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The New Face of Morning Musume

It’s old news that MM has had a recent face-lift, with three members graduating, four members added in, and one new graduation announcement, but it wasn’t until I looked at this picture that I really saw Morning Musume’s new image: It’s strikingly different. The three audition winners definitely shakes up …

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160K+ Sold in the Name of Tomochin.

Official first week results for Dear J: 163,000 units sold, nearly doubling the sum of her first-day sales. I couldn’t have predicted these numbers; it’s pretty remarkable, seeing how the last female artist to sell more than 150K was 4 years ago. It’s always good to see a surge of …

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Best Single Name Ever.

Perfume’s been on my good side since 2010, and apparently they decided to start off 2011 by aiming directly at my interests, and by my interests, I mean LASER BEAMS. There’s an extremely short CM that features LASER BEAM, though I don’t think there’s enough of it in there to …

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NSK028 – Tuxedo Tron

Recorded January 31st, 2011. This week’s episode has us talking about Tron’s gambling problems, the new Momoiro Clover Single, Zassou no Uta, Dream Morning Musume, The Request Best 100 Set List, and past dreams we’ve had about Idols. Opening: Buono! – Our Songs Closing: AKB48 – Hikoukigumo, Q&E – Love …

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“Juicy Heart”: Someone forgot how to use a budget.

Word around the water cooler is that H!P hasn’t been putting a lot of money into music videos lately. So it was surprising to see Buono’s latest single “Zassou no Uta” put out a fairly expensive-looking PV, which you can see in Tron’s post from a few days ago.  Although …

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Song of the Week: Monday 1/31

Song: Koike Discography: Team A 3rd Stage [Dareka no tame ni] Original Performers: Team A Performance Notes: Location: Team A 3rd Stage DVD Original Unit: Yes Continuing with last weeks Team A 3rd Stage, Here is Koike. the song that is performed immediately before Tsuki no Katachi. It’s about Koike, …

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Hi-Chew. My Chew. IU?

Most of us know and love Hi-Chew; a starburst-like, fruit-flavored candy from Japan, manufactured by Morinaga.  Then there’s My Chew, a starburst-like, fruit-flavored candy from Korea, by Crown. I got a couple packages of this My Chew candy from a friend who recently visited Korea; and while it’s not as …

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This is what happens when you do it right.

Itano Tomomi’s major debut solo single, “Dear J” released on the 26th and the first sales day numbers have arrived: 86,681. To put this into perspective, it sold more than any AKB subunit’s first day numbers that I know of; selling nearly twice as much as “Watarirouka Hashiritai”, “No3b”, and …

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“Sakura no Ki ni Narou”: A Pleasant Surprise

Ever since “River”, I’ve been nervous for what the next AKB single may bring; not necessarily expecting each single to top the prior, but to simply put out a release that I could be excited about. 2010 delivered in spades, pushing the bar with every single, with the exception of …

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