Open Post

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Controversial drama “Chugaku Seinikki” premieres with 6.0% ratings

Controversy hound the new drama “Chugaku Seinikki (Junior High School Diary)” starring Arimura Kasumi. Even prior to broadcast, its theme of forbidden love story between a female teacher and a junior high school student is met with criticisms such as “this feels bad” and “creepy”. Arimura plays the teacher while 19 year old rookie actor Okada Kenshi plays her student. However, since he is tall and grown up in appearance, he does not look like a junior high school student. It is said that the role was given to the 19 year old actor because production cannot really appoint a junior high school student.

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m-flo Goes Back to the 80s with “Piece of me”

Hot on the heels of last week’s “MARS DRIVE”, m-flo is releasing another digital single on October 10, “Piece of me.” The song has a feel good 80s vibe. “Piece of me” is the theme song for the new LDH drama / movie “PRINCE OF LEGEND.” m-flo recently released a lyric video for the song, which can be seen below, along with the digital single’s cover! Read More

Oricon Flashback: Week of 10/8

We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped Oricon this week 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.

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Yonezu Kenshi Wins Best Video of the Year at the MTV VMAJ 2018

Tonight, MTV VMAJ 2018 -THE LIVE- was held at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST in Tokyo. This was the live portion of the MTV VMAJ 2018. Some of the winners appeared in person, while others sent in taped messages. The big winner of the night was Yonezu Kenshi, who took home the night’s top prize, Best Video of the Year, for “Lemon”. Kenshi was also the winner of Best Male Video -Japan- for that video. The show featured performances by Daichi Miura, BLACKPINK, Official HIGE DANdism, E-girls, SKY-HI, Keyakizaka46, Little Glee Monster, Anne-Marie, DEAN FUJIOKA, and aiko. Check out photos from the show below!

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Golden Bomber and SHE’S Perform on Premium MelodiX! for October 8

This week’s guests were Golden Bomber and SHE’S.

Golden Bomber – Tatsuo . . . Yome wo Ore ni Kure

SHE’S – Yorokobi no Hi

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Hello Pro All Stars, iKON, DA PUMP, BUMP OF CHICKEN, and Yumi Matsutoya Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 9/24 – 9/30

This week, Hello Pro All Stars topped the Hot 100 single chart with their debut single “YEAH YEAH YEAH.”

iKON topped the Hot Albums chart with their new album “RETURN.”

DA PUMP topped the Streaming Songs chart for the 15th non-consecutive week with their single “U.S.A.”

BUMP OF CHICKEN topped the Download Songs chart with their new single “Sirius.”

Yumi Matsutoya topped the Download Albums chart with her newly available digitally best album “40 Shunen Kinen Best Album ‘Nihon no Koi to, Yuming to.’”

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King & Prince releases 2nd single “Memorial”

After their successful debut with “Cinderella Girl”, King & Prince released their highly anticipated 2nd single “Memorial” last October 10. The single lands atop the Oricon chart, selling 273,760 copies on its first day.

The title song is the theme song of NTV’s adaptation of the manga “Bukatsu, Suki Janakya Dame Desu ka?” starring members Takahashi Kaito, Jinguji Yuta and Iwahashi Genki. Meanwhile, side track “High on Love!” is the theme song of the Hirano Sho starring film “Ui, Rabu”. The Regular Edition also includes “Glass Flower”, a fan voted song chosen to be included in the single.

The guys of King & Prince plays your ideal boyfriend in the music video for “Memorial”. Towards the end, the group is seen holding a ‘tiara’, a clear reference to their fans. Check out the released their videos below.

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