January 7th, 2013

Watch out Kohaku, Nakai wants CD solo debut despite pitch problem

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On January 6th, a launch event was held in FujiTV Odaiba, Tokyo to commemorate the release of SMAP member Nakai Masahiro (40) photo album collection in plain clothes, “Shifuku-darake no Nakai Masahiro zōkan-gō ~ kagayaite ~ Part 2″.

In the said event Nakai got to interact with 1100 fans and talk about his CD Solo Debut, “I’ve been saying this for the past 25 years but the office does not make any move for me. If I make it, I’m sure I’ll appear in Kohaku”, causing laughter among the audience. His photobook has sold 330,000 units, he declares his goal is to sell just as much copies of his debut single.

In last years NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen, SMAP reached the higher ratings among all performances with 49.4% and they’ve been holding onto this title for 3 years, Nakai commented, “I’m honestly really happy”. During Kohaku rehearsals he was constantly pointed out because of his pitch issues by Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (38), “Within myself it’s perfect. I’m not worried about anything”.

Source | Hochi Yomiuri, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports amp; Sankei Sports via jenewsdaily


For those who never heard Nakai sing, watch this;





LOL...what do you think, Arama? should Nakai release a CD solo debut?

Do you want Nakai to release a single solo CD debut?

Yes he can do it even with pitch problem
106(22.1%)
No stay with SMAP
243(50.7%)
Maybe he can try
81(16.9%)
I dunno never heard him sing
49(10.2%)


Masuda Yuka’s withdrawal from DiVA announced

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On AKB48’s official blog, it was announced that Masuda Yuka who ended her activities as an AKB48 member last December, withdrew from the group’s sub-unit DiVA as well.

DiVA is a dance & vocal unit that was originally formed with AKB48 members Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Umeda Ayaka, and Masuda. Later, they added 6 more members to the unit. Masuda was treated as a member of DiVA even after her withdrawal from AKB48, however, on the blog post that was made on January 7th, they officially announced that she’s withdrawn from DiVA as well.

According to the AKB48 theater manager, Togasaki Tomonobu’s Google+, DiVA is still scheduled to appear on “Unit Matsuri” (to be held on January 23rd) event as it’s planned.

Source & Image: Cinematoday, tokyohive

Tokyo Cheer② Party to make their major label debut this summer

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On January 6th, 18-member group Tokyo Cheer② Party held their first hall concert at Nakano ZERO, Tokyo, where it was announced that they would be making a major debut under Victor Entertainment this summer.

When the MC made the surprise announcement, the group’s leader Sawa Miho burst into tears, hugging her fellow members. The audience of 500 also blessed them with many “Congratulations!” cheers.

Sawa said, “This is the year to make things happen. We would like to win through this idol warring era!

Tokyo Cheer② Party was formed back in 2010, and they have released 4 singles and 1 album.

Source & Image: Sanspo, tokyohive

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Passes 1 Million Twitter Followers




Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's twitter account has more than 1 million followers, showing the fashionista's immense popularity.

"I have over 1,000,00 followers?!? AWESOOOME!!!!!" she tweeted in excitement after reaching this achievement.

In celebration of the milestone, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu wants to do something special for her fans who have helped her become a national icon.

"I want to do a free concert or something. I'll talk to the company president about it," she tweeted.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been an active tweeter, creating her official twitter account on November 27th, 2010. She is one of the most followed Japanese celebrities on the social media service.


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Amuro Namie to release her 5-Dome tour on DVD & Blu-ray + teaser clip

Amuro Namie’s nationwide tour, ‘namie amuro 5-dai Dome TOUR 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~“, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 27th.

To commemorate her 20th anniversary, Amuro held 8 concerts in 5 locations (Fukuoka, Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya, and Tokyo) for a total of 340,000 people. The set list was chosen by roughly 800,000 votes from her fans.

The DVD and Blu-ray will feature 30 songs Amuro performed during the tour. The limited editions will come with an additional 2 live albums.

Check out the track list and teaser below!

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<namie amuro 5-dai Dome TOUR 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~>

01. Body Feels EXIT
02. How to be a Girl
03. Hot Girls
04. NAKED
05. Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!
06. Get Myself Back
07. GIRL TALK
08. NEW LOOK
09. Go Round
10. In The Spotlight(TOKYO)
11. Fight Together
12. You′re my sunshine
13. Don’t wanna cry
14. RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE
15. NEVER END
16. a walk in the park
17. SWEET 19 BLUES
18. Love Story
19. Damage
20. Break It
21. YEAH-OH
22. Chase the Chance
23. Let’s Go
24. TRY ME ~Watashi wo Shinjite~
25. Taiyou no SEASON
26. Aishite Muscat
27. Baby Don’t Cry
28. CAN YOU CELEBRATE?
29. ONLY YOU
30. Say the word






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