androp unveil Studio Live for their New Song “Hanabi”

Earlier this month we reported that rock band androp would be releasing their ninth studio record “cocoon” on March 7th.  In advance of this date, the group have now uploaded a studio live of album track “Hanabi” to their label’s Youtube channel.

This video features the band performing the song while surrounded by a series of warm, inviting lights – a fitting accompaniment for the soothing ballad.  The full version of this live, as well as three others, will be found on the DVD which is paired with the album’s Limited Edition.

You’ll find the available section of Hanabi’s studio live below.

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Iconic gyaru magazine “egg” is back!

egg magazine was a very popular fashion magazine that catered to gyaru fashion and culture. The magazine specialized in reporting on popular trends, both lifestyle and fashion wise, and become quite notorious for their candid photos of girls rocking the ganguro/gyaru style on the streets of Tokyo, similar to Fruits magazine.

The first issue came out back in 1995, and enjoyed immense success through out the 90s and 00s. During egg‘s peak each new monthly issue would on average sell a massive 450,000 copies. The magazine was responsible for nourishing the careers of some of the most popular gyaru models including Rumi Itabashi, Kaoru Watanabe, and Yayo Nemo.

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SCANDAL’s “HONEY” hits #1 in 9 charts across Europe!

SCANDAL recently returned to the music scene with the release of their 8th studio album HONEY. It received it’s worldwide release on Valentines Day, February 14th and proved to be an instant success as it shot to the top of the charts across various regions.

Since it’s release HONEY has topped nine charts all across Europe, and it managed to each the top 10 in three more. On iTunes world music category HONEY reached #1 in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile on Amazon Music’s world chart it reached #1 in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the album went on to enter the top 10 on iTunes in Ireland, Italy, and Poland.

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KEN THE 390 to Release New Album “Refrain”

On February 14, KEN THE 390 will release his new album, “Refrain.” This is his first album since “WEEKEND”, which was released in June 2015. Some of the songs on “Refrain” previously appeared on KEN THE 390’s mini album from last May, “Samidare no Kimi ni”, while others are new. As it goes on, “Refrain” tells a story.

“Refrain” will come in a regular edition and a limited edition, with the limited edition containing a DVD which features live footage and music videos. Some of the music videos on that DVD can be found below, along with more information on KEN THE 390’s new album!

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Ling Tosite Sigure to Release First Album in Nearly 5 Years

On February 14, Ling Tosite Sigure will release their new album, “#5.” This is the band’s first album since the release of April 2013’s “i’mperfect.” “#5” will include the band’s single from this past August, “DIE meets HARD.” The album with come in a regular edition and limited edition, with the limited edition featuring a DVD which includes music videos and a radio session.

Ling Tosite Sigure recently released the music video for the second song on “#5”

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Oricon’s Male Celebrity I Want As A Lover 2018

Happy Valentines Day, Arama!

What kind of man Japanese women would like to give their chocolates to? For the occasion, ORICON STYLE released results for one of their most popular yearly polls, “Which male celebrity do you wish to be your lover?”. Arashi’s Aiba Masaki reigns at the top for the 3rd year in a row.

Find out the overall results and top 5 for the different age groups below.

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AISHA Is Done with Her Man in “Usotsuki LIAR” PV

AISHA has signed a new record deal! She is now under Universal Music Japan’s Universal D sub-label. The first release under this new deal is the digital single “Usotsuki LIAR”, out February 14. In the song, AISHA calls out her lying boyfriend. The video for the song features AISHA partying with her friend Miyagawa Maya in celebration of the relationship’s end. Check it out below!

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Oricon Flashback: Week of 2/12

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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