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  • globe's KEIKO gets discharged from hospital, starts rehabilitation

    December 9, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Music producer Komuro Tetsuya held a press conference on December 9th to announce that his wife KEIKO was discharged from hospital on the 8th. Komuro began by reassuring the audience that KEIKO was doing fine. "Since it was detected early, KEIKO didn't suffer any aftereffects from the subarachnoid hemorrhage, such as being unable to move her body or have speech difficulties." He also added that KEIKO has started her rehab therapy, and is abl

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  • YUKI to celebrate 10 years with new singles collection + Tokyo Dome live

    December 9, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Singer/songwriter YUKI will soon be celebrating her 10-year anniversary as a soloist, and to commemorate the occasion, she'll hold her very first Tokyo Dome live on May 6th, 2012.  Yuki will also release a complete singles collection called "POWERS OF TEN" on February 1st. YUKI's upcoming concert will mark her first solo Tokyo Dome stage; the last time she performed there was in 2001 with her old band, JUDY AND MARY. Pre-sale tickets for 'YU

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  • Porno Graffitti to release new single in February

    December 9, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    Rock band Porno Graffitti has revealed that they will be releasing their new single, "2012Spark", on February 8th. As we reported earlier, the title track will serve as the theme song for the upcoming movie, "Gyakuten Saiban". It's described as a thrilling and uptempo number that matches the movie perfectly. Regarding the song, Okano Akihito (Vo) commented, "I think it's a song with an oppressive feeling that will pierce your heart. Ple

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  • AKB48's Kojima Haruna becomes new TSUBAKI model

    December 9, 2011 @ 3:08 am

    On December 8th, AKB48 member Kojima Haruna attended a press event for haircare brand 'TSUBAKI' as their newest model. Kojima commented, "It seems like a dream for me to be in TSUBAKI commercial and I'm really glad to have been chosen for this. " The idol also talked about her experience shooting the CM. "I was nervous at first, but they played AKB48 songs and I felt relaxed," she laughed. Joining Kojima as new models for the brand

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  • 30 members pass first round of judging for AKB48's upcoming anime

    December 9, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    On December 8th, AKB48 announced the names of the 30 members who passed the first round of judging for their upcoming anime, "AKB0048". The storyline focuses on 9 idol cadets who aim to become legendary superstars. Out of 200 girls from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48, 30 passed the first round for a chance to be one of 9 voice actors. These members include 17 from AKB48, 8 from SKE, 4 from NMB, and 1 from HKT. The 30 members will advance i

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  • B'z reveals their latest 'Pepsi Nex' CM

    December 8, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Rock duo B'z has uploaded their new CM for 'Pepsi Nex' on their official YouTube channel. The CM, titled "Xmas Lover", depicts a merry couple ice skating in the snow. B'z also makes an appearance in the CM, singing their hit song, "Itsuka no Merry Christmas". Check out the CM below! - <60 sec> <30 sec> Source: natalie

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  • Nine months into her pregnancy, Koyuki attends preview screening of "ALWAYS 3"

    December 8, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    Earlier today, some people were able to see the upcoming movie "ALWAYS San-chome no Yuhi '64" for the first time at a preview screening event. "Always San-Chome no Yuhi '64" (English title: "Always: Sunset on Third Street 3") will depict the lives of the residents at Third Street in Tokyo back in 1964. The Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo and the country has experienced a period of rapid economic growth. It's the last installment in

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  • lecca to release new album "Step One"

    December 8, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Reggae singer-songwriter lecca will be releasing her new album, "Step One", on January 25th. lecca's sixth album will contain a total of 15 songs including her latest single, "Right Direction", Nissen's CM song "gift", and the digital single, "Familia". Fans who purchase both "Right Direction" and "Step One" can enter their serial number through a special website for a chance to attend lecca's CD release events. Additionally, to coincid

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  • Nakagawa Shoko announces her 1st single for 2012

    December 8, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Nakagawa Shoko has announced that she will be releasing her new single, "Horoscope", on January 11th. The title song is already being used as the theme song for Fuji TV's variety program "Uchi Kuru!?". It's said to be a medium rock tune that portrays a faint love story. In the music video, a comical alien character that created a buzz during the 1990's appears as Shokotan's lover. This alien is played by Thane Alexander Camus. The two a

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  • "Heart Catch Pretty Cure" movie nominated for Kidscreen Awards

    December 8, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    It's been reported that Toei Animation's "Heart Catch PreCure! Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show... Desu ka!?" (Heart Catch Pretty Cure! The Movie: Fashion Show in Paris!) has been nominated for the '2012 Kidscreen Awards' in the 'Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids' category. The film is based on the TV anime series, "Heart Catch Pretty Cure!", which is the seventh series of the "Pretty Cure" installment. It premiered in February of 2

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