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  • Base Ball Bear reveals title of their new mini-album

    May 15, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Previously, we reported that Base Ball Bear would be releasing their new mini-album on July 11th. Now, it's been revealed that the mini-album will be titled "Hatsukoi"! The title track of the mini-album was written as the theme song for animated film, 'Toshokan Senso: Kakumei no Tsubasa'. It will also contain a new song produced by Okamura Yasuyuki and a collaboration song with Maeyamada Kenichi. "Hatsukoi" will be available for downloa

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  • Gouriki Ayame appointed as new spokesperson for Deo Water deodorant

    May 15, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    On May 14th, actress Gouriki Ayame (19) appeared wearing a yukata at a press conference in Tokyo to announce her appointment as the CM character for the new 8X4 Deowater (Nivea-Kao) deodorant CM. The actress, who will be 20 in August, was cheerful as she said, “I am very excited.”  She avoided a question regarding relationships as she stated, “Because every day is packed with activities, I am channeling all my energy into my work,” but sh

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  • Cast of 'Hotaru no Hikari' movie attends completion ceremony

    May 15, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    On May 14th, the cast of 'Hotaru no Hikari' attended an event to announce the completion of filming for their upcoming movie. Actress Ayase Haruka claimed that she's a 'himono onna' herself as she said, "I'm a himono onna. I tend to find things very bothersome. When I go home, I take off my pants and socks together." Announcer Hayama Hélène responded, "How efficient." 'Hotaru no Hikari' is based on Hiura Satoru’s popular manga that was

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  • Salyu collaborates with full orchestra for a concert

    May 15, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    On May 12th, Salyu held her live concert, 'Symphonic Evolution with Salyu supported by Zero Home', at Kyoto Concert Hall. For this concert, Salyu collaborated with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. The set list consisted of a total of 15 songs with its main focus on ballads such as "VALON-1", "Corteo ~Gyouretsu", "to U", "Aozora", and "Tabibito". She also performed her latest single "Lighthouse" and her hit song "HALFWAY" w

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  • Not Yet reveals jacket covers, track list, and short PV for "Suika BABY"

    May 15, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    AKB48 sub-unit Not Yet has revealed the jacket covers, track list, and short PV for their upcoming single, "Suika BABY"! As reported earlier, the single will include the coupling track, "guilty love", which was written by member Kitahara Rie. It will also contain Yokoyama Yui's first solo song, "May". The single will be available in 4 different versions, and each of them will come with a DVD. The title on the jacket covers were drawn by

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  • Sawajiri Erika goes on hiatus due to poor health

    May 15, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    On May 15th, it was reported that actress Sawajiri Erika has been on hiatus since early-May due to poor health. After taking a short break from the acting scene, Sawajiri landed the lead role in the upcoming movie, 'Helter Skelter'. She was expected to make her big comeback with this film, but was forced to cancel promotional events due to her poor health. A person from a movie magazine revealed, "Recently, the day before an interview,

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  • UNLIMITS to hold free acoustic live

    May 15, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Rock band UNLIMITS will be holding their first acoustic live at Shimokitazawa SHELTER on May 20th. UNLIMITS held their first one-man live at Shimokitazawa SHELTER, so this is a special place for the band. The admission fee is free for the first 100 people who bring the band's upcoming single, "Cascade", which will be released on May 16th. On the same night, the band will distribute their single release commemoration special, 'UNLIMITS U

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  • NMB48's fourth single breaks records, despite ranking 2nd on Oricon

    May 15, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    On May 14th, Namba, Osaka-based idol group NMB48’s 4th single “Nagiichi” ranked 2nd on the Oricon Weekly Single Ranking Chart for the week of May 21st. Since their debut in July of last year, this is their fourth consecutive single that has not been able to grab 1st place on the first week sales charts. In 1st place was Arashi’s “Face Down,” which sold 526,000 copies. On May 12th, NMB48 also trailed Arashi on the daily chart, but their sin

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  • T.M.Revolution announces 3-week consecutive release dates at 15th Anniversary concert

    May 15, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    T.M.Revolution held a 2-day concert at Yoyogi National Gymnasium 1st Gymnasium on May 12th and 13th. With his dynamic performances, he livened up around 30,000 fans for two days. This was the 15th anniversary concert titled 'T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '12 -15th Anniversary FINAL-'. May 13th was the day of his 16th year after his debut. During the non-stop live performance of around 2 hours without a host, he sang 19 songs including his hit

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  • Not yet's Kitahara Rie tries her hand at writing lyrics for the first time

    May 15, 2012 @ 4:33 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48 sub-unit Not yet's Kitahara Rie has tried her hand at writing lyrics for the very first time. Kitahara wrote the lyrics to "guilty love", the coupling track to Not yet's upcoming single "Suika BABY". Under the guidance of producer Akimoto Yasushi, she wrote the lyrics with the theme of "unacceptable love". It's described as an adult tune which will allow the group to reach out to a wider audience. Aside Kit

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