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Ohno’s Pot and Threesomes?
July 27, 2008, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Arashi, Johnny's Entertainment, Opinion

When my roommate said to me that Ohno Satoshi of Arashi had a marijuana and threesome rumor, I laughed, because come on, that just sounds unbelievably ridiculous.

And it still sounds unbelievably ridiculous. From what I can gather from the little bits of information over at the Arashi community at Vox, there’s information of Ohno having participated in a threesome and that he was caught at a club smoking pot – which is bad, not only because Ohno is in a drama and the group that will be promoting the Olympics on NTV, but because pot is really, really illegal in Japan, and so the police will be investigating into this.

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alan – Sora Uta
July 24, 2008, 2:21 pm
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alan’s single “Sora Uta” will be released August 13; it is the second in her series of five singles that focus on Chinese elements.

Before I say anything else – five Chinese elements, seriously? I totally didn’t get that just looking at the releases, and listening to/watching Natsukashi Mirai, I didn’t figure out. It’s actually a little cheesy. But thankfully, avex paired these releases with gorgeous photoshoots, videos, and songs (so far), and this gives alan more promotion, so why not.

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Which J-pop Lady Can Make It In America?

With Hikki working on her second English album, the question really still stands: if one j-pop diva or female group would make it in the English music industry, who would it be? After all, basing on the American charts, popular songs by female artists are rather limited. Pretty much most are R&B/hip hop hits (Rihanna, Beyonce, Fergie, Danity Kane, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis), a smattering of pop rock (Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Paramore) and occasionally, a big pop song that makes it (Miley Cyrus).

So if all our favorite j-pop girls give it a try, who has the best chances of breaking into the market?

Utada Hikaru

I love Hikki and I love “Exodus,” but let’s face it – “Exodus” was brilliantly experimental and alternative but nowhere near mainstream. If she does her next English album in her Cubic U style or in her Japanese music style, she’d have a chance, but her idea of American mainstream R&B is a little too alternative. Unless she completely changes her image and sound, she won’t make it in the urban music genre she’s aiming for. But she does have beauty, quirkiness, and her language – she just needs to tailor herself to be more mainstream. Chances: 60%.

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Aragaki Yui – Make My Day
July 10, 2008, 1:06 pm
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Model-actress-singer Aragaki Yui released her first album last year, but will release her first single “Make My Day” on July 16. The title song was the theme to last season’s drama 81 Diver. The single will be released in three versions – one regular, and two DVD versions.

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NEWS Releases New DVD
July 3, 2008, 8:52 pm
Filed under: Johnny's Entertainment, NEWS

NEWS will be releasing their NEWS Concert Tour Pacific 2007-2008 – The First Tokyo Dome Concert DVD on August 13th. The limited edition will come with a 36 page booklet.

There’s not much news out on it (it’s not up on the official Johnny’s Entertainment site yet), but CDJapan states that it will have their first Tokyo Dome performance, Tokyo Dome MC, backstage documentary shots from the whole tour, and documentary shots from their 2007 Taipei concert as well.

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Summer Season Drama Preview

Back for another season of dramas 😀 Here’s my take, but the official synopsis are over at tokyograph. My top picks for the season would have to be Maou, Cat Street, and – is anyone surprised – Code Blue!

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