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  • ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION announce release of new 'NARUTO' opening theme + 20th anniversary arena tour

    April 30, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

    It's been announced that ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION will release their new single "Blood Circulator" on July 13. They will also hold a nationwide arena tour called "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Tour 2016-2017: 20th Anniversary Live" from December to January of next year. The single's title track is the new opening theme for anime "NARUTO Shippuden" starting in May. Details on the coupling song will be revealed later. The upcoming tour will be held to c

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  • Utada Hikaru interacts with her fans via Q&A

    April 29, 2016 @ 10:15 am

    Utada Hikaru has launched a project called "# Hikaru Paisen ni Kike" on Twitter to interact with her fans. This project is to commemorate the release of her new songs "Hanataba wo Kimi ni" and "Manatsu no Tooriame". Utada will select and answer questions on Twitter that have the hashtag "#ヒカルパイセンに聞け" (#HikaruPaisenniKike). Utada's answers will be revealed via the project's official website. Currently you can see her answers to director

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  • Country Girls member Inaba Manaka halts her activities due to asthma

    April 29, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    Country Girls member Inaba Manaka will be putting a halt to her activities. The group's official website explained that the reason for Inaba's hiatus is asthma. She's had asthma since she was a child, and it has gotten worse recently. As such, Inaba will not be participating in release events for the group's single "BOOGIE WOOGIE LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun - Anata ni Muchu" as well as "Country Girls Live Tour 2016 Haru Natsu" and t

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  • Details on Kyary Pamyu Pam's best-of album revealed

    April 29, 2016 @ 10:11 am

    The details on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's best-of album "KPP BEST", which will be released on May 25, have been revealed.The best-of album will be a two disc set containing a total of 24 tracks from her hit songs "Tsukema Tsukeru", "Fashion Monster", and "Ninjari Ban Ban" to her latest single "Sai&Kou" (released April 20).For its limited edition, the album will come with an additional CD with 10 songs remixed by Nakata Yasutaka as well as a DVD co

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 4/23~4/24

    April 27, 2016 @ 10:14 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – April 23rd/24th 01 (01) Detective Conan Movie 20 (Weeks: 02) 02 (00) Zootopia (Weeks: 01) 03 (02) Crayon Shin-chan Movie 24 (Weeks: 02) 04 (00) I Am a Hero (Weeks: 01) 05 (00) The Revenant (Weeks: 01) 06 (00) Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions (Weeks: 01) 07 (03) Assassination Classroom: Gra

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  • Kanjani8 to hold summer tour + release new single in July

    April 26, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    Kanjani8's event tour "Kanjani8 Recital Manatsu no Orera wa Tsumi na Yatsu" will start in July. The group held a similar tour last summer titled "Kanjani8 Recital Omae no Heart wo Tsukandaru!". For this tour, they are scheduled to hold a total of 21 shows in 7 locations, including Okinawa, Tokushima, and Wakayama.Prior to this tour, Kanjani8 will release a new single sometime in July. More details on this will be revealed soon, so stay tuned

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  • LAGOON to release their first mini album

    April 26, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    All-girls band LAGOON will release their first mini album "Bokutachi no Mainichi ga Eien ni Naru." on June 1. The mini album will consist of five tracks. Each song was written based off of letters that the members wrote to their loved ones. In addition, this album was entirely recorded with the members alone. On this album, the members commented, "Recording the entire album all on our own seems like an obvious thing, but for us, it was

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 4/13~4/19

    April 25, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

    Recochoku have updated their weekly charts for the week of April 13th to April 19th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Hanataba wo Kimi ni" - Utada Hikaru 02 - "Anata no Suki na Tokoro" - Nishino Kana 03 - "FLASH" - Perfume 04 - "Tomo yo ~ Kono Saki mo Zutto..." - Ketsumeishi 05 - "Share The Love" - THE Sharehappi 06 - "Feel So

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  • SKE48's Takayanagi Akane receives surgery for vocal cord nodules

    April 21, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    On April 21, SKE48 member Takayanagi Akane revealed via the group's official blog that she had undergone surgery to remove vocal cord nodules. Vocal cord nodules are benign growths on the vocal cords. Takayanagi shared that these nodules developed in her vocal cords about a year ago. Besides having a hoarse voice, she claimed that she was experiencing shortness of breath. For several days after the surgery, Takayanagi was unable to use

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  • Kinoshita Yukina stars in PV for Aoyama Thelma's 'Anata no Soba ni feat. Nakasone Izumi (HY)'

    April 21, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    The short PV for Aoyama Thelma's new song "Anata no Soba ni feat. Nakasone Izumi (HY)" has been uploaded onto Universal Music Japan's YouTube channel. "Anata no Soba ni feat. Nakasone Izumi (HY)" can be found in the singer's mini album "PINK TEARS", which will hit stores on April 27. It's a love ballad that sings about the love between a mother and child. For this song, Aoyama collaborated with HY's Nakasone Izumi as she wanted to "portray a

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