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  • Hamasaki Ayumi to release her 15th original album

    April 29, 2014 @ 2:44 am

    It's been revealed that Hamasaki Ayumi will release a new album (currently untitled) on July 2nd.  As the producers, Hamasaki's 15th original album will feature RedOne, Rodney Jerkins, Armin van Buuren, and Fedde le Grand from overseas, and DAISHI DANCE from Japan. It will contain songs such as "Hello new me" which is the opening theme for Fuji TV's drama 'Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi', and "Pray" which is the theme song for the movie 'BUDDHA2 Tezu

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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi to open Yakiniku restaurant

    April 23, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    On April 22, AKB48's Uchida Mayumi announced through her Google+ account that she would be opening a yakiniku restaurant.   The restaurant will be named 'Yakiniku IWA', and it will have its grand opening in Shinjuku on the 29th. Uchida commented, "I've been thinking about owning my own restaurant from way back. As a matter of fact, I've been getting ready for it since last year." She added, "From now on, I will do my best to manage both my activ

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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi makes her novelist debut

    February 4, 2014 @ 2:26 am

    On February 3, AKB48 member Uchida Mayumi held a release event for her romance novel 'Ienai Koigokoro' at Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade.   As the first member from AKB48 to make her novelist debut, Uchida laughed and said, "I am proud of it." Although the novel is a story that portrays the romance of 6 female idols, she stated, "99.9% of it was written from my imagination. My secret love? I leave that up to your imagination." 

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  • Morning Musume's Ishida Ayumi holds a release event for her 1st photobook

    July 22, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    On July 22nd, Morning Musume member Ishida Ayumi held a release event for her first photobook "Ishida Ayumi"at Books Fukuya, Shinjuku Subnade store. As it was her first time attending the photoshoot solo, Ishida said, "I had to show many different facial expressions, in addition to just smiling. I was just so nervous, but as the shoot went on, I started feeling better, and it ended up becoming a very me-like photobook."When she was asked about h

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 4/8~4/14

    April 17, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for April 8th to the 14th. Check out the results below! ===== <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "Tanjoubi ni wa Masshiro na Yuri wo/Get the groove" - Fukuyama Masaharu : 4/10 (108,911) 2. "Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu" (Type-A) - NO NAME : 4/10 (48,720) 3. "Canon" - Miyano Mamoru : 4/10 (28,360) 4. "Koi ni Ochite" - SID : 4/10 (22, 847) 5. "C.P.U!?" - Cheeky Parade : 4/10 (18,623

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  • Hello!Project members appear at event for their book

    April 10, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    On April 9, six Hello! Project members including Morning Musume members Ikuta Erina (15) and Ishida Ayumi (16) appeared at the commemorative sales event at the Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade store for their book “Hello! Project Members to Tanoshimu ‘SATOYAMA Guide BOOK’” (Tokyo News, 2500 Yen.) The book summarizes their activities in the project "SATOYAMA movement” which seeks to re-introduce and recognize the importance of ‘Satoyama’ v

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 2/4 ~ 2/10

    February 13, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for February 4th to the 10th. Check it out below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "EXPOSE" - KAT-TUN : 2/6 (154,710) 2. "Short Cake" - Kashiwagi Yuki : 2/6 (104,799) 3. "Choco no Dorei" - SKE48 : 1/30 (46,892) 4. "Kono Machi" - ℃-ute : 2/6 (24,361) 5. "W: Wonder tale" - Tamura Yukari : 2/6 (15,118) (Check out the full ranking here.) - <Album Weekly Ranking>

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi's latest album tops Oricon weekly album chart

    February 12, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Hamasaki Ayumi's 14th original album, "LOVE again" (released February 8th), has sold 53,000 copies in its first week and has topped Oricon's weekly album chart for February 18th. Since debuting 14 years and 10 months ago, 20 of Hamasaki's albums have topped the Oricon charts, surpassing B'z who achieved this feat over 17 years and 10 months. Hamasaki is also the 3rd artist with 20 number 1 albums following Matsutoya Yumi (November 16, 1

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  • Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi holds a release event for her latest photo book

    February 11, 2013 @ 3:19 am

    On February 10th, Morning Musume's leader Michishige Sayumi held a release event for her latest photo book "Mille feuille" in Tokyo. At the event, Michishige talked about her fellow member Tanaka Reina who recently announced that she has been diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer on her blog. According to Michishige, she received an email from Tanaka, "It was to inform me about the name of her disease, and she also wrote 'I'm sorry for the troub

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi holds her public event in almost a year

    February 10, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    On February 9th, singer Hamasaki Ayumi held her first CD release event at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo. This was also her first public appearance after the breakup report with her back-up dancer, Uchiyama Maroka (aka Maro). Though the press asked Hamasaki about her relationship with Maro, it did not reach her since it was drowned out by the fans' cheers. The event was held to commemorate the release of her latest album "LOVE again" (re

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