Kojima Haruna Graduates From Akb48

Kojima Haruna graduates from AKB48

On April 19, Kojima Haruna graduated from AKB48. 

After her graduation concert at AKB48 Theater, Kojima held an interview with reporters. "It doesn't seem real that I graduated yet though I feel that it has really ended," she said with a smile. When asked about what left an impression on her during the concert, she responded, "I was surprised to receive a letter from Akimoto-san. I think he wrote to me because I've been active for so long." She continued, "It was also surprising to see members who don't really cry, like Mayuyu (Watanabe Mayu) and Yukirin (Kashiwagi Yuki), crying.

One Ok Rock To Make Guest Appearance At Linkin Park's Japan Concert

ONE OK ROCK to make guest appearance at LINKIN PARK's Japan concert

ONE OK ROCK will be making a guest appearance at LINKIN PARK's Japan concert to be held later this year. 

LINKIN PARK, who will be visiting Japan for the first time in four years, is scheduled to perform at Makuhari Messe on November 2, 4, and 5. ONE OK ROCK will perform at all three concerts for 60 minutes each. 

What Is Hi-res Audio? A Sony Music Engineer Explains

What is Hi-res audio? A Sony Music engineer explainsHi-Res Audio, it’s something we’re more than familiar with here at Sony Mobile. First seen on our Z3 handset way back in 2014 and a regular feature of flagship handsets since. In early January the tech received a boost as Sony Music, Universal, Warner, the Recording Publishing Association of America, and Pandora all announced their support for Hi-Res Audio streaming.

Exile The Second To Release A New Single This Summer

EXILE THE SECOND to release a new single this summer

EXILE THE SECOND will release their new single "Summer Lover" on June 28.

This comes about four months since the release of their album "BORN TO BE WILD". Besides the title track, the single will include a number called "Body". The DVD will contain a music video; in addition, a documentary footage will be included with the EX FAMILY Official Shop, LDH Official Mobile Shop, and mu-mo Shop Editions. 

Glay To Support Runners In The 'hokkaido Marathon'

GLAY to support runners in the 'Hokkaido Marathon'

GLAY's new song "Long Run" has been picked up as the official song for 'Hokkaido Marathon 2017' scheduled to be held on August 27. 

"Long Run" is described as a rock tune with a pop melody and sense of speed. TAKURO (G), who was in charge of the song's lyrics and composition, stated, "By superimposing the marathon, which will be held under the open sky in our hometown of Hokkaido, on life, we wrote a song called 'Long Run' as a support song for many people who support the runners' struggle and solitude.

Uverworld To Sing The Theme Song For 'gintama' Live-action Film

UVERworld to sing the theme song for 'Gintama' live-action film

UVERworld will be singing the theme song, titled 'DECIDED', for the upcoming 'Gintama' live-action film. 

The film is based on Sorachi Hideaki's popular manga 'Gintama' that's currently being serialized in 'Gekkan Shounen Jump'. Directed by Fukuda Yuichi, the film stars Oguri Shun as Sakata Gintoki, Suda Masaki as Shimura Shinpachi, and Hashimoto Kanna as Kagura. 

Arashi To Release A New Live Dvd/blu-ray In May

ARASHI to release a new live DVD/Blu-ray in May

ARASHI will be releasing a new live DVD/Blu-ray on May 31.

The live DVD/Blu-ray contains footage recorded from their performance at Tokyo Dome which was one of the shows in the group's 5-major dome tour "ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2016-2017 Are You Happy?"

The tour which attracted 855,000 audience members in total, had a theme of "How ARASHI feels about current ARASHI." One of the highlights was each member's produced songs and stage directions which showed each of their characteristics strongly.

Plenty To Disband In September

plenty to disband in September

plenty will hold a one-man tour, titled "plenty Last Tour Aoki Hibi", starting in June. Then they will hold a one-man live on September 16 at Hibiya Outdoor Theater where they will put an end to their band activities. 

The band announced their disbandment on their official website. Enuma Fumiya (Vo, G) explained, "After the three of us talked it over, we decided that we wanted to make music individually rather than as plenty. There were no objections among the members, and I think we made a very positive decision."

My Heroes / 3 Singers Fill Yomiuri Otemachi Hall With Tokusatsu Songs

MY HEROES / 3 singers fill Yomiuri Otemachi Hall with tokusatsu songs

By Mishio Suzuki / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior SpecialistI joined The Yomiuri Shimbun in 1989, the first year of the Heisei era. At that time, the company building stood where it does now, but it was nothing compared to the current building, which was completed three years ago. To be honest, the old building was a bit shabby.

I participated in the company's entrance ceremony at that building in April 1989, and soon began my career as a reporter at the newspaper's Yokohama bureau. In those first several years, I did everything in my power to hide from everyone in the office the fact that I was a complete geek for tokusatsu sci-fi superhero dramas and films.

Hotei Euro Tour 2017

Hotei Euro Tour 2017Japanese rock star Tomoyasu Hotei is touring in Europe now. He will be performing shows in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. The April 2017 tour will see Hotei play in a number of cities for the first time in his career.
Hotei said of the European live dates,

Yoshiki Reveals Special Collaboration Yoshikiss T-shirt

Yoshiki reveals special collaboration YOSHIKISS T-ShirtYoshiki -- drummer, pianist, composer, and producer of X Japan -- has revealed a special, limited-edition collaboration YOSHIKISS T-shirt on his official web store: https://shop.yoshiki.net
Fans can also pick up rare goods from Yoshiki's recent sold-out Yoshiki Classical Special concerts at Carnegie Hall.