Nogizaka46 2nd Photobook “1 Jikan Okure no I love you”

15 Aug

Idol group Nogizaka46 2nd photobook “1 Jikan Okure no I love you” released on 5th August 2016 came in top in the Books section of Oricon Chart, with 41,000 sales.

Filming took place overseas in Guam. The girls donned themselves in beach fashion and were filmed having fun under the skies and in the sea. A highlight is also their swimwear fashion.

Sample pics below:


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Kinki Kids to release “N Album”

15 Aug

Kinki Kids will be releasing their 15th album “N album” on 21st September 2016.

The theme for this album is “naked & natural”. Domoto Tsuyoshi and Domoto Koichi will blend their natural selves as solo artistes.


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Fujii sisters to make subunit debut as “ShuuKaRen”

15 Aug

Fujii Shuuka and Fujii Karen of E-girls will make their subunit debut under the title of “ShuuKaRen”, and release their first single “Universe” on the 5th October 2016.

Their single was the CM song for Beats headphones, which the sisters were endorsement models for in April.

Shuuka is the dance rep in “Flower” and her younger sister Karen is vocalist for “Happiness”. They are fashion models for “JJ” magazine.

In this debut single, Shuuka will showcase her vocals for the first time while Karen will challenge rapping. Karen commented “I want us to realise lots of dreams together. We want to show a performance that only sisters can put on.”

You can hear a snippet of the song in CM video above.


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Arashi to release Olympic single “Power of the Paradise”

15 Aug

Arashi’s 50th single “Power of the Paradise” will be released on 14th September 2016. This is the theme song for Nihon TV’s “Rio De Janiero 2016” show, which Sakurai Sho is main caster for.

This is a support song encouraging everyone to scale for greater heights.



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SMAP officially disbanding

15 Aug

SMAP announced their disbandment on midnight of 13th August 2016.

On 10th August 2016, Kimura was in Hawaii for an annual family vacation when the rest went to Johnny Kitagawa to apply for disbandment. Nakai was more neutral and wanted the group to stay together, but Shingo/Tsuyoshi/Goro were convinced they should disband. They did not wish to go on hiatus and give fans a false hope of returning.

The group will disband at the end of this year, thereafter each will continue with solo work.

At this point in time, there are no plans for a disbandment concert or press conference. However, according to an emergency survey by Sports Hochi, 83% of respondents(769 people) are hoping for them to appear in this year’s NHK Kohoku Uta Gassen.


 Bunshun report: Reason for disbandment, the “Kimura Distrust”

“This is not a problem which started today or yesterday. We were “broken” 15 years ago. But we continued for 10 years. Please understand this.”

This was apparently what Shingo and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi said to Kousugi Ryuzo, the agency’s consultant/advisor, in their face-to-face meetings after the disbandment saga early this year.

What happened 15 years ago, was Kimura’s flash marriage to Kudo Shizuka. His marriage was disapproved by Iljima, a mother-like manager of SMAP for many years.

Details will be published in 17th August 2016 issue of Bunshun.


Details of talks with Johnny Kitagawa revealed

2 talks in early June 2016 took place with all 5 gathered. The agenda was an upcoming music show appearance in July. According to a TV personnel, Johnny Kitagawa(84) went as far as to persuade them with  “After all, i’m already at this age.” He also tried to convince them to do a 25th anniversary concert citing fan expectations.

That did not cause Katori Shingo(39) and others to change their minds. They did not want to do the 25th anniversary concert nor Kouhaku Uta Gassen nor continue with SMAP x SMAP. The conclusion – they did not wish to continue with SMAP.

The troubled Johnny Kitagawa then said “Then, what do you want to do?”

Katori Shingo was in a deep feud with Kimura Takuya(43), over the resignation of their ex-manager Iljima who took responsibilty after the SMAP disbandment saga early this year. A related personnel said “there is a deep sense of loss, and he’s lost his passion for everything”.

If it were previous years, going on hiatus wouldn’t be a problem. But SMAP is welcoming their 25th anniversary in September, so there was a pressing need to announce their upcoming activities. When asked if he wanted to disband or go on hiatus, Shingo and others were just “okay with either”. When Johnny Kitagawa proposed that they go on hiatus, the guys changed their minds and opted to disband.


SNH48 3rd Senbatsu Sousenkyo: Live Streaming Tonight!

30 Jul

Not jpop, but this so watch-able! 48 fans will probably be see why 48Group and China broke up.

胡彦斌加盟SNH48总决选 携鸟叔、陶喆共襄盛举

SNH48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo will be happening tonight. This event will be a star-studded show with appearances from singers PSY, David Tao, Hu Yan Bin and Hunan TV host Shen Meng Chen. It will be broadcasted on Guangdong TV at 9.10pm. There will also be a live streaming on their official YouTube channel starting ~7pm.


The 3 singers will have different roles in the Sousenkyo, with PSY continuing to mentor the girls and them collaborating with him in a performance. David Tao will be writing a song for the top senbatsu while Hu Yan Bin will presenting awards to the winners.


Will top member Ju Jing Yi break Sashihara Rino’s record?

Currently placed 1st in the preliminary rankings with 120,000 votes, Ju Jing Yi aka Kiku chan will likely break Sashihara Rino’s record of 240,000 votes tonight.

She will also don a 100,000 RMB dress and transform into a “night goddess”.




1st Place: Ju Jing Yi  ~230,750 votes
2nd Place: Li Yi Tong ~170,000 votes
3rd Place: Huang Tingting ~130,000 votes

In essence, the key members of SNH48 have managed to double,triple and even quadruple their votes to reach the level AKB48 are at now, all within a year’s time. The growth of SNH48 is terrifying.

And AKS is dumb for letting them go..

Compilation of NEWS “Koi wo Shiranai Kimi e”

10 Jul

Because i love ballads…will be updated if i see more..

Love Music


The Music Day

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Nogizaka46 take selcas for “Hadashi de Summer” single covers

10 Jul

[Updated with MV]

Nogizaka46 15th single “Hadashi de Summer” will be released on 27th July 2016.

The MV was filmed in Okinawa in the middle of June, mainly around Nago and Ginoza. It portrays the girls aiming for the skies with their own strengths, while enjoying themselves irregardless of the time.

Their jacket covers feature selfies of the members, showing their natural selves.

Center is Saito Asuka.


I dun really like the sound but these girls look beautiful…great styling efforts here!


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CM Kings and Queens for 1st half 2016

10 Jul

According to Nihon Monitor, the CM King and Queen so far in 2016 are Arashi’s Aiba Masaki(3rd year in a row) and Matsuko Deluxe.

In essence, Arashi continues to sweep the men’s category while AKB48 disappeared entirely.

Men’s category:
1. Aiba Masaki (12 CMs)
2. Sakurai Sho, Nishikori Kei, Ninomiya Kazunari (11 CMs)
3. Matsumoto Jun (10 CMs)
4. Ohno Satoshi, Matsuoka Shuzo (9 CMs)
5. Nishijima Hidetoshi, Yutaka Matsushige (8 CMs)
6. Abe Hiroshi, Oguri Shun, Ayumu Goromaru, Suda Masaki, Daigo, Tamaki Hiroshi, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Mukai Osamu, (7 CMs)

Women’s category:
1. Matsuko Deluxe (12 CMs)
2. Kasumi Arimura, Hirose Suzue, Yoshida Yo  (11 CMs)
3. Rola  (10 CMs)
4. Ueto Aya, Ayase Haruka, Kiritani Mirei, Matsuoka Mayu (9 CMs)
5. Ishihara Satomi, Kimura Fumino, Takei Emi, Yamomoto Mizuki (8 CMs)
6. Ann, Kanno Miho, Taira Yuna, Nanao, Honda Tsubasa, Miyazaki Aoi, Watanabe Naomi, Yoshida Saori (7 CMs)


Disappearance of 48Group from the list

In the golden years of 2011, Oshima Yuko had 19 CMs, while Maeda Atsuko and Shinoda Mariko had 17. In the Top 20, more than half would come from AKB.

“CMs are also a barometer for popularity. We can see changes in the “national idol group” which is supported by a core group of fans through this ranking.” – idol magazine writer

This change could also be felt in Fuji TV’s broadcast of the 2016 Senbatsu Sousenkyo last month. The average ratings was 8.7% in Kanto region from 7pm to 9pm. Also, there were calls for TV networks to stop broadcasting and just stream on the Internet.

“AKB has failed in its generation succession. This year, people do not know anyone below the rank of Top 6 so CM offers will probably not come in. CMs are the biggest revenue for AKB, so the management would probably work their hardest to get income from other avenues. Recently, their theaters started selling limited edition photos and also replicas of the Sousenkyo trophies.”


Artistes to lookout for in latter half 2016

Dean Fujioka
The multilingual actor rose to popularity after acting as “Godai-sama” in “Asa ga Kita”. He had zero CMs last year but clinched 6 already this year.

Atsugiri Danielson
A comedian (actually IT employee) aka American In Japan who jokes about his difficulties learning Japanese. He had 2 CMs last year, and 5 this year.

Mitsuki Takahata & Yoshine Kyoko
Both are heroines in NHK morning dramas this year. Mitsuki Takahata is currently leading “Toto Neechan” with high ratings while Yoshine Kyoko is set to takeover the same slot in October with “Beppin san”. They have 3 or 4 CMs currently.


Kinki Kids to “Bara to Taiyou” for 20th anniversary

8 Jul

Kinki Kids’ new single “Bara to Taiyou” is set to release on 20th July 2016. The composer for this song is The Yellow Monkey’s Kazuya Yoshii and the photographer for their jacket covers is actor Saito Takumi.

The Kinki members  combine their individualistic colors in their MV, with Tsuyoshi helming his guitar and Koichi showing his sleek dance. Saito Takumi also tries to link up with the nostalgic feel of the song via his photography.

A live of the song below:



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