[J-Pop] TVXQ appeared in “Duet Magazine”; Johnny being friendly with SM

TVXQ / DBSK / Tohoshinki is in the latest issue of “Duet Magazine.” This is supposedly a big deal because the magazine had only put Johnny’s Entertainment groups in the magazine, and having TVXQ in the issue will make it the first time a non Johnny’s group is in the magazine.

Johnny’s Entertainment is known for putting pressure and oppression on other companies but there’s a feeling that they’re making an exception for TVXQ. The reason being that TVXQ is huge in the asian market with the “World Record” fan club of over 800,000 registered fans, and Johnny’s wanting to expand into these asian markets in the future. They want to have friendly relations because they don’t want to be seen as rivals and it’ll be better for them image wise with a friendly relationship.

TVXQ is doing big things in Japan at a very rapid pace, just a year ago they weren’t allowed on certain Music Shows or Magazines (limited to Johnny’s), but now they’re breaking down all those barriers. It’s good to see them grow and be more accepted in Japan. Thanks to BBang, tvxqlover, tinbum for the tips.


[J-Pop] TVXQ’s New Single Shines in Japan

“Share The World/We Are,” the 27th single album by Dong Bang Shin Gi, one of South Korea’s top pop idol groups and also known as TVXQ, shot to the top in the single daily table of Japan’s Oricon Charts upon being released Wednesday.

Yonhap News Agency estimated the number of the albums sold at more than 58,000, much more than the second-ranked single that stood at about 20,000.

TVXQ’s latest single, which had put the image of summer above all things, has been taking top spot on the music request chart run by USEN, Japan’s largest cable TV network, even before its release, according to Yonhap.

The album’s flagship song also has been used as an opening piece for a popular animation now being broadcast over Fuji TV since earlier this month.

TVXQ is a South Korean boy band quintet consisting of Xiah, Micky, Hero, Max and U-know.

Source: The Korea Times

[Oricon] Most Beautiful People

American magazine People will soon be releasing its “100 Most Beautiful People” list, so Oricon has put together a small survey about “beautiful” Japanese celebrities. 1,000 men and women participated in the survey, which asked about both male and female celebrities.

The #1 answer for male celebrities was young actor Hiro Mizushima (25), though the survey was conducted just before he announced his marriage to singer Ayaka (21). Among female celebrities, the recently divorced Norika Fujiwara (37) was the #1 choice.


1. Hiro Mizushima
2. Gackt
3. Masaharu Fukuyama
4. Takuya Kimura
6. Hiroshi Tamaki
7. Junichi Okada
8. Koichi Domoto
9. Hideaki Takizawa
10. Shosuke Tanihara


1. Norika Fujiwara
2. Sayuri Yoshinaga
3. Yukie Nakama
4. Koyuki
5. Hitomi Kuroki
6. Nanako Matsushima
7. Misaki Ito
8. Yuko Takeuchi
9. Kou Shibasaki
10. Meisa Kurok

Survey conducted between 31 March 2009 and 3 April 2009 on a total of 1000 people, including middle and high school students, university students, men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s.


[J-Pop] Ayaka’s First Live Performance after Marriage Announcement

Singer Ayaka (21) performed at Cosmo Earth Conscious Act Earth Day concert which aims to raise awareness of environment issues through music at the Budoukan on 22nd April. In her first solo live since appearing in a press conference with actor Mizushima Hiro to announce their marriage, she sang ‘Okaeri’ and ‘Yume wo Mikata ni’, among others, singing a total of 17 songs. She confessed that she did not feel like she had Basedow’s disease as she delivered her powerful performances.

After singing 2 songs, there were calls of “Congratulations!” from the crowd to which she responded “Thank you,” glowing as she smiled. “I really feel like I have caused so much trouble. From now on, I will do my best one thing at a time. I ask for your support as always.”

nikkansports / mainichi
translations: unleasthegeek

[J-Pop] SMAP’s Kusanagi Tsuyoshi arrested for public indecency!

This news is now a hot issue in Japan. Kusanagi Tsuyoshi of SMAP has been arrested recently, due to being seen naked and drunk at a Tokyo park.

Last April 24 at around 3am, residents from the area said that they heard someone screaming from the park, which lasted for about 15 minutes.  They were surprised when they saw that it was actually SMAP’s Kusanagi Tsuyoshi who has been causing the disturbance. Furthermore, they stated that they also saw him naked.

The police arrived shortly after that, and arrested Kusanagi for public indecency. Afterwhich, they did a breath analysis on the SMAP member after five hours, and detected a BrAC of 0.8 mg/L, well over the legal limit.

Due to this commotion, Kusanagi had been removed as the endorser for Japan’s plan to switch to flat screen TVs by 2011. He was also removed from his show “PythagoraSwitch” in NHK, while Fuji TV still has to make a decision regarding his shows there such as “Waratte Iitomo!,” “SMAPxSMAP,” “Bokura no Ongaku” and “Chonan Khan.”

Original articles @ tokyograph.com & japan-zone.com.

Thanks to Ate Aira for the heads up! ^_^