

    December 19, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    It's been reported that Koda Kumi has canceled her nationwide tour, "Koda Kumi Live Tour 2012". After careful discussions with the staff, Koda felt that she wouldn't be able to give fans a 100% performance, and so she decided to cancel the tour. "To everyone who was looking forward to the tour, I'm very sorry," Koda apologized. To make up for the tour, Koda has announced that she will be holding her first birthday live next fall. Detail

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  • Oricon reveals full list for "2011 Yearly Single Ranking"

    December 19, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Oricon has just revealed the results of the "2011 Oricon Yearly Ranking" for singles. Check out who sold the most amount of singles in 2011 below! - <2011 Oricon Yearly ranking TOP 50 : Singles> 01 - "Flying Get" - AKB48 : (1,587,229) 02 - "Everyday, Kachuusha" - AKB48 : (1,586,840) 03 - "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" - AKB48 : (1,418,888) 04 - "Ue Kara Mariko" - AKB48 : (1,198,864) 05 - "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" - AKB48 : (1,079,460) 06

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  • Check out the 2nd trailer for "Gyakuten Saiban" ("Ace Attorney")

    December 19, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    Back in May, we reported that famed director Miike Takashi was going to bring CAPCOM's popular video game franchise, "Gyakuten Saiban" (international title: "Ace Attorney"), to the big screen in the form of a live-action adaptation of the first game in the series. Recently, its official website was updated with a second teaser and a second full trailer. Filled with numerous special effects to enhance the visuals, this courtroom thriller ta

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