tofubeats to Release First New Album in Nearly 4 Years

On May 18, tofubeats will release his fifth album, “REFLECTION.” This is his first album since December 20018’s “RUN.” The album will include collaborations with Neibess, UG Noodle, Kotetsu Shoichiro, and Nakamura Kaho.

The album will come in a limited edition and a regular edition, with the limited edition including a set of twelve postcards that document the cover art over the course of tofubeats’ career.

tofubeats will also release his first book on the same day as “REFLECTION.” “tofubeats no Nancho Nikki” started off as the diary he started three years and four months ago when he was diagnosed with sudden deafness. He was going to turn it into the album’s liner notes, but it ended up exceeding 300,000 characters, due the difficult of releasing an album during the COVID-19 pandemic. Life events covered in the book include leaving his hometown of Kobe for Tokyo and getting married.

Check out more information on his new album below!

BE:FIRST to Release Their 2nd Single

On May 18, BE:FIRST will release their second single, “Bye-Good-Bye.” The song serves as the theme song for the NTV drama series “Sayonara no Sono Mae ni”, which airs during the morning show “ZIP!” The song was written by sty and SKY-HI, and composed by Chaki Zulu.

BE:FIRST’s new single will also include the song “Betrayal Game.” The song serves as the theme song for the YTV / NTV drama series “Tantei ga Hayasugiru ~Haru no Torikku Gaeshi Matsuri~.” The song was written by SKY-HI, with eill and Miyata “Lefty” Ryo writing the top line. A.G.O composed the song.

Check out more information on this release below!

Naniwa Danshi, INI, BE:FIRST, and More to Perform on “Kamioto -Kamigata Otomatsuri-“

On May 28 at 11:55 AM JST, ytv will air the special music show “Kamioto -Kamigata Otomatsuri-.” The show will run for five hours and five minutes. In addition to performances, the show will also feature interviews, comedy, and anime theme song specials.

ytv announcers Sawaguchi Miho and Sato Kana will serve as program progress hosts. Unabara Yasuyo Tomoko serves as talk navigator. Ae! group serves as the show’s special supporter. New York serves as the event navigator.

The show will feature performances by the likes of Naniwa Danshi, INI, BE:FIRST, JO1, Koda Kumi, Novelbright, BiSH, and flumpool. There will be interviews with names such as Sakanaction, NiziU, and Creepy Nuts.

Find out more about the show below!

Girl Arrested for Stalking & Pulling a Knife Out on 7 MEN Samurai’s Taiko Sasaki

On May 18, Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a 17 year old female high school student in Yokohama in connection to incidents involving Taiko Sasaki of 7 MEN Samurai.

She began stalking him after seeing him one day at Shibuya Station in Tokyo. “I fell in love at first sight when I saw him at Shibuya Station in April last year,” she confessed. “I started to follow him. He was the only person that I could think of.

ENHYPEN, LE SSERAFIM, Sagupan, Official HIGE DANdism, and Mei-chan Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 5/2 – 5/8

This week, ENHYPEN topped the Combined Single chart with their new single “DIMENSION : Senkou”, with 321,907 points in its first week.

LE SSERAFIM topped the Combined Album chart with their debut mini album “Fearless”, with 10,487 points in its first week.

ENHYPEN also topped the Single chart with “DIMENSION : Senkou”, selling 305,786 copies in its first week.

Sagupan topped the Album chart with his debut mini album “Saguwan”, selling 3,975 copies in its first week.

Official HIGE DANdism retook the top spot on the Digital Single chart with their digital single “Mixed Nuts”, selling 20,125 copies its fourth week, topping the chart for the second non-consecutive week.

LE SSERAFIM also topped the Digital Album chart with “Fearless”, selling 2,2921 copies in its first week.

Mei-chan topped the Streaming chart with his new digital single “Rana”, with 11,668,739 streams in its first week.

SixTONES Shows Their Softer Side with “Watashi”

On June 8, SixTONES will release their seventh single, “Watashi.” The song is an insert song in the Fuji TV drama “Koi Nante, Honki de Yatte Dousuru no?”, which stars SixTONES member Hokuto Matsumura.

“Watashi” will come in three different editions, two CD+DVD limited editions and a CD only regular edition. Limited edition A will feature a new song along with the “Watashi” music video and related content. Limited edition B will include three live tracks from SixTONES’ “Feel da CITY” tour from earlier this year, along with a documentary about the making of their album from earlier this year, “CITY.” The regular edition will include two new songs and a remix of SixTONES’ single “Kyomei” from earlier this year.

SixTONES has now released the music video for “Watashi.” The song and video both show a softer side of the group. Check it out below!

Kitani Tatsuya, Ohashi Chippoke, and More Perform on “Premium MelodiX!” for May 16

This week’s guests were Kitani Tatsuya, LONGMAN, Ohashi Chippoke, Day and Night, and Absolute area.

Kitani Tatsuya – Planetes

LONGMAN – Lyra

Ohashi Chippoke – Iya Demone

Day and Night – my story

Absolute area – mirroring

Hoshino Gen, AKB48, and More Perform on “CDTV Live! Live!” for May 16

This week’s guests were PUFFY, Hoshino Gen, Hirai Dai, AKB48, asmi, and Kyanai.

PUFFY – Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera / Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi / Ai no Shirushi / Asia no Junshin

Hoshino Gen – Kigeki

Hirai Dai – Slow & Easy / HOPE

AKB48 – Motokare Desu

asmi – PAKU

Kyanai – Vanilla