September 1st, 2011

Weekly Oricon charts - Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs


After selling over 1 million copies on the first day, AKB48’s latest single “Flying Get” has officially topped the weekly sales charts. According to Oricon, the single sold approximately 1,354,000 copies in its first week, breaking the all-time record that they previously set with “Everyday, Kachusha” in May (1,334,000).

They are now the first artist in the 44-year history of Oricon’s single charts to release two consecutive singles that sold 1 million copies in the first week.

Since their 14th single “RIVER” in 2009, AKB48 has a streak of 9 consecutive number-ones. Among female groups, this ties them with Pink Lady for the record. It also ties them with Pink Lady for the record of consecutive million-selling singles (three).

In the albums chart, singer YUKI topped the chart with her 6th studio album, "megaphonic." This has made it her 4th consecutive no.1 original album since "joy" in February 2005. Including her best album, "five-star" released in October 2007, this is her 5th no.1 album in total. The album includes her singles "Futari no Story," "Himitsu," and "Hello!" with a total of 13 tracks.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2011.

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Congrats to YUKI & V6! Pretty sad-looking albums chart though...

Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

cute @!

Kaela Kimura to release new album!!!!

After releasing her new single “Kidoraku plus Ai” earlier this month, pop singer Kimura Kaela carried out a one-man live at Yokohama BLITZ for the first time in nearly a year and a half.

“XYLISH presents Welcome Home Tour 2011” gathered approximately 1,700 fans, who were all eager to see Kimura perform after she went on a short hiatus to focus on her pregnancy. “I’m back. I really have been waiting for this day,” she said as she took in all the smiling faces at the venue.

During her concert, it was also revealed that Kimura Kaela would be releasing her sixth album later this fall. Her latest album is titled “8EIGHT8“, and will be released on October 12th. “8EIGHT8″ will contain thirteen songs, all produced by Watanabe Shinobu from ASPARAGUS – the same musician who is currently serving as a member of her band and composed her hit songs “Ring a Ding Dong“, “TREE CLIMBERS“, “You bet!!“, and her latest tune “Kidoraku plus Ai“.

The first press edition of “8EIGHT8″ features the music videos for “Ring a Ding Dong”, “A winter fairy is melting a snowman“, and “Kidoraku plus Ai”, in addition to behind the scenes footage of the recording for the album.

Kimura Kaela will also be embarking on a Zepp tour to promote her new album, which will begin in January of 2012. The tour contains nine performances in six different locations.

Check out the track list for “8EIGHT8″ below!
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Tokyhive via Barks


Mobekimasu "Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku" MV preview

PON! goes behind the scenes on the making of Haro!Pro's special unit "Mobekimasu" including all the members from Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, C-ute, S/mileage and Mano Erina for a total of 29 (28 in the MV because Aika is resting, can't dance). The single is titled "Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku" and goes on sale on 11/16.

Kyary Pyamu

Morning Musume's Sayumi Meets Gravure idol legend Natsuki Okamoto

Youth is at a premium in Japan. Video game characters are often in their teens (or younger). And in candy-coated world of idols, girls start young. But decade after decade, there's been one pin-up who keeps on keeping on: 45-year-old Natsuki Okamoto. And there's a reason for that. She puts out.Collapse )

With appearances on countless showing and working with big names like Takeshi Kitano, Okamoto's been around the block. Michisige traded barbs and jokes, but did ask Okamoto what advice she had for a long career in entertainment.

"Michishige, if you're going to be in this business another ten years, then you have no choice but to put out!" Okamoto said wryly (via Mycom) at the Dragon Nest event. "Thanks to me sleeping around for gigs, I've worked in entertainment industry for 25 years."

Even though the remark was passed off as a quip to arouse laughter, it is a frank, and somewhat sad, assessment of the male dominated entertainment industry. I wonder what Okamoto will be doing for the next 25 years—I mean who Okamoto will be doing.

source: Kotaku


Kept the most interting part outside of the cut. I thought this may be an intersting artical about older women in the Idol industry. Frankly I admire Okamoto's honesty.

Edit: Sorry the formatting on this keeps screwing up D:

Anna Tsuchiya to sing for Kamen Rider

It has been announced that Anna Tsuchiya will be collaborating with the Kamen Rider franchise to celebrate its 40th anniversary. "Kamen Rider Fourze", the latest show in the franchise, begins airing Sunday at 8:30 AM and will feature Tsuchiya singing the opening theme "Switch On!". The theme was revealed as a last minute announcement as the theme song artists are typically announced three to four weeks prior to the start date at the press conferences. Tsuchiya sites her children's love of Kamen Rider as a strong reason for participating with the series.


Mirei Kiritani graduates from Seventeen magazine, remains flawless while doing so.

On August 30th, model/actress Kiritani Mirei (21) appeared at the ‘Seventeen Natsu no Gakuensai 2011’ event at Pacifico Yokohama, where she formally graduated from fashion magazine “Seventeen”.

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More pics from the event here


Ah, Mirei ;o; It's going to be weird not seeing you on Seventeen. 

More information on MIYAVI's collaboration single

It was recently announced that solo artist MIYAVI will release a series of singles in collaboration with other artists. Further information about the first release has now been made available.

The single will be titled STRONG will be released on October 5th. It is a collaboration with the hip-hop artist KREVA. STRONG will contain the title track, its MYV "Exclusive" ver. and its instrumental version. The first press will contain the title track, its Acoustic Battle ver. and its instrumental version, and will also come with a DVD featuring the PV of the title track and of the Acoustic Battle ver..

JaME, EMI Music Japan MIYAVI

Boy jumps to death after telling teacher, police he was bullied

A 13-year-old boy died after apparently jumping from the roof of an apartment block in Sapporo on Tuesday morning. Police said Thursday it appeared that the boy had been regularly bullied at school and that he had told his teacher about it in July.

According to an NTV report, the boy went missing on Monday and was found by police, at which point he told them that he wanted to die because of the bullying. Police returned the boy to his family. On Tuesday morning, he left his home in Teine Ward but didn’t show up at school. His mother and a teacher searched for him and found him on the roof of a nearby 9-story building at 9 a.m. The boy jumped despite their efforts to talk him out of it, NTV reported.

The school principal confirmed Wednesday that the boy had told his homeroom teacher that he was the victim of bullying and malicious gossip. After meeting with the Board of Education, the principal released a statement saying, “This is a truly tragic event. We are planning to carry out an investigation into the possibility that this incident was brought about by bullying.”


Lots of celebrities getting married + becoming pregnant

Kobayashi Sachiko to marry boyfriend 8 years younger

On August 31st, it was revealed that singer Kobayashi Sachiko (57) will submit her marriage registration forms with Hayashi Akio (49), a holding president for medical company TES. They met through their mutual friend five years ago, and have been dating steadily ever since.

On this day, Kobayashi announced through her agency, “Honestly, I am so thankful to have met a person who I can trust from the heart. As partners for life, I will marry him with the intentions to walk through life together. As he is an ordinary citizen, I ask that you would look over us with support and kindness. Thank you.”

Her soon-to-be husband is eight years younger than Kobayashi.



Former Coconuts Musume member Nagate Ayaka gives birth to a baby boy

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Hoshino Mari gets married to TBS announcer Takano Takahiro!

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Shinohara Ryoko announces her pregnancy with second child

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Actor Tanaka Kei & actress Sakura get married!

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source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Takahashi Chiaki reveals hot PV preview for “Chupa Rico”

Voice actress Takahashi Chiaki just took the word “provocative” to a whole new level with her PV preview for “Chupa Rico“! Released through avex’s official YouTube channel, the video sees Takahashi shaking her booty all over the dance floor in a barely-there lingerie outfit.

But that’s not all.


The director for this video threw in all the standard ’sexy vixen’ images he could think of, including gratuitous lollipop/ice cube-in-mouth scenes, teasing quasi-nudity scenes, and yes, even a pelvic thrust scene.

Chupa Rico goes on sale on 10/5


dat ass.