SALU to Release First Best Album

On June 22, SALU will release “LOVE”, his first best album. The album will contain 25 songs which were selected by fans via SALU’s Twitter. The songs on the album include his collaborations with Mika Nakashima and Salyu. Check out more information on “LOVE” below!
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Morning Musume. 18, THE ORAL CIGARETTES, Southern All Stars, and BLACKPINK Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 6/11 – 6/17

This week, Morning Musume. ’18 topped the Oricon single chart with their new single “Are you Happy? / A gonna”, selling 114,105 copies in its first week.

THE ORAL CIGARETTES topped the Oricon album chart with their new album “Kisses and Kills”, selling 25,350 copies in its first week.

Southern All Stars topped the Oricon digital single chart their new single “Tatakau Monotachi e Ai wo Komete”, selling 29,063 copies in its first week.

BLACKPINK topped the Oricon digital album chart with their new mini album “SQUARE UP”, selling 3,915 copies in its first week.

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#1 Song Review: Week of 6/4 – 6/10 (Sexy Zone v. Utada Hikaru v. Bodan Shonen Dan)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Utada Hikaru defeat AKB48 and Bodan Shonen Dan. Utada and Bodan Shonen Dan are back this week, facing off against a newcomer. Find out what Ronald thought of the songs that topped the singles charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

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Hiroshi Tamaki & Haruka Kinami to marry!

Actor Hiroshi Tamaki will be marrying actress Haruka Kinami! The exciting news was confirmed by both of their offices.

Tamaki and Kinami originally met 8 years ago, and started out as friends. The two eventually became really close and their friendship turned into a romantic relationship.

In April 2017 they got to work together in the Fuji TV drama series “Onna no Kunsho”. Set just after World War II the story follows a dressmaker who is trying to make a name for herself in the industry.  Read More

KAT-TUN, hitomi, Koda Kumi, King & Prince, Morning Musume. OG, and More Added to TV Tokyo Music Festival 2018 Lineup

On June 27, TV Tokyo Music Festival 2018 will air. The first set of acts performing on the show was previously announced and it includes the likes of V6, Ken Hirai, Morning Musume. ’18, and Mika Nakashima.

Thirteen new acts have now been added to the lineup! KAT-TUN and King & Prince will both be making their TV Tokyo Music Festival debuts this year. Morning Musume. OG will perform a special medley to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Morning Musume. hitomi and Koda Kumi will also perform on this year’s TV Tokyo Music Festival. See who else will be joining them below!

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CHEMISTRY to Release New Single “Heaven Only Knows / 13 Kagetsu”

On June 20, CHEMISTRY will release their second single after their comeback, “Heaven Only Knows / 13 Kagetsu”. The second A-side serves as the theme song for Nissin York’s web drama “Renewal Kazoku.”

“Heaven Only Knows / 13 Kagetsu” comes in three editions: a CD+DVD+Photobook limited edition, a CD only regular edition, and a vinyl edition. The DVD that comes with the limited edition features various music videos, live performances, and behind the scenes footage. The photobook that comes with the limited edition features 40 pages of content.

CHEMISTRY recently released the music video for “Heaven Only Knows.” The song sees the duo returning to a more R&B sound. “13 Kagetsu” can be heard in the trailer for “Renewal Kazoku.” Check out both videos below, along with more information on this release!

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Keito Okamoto to leave Hey! Say! JUMP, rumored due to “Improper behavior”

Tabloid Bunshun has received an exclusive scoop regarding Hey! Say! JUMP member Keito Okamoto, at the end of the month he will officially be withdrawing from the group.

Johnny & Associates has not released an official statement regarding the matter, but many other tabloids are speculating that it’s mainly due to “improper behavior” behind the scenes.

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Sexy Zone, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, Bodan Shonen Dan, Utada Hikaru, and MAN WITH A MISSION Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 6/4 – 6/10

This week, Sexy Zone topped the Hot 100 single chart with their new single “Innocent Days.”

Sandaime J Soul Brothers topped the Hot Albums chart with their new album “FUTURE.”

Bodan Shonen Dan topped the Streaming Songs chart with their single “FAKE LOVE” for the third consecutive week.

Utada Hikaru topped the Download Songs chart with her single “Hatsukoi” for the second consecutive week.

MAN WITH A MISSION topped the Download Albums chart with their new album “Chasing the Horizon.”

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