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  • New artist YURI to make her major debut

    November 8, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    It's been revealed that singer YURI will be making her solo debut with her cover album, "LoveRespectHarmony", on January 11th. YURI is known as a 'large-scale' new artist as she has provided background vocals in live tours and recording for many artists including Kubota Toshinobu, Dreams Come True, Tortoise Matsumoto, JUJU, and AI. For the album, YURI will cover songs from artists she has already worked with in the past. She will collab

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  • Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi to participate in 10,000 yen for a month project

    November 8, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    Morning Musume’s Michishige Sayumi (22) will appear on TV Asahi’s variety program “Ikinari! Ougon Densetsu” and revealed she will be partaking in the “Living on 10,000 yen for 1 month” project. 10,000 yen can be converted to around 128 US dollars. Michishige wrote, “The program will air sometime in the middle of November, but the official date hasn’t been announced yet. However, I just COULDN’T endure it and had to tell you all!!! KYAAAAA

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  • AKB48 reveals jacket covers for "Ue Kara Mariko"

    November 8, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    Popular idol group AKB48 has revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming single, "Ue Kara Mariko"! The single will feature the 16 senbatsu members that were chosen from "AKB48 25th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai", which was held back on September 20th at Nippon Budokan. Janken tournament winner Shinoda Mariko claimed the center position, and is featured as a giant figure on the jacket covers. The PV for "Ue Kara Mariko" will be directe

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  • Takei Emi chosen as 'Best Smile of the Year'

    November 8, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    On November 8th, actress Takei Emi and professional soccer player Miura Kazuyoshi attended an awards ceremony for Japan Dental Association's 'Best Smile of the Year 2011'. While showing off her award-winning smile, Takei expressed, "My parents named me 'Emi', which means 'Bearing a smile just like a blooming flower'. By receiving this award, I can boast to my parents. I also feel very happy." She continued, "I want to continue to deliver a

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  • YUI achieves 5 consecutive #1 albums!

    November 8, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Singer-songwriter YUI has achieved her 5th consecutive #1, with her original album, 'HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE', debuting at the top of the Oricon album rankings chart for the week of 11/14.  First released on 11/2, the album has already sold nearly 130,000 units in its first week of sales.  YUI's run of #1 albums started with her 2nd original album, 'CAN'T BUY MY LOVE', released in April of 2007. The mark for 5 consecutive #1 albums for a femal

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  • First artist line-up for "2011 FNS Kayousai" announed

    November 8, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    Fuji TV's annual music program "FNS Kayousai (FNS Music Festival)" will air live on December 7th starting at 7:00 pm.  Having Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Takashima Aya as the main hosts, it will be a big music festival totaling over 4-hours. Below is the list of initial artist line-up for "2011 FNS Kayousai".  (they will be adding more artists later.) Arashi Anne w-inds. AKB48 EXILE SKE48 KARA Kis-My-Ft2 KinKi Kids Kubota T

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  • Japan Box Office Report – November 5th/6th

    November 8, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    [caption id="attachment_202215" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kaiji 2" / "Suteki na Kanashibari" / "The Three Musketeers""][/caption] New entries from Japan, America, and China/Hong Kong made it into the top 10 this week. The second weekend of "Suteki na Kanashibari" was a very successful one. 313,215 people went to see this film over the two days, grossing another 413,724,750 Yen (5.3 million USD).

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  • Takahashi Yu to release new single in January 2012

    November 8, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    It's been revealed that singer-songwriter Takahashi Yu will be releasing his new single, "Sotsugyou (Graduation)", on January 18th! The title track was created after Takahashi made a live appearance on TOKYO FM's "SCHOOL OF LOCK!" back in April. Since it was just a month after the Tohoku Earthquake, he sent out a message to the listeners saying, "I want everyone to throw their 'true feelings' at me." Then, the program's personalities Princ

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  • AKB48 reveals "Daiji na Jikan" through Wanda Coffee CM

    November 8, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    [caption id="attachment_202191" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Top L t R: Kojima Haruna, Kashiwagi Yuki, Watanabe Mayu, Itano Tomomi, Shinoda Mariko Bottom L to R: Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko"][/caption] AKB48 has released a new CM for “Wonda Coffee”. The girls are all wearing black dresses in this elegant CM, their faces only being lit by the golden coffee in their hands. What’s fun about this CM is that it feat

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  • AKB48 is #1 on the United World Chart!

    November 8, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Selling 1,300,000 copies of “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” in their first week, it’s no surprise that the girls of AKB48 are also taking over the United World Chart this week as well. The United World Chart ranks the most popular tracks according to “global paid downloads, single-sales and airplay”. In week 45 of 2011, AKB48 has come in at #1. AKB48 is not only topping the charts for this week, but “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” and their other top hits,

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