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  • Minna no Koe reveals poll results for 'Best friends among Johnny's talents'

    July 7, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    "Minna no Koe" is a mobile survey site powered by Docomo that allows fans to vote on a wide variety of topics. Data from the site is then selected to be featured on the popular ranking site "Goo Ranking". 26,844 fans in Japan were surveyed on which pair of Johnny's talents they consider to be best friends with each other and the results are as follows:1. Katori Shingo and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi from SMAP (10,347 votes)2. Ohno Satoshi and Ninomiya Kazu

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  • NEWS' Kato Shigeaki to release his 2nd novel

    December 4, 2012 @ 4:58 am

    It was announced that NEWS member Kato Shigeaki, who made his novelist debut with "Pink to Gray" back in January, will be releasing his second novel titled "Senkou Scramble" on March 1st in 2013. His previous novel sold 120,000 copies, and it was turned into a manga as well. Kato said about his second novel, "I would give 120 points for it. I hope that readers will be able to see my growth in the second novel." Just like his previous novel,

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  • NEWS' new song chosen as the theme song for upcoming drama "Hana no Zubora-Meshi"

    October 5, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    It was announced on the official website of upcoming drama "Hana no Zubora-Meshi" that NEWS' new song titled "Pokopon Pekorya" has been chosen as its theme song.  The song is newly written just for the drama by the same people who were also in charge of NEWS' previous single "Chankapana." No other details including the release date have been revealed at this moment, but it is said to be a pop and light song that will stay in your head.

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  • NEWS' latest single "Chankapana" tops Oricon weekly chart

    July 24, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    After last year’s withdrawal of Yamashita Tomohisa (27) and Nishikido Ryo (27), newly formed group NEWS restarted their activities with the single "Chankapana". Sales of "Chankapana" started on July 18th and sold 245,000 copies in its first week, ranking first in Oricon's 7/30 singles ranking. "Chankapana" sold 95,000 more copies in its first week than their previous single "Fighting Man", which was released before NEWS lost Yamashita and

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  • NEWS member Kato Shigeaki's debut novel to get manga adaptation

    June 24, 2012 @ 3:57 am

    It was announced in the  August issue (released on June 23rd) of "Monthly ASUKA" that idol group member  NEWS' Kato Shigeaki's novel "Pink to Gray (Pink and Gray)" will get a manga adaptation. As tokyohive reported previously, this is the debut novel for Kato. It tells a story about two best friends who enter the entertainment industry together. One becomes a star, while the other is nothing more than an extra. No other details, including w

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  • NEWS's 1st best of album tops Oricon weekly chart

    June 19, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Popular Johnny's group NEWS released their 1st best of album 'NEWS BEST' on June 13th, and it topped Oricon's Weekly Album Ranking for the week of June 25th. The album sold 109,000 copies for its first week of sales. With this achievement, all five of their studio albums dating back to 2005 have topped the weekly ranking. They are the 4th male artist to achieve this accomplishment, three male artists, KinKi Kids, CHEMISTRY, KAT-TUN also achie

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  • NEWS reveals jacket covers and more details on "Chankapana"

    June 19, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    As previously reported, NEWS will be releasing their new single "Chankapana" on July 18th, and they have just revealed jacket covers and further details on this upcoming release. This will be their first single in a year and eight months. The single comes in 6 versions; a limited edition special box; limited editions cleverly named N, E, W, S; and a regular edition. The limited editions come with solo jacket covers and a different bundled

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  • NEWS's best album to be released on June 13th

    May 7, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Back in April, NEWS announced their comeback through the release of a new single and album, now the group has finally announced the details of their upcoming album which will hit stores on June 13th! The upcoming album is titled  'NEWS BEST' and it will include their hit singles. The tracks range from their debut single "NEWS Nippon" to the latest single "Fighting Man". It will come in two versions, the limited edition will come with th

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  • Countdown Timer hits Zero, NEWS to come back?

    April 14, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    As we reported, Johnny's Entertainment had had a countdown on their official website, and the mysterious count down officially stopped on April 15th at 12:00AM. When the timer hit 00:00, the huge clock turned into a silhouette of 4 people with some background music. Many people could not see this as the website servers were swamped by people trying to access the site. Matching up with many fans assumptions, there's some good news for N

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  • Matsushita Nao to star in third episode of TBS special drama 'Blackboard'

    March 8, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    On March 8th, TBS revealed the cast and the story for the third episode of their three-night special drama 'Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoshi-tachi~', which will portray the struggles of three different teachers in three different eras. As it was announced in January, the first episode (which will air on April 5th) is set during the early post war period. Arashi member Sakurai Sho will be playing a soldier who's exchanging the real bat

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