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Tegomasu – Tanabata Matsuri and Tegomasu no Uta
June 11, 2009, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Johnny's Entertainment, Jpop, Tegomass

Tegomass will be releasing their single “Tanabata Matsuri” (Star Festival) on July 8th. The following week, they will be releasing their debut album “Tegomasu no Uta” (Tegomass’ Song) on July 15th. These releases will accompany their first around-Japan summer tour. Both the album and single have limited editions that contain DVDs.

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24 Hours of NEWS, Coming Your Way
April 27, 2009, 5:48 pm
Filed under: Johnny's Entertainment, NEWS, Television | Tags:

NEWS will be the hosts of this year’s 24 Hour Television, NTV’s yearly fundraiser that takes donations while broadcasting – you guessed it – 24 hours straight of related television. (It’s pretty much the Japanese form of PBS Telethons for charity.) Pretty much every JE group, including most recently Arashi, have been hosts before; this will be NEWS’ first time. The  program will start August 29th. It’s the 32nd time, and the theme this year is “START!~Ippo wo Fumidasou~” (START! Taking One Step Out).

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JE Debut Songs Ranking

I think Johnny’s always have the best debut songs and everyone else needs to take a note with their new artists. A Johnny’s group’s discography might not always be good as a whole, but their debut songs are generally epic – cheesy, exciting, infective, which, when all put together, mean totally awesome.Unlike many other artists, who try to gain momentum with their later releases, JE debut songs always have a strong impact and often stay as one of the group’s most popular songs throughout their career.

Here’s a ranking of the best 10!… or, since I’m only considering the still active groups (aka nothing BS: Before SMAP) the best and worst. (…what, my title isn’t that deceiving.)

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NEWS – Koi no ABO
April 7, 2009, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Johnny's Entertainment, Jpop, NEWS

NEWS’ next single “Koi no ABO” will be released April 29. The song is currently being used in NEWS’ new promotions for the RUSS-K brand. The limited edition of the single will have a 12-page booklet and a DVD with concert clips, while the regular edition will have two additional songs – including a live concert recording.

When I first heard a 30-second clip of the song, I wasn’t particularly impressed. It was really catchy right on the spot, but the music itself sounded a little dated. Besides, aren’t they singing about blood types?

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Johnny’s Calendars for 09-10
February 25, 2009, 3:33 am
Filed under: Arashi, Hey!Say!JUMP, Johnny's Entertainment, Kanjani8, KAT-TUN, NEWS, Tackey & Tsubasa

It’s that time of year again! For those who are new to this: Johnny’s releases calendars for their artists every year, but according to the school year: that is, from April of this year to March of the next. All calendars are around 2000 yen and go on sale late February or early March. (Only Arashi and groups that debuted afterwards have calendars – so for big fans of V6, Kinki, or SMAP, sorry.)

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Johnny’s Countdown 08-09 Recap

Because this is the new years countdown I really care about. 😀

Arashi were the hosts again this year, and the Tokyo Dome stage used NEWS’ layout since they had dome concerts at the same time. Different was this this year the broadcast was split – KinKi Kids were broadcast from Osaka Dome, and Tackey and Kazukiyo Nishikiori (of Shounentai) were broadcast from the stage of the upcoming Tackey stage show.

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Uchi Hiroki Gets Solo Act
November 14, 2008, 8:52 pm
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Uchi Hiroki – the current Johnny’s trainee who was suspended from NEWS and Kanjani8 for underage drinking – will have his own solo live show.

There will be two shows at Yokohama Arena on December 20th and 21st, and three shows at Osaka-jo Hall on January 3rd and 4th. 75,000 tickets will be available. His backing band will be Johnny’s Jr. band Question? (the guys who released “Mezamero Yasei” with Matchy).

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