Gen Hoshino Sets 2017 Solo Artist Sales Record With Release Of "family Song"

Gen Hoshino Sets 2017 Solo Artist Sales Record With Release Of "Family Song"Gen Hoshino's latest single "Family Song" has sold 192,000 copies during its first week on sale, making it the best selling single in Japan, according to Oricon.
Hoshino's new single is the singer's best-selling single in terms of first week sales. His breakout 2016 hit "Koi" sold 102,000 copies during its first week, and has sold 305,000 copies overall.

Japanese Singer Matsuyama Provides Musical Surprise On Delayed Plane

Japanese singer Matsuyama provides musical surprise on delayed plane

Japanese folk singer Chiharu Matsuyama sang his hit song on a plane that remained grounded over an hour past its departure time at a Hokkaido airport Sunday in a bid to ease passengers' irritation, according to All Nippon Airways Co.

Matsuyama, a Hokkaido native, came forward and sang the popular opening line of "Ozora to Daichi no Naka de" (In-between a giant sky and the earth) through a microphone for in-flight announcements. The episode drew applause on social media, with some posts apparently from passengers saying it was a happy surprise.

Keyakizaka46's Yui Imaizumi Resumes Activities

Keyakizaka46's Yui Imaizumi Resumes ActivitiesKeyakizaka46 member Yui Imaizumi has resumed her activities, the idol announced through her blog.
Imaizumi suspended her activities in April 2017 due to poor health. She will gradually return to work and participating in group activities.

Jam Project And T.m.revolution Bring Anisong World Matsuri To Washington, D.c.

JAM Project and T.M.Revolution bring Anisong World Matsuri to Washington, D.C.Anisong World Matsuri made its east coast American debut at Otakon's new home in Washington, D.C. on Friday, August 11.
The ambitious concert series, produced by Japan's leading entertainment companies with the goal of delivering Japan's anisong concerts worldwide in the highest quality, opened the Friday concert with a striking video depicting AWM's logo covering the planet, highlighting the tour's 2017 stops in Los Angeles and Shanghai before landing on the nation's capital.

Sphere To Release Last Single Before Hiatus In November

Sphere to release last single before hiatus in November

Pop group Sphere will release their 20th single "Heart to Heart" on November 8. 

After their tour "LAWSON presents Sphere live tour 2017: We are SPHERE!!!!" wraps up, the group will be taking a temporary hiatus until 2019. The single, which will be released prior to their hiatus, will be released in three different types: Limited Edition, Regular Edition, and Complete Production Edition. The title track has already been picked up as the theme song for TV anime "Twocar" starting in October. 

Nmb48 To Hold Arena Tour Commemorating 7-year Anniversary

NMB48 to hold arena tour commemorating 7-year anniversary

NMB48 will hold an arena tour called "NMB48 ARENA TOUR 2017" from September to October. 

In September, the group will perform at Yokohama Arena and Nippon Gaishi Hall. Then in October, they will celebrate their 7th year anniversary with a 2-day concert at Osaka-jo Hall. For this tour, there will be a women-only section, which is a first for an AKB48 group concert. 

Glay's New Album Is Bursting With Colors

Glay's new album is bursting with colors

By Yusuke Tsuruta / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterIf you had to describe rock band Glay's new album "Summerdelics" in one word, "multicolored" would be a good choice. The four members have brought their own personal songs together for the disc, making for a variety-filled listen in which each person's distinctive character comes to the fore.

Since its debut in 1994, Glay has released such huge hits as "However" and "Yuwaku" (Temptation). These and many more of the band's songs have been written and composed by guitarist and leader Takuro.

Rebirth Of Vinyl In Japan Propelled By Diversification Of Music Platforms

Rebirth of vinyl in Japan propelled by diversification of music platforms

Vinyl music is enjoying a renaissance, as digital streaming services generate interest in records once more.

Japan's electronics and entertainment giant Sony is making a move to ride this latest wave in the music industry, with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. recently announcing it will resume pressing vinyl at Sony DADC Japan Inc., its disc-manufacturing subsidiary in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, after a 30-year hiatus.

Nogizaka46's Nakamoto Himeka To Retire From Showbiz After Graduation

Nogizaka46's Nakamoto Himeka to retire from showbiz after graduation

Just a few days ago, Nogizaka46 member Nakamoto Himeka announced that she would be graduating from the group. Further details have been revealed, and she will be putting an end to her showbiz career. 

A big reason for Nakamoto's decision to graduate was her physical condition. After graduating and withdrawing from showbiz, she plans on recuperating. Her graduation date will be announced at a later date.

Sashihara Rino Produced Idol Group =love To Make Their Major Debut

Sashihara Rino produced idol group =LOVE to make their major debut

=LOVE, a new idol group produced by Sashihara Rino, will make their major debut from SACRA MUSIC with a self-titled single on September 6. 

=LOVE held their first performance on August 5 at "TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2017" in Odaiba. Member Yamamoto Anna promised, "It's really early for us to make our major debut, but we will do our best not to disappoint everybody!

Little Glee Monster To Serve As Opening Act For Ariana Grande's Japan Concert

Little Glee Monster to serve as opening act for Ariana Grande's Japan concert

Little Glee Monster will serve as opening act for the Japan leg of Ariana Grande's tour "ARIANA GRANDE DANGEROUS WOMAN TOUR."

Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform in Japan on August 10, 12 and 13. Out of the three dates, Little Glee Monster will be participating on August 12 and 13. The group commented, "We will do our best to deliver our music in order to leave a scar in the hearts of music lovers."

Exile The Second To Release New Single, 'route 66'

EXILE THE SECOND to release new single, 'Route 66'

EXILE THE SECOND will release their new single "Route 66" on September 27. 

The single will be released a month before their nationwide arena tour "EXILE THE SECOND LIVE TOUR 2017-2018: ROUTE 6・6" kicks off in October. It's a number that represents America's most iconic highway 'Route 66.' In the DVD, you will find its music video as well as footage from the finale of their recent tour "EXILE THE SECOND LIVE TOUR 2016-2017: WILD WILD WARRIORS."