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  • Oricon reveals the CM King & Queen of 2011

    December 8, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    N-Monitor and Oricon once again elected the CM King & Queen for 2011, based on the number of CM contracts that were signed this year. Midway through the year, pro-golfer Ishikawa Ryo and actress Ueto Aya were leading in their respective rankings. The former was able to defend his title with seventeen contracts (three more than in July). He was able to defend his crown as last year he was also the CM King. His fresh looks and very polite

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  • Lc5 to release new single, "Only you -Kimi to no Kizuna-"

    December 8, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Visual kei band Lc5 has revealed that they'll be releasing a new single titled "Only you -Kimi to no Kizuna-" on February 15th. This will be the band's first single in 11 months, and it's already been picked up as the theme song for the anime "Beelzebub", starting January. "Only you -Kimi to no Kizuna-" is described as a positive song that portrays friendship and relationships. Prior to its full release, it will be available in Chaku-Uta f

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  • Yamashita Tomohisa opens up about withdrawing from NEWS

    December 8, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Actor/singer Yamashita Tomohisa (26) held a press conference on December 7th to commemorate the first day of shooting for his upcoming drama, "Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~". During the event, he opened up about his withdrawal from NEWS for the first time. Yamashita stunned the J-Pop industry back in October when he announced that he would be departing from the group along with fellow member Nishikido Ryo. The pop star r

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  • Fans approve the return of NMB48's Shimada Rena and Matsuda Shiori

    December 8, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    On December 7th, NMB48 announced at the NMB48 Theater in Osaka that suspended members Shimada Rena and Matsuda Shiori would be allowed to return to the group. As reported earlier, the two members expressed that they wanted to come back to NMB48, but were hesitant on making a decision as they thought it would upset fans. Consequently, the agency said that they would be allowed to return if fans voted in their favor. The fan voting took pla

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  • hitomi files for divorce from husband Haneda Masayoshi

    December 8, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    It's been reported that singer-songwriter hitomi has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Haneda Masayoshi. According to her management agency, hitomi submitted the divorce papers at the ward office on December 8th. hitomi and Haneda decided to get a divorce after carefully discussing each other's futures. In 2002, hitomi married a businessman who was a former member of GASBOYS, and later divorced in 2007. Shortly after, she married

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  • No sequels for 'Kaiseifu no Mita', says scriptwriter

    December 8, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    NTV's Wednesday drama, 'Kaseifu no Mita', is one the most successful dramas of recent years and consequently, many  were expecting to see the much-beloved housekeeper in action beyond this season. However, scriptwriter Yukawa Kazuhiko announced that there will not be a continuation in any kind of form. Rather, he wants to bring the story to a perfect and satisfying finish within its course of ten episodes. Yukawa commented, "I wanted to

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  • Nagasawa Masami to play two roles in new Higashino Keigo movie, "Bunshin"

    December 8, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    It's been revealed that actress Nagasawa Masami will star in an upcoming WOWOW drama called 'Bunshin' (or 'Doppelgänger'). 'Bunshin' is based on a novel written by best-selling mystery author Higashino Keigo. Nagasawa will play a double role as 'Mariko', a female college student from Sapporo who doesn't know much about her past, and 'Futaba', a woman living in Tokyo who possesses the same features and body as Mariko. The story will most

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  • Fairies reveals full PVs for "Hero" & "Sweet Jewel"

    December 8, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    Rookie idol group Fairies has released the full PVs for their double-A side single, "Hero/Sweet Jewel". The music video for "Heroes" has the group busting out some slick dance moves in a school setting, while "Sweet Jewel" lightens it up with an ultra-sweet, girly tea party. Check out both PVs below! - < 'Hero' > - < 'Sweet Jewel' >

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  • Kuraki Mai to release new album, "OVER THE RAINBOW"

    December 8, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    Kuraki Mai is gearing up to take 2012 by storm through the release of her 10th album, 'OVER THE RAINBOW'! Scheduled to hit shelves on January 11th, the album will come in two versions: a limited edition (which will include a DVD), and a  regular edition. Check out tracklist details as well as jacket covers for the album below! ----- <Limited Edition> [CD] 1. Strong Heart 2. another day*another world 3. Sayonara w

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  • D☆DATE releases PV preview for "Love Heaven"

    December 8, 2011 @ 3:40 am

    Back in November, we reported that D☆DATE would be releasing their 4th and 5th singles in January and February of next year. On December 7th, Universal Music Japan kicked off official promotions for D☆DATE's 4th single, "Love Heaven", by releasing a 30-second PV preview through their YouTube page. The music video seems to play on a boxing concept, but adds certain aesthetic touches like paint splatter and crisp suits to make it more platable

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