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Kalen Anzai to Play Ayumi Hamasaki in Drama About Her Life

Last year, the book “M Aisubeki Hito ga Ite” was released. It chronicled the life of Ayumi Hamasaki, from debut to stardom. It even confirmed the long time rumor that Ayu was dating Avex head Max Matsuura.

There was immediate talk of the book becoming a drama, with Erika Sawajiri being rumored to play Ayu. Her recent legal trouble has derailed that, but a new star is set to take her place. Kalen Anzai, Avex’s Reiwa diva will now play Avex’s Heisei diva!

AKLO and ZORN Come Together for “Kamasu or Die”

Last week, ZORN released a song featuring AKLO, and now AKLO is releasing a song featuring ZORN! This new collaboration will be released on February 26 and is titled “Kamasu or Die.” The song was produced by JIGG. The accompanying music video features the rappers as competing karuta players. Check it out below!

Official HIGE DANdism, Little Glee Monster, Yonezu Kenshi, and King Gnu Top the Billboard Charts for the Week of 2/10 – 2/16

This week, Official HIGE DANdism topped the Hot 100 single chart for the second consecutive week with their single “I LOVE…”, with 14,337 points.

Little Glee Monster topped the Hot Albums chart with their new album “BRIGHT NEW WORLD.”

Official HIGE DANdism also topped the Streaming Songs chart with “I LOVE…”

Yonezu Kenshi topped the Download Songs chart for the second consecutive week with his digital single “Paprika.”

King Gnu topped the Download Albums with their album “CEREMONY”, topping the chart for the fourth non-consecutive week.

Johnny & Associates, Yonezu Kenshi, back number, and More Cancel Events Due to Coronavirus

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken the world by storm over the past few weeks. It has affected the Japanese entertainment world as well. Some of the first events cancelled a few weeks ago were handshake events by AKB48, Hinatazaka46, Angerme, SixTONES, and Snow Man. Around the same time came the cancellation of performances in China by Mukai Taichi, Shibutani Subaru, FLOW, Arashi, and Suchmos.

GLAY has had two separate events cancelled over the past few days. The band was supposed to perform at the opening ceremony for the 2020 7th Special Olympics Japan Winter National Games Hokkaido on February 21, but the Games were cancelled due to the new coronavirus. They were then scheduled to perform at the Carnevale di Venezia 2020 in Venice, Italy on February 24, but that too was cancelled due to the rising rates of COVID-19 in northern Italy. GLAY did however have a special live in Venice which they posted on YouTube.

Akanishi Jin has also cancelled his two upcoming shows in Tokyo next month.

The past day has seen a new wave of cancellations, more than any other time over the past few weeks.

Official HIGE DANdism, Little Glee Monster, SixTONES vs Snow Man, Yonezu Kenshi, and King Gnu Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 2/10 – 2/16

This week, Official HIGE DANdism topped the Combined Single chart with their single “I LOVE…”, with 46,755 points in its fifth week.

Little Glee Monster topped the Combined Album chart with their new album “BRIGHT NEW WORLD”, with 42,587 points in its first week.

SixTONES vs Snow Man topped the Single chart with “Imitation Rain / D.D.”, selling 30,921 copies in its fourth week, topping the chart for the third non-consecutive week.

Little Glee Monster also topped the Album chart with “BRIGHT NEW WORLD”, selling 40,268 copies in its first week.

Yonezu Kenshi topped the Digital Single chart for the second consecutive week with his digital single “Paprika”, selling 37,762 copies in its second week.

King Gnu topped the Digital Album chart with their album “CEREMONY”, selling 5,429 copies in its fifth week, topping the chart for the fourth non-consecutive week.

Official HIGE DANdism also topped the Streaming chart with “I LOVE…”, with 4,856,265 streams in its fifth week.

BiS, Humbreaders, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER Perform on Love music for February 23

This week’s performers were TOMORROW X TOGETHER, BiS, and Humbreaders. Watanabe Junnosuke was the talk guest.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – 9 to 4 Bun no 3 Bansen de Kimi wo Matsu (Run Away) [Japanese Ver.]

BiS – BASKET BOX

Humbreaders – Useless Machine

Teraoka Yohito Performs with Kanjani8 on KanJam Kanzennen SHOW for February 23

This week’s guests were Teraoka Yohito, Kawatani Enon, Kiritani Kenta, Hamaguchi Masaru, and Adachi Kana.

Teraoka Yohito x Kanjani8 – Ameagari no Yozora ni (RC Succession cover)