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Special Guest at Big Bang’s Electric Love Tour

J-Pop artist Thelma Aoyama made a special guest appearance at Big Bang‘s Budokan concert, singing her collaborations with TaeYang (SOL) “Fall in love.”

Big Bang also gave a message to PON and asked Okada-san advice on a new introduction for the boys. You can see it at the end of the video. TaeYang went on to say that it’s because of everyone cheering them on that they are able to have concerts in Japan.

I’m loving TOP‘s short hair, but sometimes I’m reminded of Spock.

source: ibigbang, sanspo

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An Cafe says goodbye


Visual Kei rock band An Cafe has called it quits. Not just yet though, the band’s last live will be on 1/4/2010 at Nippon Budokan.

The band stated that they “feel it’s time to take a break and step-up”, hence the decision to stop activites. An cafe has gained many fans since their formation in 2004, including performances in the U.S. and Europe.

They will release one more album on 9/4 called “Parellel World“. Limited edition comes with a DVD and a slip case.

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AKB48 gives thanks

Even though six members of AKB48 are out due to the influenza virus, the show must go on. The rest of the members of AKB48 continued on with their concert at Nippon Budokan, “AKB104 Selection formation festival” on 8/22.

Representing AKB48, Atsuko Maeda expressed the groups feelings to all their fans. “All of us were talking about how performing at Nippon Budokan has been our dream, and thanks to all of you it’s come true. Together with the staff and other members, we gave it our all and we thank you. It’s your enthusiasum that gave gave us the power to do our best.

Though I’m not a fan of the group, they are certainly giving Morning Musume. a run for their money this year, so I’m happy about that. They needed rivals.

Don’t forget that AB48 will be appearing in New York next month.

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Japan’s got a case of the Swine

This past week everyone has been on alert as this past week, Japan has started to experience its first swine flu deaths.

Now it is being reported that the H1N1 influenza virus (swine) has reached the epidemic stage in Japan. Some of the cases have been identified as normal flu virus, but they are suspecting it is the strain of the H1N1 virus.

A few days we reported that guitar/vocalist Ryo of Maximum the Hormone caught the piggy flu (aka swine). Others in the entertainment industry have been infected as well. Actor Takeru Sato was noted as having the H1N1 strain, but now more and more cases are being reported. Members of the baseball team, Nippon Ham Fighters. The couch and four players have been diagnosed with influenza A, with two of them being the H1N1 strain. All five members have been placed in isolation for now.

It’s been reported today (8/22 JST) that six members of idol group AKB48 have been infected as well. Team K’s Manami Oku and Asuka Kuramochi, Team B’s Aika Ohta and Haruka Kohara, and kenkyuusei members Haruka Ishida and Sumire Sato. All of them have been diagnosed with influenza A and will not participate in AKB48‘s Nippon Budokan concert this weekend.

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