June 28th, 2013

  • glider

SAWA celebrates 5th anniversary with live show, two new live EPs + produces songs for idol groups

SAWA recently held a live show to celebrate her fifth anniversary debut, where she performed a brand new song titled StarlightPavilion. Clips from her performance, the set list, upcoming releases, and her recent idol productions with groups One Little Kiss and Especia below:

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Sources: PlanetSAWA, SAWA's live anniversary clip, One Little Kiss talking, Especia's performance
  • aibada

Kamenashi Kazuya to star in new drama "Tokyo Bandwagon"

Kamenashi will be starring in the upcoming drama "Tokyo Bandwagon" (tentative title), which will air every Saturday at 21:00 JST on NTV starting October 2013.

The drama is a family drama, and Kamenashi will be playing Hotta Ao, the main character. The storyline - based on the novels by Shoji Yukiya - will revolve around the Hotta family who runs a second-hand bookstore in Tokyo, as they are involved in a series of peculiar incidents.

Hotta Ao is a 26-year-old freelance (?) travel tour guide. The gap between his apparently superficial speech and conduct and the sorrowful expressions he accidentally shows makes him a playboy helplessly loved by women, but when he meets the University student Makino Suzumi, he wholeheartedly falls in love.

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source : KAT-TUNworldwide, youtube


Top 10 bestselling singles, albums, DVDs in the first half of 2013 (Oricon)

1) Sayonara Crawl - AKB48 (1,926,445)

2) So long! - AKB48 (1,126,674)

3) Calling / Breathless - Arashi (879,129)

4) Choco no Dourei - SKE48 (671,623)

5) EXILE PRIDE ~ Konna sekai wo aisuru tame ~ EXILE (582,525)

6) Endless Game - Arashi (516,216)

7) My Resistance - Tashikana mono - / Unmei Girl - Kiss-My-Ft2 (373,149)

8) Hesomagari / Koko ni shikanai keshiki - Kanjani 8 (328,538)

9) Joy!! - SMAP (327,505)

10) Seifuku Mannequin - Nogisaka 46 (303,474)

1) Teppen Tottan de! - NMB48 (411,800)

2) Funky Monkey Babys LAST BEST - FUNKY MONKEY BABYS (365,021)


4) TIME - Tohoshinki (292,623)

5) MIRACLE - Sandaime J-Soul Brothers (262,933)

6) Good Ikuze! - Kis-My-Ft2 (260,324)

7) Baradon - Ikimonogakari (258,822)

8) 5th Dimension - Momoiro Clover Z (223,192)

9) Take Me Home - One Direction (221,978)

10) Matsutoya Yumi 40th anniversary best album Nihon no koi to, Yumin to - Matsutoya Yumi

1) AraFes - Arashi (785,949)

2) ARASHI LIVE TOUR Popcorn - Arashi (680,798)

3) namie amuro 5 Major Domes 2012 ~ 20th Anniversary Best ~ - Amuro Namie (213,085)

4) KANJANI 8 LIVE TOUR! BEST ~ Minna no omoi wa dou nan dai? Bokura no omoi wa mugendai!! - Kanjani 8 (208,949)

5) YOSHIO - new member - Kis-My-Ft2 (140,948)

6) Mr.Children TOUR POPSAURUS 2012 - Mr.Children (93,613)

7) NEWS LIVE TOUR 2012 ~ Utsukushii koi ni suru yo - NEWS (86,129)


9) Twinkle Twinkle A.B.C-Z - A.B.C.-Z (70,393)

10) B'z LIVE GYM 2005 - CIRCLE OF ROCK - B'z (69,291)


Ayumi Hamasaki Reportedly Dating Younger White Male Since This Spring

According to a report in "Seven Women" magazine, Ayumi Hamasaki is in a relationship with a younger, white male.

The two reportedly met each other in Los Angeles where the man was a coordinator. After a long period of friendship, the two began dating during this past spring.

Photos of the supposed couple holding hands were published by "Seven Women".


According to a TV broadcast the same day as the magazine's report, Hamasaki and her new boyfriend went on a romantic getaway to a luxurious hotel in Bali. The resort cost ¥700,000 a night ($7,000 USD).

"I quickly discovered that he was a special person to Ayu. They were snuggling and seem concerned about the public eye," a witness to the vacation stated in regards to the man Hamasaki was with.

"They are together and are settling down," someone close to the singer stated.

Ayumi Hamasaki has had a tumultuous love life for the past few years. On January 1, 2011, the singer announced that she was getting married to Manuel Schwarz, an Austrian actor she met in August of 2010 while filming her music video "Virgin Road". The two filed for divorce a year later on January 16, 2012.

On November 14, 2012, Hamasaki revealed that she was dating her back-up dancer Uchiyama Maroka, commonly known as Maro. The relationship was short lived and ended in January of 2013.


Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

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Idol group, NMB48 have reached the top spot in the singles chart with their 7th single, "Bokura no Eureka". This is their highest first week sales as well as their best-selling single so far, surpassing their 4th single, "Nagiichi" (May last year) which sold 376k in the first week and 451k in total. Their first album, "Teppen Tottande!" which was released in February this year is the no.1 album for the first half of 2013, achieving it as only the 2nd female group to do so since Pink Lady made it 35 years ago. In addition of topping the singles chart 6 times as well as 3 consecutive no.1 singles, it is also their 3rd year in a row to successfully reach no.1 since their debut single, "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo" (July 2011). Other female artists who have spent 3 consecutive years at no.1 since debut are Matsuda Seiko (1980~), Yakushimaru Hiroko (1981~), Nakamori Akina (1982~), and Morning Musume (1998~).

In the albums chart, popular rock unit, B'z have achieved no.1 and no.2 rankings for the second consecutive week with their 25th anniversary best albums, "B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998" and "B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012" respectively. The last time an artist has reached the top 2 spots in the albums chart for two weeks in a row was one year and one month ago with Mr.Children who achieved it with "Mr.Children 2005-2010" and "Mr.Children 2001-2005" respectively. As for B'z, the last time they reached no.1 for two weeks in a row was 14 years and 8 months ago when "B'z The Best "Treasure"" (September 1998) topped the chart for three consecutive weeks.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2013. New release in bold.
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Congrats once more to B'z! GReeeeN May J., NMB and EXILE too!

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