September 13th, 2012

SMAP's Shingo and Yamapi to release single under special unit "The MONSTERS"


Katori Shingo from SMAP and Yamashita Tomohisa will be forming a special unit "The MONSTERS". The two stars of TBS autumn drama "MONSTERS" will be singing the theme song for their drama, which they also co-wrote together. The song, also titled "MONSTERS", has already been included as track in SMAP's 20th album "GIFT of SMAP", but it will be released as a single by the "The MONSTERS".

The single is planned for release on 15th November, and will also include a remix version of "MONSTERS" and a cover of Pink Lady's "Monster" as coupling tracks.

For anyone who hasn't heard this awesome song:

Source: 1, 2

Big Bang’s Seungri is being implicated in a sex scandal in Japan

The SNS world began blowing up on September 13 after famous Japanese gossip magazine, Friday recently printed some risqué photos of the Big Bang member under the title, ‘Big Bang V.I’s (Seungri’s name in Japan) Sleeping Habit’.

In it, a man who appears to be Seungri is seen shirtless and sleeping in bed in close up shots

The gossip magazine alleges that the pictures came from a woman who spent the night with him, with the woman purporting that Seungri had a habit of choking her and being violent during sexual intercourse.

The magazine also quoted the woman as saying, “He ejaculated on my chest and just threw me a towel and didn’t even wipe [the semen]. He didn’t even kiss at all [during intercourse].”

So far, YG Entertainment has not spoken about the matter nor has a confirmation been made the person in the pictures is Seungri but many netizens are saying the pictures are unmistakably the Big Bang member.

Netizens have also been divided in thoughts and opinion over the matter with some saying the story sounds fabricated and fluffed, especially since it comes from a gossip magazine, while others are alleging the article was made to purposely try and bring the singer down.

Source: enewsworld.mnet

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

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Popular duo, Kobukuro have achieved the no.1 spot in the albums chart with their 2nd best album, "ALL SINGLES BEST 2." The duo have been in hiatus due to Kobuchi Kentaro's health condition since August last year. This marks 2 years since the last time they reached the top spot in singles or albums chart. This is their 6th consecutive no.1 album. The last time they surpassed the 300k mark was with their original studio album, "5296" (December 2007, 391k in the first week, 1.428 million copies in total), 4 years and 9 months ago. Their first best album, "ALL SINGLES BEST" (September 2006, 3.044 million copies in total so far) also jumped from 161st place to 39th place this week, returning to the Top 50 since 4 years and 4 months ago. 

In the singles chart, popular Johnny's group from Kansai, Kanjani∞ reached the top spot with their 8th anniversary's 3rd single, "Aoppana." This is their 3rd consecutive single this year to have surpassed the 200k mark. Including the debut single released as movie characters 'Eight Ranger', "ER" (July this year), this is their 9th consecutive no.1 single (out of 17 no.1 singles overall). since their debut single, "Naniwa Iroha Bushi" (Kansai-only release in August 2004), it may be the first time for the group to reach 10 consecutive no.1 singles. The title track is the theme song to the TV Asahi drama, "Boys on the Run" starring member Maruyama Ryuhei (28). 

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2012. New release in bold.

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Congrats to Eito and Kobukuro! Glad to see Kana and EXILE TRIBE also doing fine. A bit disappointed at YUI's sales though.

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

Kindaichi SP Films in Hong Kong

Hey! Say! JUMP’s members Yamada Ryosuke and Daiki Arioka, together with Japanese actress Kawaguchi Haruna were filming a Japanese TV drama «Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo» this morning (12.09.2012) at the North Point, Hong Kong.

Yamada Ryosuke and Kawaguchi Haruna both wearing school uniform, playing the roles of Kindaichi and Nanase Miyuki respectively. The scene filmed involves Yamada taking two packages (looks like the kind of buns with meat or red beans inside it to me) and put them on his chest while twisting his body looking so funny. Upon seeing this, Kawaguchi Haruna then took a book and use it to hit his head, and later even twists his ear. Next to them, Daiki Arioka holding a camcorder and videotaping them.

The Japanese are so serious when doing their jobs, everytime they completed a scene they’ll arrange back all the filming props. There were about 50 fans gathering at the filming location, adding all the other pedestrians, there were around a hundred of people watching.

(Translated, excuse the small lingual alterations.)

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credits HKnews1, HKnews2, Mingpao trans credit here

lmao Dai-chan, the changes they did to you, you're looking too much of  a kohai now. & Yamada arrives w/ his LV bag :O

Chinen Yuri and Takaki Yuya Challenge 2,000km Across France

Hey!Say!JUMP’s Chinen Yuri and Takaki Yuya challenge a trip to France where they covered a distance of 2,000 km via local train. Their trip will be called “J’J Hey!Say!JUMP Takaki Yuya and Chinen Yuri- futari kkiri furansu juudan kakueki teisha no tabi-“. The two will travel without the help of staffs and interpreters. Both of them are looking forward to their own growth in regards with this travel challenge.

“A journey is like a man’s romance, I’m hoping to see the best sights,” Takaki shared. As fired-up as Takaki, Chinen said he is looking forward to make some new friends.

Starting from Paris, the two will ride the railway train to cross France toward Mont Saint-Michel to Nice.

Anxious as they were, they can’t help but be excited because they were not sure what will happen during the trip. “I wonder what will change or develop with our friendship after this trip,” Takaki muses.

Lacking the knowledge of French language, Takaki said he was nervous at first, “French language is so mess-up, I can’t understand a thing”. He shared how confused they were the moment they arrived at the airport.

As for Yuri, he did learn two words, “bonjour” and “Merci beaucoup“, although he added that it was still useless during the trip.

The program will follow the format of Yamashita Tomohisa‘s “Route 66” and Kisumai‘s Kitayama Hiromitsu‘s “Solo Backpack in India“. Both of them traveled alone without any aide.

“J’J Hey!Say!JUMP Takaki Yuya and Chinen Yuri- futari kiri furansu juudan kakueki teisha no tabi-” will air on Oct 1st at 1:29 AM (JST).

credits: NTV, here and here

These 2 are adorable together. But of all pairs in HSJ, it has to be these 2? Will they ever manage, lol.


AKB48 to be featured in Disney’s animated movie “Wreck-It Ralph”

In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new movie “Wreck-It Ralph”, bad guy Ralph goes on an adventure with other video game characters to prove that he is really a good guy.

The video games Ralph travels to go from the ‘80s up to our modern day video games and one of the best ways to differentiate these games is through their music. Producer Clark Spencer said, “Music is another way to set the stage and make these worlds completely different.” The score has been composed by composer Henry Jackman (“Winnie the Pooh,” “X-Men: First Class”).

However, the filmmakers took it to the next step and got unexpected artists to help. One of those artists will be AKB48. AKB48 will be featured in the video game ‘Sugar Rush’, which is described as a candy-coated cart-racing game in a land of sweets. Spencer said, “We’ve always thought of Sugar Rush – with its nod to anime – as a game that may have originated in Japan. So we went to Japan and got the hottest J-pop group to perform the song that really sets the tone for the ‘90s-era cart-racing game: young and hip.

AKB48’s new song for the film is appropriately titled, “Sugar Rush”.

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ will hit theaters on November 2, 2012 and the soundtrack will be available on October 30, 2012.


Instrumental group Te' release PV from upcoming album


te’ released their brand new MV for “楽観の深奥で燻る魔は、万人が宿す普遍的無意識の『罪』の残滓” [Demons smoldering in the depths of optimism are the remains of the 'sins' of universal unconsciousness carried by all people."]

The music of te' is so aggressive and emotional with its heavy sound and tremendous roar. That is one of the reasons why their music was sometimes compared to hardcore music. Not only the heaviness, but they play so delicately a beautiful melody methodically and tightly. To express these two completely different senses at the same time, the music of te' doesn't need vocals at all. One big reason why te' is now getting offers to play in another countries like U.S.A, Asia, is because of their high quality of their stage. Everyone who watches their stage, they won't believe how they play those music with their aggressive stage performances. There is a completely new scene ahead for the audiences who have experienced the music of te'.
  which has nothing BTW :/

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*different song from the above


i am luving what i am hearing<3
had no idea their was such thing as instrumental groups....glad i know now
....nice pv too!