TV Drama Ratings (Aug 4 -Aug 13)

Another week of updated Jdrama ratings!  Check out the latest chart below.

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Mr.Children and Utada Hikaru Top the Digital Singles Charts for the Week of 8/2 – 8/8

This week on Recochoku, Mr.Children topped the chart with their new single “himawari.”

On iTunes, Utada Hikaru topped the chart for the second week in a row with “Forevermore.”

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Idol group Yumemiru Adolescence begins search for new members

Yumemiru Adolescence, or YumeAdo for their fans, announced on the 13th of August that they will soon accept member applications.

The four-member idol group started a nation-wide anniversary tour called ‘Manatsu no Yoru no YUME LAND‘ in July. It consists of five largest cities in Japan. On August 13th, the actual day the group was formed five years ago, the tour landed in Tokyo. The Tokyo concert in Ebisu LIQUIDROOM mainly consisted of songs from their best-of album released in March with an addition of some indies era tunes.

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HKT48, NMB48, and UVERworld Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 7/31 – 8/6

This week, HKT48 topped the Oricon single chart with their new single “Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Deshou ka?”, selling 199,504 copies in its first week.

NMB48 topped the Oricon album chart their new album “Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto~”, selling 159,387 copies in its first week.

UVERworld topped the Oricon digital album chart their new album “TYCOON”, selling 7,874 copies in its first week.

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Shiori Niiyama teams up with Chara and Shunji Iwai for upcoming Single “Sayonara Watashi no Koigokoro”

Pop singer Shiori Niiyama will be releasing her latest single, titled “Sayonara Watashi no Koigokoro”, next month on September 6th.  The lead song, described as a ‘pure-hearted love ballad from one whose heart was recently broken’, was both composed and produced by fellow J-pop songstress Chara.

Well ahead of the single’s release date, the short music video for “Sayonara Watashi no Koigokoro” has been published to Niiyama’s Youtube channel.  The PV, directed by the famed Shunji Iwai, was filmed in a single cut and features ten different women meant to represent the mental state of the song’s protagonist.

You’ll find this short MV, as well as the single’s cover and complete track listing, right after the cut.

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Suiyoubi no Campanella Own Budokan on New Blu-Ray

Suiyoubi no Campanella (or Wednesday Campanella internationally) are one of the most talked about recent newcomers to the Jpop scene of recent years. Recently they made the jump to major label Warner and have enjoyed success with two major releases, including this year’s album, SUPERMAN.

Now the group have finally published their live release concert release, “Suiyoubi no Campanella Nippon Budokan Kouen ~Hakkaku Uchuu~“- notably on Blu-Ray only (no DVD version). This is a very strong release to pick- their recent Budokan show is undoubtedly their biggest concert to date. While this isn’t the first time the show has been seen (it was originally aired on BS-Sky PerfectTV in May) the Blu-Ray does offer improved sound and visual, plus a behind the scenes feature that hardcore fans will no doubt be interested in seeing. Top that off with some incredible packaging (that is something truly to behold); this is a major release that fans no doubt will be clamoring for. So how does the Blu-Ray fare in the end? Read on to find out! Read More

UVERworld, DAOKO, and More Perform on Buzz Rhythm for August 11

This week’s guests were UVERworld, UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, DAOKO, and Q’uelle.


UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – 10% roll, 10% romance

DAOKO – Uchiage Hanabi

Q’uelle – DRY AI

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FAKY tease new track “SUGA SWEET”

The official Avex YouTube Channel has uploaded a short snippet for a new song from girl group FAKY entitled “SUGA SWEET“.

The new track is described a dance track with drum’n bass beats and fresh summer vibes. It was produced by English musician DJ FRESH, who is most known for his two UK number one hit singles “Louder” and “Hot Right Now” featuring Rita Ora—the UK’s first dubstep and drum and bass number ones respectively.
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