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Rola has continued her reign as one of the most influential and popular talents despite highly publicized issues with her office and scandals involving her family members. Within the past few years, Rola has become much more focused on environmental issues and promoting a very “clean” / healthy lifestyle. While still doing standard talent content […]
It was been said that the advent of streaming has led to a decrease in album listening. To show the charm of albums, a group of music professionals presented a list of 12 albums on this week’s episode that they regard as JPop masterpiece albums. Three of these professionals were guests on this week’s episode: […]
On May 7, CRYSTAL will release their second album, “Reflection Overdrive.” This album comes on the heels of last year’s “Ecco Funk EP”, which was inspired by the 1992 Sega video game “Ecco the Dolphin.” On their new album, CRYSTAL returns to their roots by taking a retro-futurist approach to synths, but with a bold, […]
We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped the charts this week 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music. 4/22/91 Album: Himuro Kyosuke – Higher Self (second […]
A live-action drama series for the popular manga “Hakozume: Koban Josshi no Gyakushu” has been announced! Leading the show will be Erika Toda and Mei Nagano, and is set to begin airing on Nippon TV beginning in July. The manga series made it’s debut in November 2017 in the weekly Seinen manga magazine Moring. It […]
Last November Masahiko Kondo (56), whose primary achievements include being one of the largest stars in the 1980s only to disappear and cheating on Akina Nakamori with Seiko Matsuda, was caught having a five year affair with a 31 year old woman. While he has kept private since, Shukan Bunshun has learned that he will […]
Over the past couple of months with the debut of groups like NiziU and JO1 there has been a rise of what I would call “popularity alarmism”. This is a feeling that is very real on both sides of the strait with K-pop fans becoming alarmed by the number of non-Koreans in K-pop, and J-pop […]
As previously reported, YUKI will release her new album, “Terminal”, on April 28. The album will contain 13 songs, including both songs from her last single, “Baby, it’s you / My lovely ghost.” “Terminal” will be released in a CD+DVD limited edition and a CD only regular edition, with the limited edition DVD containing the […]
Fuji TV’s “Night Doctor” to feature star studded cast Haru, Kei Tanaka, Yuta Kishi, Takumi Kitamura & Sae Okazaki
FujiTV has announced a brand new drama that is sure to be a hit, a new medical based series titled “Night Doctor“. The theme for the drama is quite topical, as it will focus on Japan’s emergency medical care system which is currently suffering from a huge labor shortage. The doctors are becoming overwhelmed with […]
As previously reported, Hey! Say! JUMP will release their new single, “Negative Fighter”, on May 12. They previously released a music video for the song in which they appeared as “neo avatars.” The group has now released another video for the song, this time as their human selves. Check it out below, along with the […]
GENIC’s ‘Fruits Basket: The Final’ ending theme, ‘Haru Urara’, gets new music video featuring scenes from the anime
‘Haru Urara’, the ending theme song to TV anime ‘Fruits Basket: The Final’, has a new music video that features gorgeous scenes and illustrations from the anime. The song by GENIC is a mid-tempo ballad that is ideal for the arrival of spring, with positive messages...
On April 24, the final episode of “CHUANG 2021” aired. The top eleven members debuted as “INTO1.” The group’s name stems from “eleven international members, selected by viewers via the internet, coming together as one.” Three out of the five contestants that Avex sent to be on the show debuted in INTO1. WARPs UP‘s SANTA […]
One of the main issues with being a 48 Group fan (not to belittle the literal millions of issues this entire institution has) was probably that stages tend to be the single most hyped musical release you can get as a fan, and ultimately the hype tends to eclipse what you actually get. That was […]
Bushiroad USA Inc.（Walnut, California）has announced the release of “BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia I : Promise” starting May 22nd, 7:00 PM (PDT) and “BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II : Song I am.” starting July 24th, 7:00 PM (PDT) on the online streaming platform,...
On April 21, Daichi Miura will release his new single, “Backwards.” The song serves as the campaign song for “adidas 2021 S/S Collection.” Daichi appears in commercial for the collection, along with Hirose Alice. “Backwards” will be released in three editions: CD+Blu-ray, CD+DVD, and CD only. Three B-sides are included on this single. The second […]
On April 21, Crystal Kay will release her first cover, “I SING.” The 13 songs on the album, which were chosen via a fan survey, span from the early Heisei era to today. “I SING” sees Crystal covering an array of artists, including Ken Hirai, Official HIGE DANdism, EXILE, RADWIMPS, and BUMP OF CHICKEN. Several […]
This week’s episode was a three hour special. This week’s guests were EXILE, A.B.C-Z, Sakurazaka46, DA PUMP, Shimajirou to Nakamatachi, Keropons, AKB48, Sanrio no Character-tachi, Foorin, Macaroni Enpitsu, Nishikawa Takanori, Oda Sakura, Diamond✡Yukai, Crystal Kay, Kawasaki Takaya, Daichi Miura, SEVENTEEN, and Moriyama Naotaro. Watch here EXILE – Choo Choo TRAIN (CDTV Special Ver.) A.B.C-Z – […]
Snow Man member Hikaru Iwamoto is the cover boy for the 809th issue of the fitness magazine Tarzan, out April 22. He started his muscle training after losing at arm wrestling. He is currently focused on intensively training for his forearms for the TBS show “SASUKE.” This month’s issue has a theme which translates as […]