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  • Superfly reveals jacket cover + track list for "Force"

    July 23, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Superfly has revealed the jacket cover and track list for her upcoming 4th album, "Force"! "Force" is described as Superfly's "strongest rock album in history". The track list consists of her double A-side single, "Kagayaku Tsuki no You ni / The Bird Without Wings", along with "No Bandage", the image song for the upcoming film 'Yamikin Ushijima-kun', and "Ai wo Kurae", which served as the theme song for the movie, 'Smuggler ~Omae no Mirai

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  • Tsutsumi Shinichi to star in live-action adaptation of 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake'

    July 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    On July 23rd, it was announced that Aono Shunju's popular manga 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake' will be adapted into a live-action movie. This manga made it on the 'Kono Manga ga Sugoi!' ranking in 2009 and more than 20 companies are said to have sent Aono offers regarding a live-action adaptation. The protagonist, an unappealing 41-year-old salary man named 'Oguro Shizuo' who suddenly quits his job in order to pursue his goal of becom

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  • Kikuchi Ami holds public recording session of radio program 'Kikuchi Ami no 1ami9'

    July 23, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    On July 22nd, Kikuchi Ami (21) of Fuji TV’s idol group Idoling!!! held a public recording session of Radio Japan’s, “Kikuchi Ami no 1ami9” program (Saturdays at 10 PM) at Tokyo Summerland in Akiruno, Tokyo. Endo Mai (23) and other Idoling!!! members  appeared as guests; the members enthusiastically sang four of their songs including their new song, “One Up!!!,” which will be released for sale on August 8th. During the “Talk Corner” of th

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  • Kawashima Umika to release new photo book in September

    July 23, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Actress Kawashima Umika will be releasing her new photo book, 'Umi Kore. ~Kawashima Umika actress collection~', on September 27th. The photo book is said to show the growth of Kawashima over the past 2 and a half years. She commented, "I hope people can find where I've grown up ♪ I want everyone to see my growth process." The photo book features unpublished pictures from Kawashima's "Moments...", which has been serialized in the weekly t

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  • flumpool and WEAVER to perform in Singapore on September 15th

    July 23, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Popular bands flumpool and WEAVER will perform in Singapore on September 15th at a J-Live Asia event. This is the third J-Rock event organized by J-Live Asia. The first featured WEAVER in concert in March and it was the first time WEAVER performed in Singapore. The second featured ONE OK ROCK in June. For this third installment, WEAVER will be returning to Singapore with flumpool, for a night of music-making. Online ticket sales start

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  • AKB48 holds their open-air live in Okinawa

    July 23, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    AKB48 held their nationwide concert series, “Nonaka Misato in Action. Let’s Meet at the 47 Prefectures” in Okinawa on July 22nd. The ladies performed atop a stage put up on Toyosaki Chura-SUN beach, with a view looking out onto the ocean. The concert series has been going on since April, but this is the first time it was held outdoors. In this idyllic surrounding, AKB48’s Team K performed for a 10,000-strong audience. Namesake of the concert

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  • Swinging Popsicle releases "You've Got A Friend" digital single

    July 23, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    J-Pop veterans Swinging Popsicle released their new digital single, "You've Got A Friend," on iTunes America and Japan today. Originally recorded by Carole King in 1971, James Taylor's version hit number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 that year, and won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Bassist and band leader Hironobu Hirata echoed the sentiment. "I feel that friends are one of the most important things in life. Respect and friends

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  • Model Marie graduates from New York design school and is back in Japan

    July 23, 2012 @ 4:40 am

    Popular model Marie announced on her official blog that she has returned from her studies in New York. Marie enrolled in prestigious design school, Parsons The New School for Design, last September to learn fashion design and recently graduated in May. While in school, she was editor of 8 pages of material in the April 2012 issue of newly-launched magazine 'TOKYOViVi'. She stayed in New York for a while after her May graduation, but rep

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  • Nogizaka46 reveals PV for "Namida ga Mada Kanashimi Datta Koro" for a limited time

    July 23, 2012 @ 2:51 am

    Nogizaka46 has revealed the music video for their song, "Namida ga Mada Kanashimi Datta Koro", for a limited time through their official website! This song is one of the coupling tracks off Nogizaka46's upcoming single, "Hashire! Bicycle", that's scheduled for release on August 22nd. It's sung by the under members of the group, and it's a drama-style PV that tells a story about a high school love. The PV will be available on Nogizaka46'

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  • Kobukuro to appear on July 27th broadcast of MUSIC STATION

    July 23, 2012 @ 2:01 am

    It's been revealed that popular duo Kobukuro will be appearing on the July 27th broadcast of TV Asahi's music program, 'MUSIC STATION'! Kobukuro officially resumed their music activities back in April after going on hiatus in August of last year. On this upcoming episode, Kobukuro will perform their major debut song, "YELL", which marks their first performance in about 11 months. They commented, "It'll be 11 months since we last sang li

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