SIRUP to Release New EP “CIY”

On March 25, SIRUP will release a new EP titled “CIY.” The title is an acronym that stands for “Choice Is Yours.” SIRUP says about the title that how one chooses to use love is one’s key to life.

“CIY” sees SIRUP working with the likes of STUTS, showmore‘s Inoue Atsushi, and British DJ Joe Hertz.

SIRUP recently release the music videos for two of the EP’s tracks, “Why Can’t” and “Your Love.” He released the remaining songs on “CIY” on YouTube as well. Check out more information SIRUP’s new release below!

The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Digital Certifications for February

This month, two songs from 2020 was certified Gold for selling 100,000 copies: Official HIGE DANdism‘s “I LOVE…” and Yonezu Kenshi‘s “Paprika.”

Comedian Ken Shimura becomes first Japanese celebrity to test positive for COVID-19

The office of veteran comedian Ken Shimura has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. This makes Ken the very first Japanese celebrity to publically announce that they have been infected.

Ken joins the ranks of many other high profile celebrities around the globe who have tested positive for COVID-19. These include American actors Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, and French actress Olga Kurylenko.

On March 20th Ken was hospitalized after developing a fever. At first he was diagnosed with pneumonia, but on March 23rd it was confirmed that he had contracted COVID-19. Ken started showing symptoms on March 17th, his agency said they have identifies the people who were in close contact with him during that time.

Matt Kuwata joins forces with mannequin family “The Fuccons” for a CM campaign

Citizen of earth Matt Kuwata is the new face for Mouse Computer‘s latest web CM campaign. Matt is joined by the mannequin family The Fuccons, also known as “Oh! Mikey”.

The Fuccons is a series of comedy sketches created by performance artist Yoshimasa Ishibashi. It follows a family of American expatriates living in Japan, every member of the family is played by a mannequin. The series gained a cult following overseas, and even aired in The United States on the G4 network and Anime network.

ONE OK ROCK to provide theme for Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning

It has been revealed that ONE OK ROCK will be proving the theme song for the upcoming films “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning“. These films will serve as the latest installments of the live-action films based off of the popular manga series “Rurouni Kenshin” by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

ONE OK ROCK has a history with these films, as they provided the theme song for the very first live-action film, 2012’s self titled “Rurouni Kenshin”. In the films Takeru Satoh will reprise his role as Kenshin Hamura.

Sexy Zone transfers to new label, plans overseas activities

Big plans for Johnny’s group Sexy Zone, the boys are currently preparing for the release of a brand new single titled “RUN“. The single will be released under a new label established by both Johnny’s and Universal Music. Previously, Sexy Zone released their music through Pony Canon.

“RUN” will serve as the theme song for the upcoming NTV drama series “Miman Keiatsu: Midnight Runner“, which will begin to air in April 2020. Sexy Zone member Kento Nakajima will play the leading role, along with King & Prince member Sho Hirano.

What has fans buzzing about this announcement is that the press release also stated that Sexy Zone will target oversea markets too.

Official HIGE DANdism and GLAY Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 3/9 – 3/15

This week, Official HIGE DANdism retook the top spot on the Hot 100 single chart with their single “I LOVE…”, with 16,632 points, topping it for the third non-consecutive week.

GLAY topped the Hot Albums chart with their new best album “REVIEW II ~BEST OF GLAY~.”

Official HIGE DANdism also topped the Streaming Songs chart for the fifth consecutive week with “I LOVE…”

Official HIGE DANdism also topped the Download Songs chart for the sixth non-consecutive week with “I LOVE…”

Official HIGE DANdism also retook the top spot on the Download Albums chart with their album “Traveler”, topping the chart for the third non-consecutive week.

Kis-My-Ft2, Stray Kids, and ROTTENGRAFFTY Perform on Love music for March 22

This week’s performers were Kis-My-Ft2, Stray Kids, and ROTTENGRAFFTY. EXIT was the talk guest.

Kis-My-Ft2 – To Yours

Stray Kids – My Pace -Japanese ver.-

ROTTENGRAFFTY – Hallelujah