September 3rd, 2012

Ueto Aya and EXILE’s HIRO love relationship seems to be over or never existed in the first place?




Since the beginning of this year, many people have been starting to count down to the alleged upcoming marriage of actress Ueto Aya and EXILE’s HIRO. However, the latest rumors suggest that they aren’t together anymore.

It was on New Year’s Day, when newspaper Sponichi reported that the two of them would be getting married this spring. They were said to have been making it official to their families, agencies and sponsors. Ueto was also said to be attending a renowned cookery school to improve her skills for her future husband. The said marriage has never took place and now people begin to wonder what happened.

An entertainment writer commented, “HIRO was supposed to announce their marriage on the final day of EXILE’s nationwide tour on July 1st, but there was no such announcement at all. Naturally many reporters became suspicious and tried to find out what’s going on. The most likely scenario seems to be that HIRO cheated on her. Ueto has a very fastidious personality, which is why should would never be able to forgive unfaithfulness. Also, one of the reasons why Ueto chose him as her partner could be that she thought she would be reassured with an older guy like HIRO. “

Another theory is that a love relationship between Ueto and HIRO has never existed in the first place. It’s true that they are living in the same apartment complex, but not in the same apartment. They are neighbors, that’s all. When Ueto was still together with V6’s Morita Go, they were often seen meeting each other at various places, yet nobody has ever been able to catch a glimpse of Ueto and HIRO having a meal together or anything else that makes them look like a couple, at least not with pictures as proof. Every tabloid and every women’s magazine was frantically trying to get snapshots which would confirm of their relationship, but all their efforts have ended in vain.

An insider expressed, “It’s possible that both sides just used those rumors to their advantage. The timing for Ueto’s alleged relationship with HIRO was perfect. All the bad press because of her break-up with Morita was gone overnight. At the same a tabloid was trailing a scandal involving HIRO and some woman, but they stopped as soon as the rumors about him and Ueto became public.

Will there be a marriage sometime soon or was it all just a rumor utilized by both sides? We will only find out the truth whenever Ueto and HIRO finally decide to deny or confirm this long-lasting rumor, if that’s ever going to happen.


Source: Nikkan Gendai via tokyohive

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MEG to release her 9th studio album "WEAR I AM" on October 3rd



Electropop singer-songwriter/fashion designer MEG will be releasing her 9th original studio album "WEAR I AM" on October 3rd, which also happens to be her birthday! This will be her first original album in over two years after the release of "MAVERICK" in June of 2010. The album is set to include her newest single from past June titled "TRAP," and eight new songs.

The album features a number of popular producers such as Shinichi Osawa, Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Taku Takahashi (m-flo), Konishi Yasuharu (Pizzicato Five), among others. The album will be released in its standard edition, as well for a limited edition with a DVD which will include live footage of “TRAP,” “Seventeen Rendezvous” and “TOUGH BOY” from MEG’s 10th anniversary party held in June, as well as a short documentary and a “TRAP” PV making-of. The DVD is also expected to contain several PVs.

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Source: Natalie.mu, themegfiles



COMEBACK OF THE NEW DECADE TBQH! Can't say I'm excited on the title (at least for now), I know it's a play on words since MEG is in fashion and all but it just sounds... like obnoxious chat speak? lol. Still really excited however! I'm really liking the song titles and list of producers. Already pre-order the limited edition, I hope this month goes by quickly~

Namie Amuro Live Goods Revealed & Past Albums&Live Re-issue





Namie Amuro Official Website revealed all the goods of her upcoming live in Okinawa.
Namie will be reenacting some of her old cd jackets in her tour phamlet.
There are also iphone and ipad cases available for sale.
To check out all the goods,
CLICK HERE

Also, Namie will be RE-releasing all her albums(Except Uncontrolled) and live DVD&Blu-Ray(Except SO CRAZY tour and LIVE STYLE 2011) under avex label in a cheaper price version.
The price of all her albums will be ¥ 1,500 each.
The price of her live dvd and bluray will be ¥ 2,400 and ¥ 2,900 each.

Source: 1 & 2


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New unit, ANFLA, to release first album, Unlimited



ANFLA is a female trio formed with well-known Niconico utaite, Wotamin, Vivienne and Kakichoco. They will be releasing their first album on September 12th, 2012. The title of the album is 'Unlimited'. The name ANFLA is combination of the word 'anti' and 'flatter'.

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source: 1, 2, wotamin, Vivienne, Kakichoco, Miss-simplicity @ tumblr

Head’s up, Kamenashi sweat might fall on crowds during DREAM BOYS



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KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi
and the cast of stage show DREAM BOYS had their first full run through on September 2 and said they hope to have a injury-free season, reports News 24.

Kamenashi, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome, Kis-My-Ft2′s Yuta Tamamori, Toshiya Miyata and Kento Senga will spend most of September performing the stage show, which has been performed by Johnny’s talents since 2004. The coming of age story features songs, dance, flying acrobatics, and even boxing.

Afterwards, Kamenashi told reporters at the rehearsal he was happy there were not any problems during the rehearsal.

“It was my first time going through the whole show on stage. I was a little nervous.”

It has been reported Kamenashi was not the only person who was nervous. The production team have been double checking all safety measures for their lead man ever since Japanese kabuki performer Somegoro Ichikawa had broken some bones after falling during his own stage performance.

“You have no idea what could happen so we’re doing our best to keep an eye on things and I need to keep reminding myself that what I’m doing is dangerous. I hope Somegoro-san make it back on stage as soon as possible,” Kamenashi said.


This DREAM BOYS season will feature flying acrobatics for the first time since 2010. The stunt was taken out of last year’s season because frequent aftershocks from the March 11 Japan Earthquake had meant it was not safe enough to carry them out. It has been reported fans will get to see some new flying acrobatic sequences too, and Kamenashi said he can do them because his fans are there watching him.

“To be honest, today was the first time I’ve been able to pull off this stunt. It makes a huge difference when there are people in the seats, they give me confidence,” he said.


It has been reported one reporter at yesterday’s rehearsal noticed Kamenashi had the longest time in the air, and said to the Johnny’s talent that “you’re dropping ‘Kame-jiru (referring to his sweat)’. Are you concerned some of it might fall on your fans?”

“I know. But I take a shower at least four times a day so don’t worry,” Kamenashi said.

Kamenashi also said he was looking forward to how fans would react to his performance with Yaotome, Tamamori, Miyata, and Senga this season.

“The five of us made this stage to bring out the best in us, and I think you’ll be able to see different parts of it throughout the show.”

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A.B.C-Z member injured but more than ready for stage show




One of Johnny’s Jr. group A.B.C-Z’s members might be injured, but yesterday the group had showed they were staying positive for the start of their new stage show season, reports Sankei Sports.

It is the second year in a row A.B.C-Z take the lead roles in “少年たち (Shonen-tachi)“, which starts its season in Tokyo on September 4.

It has been reported group member Ryoichi Tsukada, who specialises in acrobatics, had tore a ligament in his left leg during rehearsals last month.  Although this means he can’t perform any stunts until his leg recovers, the A.B.C-Z member said he was optimistic about the situation.

“I might not be able to do acrobatics, but I’m more enthusiastic than ever!”

Fellow group member Ryosuke Hashimoto had joked it could be worth coming to see the show while Tsukada is recovering.

“This might be the only time you’ll ever see Tsuka-chan not doing acrobatics.”

It has been reported Kansai Johnny’s Jr. member Akito Kiriyama said their talents were worth seeing as well.
“The Kansai team have come back better than last year, I think we’ll be some fierce competition for the other [Johnny's Jr. from Tokyo],” he said.

“Yeah, but one of ours is injured…,” A.B.C-Z member Fumito Kawai said.



Source & photo: momoedgewood

LUNA SEA to hold Zepp tour starting November + Christmas live





Rock band LUNA SEA has revealed that they will be holding a live tour called “The End of the Dream ZEPP TOUR 2012 ‘Kourin’” starting in November.

This tour was decided after tickets for the LUNA SEA’s upcoming Osaka-jo Hall and Nippon Budokan concerts sold out just after one day. The band will perform at live houses in Japan for the first time since their fan club tour back in 2000.

Additionally, LUNA SEA will be holding a Christmas live on December 24th at Sendai Sun Plaza Hall. This will serve as the second part of their Tohoku Earthquake reconstruction support live ‘LUNA SEA For JAPAN A Promise to The Brave‘.

You can check out the tour dates below.

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<The End of the Dream ZEPP TOUR 2012 “Kourin”>

Friday, November 16th – Zepp Namba (Osaka)
Saturday, November 17th – Zepp Namba (Osaka)
Sunday, November 18th – Zepp Namba (Osaka)
Friday, November 23rd – Zepp Nagoya (Aichi)
Saturday, November 24th – Zepp Nagoya (Aichi)
Sunday, November 25th – Zepp Nagoya (Aichi)
Saturday, December 1st – Zepp Fukuoka (Fukuoka)
Sunday, December 2nd – Zepp Fukuoka (Fukuoka)
Saturday, December 8th – Zepp Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Sunday, December 9th – Zepp Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Friday, December 14th – Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
Saturday, December 15th – Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)
Sunday, December 16th – Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)

<LUNA SEA For JAPAN A Promise to The Brave 2012 in Sendai>

Monday, December 24th – Sendai Sun Plaza Hall (Miyagi)


Source: natalie & tokyohive

Sato Takeru’s ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ to be released in 64 countries




It’s been revealed that actor Sato Takeru’s starring film, ‘Rurouni Kenshin‘, will be released in 64 countries worldwide!

This was announced on September 2nd during a stage greeting for the movie. Sato expressed, “Since before we started filming, director Otomo Keishi and I talked about releasing this to the world, so I’m happy our dream has come true.

In the first 8 days after its premiere, ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ pulled in over 1.21 billion yen (over $15 million USD) at the box office. Since then, it’s been receiving offers for distribution from various countries. Director Otomo commented, “I knew it originally had a good theme, so I’m happy to see this outcome.

Takei, who plays the heroine in the film, stated, “I’m embarrassed, but I’m excited to see what kind of reaction we will receive from overseas. I want to go overseas with everyone!

Although this was a surprise stage greeting, the theater was filled to capacity. Sato expressed relief saying, “I’m really happy. I wanted many people to watch it, so I have advertised it more than ever. I feel everyone’s feelings were rewarded.” Takei added, “This is my first stage greeting after it’s been screened. Today has become a special day.


Source & Image: Oricon via Yahoo! Japan

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