April 30th, 2012

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[Music Station ranking] TOP30 IDOL ★ Total Single sales Showa Vs Heisei

On the June 29th, Music station revealed the ranking about Idol's Total Single sales !! by dividing in 2 period
Idol in Showa period (1926-1989) vs  Heisei period (1989-Present)

and for comparision  TOP 2 Artist total  Single sales ranking

#1.B'z 35.4 Million copies
#2.Mr.Children 28.45 Million copies

TOP 30 IDOL 's Total single sale ranking !!

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Source : Music Station ,Tudou

and for next week 's guest line up !

Ikimono gakari - Kaze ga fuiteiru
Kuwata Keisuke - Itoshii hito he sasagu uta
Tohoshinki -ANDROID
Yamashita Tomohisa - Song undecided
Lora -Memories

Sato Takeru and Ishihara Satomi talk “Romeo & Juliet”

Next week, the Akasaka ACT Theatre in Tokyo is finally going to raise the curtain for the latest stage adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” starring young actor Sato Takeru and actress Ishihara Satomi. On April 29th, the two of them found some time to talk about the play ahead of a public general rehearsal for the mass media.

“Romeo & Juliet” is going to mark the debut stage play for Sato, who commented, “My excitement is going through the roof. Of course I’m also very anxious, but at the same time I cannot wait for people to finally be able to see this play.” Ishihara agreed with him and added, “I really want everyone to experience the beautiful set, music, outfits and words as soon as possible.

Of course not everything was easy for Sato when getting into his first starring role in a stage play. “I’ve never thought that I would have such hardship,” he revealed. “However, I want to work as hard as possible, so that I won’t have any regrets later on!” When asked about some of the more difficult parts of the production, he said, “I have to use words that I usually don’t use, which makes it difficult to get into the right feeling. Instead of expressing my feelings between the lines, it’s important to put my feelings into every single word, which was very difficult for me.

About his co-star Ishihara, he commented, “She possesses an overwhelming aura. The moment when Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight was a new and overwhelming experience for me, but thanks Ishihara’s incredibly convincing performance, I was able to feel it inside me as well.

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Sources: Walkerplus, Oricon, Mantanweb and tokyohive

Model Nanao talks about her relationship with TM Revolution's Nishikawa Takanori

On April 29th, model Nanao attended a release event for Bacardi’s canned cocktail, ‘RTD‘.

Previously, Nanao was reported to be in a relationship with T.M. Revolution’s Nishikawa Takanori. When asked, “Is your relationship going well?“, the model responded, “It’s going well. Without any happenings.” She also shared that everyone questions her about marriage, and revealed, “I think we’re both aware of it, but we’re not close to it. But I would like to have children someday.

Since this was a cocktail event, Nanao was also asked, “Have you ever made any mistakes with alcohol?” She commented, “I don’t really get drunk, so I’ve never made any mistakes.” She then continued, “But he [Nishikawa] can’t too drink much alcohol. When we’re together, we don’t drink that much.

Bacardi held this event to commemorate the launch of their new products, ‘Bacardi Mojito‘ and ‘Bacardi Cuba Libre‘. They handed out free drinks to the first 1,000 people that arrived at the event. The event also featured a surprise dance show produced by choreographer MIKIKO, who is known for working with techno-pop unit Perfume.

Taken aback by the dance show, Nanao exclaimed, “I used to take dance lessons, so I had fun!” She also challenged herself to making cocktails with the assistance of a professional bartender. “I love getting together with people, so this summer, I want to drink at the beach and BBQ,” she said.

Source: tokyohive


L’Arc~en~Ciel rocks! (thats the name of the article in the source)

Rocking the stage for the first time in Singapore, Japanese rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel’s gig was simply phenomenal!

The band, consisting of lead vocalist Hyde, guitarist Ken, bassist Tetsuya and drummer Yukihiro, was on their 20th anniversary world tour, and made a stop at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last Saturday.

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Source: showbiz
I was in the concert, it was so freaking awesome. Hyde definitely looks better live and he is constantly teasing the audience, and his vocals is amazing. Ken and Tetsu are very childish too, when they're giving a speech. Tetsu asking the audience who want his banana and lollipop lol. My favourite part is when they perform Anata, its simply breathtaking. Oh and Hyde teasing the audience when he was going to sing Honey, he kept mouthing "zut" then stop and smile at us. 

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Kumi to make her comeback in November with a tour


Koda Kumi will be making her comeback after giving birth in November with a live tour that will visit 4 cities and have 7 dates starting November 7, her birthday. Including the prestigious Budokan, in which Kuu has often voiced a desire to perform in. The set list will be decided by fans voting, restricted to paying fanclub members.Tickets go on sale in June.

November 7, 2012 Osaka Castle Hall
November 8, 2012 Osaka Castle Hall
November 13, 2012 Tokyo Budokan
November 14, 2012 Tokyo Budokan
November 20, 2012 Aichi NGK Hall 
November 21, 2012 Aichi NGK Hall
November 27, 2012 Fukushima Citizens' Cultural Center


yay ^o^
so happy she is finally doing Budokan

Ayaka Kicks-Off Tour After Two Years of Absence

12,000 fans cheered for singer-songwriter, Ayaka, as she kicks-off her "Ayaka LIVE TOUR 2012 ‘The beginning’ ~Hajimari no Toki~" at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo last Apr 28th.

Ayaka started the night with a capella of "Hajimari no Toki", she managed to sang it beautifully despite getting emotional, her eyes were overflowed with tears by the time she finished the song. Ayaka sang 19 songs in total, including tracks from her latest album, "The Beginning". Despite the three-hours live performance, Ayaka did not exhibit any shortness of breath; tour officials said that Ayaka has been given a go-signal from her doctors before the tour and her medications have been working well for her.

The singer was absent from the music scene since 2009 after she was diagnosed with Grave's Disease (Hyperthyroidism). She made a comeback December last year at Music Station 2011 Special and also performed at Kohaku Uta Gassen 2011.

Ayaka have nothing but gratitude for her fans who have waited for her comeback.When the singer called, "I'm home!", the enthusiastic audience roared back with, "Welcome home!". Also seen amongst the audience is Hiro Mizushima, Ayaka's actor-husband.

Ayaka will continue her nationwide tour that will end at Osaka-jo Hall on July 25th.

Source: jpopasia


EXILE announces new single, “ALL NIGHT LONG”

EXILE has just announced that they will be releasing a new single on June 20th!

The single will be titled “ALL NIGHT LONG“, and it’s described as a catchy dance number. The lyrics will be written by the group’s vocalist ATSUSHI.

“ALL NIGHT LONG” will be available in 2 different versions: CD+DVD and CD-only. No further details have been revealed at this time, so stay tuned to tokyohive for follow-up reports!



2,500 march in gay pride parade in Tokyo (pictures, videos, message from Ayu)

Some 2,500 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday, vowing to transform a low-profile campaign for the rights of sexual minorities into a major movement in Japan.

The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as well as their supporters and sex workers, paraded through the capital’s entertainment and shopping district of Shibuya.

Waving rainbow-colored flags and banners, foreign and Japanese campaigners marched in colorful carnival and samurai warrior outfits.

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source, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

More KAT-TUN and Jin drama

This is a continuation to this drama episode: http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/3720630.html

Full video here

In the latest KAT-TUN interview, they were asked again what they thought of Jin's sudden marriage.
To which their leader answered that they were'nt that surprised about it, considering Jin never talked to them about his hiatus back in 2006 and that was more shocking.
This answer caused quite an uproar in the media and also among the fandom.

But was that really the case? Archived footage of a press conference tells differently. In fact, Akanishi confirms that he talked to KAT-TUN members about his trip to USA several months before and that the agency had given him greenlight about it.

Source: Nikkan, Daily Sports Online, NTV news, Tokyohive, AramaArchived footage of televised official press conference, Y&J memo, Gossip Jyanni

Why make up a lie about something that happened aeons ago if you already know everybody is hating on J?

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Cast of "Thermae Romae" attends an opening event at TOHO Cinemas

On April 28th, actor Abe Hiroshi (47) and actress Ueto Aya (26) attended an opening event for their movie 'Thermae Romae' at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

This film featured many "strong faced" actors such as Abe, Ichimura Masachika (63), Kitamura Kazuki (42), and Shishido Kai (45) and in commemoration, they held an event titled, 'Japan's Most Strong Faced Actor Deciding Match' at this event.

Among these four actors, Kitamura was chosen for this title and commented, "It's a weird feeling [to win this title]. It may be true that my face is strong, but Abe's strong face gives a 'pressure' and it's amazing that I actually feel the pain from the [pressure of his face]."

In response, Abe stated, "For 20 years, I have been called a 'sauce face [strong face]' but now I feel refreshed [for not winning this award]," and expressed his relief. Ueto, who made the decisive judgment for this competition, said, "I think it would be great if everyone in Japan can watch this movie and get some energy out of it," and concluded this event.

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AFTER SCHOOL performs upcoming singles "Dilly Dally" & "Lady Luck"

AFTER SCHOOL performed their upcoming fourth Japanese singles “Dilly Dally” and “Lady Luck” at their April 30th concert in Osaka.

The concert was streamed live via Ustream and at it’s peak, the stream had 30,000 viewers watching the stream.

The Osaka concert is the last in a series of Japanese concerts that have showcased After School’s first Japanese album, ‘PLAYGIRLZ‘. Previous concerts held in Tokyo and Nagoya have both been a total success, selling out both performances and leaving distraught fans at the gate.

The double-A side Japanese single, “Lady Luck/Dilly Dally” will be released on June 13th.

source: tokyohive + orangecaramelify + gif

Lady Gaga teacup bidding hits Y4 mil and rising in Japan

Fans bidding in a charity online auction to buy a teacup used once by pop diva Lady Gaga had offered more than four million yen ($50,000) by Tuesday, with five days left before the hammer falls.

The china cup and saucer set was used by the star at a press conference in Tokyo three months after the massive tsunami of March last year swamped a large stretch of coastline.

Lady Gaga told reporters at the time that she would auction the cup, marked with her lipstick and bearing the Japanese message “We pray for Japan” along with the star’s autograph.

All the money raised will be used to help young Japanese artists who want to study in the United States.

The cup was put on “Yahoo! Japan Auctions” at midday Monday, with the starting price of one yen. The auction is set to finish midnight Sunday.

By Tuesday morning, more than 500 bids had been placed, with the top offer at more than 4.1 million yen. The auction can be followed at http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c323847712

The quake-tsunami catastrophe killed some 19,000 people on Japan’s northeast coast and sparked a nuclear accident, leading to a plunge in visitors to the country.

The songstress visited Japan twice after the disaster and called on tourists from around the world to follow suit.

She is due back in Japan next week as part of an Asian tour.


Dolly Going on Hiatus

According to their official website Dolly will go on hiatus at the end of 2012.

The members stated that they want to go separate paths for a while in order to grow and to be able to continue with Dolly one day. They want to gain experiences on their own and to realize these plans they’ve decided on taking a break from all activities as members of Dolly.

Dolly will hold all performances as planned and give details on their last live and other activities before their break at their live on June 8th.

The members are thankful for the past 7 years and hope that their fans will continue supporting them!


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15th Nikkan Sports Grandprix Best Actor Award goes to Kamenashi Kazuya

KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi has been voted Best Actor in a leading role for “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” in the 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix, reports Nikkan Sports.

The Drama Grand Prix had opened voting to Nikkan Sports readers at the end of March, asking them to pick their best choice of actors in dramas aired between April 2011 to March 2012. It has been reported people had liked the way Kamenashi put a lot of effort into making the drama, throwing out his popstar image to play his role.

The drama series was a live action adaptation of the Yokai Bem anime series from the 1960s, and there were a lot of negative comments from fans of the original series about whether a Johnny’s pop star could become a sad monster wanting to become human but unable to.

“Those ‘it’ll be impossible’ comments actually motivated me,” Kamenashi said.

It has been reported Kamenashi and the drama’s producers had decided there was no use making their lead actor look like Bem, they had to create him. The Johnny’s talent shaved his legs and arm pits in order to make his transformed self both monstrous and delicate. Kamenashi also studied his pet dog’s angry face and tried to imitate it when transforming into his character to give the character a more wolf-like expression. He even made sure he put enough effort into shots showing just a part of his body.

“Even if it was a bit of my arm, I tried to use my entire body to act it,” he said.

Kamenashi also said it was because of the support of his co-stars he was able to get through the series. During breaks he would be practicing lines with actress Anne (who played Bera) and child actor Fuku Suzuki (who played Bero), or play games with Suzuki and exchange opinions about make up products with Anne.

“Filming was a huge challenge, but we got through it because we helped one another. We’d carry around our scripts and debate about it, it was such an analog system.”

It has been reported a lot of Kamenashi’s votes came from people in the 20s to 50s. The drama series itself recorded high ratings in north-east Japan areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“I think I was very lucky to be a part of a project that focused on human relationships, and things that make us happy that we take for granted. On top of that I get an award, I’m so happy. I hope it’s a sign that I was able to hint at those things through the angle we took.”

Source, Drama Info

Seriously, I recommend this drama to anyone. It's Kame's best drama imo, and Kitamura Kazuki only makes it that much more awesome. Besides, how can you resist the adorable Fuku-kun?

B'z and Kim Hyun Joong Collaborates

Japanese rock duo, B'z, have been confirmed to collaborate with Hallyu star, Kim Hyun Joong. Moreover, the rock duo have personally composed a song for Kim Hyun Joong. Kim Hyun Joong's upcoming single titled "HEAT" is a joint composition by B'z members Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba. This will the first time that Matsumoto and Inaba will composed a song for a foreign artist.

During Kim Hyun Joong's solo debut last year in Japan, he have announced that he is a big fan of B'z, and he also claimed that he has all their CDs. Kim Hyun Joong expressed his excitement and that he felt very honored that B'z composed a song for him.

"HEAT" Tracklist

1.) HEAT
2.) Let's Party

The single will be released on July 4th.

A collaboration from a rock band and a pop star, how do you think the song will sound?