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  • Ieiri Leo announces a new single + reveals the preview

    July 21, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    17-year-old singer-songwriter Ieiri Leo announced that she would be releasing her 3rd single "Bless You" on September 12th. The preview of the song has already been revealed on her official YouTube channel. The single will come in three different editions as you can see below. Ieiri also announced her first nationwide tour, which will kick off on January 17th 2013, at DRUM Be-1 in Fukuoka, her hometown. She will make stops at four citie

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  • Sasaki Nozomi to take a break from her designing career

    July 21, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    It's been revealed that actress/model Sasaki Nozomi will be discontinuing her fashion brand, 'Cotton Cloud', on August 20th. According to her agency, Sasaki will be taking a short break from her designing career, and will devote herself to acting. Sasaki posted a comment on her official website explaining, "During this important time when I have to progress to the next step, it was slowly becoming difficult to manage both entertainment act

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  • the HIATUS to transfer labels + new DVD/Blu-ray release

    July 21, 2012 @ 4:46 am

    It's been revealed that rock band the HIATUS will be transferring to Universal Music's NAYUTAWAVE RECORDS! For their first release, the band is working a new DVD and Blu-ray that's scheduled to drop on September 12th. The DVD and Blu-ray will be titled "The Afterglow - A World Of Pandemonium -", and it will include a documentary of the HIATUS' first hall tour as well as footage from their studio sessions. Fans will get to see Tokuzawa Seig

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  • E-Girls announce their new song "Follow Me"

    July 21, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    E-Girls which consists of members from EXILE’s sister unit Dream, Happiness, FLOWER, and 2 girls from EGD (EXPG GIRLS DANCERS), Kizu Reina and Suda Anna, have announced that their new song titled "Follow Me"  has been chosen as the CM song for fashion brand Samantha Thavasa's "Samantha Muse ALL STARS". The CM will begin airing on July 21st. Though not much about the new song has been revealed at this moment, more details including its rel

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  • Matsuyama Kenichi is a newly-minted dad in latest SKY PerfecTV! CM

    July 21, 2012 @ 1:50 am

    The new CM for digital satellite broadcasting service "SKY PerfecTV!" will be aired starting July 20th and follows the daily on-goings of a couple played by actor Matsuyama Kenichi and Kurosawa Kazuko from comedian trio Morisanchu. In this latest heartwarming CM, the couple welcomes the birth of their first child. Incidentally Koyuki, real-life wife of Matsuyama just had a baby boy in January this year. This CM will be the last of the seri

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  • Two new Hello! Project units formed

    July 21, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    Two new music units Peaberry and DIY♡ will be created from the  "SATOYAMA movement", a project started up by Up-Front Group. The two units will debut at the Hello! Project 15th  anniversary summer live concert tour that’s starting on July 21st. "SATOYAMA movement" is a project introducing new lifestyle tips that aim to maintain the balance between man and nature. As part of the movement, program "Hello! SATOYAMA Life" has been airing on TV

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  • Singles sales hit 32 billion yen ($406 million USD), top earnings come from AKB48 and related groups

    July 20, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    Oricon published their half-year single, album, music DVD and music Blu-ray Disc sales figures on July 19th. With lots of activity in the singles category and the popularization of Blu-ray Discs, the music industry reported total sales of 156.42 billion yen (approximately $2 billion USD), a slight 1% increase compared to the same period in the previous year. This is the first time in 4 years since 2008 that sales have actually increased. The

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  • CNBLUE announces 1st album + arena tour

    July 20, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Korean band CNBLUE has announced that they will be releasing their 1st Japanese major album (currently untitled) on August 29th! They have also revealed that they will holding an arena tour starting in October. The album will come in 3 different versions: Limited Edition (CD+DVD), Lawson Edition (CD+DVD), and Regular Edition (CD-Only). The Limited Edition will come with a DVD containing music videos for their new songs, and the DVD for the

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  • Sakurai Sho and Kitagawa Keiko talk about the luxury liner that they were filming on

    July 20, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Superstar Virgo, the luxury liner where filming for the movie "Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de" took place was recently opened to the press. It marks the first time that a Japanese film was shot on Asia’s biggest cruise ship. Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (30) has a starring role in the movie and was extremely excited to be on this masterpiece of a ship.  Heroine of the movie, Kitagawa Keiko (25) also mentioned with pride that everything about the fil

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  • MUSIC STATION reveals line-up for July 27th

    July 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    TV Asahi's music program, 'MUSIC STATION', has revealed the artist line-up for its upcming July 27th broadcast! On this exciting new episode, the boys of NEWS will take the stage with their latest single, "Chankapana", and AKB48's Watanabe Mayu will perform her 2nd solo single, "Otona Jelly Beans". It will also feature performances by Superfly & Tortoise Matsumoto, Nishino Kana, and Hoshino Gen. Check out the full line-up below!

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