Kyoto Animation Arson Attack Kills Over 30, Injures Dozens

A few hours ago, there was a suspected arson attack at the studio of Kyoto Animation, also known as KyoAni. At the time of this writing, at least 33 are dead, with dozens more injured. According to police, it’s the largest death toll in an arson attack since 1989.

Police report that witnesses heard a man shouting “Die!” as he set fire to the Kyoto Animation building. The fire started around 10:35 AM, while about 70 people were working in the building. “A man threw a liquid and set fire to it,” a Kyoto Prefectural Police spokesman said.

Witnesses say they heard several explosions and then saw black smoke. “A person with singed hair was lying down and there were bloody footprints,” said a woman who lives nearby. Another witness said, “I heard a bang. The black smoke rose and the burning smell was awful.”

BTS, Arashi, Official HIGE DANdism, Suda Masaki, and Namie Amuro Top the Billboard Japan Chrts for the Week of 7/1 – 7/7

This week, BTS topped the Hot 100 single chart with their single “Lights”, with 37,087 points.

Arashi topped the Hot Albums chart for the second consecutive week with their best album “5×20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019.”

Official HIGE DANdism topped the Streaming Songs chart for the seventh consecutive week with their single “Pretender.”

Suda Masaki retook the top spot on the Download Songs chart with his digital single “Machigai Sagashi”, topping the chart for the fourth non-consecutive week .

Namie Amuro topped the Download Albums chart for the second consecutive week with her best album “Finally.”

Amuse Inc reveals strict & bizarre rules for SNS posting

Amuse Inc is a prominent Japanese entertainment company that provides management services for those in the industry. Musicians, actors, talents, athletes, and models all make up their varied roster.

Some of the more notable examples that use Amuse’s services include Perfume, SOUTHERN ALL STARS, Gen Hoshino, Dean Fujioka, BABYMETAL, Haruma Miura, and One Ok Rock.

With social media becoming such an everyday part of society, both personal and business wise, Amuse decided to create a guide for fans in-regards to sharing their media across various platforms. A special section on their official website was created using cute LINE-esq characters to explain the rules.

BiSH, Nakagawa Shoko, and More Perform on Premium MelodiX! for July 15

This week’s guests were Nakagawa Shoko, Edoga-Sullivan, The Super Ball, and BiSH.

Nakagawa Shoko – Type Wild

Edoga-Sullivan – WONDERFUL WONDER

The Super Ball – Hanabi

BiSH – DiSTANCE

Kanjani8 and Guests Cover Starlight☆Revue on KanJam Kanzennen SHOW for July 14

This week’s guests were Sato Chikuzen, Imai Masaki, Fujita Mayumi, Takahashi Shigeo, and Yamamoto Sayaka.

Imai Masaki x Sato Chikuzen x Fujita Mayumi x Kanjani8 – Mokuren no Namida (Starlight☆Revue cover)

BTS, Sutopuri, Suda Masaki, BiSH, and Official HIGE DANdism Top the Oricon Chrts for the Week of 7/1 – 7/7

This week, BTS topped the Combined Single chart with their single “Lights / Boy With Luv”, with 637,175 points in its first week.

Sutopuri topped the Combined Album chart with their debut album “Strawberry Love!”, with 108,129 points in its first week.

BTS also topped the Single chart with “Lights / Boy With Luv”, selling 620,670 copies in its first week.

Sutopuri also topped the Album chart with “Strawberry Love!”, selling 107,107 copies in its first week.

Suda Masaki retook the top spot on the Digital Single chart with his digital single “Machigai Sagashi”, selling 20,462 copies in its eighth week, and topping the chart for the fourth non-consecutive week .

BiSH topped the Digital Album chart with their new album “CARROTS and STiCKS”, selling 3,423 copies in its first week.

Official HIGE DANdism topped the Streaming chart for the seventh consecutive week with their single “Pretender”, with 3,177,839 streams in its tenth week.

Spitz to release New Album “Mikke” in October

Popular rock band Spitz have just announced that they will be releasing a new full-length album titled “Mikke” on October 9th. This release comes fully three years after the group’s previous longplay, “Samenai”, and is set to include both their recently released single “Yasashii Ano Ko” and 11 new songs for a total of 12.

“Mikke” will be released in six versions: a Regular CD-Only Edition, an Analog Edition which includes a bonus track, a Limited Edition which includes a DVD/Blu-ray containing both the era’s music videos and an off-shot video shot in France, and the band’s special Fan-club – “Spitzbergen” – Edition which will come packaged with that same DVD/Blu-ray, with additional behind-the-scenes footage, and a bonus live CD from their 2018 “GO! GO! Scandinavia vol. 7” concert.

Read on below to find not only the complete track list for “Mikke”, but also the full music video for “Yasashii Ano Ko”.

Kenshi Yonezu to release New Single “Uma to Shika” in September

Nearly a year after the release of his previous physical single, “Flamingo / TEENAGE RIOT”, popular singer/songwriter Kenshi Yonezu has announced that he will be releasing another on September 11th. Titled “Uma to Shika”, the lead track has already been picked up as the theme song for TBS drama “No Side Game”.

The single will be issued in three versions: a Regular CD-Only Edition, a “No Side” Edition which will come packaged with both a whistle-like pendant and include a leather CD jacket, and a “Video” Edition which will include a DVD containing a live teaser for Kenshi’s recent “Sekitsui ga Opal ni Naru Koro” tour and the music video for “Umi no Yuurei”, along with a special paper CD jacket.

You’ll both the cover and partial track list for “Uma to Shika”, as well as a preview of the uptempo ballad below.