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  • '2012 JOYSOUND Yearly Ranking' revealed

    December 5, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    On December 3rd, XING INC. revealed the results of the '2012 JOYSOUND Yearly Ranking'. This ranking is based on the songs that were sung in the 'JOYSOUND' and 'UGA' series from January 1st to November 30th of this year. Check out the top 10 results below! === <Karaoke Ranking (By Song)> 1. "Heavy Rotation" - AKB48 2. "Memeshikute" - Golden Bomber 3. "Senbonzakura" - WhiteFlame feat. Hatsune Miku 4. "Zankoku na Tenshi no T

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for October 2012!

    November 23, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that October has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and revealed their rankings for the month. (If you want to go back in time and compare what trended in the past, you can check out September’s ranking here.) == [Word Ranking] – [Most Popular Day] 1. Halloween – October 31st 2. Magi – October 7th 3. Typhoon – October 1st 4. Wolfrun – Oc

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for October 2012

    November 11, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has recently released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of October. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,000

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  • Oricon Monthly Charts for October

    November 8, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Oricon has revealed the monthly charts for October. Check out the results below! === <Single Monthly Ranking> 1. "UZA" - AKB48 : 10/31 (1,128,696) 2. "Beautiful life/ GAME - Fukuyama Masaharu : 10/10 (167,732) 3. "Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu" - SEXY ZONE : 10/3 (110,406) 4. "Dazzling Girl" - SHINee : 10/10 (109,032) 5. "Wakuteka Take a chance" - Morning Musume : 10/10 (87,727) 6. "Ikujinashi Masquerade" -

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 10/29 ~ 11/4

    November 7, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Oricon has revealed their weekly charts for October 29th to November 4th! Check out the results below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "UZA" - AKB48 : 10/31 (1,128,696) 2. "Missing Piece" - Nakayama Yuma : 10/31 (45,017) 3. "Niji" - AAA : 10/31 (40,025) 4. "VIVA! Nossa Nossa" - Yusuke : 10/31 (34,764) 5. "Such a beautiful affair" - Kamiya Hiroshi : 10/31 (21,987) (Check out the full ranking here.) - &

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  • Oricon's favorite artist ranking for 2012

    November 2, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Oricon's print magazine 'Only Star' recently conducted a survey asking 20,000 people on who their favorite artist was. Coming in first place for Oricon's 9th "Favorite Artist Ranking" was none other than Arashi. This marks the group's third consecutive year to top the ranking. Aside from music, Arashi has been active in dramas, varieties, and CMs. They will also be hosting the upcoming 'NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen' for the third year in a row.

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  • NHK announces hosts for the 63rd Annual Kohaku Uta Gassen

    October 16, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    On October 16th, NHK announced that actress Horikita Maki (24) will be the red host and popular group Arashi will be the white hosts for the 63rd Annual Kohaku Uta Gassen. Horikita, who has starred in NHK’s TV drama “Ume-chan Sensei”, will be hosting the Kohaku Uta Gassen for the first time, while this will be Arashi’s third consecutive year hosting the event. Announcer Udo Yumiko (43) will serve as the main host for the program. Horiki

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  • Fuji TV drama 'Lucky Seven' to air a drama special in spring

    October 15, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    On October 16th, Fuji TV announced that they are going to air a special episode of their 2012 winter drama 'Lucky Seven' starring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun in spring 2013. The drama followed a team of seven private detectives that struggled with various difficult cases. Matsumoto was supported by an ensemble of great actors such as Eita, Matsushima Nanako, Oizumi Yo, and Naka Riisa. One highlight of 'Lucky Seven' were the actions scenes featu

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  • Japan Box Office Report – October 6th/7th

    October 11, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    [caption id="attachment_271416" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Odoru Daisousasen THE FINAL' / (01) 'Outrage Beyond' / (03) 'Tsunagu'"][/caption] 'Outrage Beyond' claims the top spot and 'Tsunagu' makes its way into the top three. In total, five new Japanese movies made it into the top ten this weekend. It's finally getting colder in Japan and more people decided to watch a movie instead of participati

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  • AKB48, Arashi, and more perform on October 5th episode of MUSIC STATION

    October 6, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    On the October 5th broadcast of Music Station, Arashi, AKB48, Sexy Zone, Fukuyama Masaharu, Porno Graffitti, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and Superfly took to the stage to put on exciting performances. Check out the performances below! "UZA" - AKB48 "Akashi" & "Wild At Heart" - Arashi "Sexy Summer" - Sexy Zone "Fashion Monster" - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Force" - Superfly "GAME" & "Beautiful Life" - Fukuyama Masaharu "Kage

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