Posts tagged EXILE

Posted 2 years ago

TAKAHIRO and HISASHI launches special collaborative project


It has been announced that the special collaborative project by TAKAHIRO (Vocal/EXILE ), HISASHI(Guitar/GLAY ), TOKIE (Bass/LOSALIOS,unkie ) and MOTOKATSU MIYAGAMI (Drums/NO NO NO,THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS ), named ‘ACE OF SPADES‘, has started their activities.

They already opened their official website, but so far no specific details have been revealed except their unit name, members, and preview of their song from TOYOTA WISH’s TV CM starring AKIRA (EXILE).


Posted 2 years ago

Nominees for the 2012 VMAJ released

The list of performers, special guests, and the nominees for the 2012 VMAJ have been revealed.

Acts performing at VMAJ 2012 are as follows: EXILEKato Miliyah2NE12PM, and Sandaime J Soul Brothers

The guest celebrities will be: AAA, Kaneko Nobuaki (RIZE)ROLA, SCANDAL, Tsuchiya Anna, andw-inds.


Best Male Video

- Bruno Mars “It Will Rain”

- David Guetta “Where Them Girls at feat. FLO RIDA & NICKI MINAJ”

- Hoshino Gen “Film”

- Justin Bieber “Mistletoe”

- Naoto Inti Raymi “Brave”

Best Female Video

- Amuro Namie “Love Story”

- Ayaka “Hajimari no Toki”

- Bjork “Crystalline”

- Nishino Kana “Tatoe Donna ni…”

- Rihanna “We Found Love feat. Calvin Harris”

Best Group Video

- Coldplay “Paradise”

- Ikimonogakari “Itsudatte Bokura wa”

- Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger feat. Christina Aguilera”

- Monkey Majik “HERO”

- 2PM “I’m your man”

Best New Artist Video

- CNBlue “In My Head”

- James Blake “Limit to Your Love”

- Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Tsukematsukeru”

- LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem”


Best Video of the Year

- EXILE “Rising Sun”

- Lady Gaga “You and I”

- Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”

- Shoujo Jidai (SNSD) “MR. TAXI”

- Tokyo Jihen “Konya wa Kara Sawagi”

Best Rock Video

- Bon Iver “Holocene”


- Radwimps “Kimi to Hitsuji to Ao”

- Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”

- Sakanaction “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiitasei Desu.”

Best Pop Video

- Amuro Namie “NAKED”

- Beyonce “Run the World (Girls)”

- Ikimonogakari “Itsudatte Bokura wa”

- Rihanna “We Found Love feat. Calvin Harris”

- Sandaime J Soul Brothers “FIGHTERS”

Best R&B Video


- Amy Winehouse “Our Day Will Come”

- Jason Derulo “It Girl”

- Kato Miliyah “Yuusha-tachi”

- Mayer Hawthorne “The Walk”

Best Hip Hop Video

- Drake “Headlines”

- JAY-Z & Kanye West “Otis feat. Otis Redding”

- KREVA “Kijun”

- Sick Team “Street Wars”

- Tyler, The Creator “Yonkers”

Best Reggae Video


- Pushim “MESSENGER”

- Sean Paul “She Doesn’t Mind”

- Superheavy “Miracle Worker”


Best Dance Video

- David Guetta “Where Them Girls at feat. FLO RIDA & NICKI MINAJ”

- James Blake “Limit to Your Love”

- Perfume “Laser Beam”

- SBTRKT “Pharaohs”

- Yakushimaru Etsuko and d.v.d “Gurugle Earth”

Best Video from a Film

- Bruno Mars “It Will Rain”/Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn part 1

- BUMP OF CHICKEN “Good Luck” / ALWAYS San Choume no Yuuhi ‘64

- Foo Fighters “Walk” / Thor

- Ziyoou Vachi “Desco” / MOTEKI

- Superfly “Ai wo Kurae” / Smuggler Omae no Mirai wo Hakobe

Best Collaboration Video

- Amuro Namie “make it happen feat. AFTERSCHOOL”

- JAY-Z & Kanye West “Otis feat. OTIS REDDING”

- Kato Miliyah x Shimizu Shota “BELIEVE”

- Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger feat. Christina Aguilera”

- SPECIAL OTHERS & Kj (from Dragon Ash) “Sailin’”

Best Choreography

- Beyonce “Run the World (Girls)”

- Chris Brown “Yeah 3x”

- LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem”

- Perfume “Laser Beam”


Best Album of the Year

- Coldplay “MYLO XYLOTO”


- KARA “Super Girl”

- Lady Gaga “BORN THIS WAY”


Best Karaoke Song

- Ayaka “Hajimari no Toki”

- CHE’NELLE “Baby I Love U”

- Lady Gaga “Judas”

- Nishino Kana “Esperanza”

- Sonar Pocket “365 Nichi no Love Story”


Posted 2 years ago

Stars Pose Semi-Nude for Charity

Omotesando Hills presents another photo exhibit by Singapore-born photographer Leslie Kee.


The HOPE Exhibition, in partnership with fashion giant Armani Exchange, will run from March 9th to 13th. The said exhibit will feature semi-nude photos of 36 influential stars in Japanese entertainment, such as Yosuke Kubozuka, Nanase Aikawa, Kojima Haruna (AKB48), ICONIQ, Kim Junho, Takumi Saito, Ryu Nakamura, and Naoki (EXILE) to name a few.

Aside from the said stars, a photo book titled “Colors of Hope" will also be sold with Ayumi Hamasaki on the cover.

Revenue from photo books and t-shirts sold during the event will benefit the charity reconstruction project in disaster-affected areas in Sendai.


Posted 2 years ago

Songs by Namie Amuro, EXILE most popular for Valentine’s Day

Songs by Namie Amuro and EXILE are the most popular requests for Valentine’s Day, according to research by karaoke company Daiichi Kosho.


“Love Story,” which was released by Amuro, 34, last December, is the No. 1 Valentine song by a female artist, while “Lovers Again”—a January 2007 release by EXILE—is No. 1 for male artists.

The results were tabulated from Daiichi Kosho’s “DAM series” karaoke system which records how often people sing certain songs.


Posted 2 years ago

AKB48 wins 10 awards at 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards

The 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards were presented in Roppongi on Friday. The awards, which were established in 1987, are based on actual CD and DVD sales, so it comes as no surprise that the Artist of the Year was idol group AKB48. They ended up receiving a total of 10 awards, tying for the all-time record that Arashi set two years ago.


Artist of the Year:
AKB48 (Japanese)
Lady Gaga (Western)

Best Asian Artist:

Best Enka/Kayokyoku Artist:
Hikawa Kiyoshi

New Artist of the Year:
Kis-My-Ft2 (Japanese)
LMFAO (Western)
2PM (Asian)

Best 5 New Artists (Japanese):
Ayaman Japan
Kaoru to Tomoki, Tama ni Mook
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Best 3 New Artists (Western):
Nicki Minaj
Bruno Mars

Best 3 New Artists (Asian):
Jang Keun-Suk

Best Enka/Kayokyoku New Artist:
Park Hyun Bin

Album of the Year:
Ikimono Bakari ~Members BEST Selection~Ikimono Gakari (Japanese)
Born This Way – Lady Gaga (Western)
GIRLS’ GENERATIONShoujo Jidai (Asian)

Best 5 Albums (Japanese):
Beautiful WorldArashi
Ikimono Bakari ~Members BEST Selection~Ikimono Gakari
Koko ni Ita KotoAKB48
Negai no TouEXILE

Best 3 Albums (Western):
Goodbye Lullaby – Avril Lavigne
Greatest Hits – Bon Jovi
Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Best 3 Albums (Asian):
Girl’s TalkKARA

Classic Album of the Year:
Kamisama no Karute ~Tsujii Nobuyuki JisakushuuTsujii Nobuyuki

Jazz Album of the Year:
…Featuring – Norah Jones

Instrumental Album of the Year:

Soundtrack Album of the Year:

Animation Album of the Year:
Gintama BEST 2 – Various Artists

Traditional Japanese Music Album of the Year:
47th Columbia Zenkoku Ginei Concours: Kadaigin Odamaki – Nippon Columbia Ginei Ongakukai

Concept Album of the Year:
Love Songs – Che’Nelle

Single of the Year:
Everyday, KachuushaAKB48

Best 5 Singles:
Everyday, KachuushaAKB48
Kaze wa FuiteiruAKB48
Sakura no Ki ni NarouAKB48
Chance no JunbanAKB48
Flying GetAKB48

Song of the Year by Download:
RyuuseiKobukuro (Japanese)
Born This Way – Lady Gaga (Western)
JumpingKARA (Asian)

Best 5 Songs by Download:
Everyday, KachuushaAKB48
Maru Maru Mori Mori!Kaoru to Tomoki, Tama ni Mook
Kono Yoru wo Tomete yoJUJU

Best Music Videos:
ARASHI 10-11 Tour “Scene” ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fuukei~ STADIUMArashi (Japanese)
ARASHI 10-11 Tour “Scene” ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fuukei~ Dome+Arashi (Japanese)
AKB ga Ippai ~The Best Music Video~AKB48 (Japanese)
Michael Jackson’s Vision – Michael Jackson (Western)

Special Award:
Songs For Japan – Various Artists

Mantan Web
Japan Gold Disc Awards


Posted 2 years ago

EXILE’s NAOKI diagnosed with spinal canal stenosis

It’s been reported that EXILE member NAOKI has been diagnosed with spinal canal stenosis.


Spinal canal stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that causes restriction to the spinal cord. According to sources, doctors found that NAOKI was born with stenosis in the cervical region, and in order to prevent future problems, it was decided that he seek treatment immediately.

NAOKI will undergo treatment for several months, refraining from dancing and vigorous body movements. He is expected to make his official comeback in April to participate in the EXILE TRIBE concert.

The singer left a post on EXILE’s official website, saying, “During my treatment, I will have to limit my dancing and vigorous exercises. I’m very sorry to those who were looking forward to my performance. However, I will continue to do my best with the activities that won’t interfere with my treatment.


Posted 2 years ago

62nd Kouhaku Uta Gassen performance ratings peak with SMAP

Research firm Video Research, Ltd. has official numbers for the instantaneous ratings of the 62nd NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen. The company has not publicly released the data, but newspapers have revealed a portion of it in news reports today. For the second year in a row, SMAP had the highest ratings out of any of the artist performances, at 48.2%.

This is SMAP’s 19th appearance at Kouhaku, and they have been the highest-rated performer 7 times. Four of those were when SMAP served as the ootori (the final performer), including the past two years.

The first ratings peak of the show started with AKB48’s performance, when ratings jumped from 34.7% (flumpool) to 38.9%. Right after AKB48, a special 8-minute segment featuring Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku singing with Disney characters reached roughly 39.2%. However, the highest ratings of the 1st half came at the end, with 39.4% for Shiina Ringo’s first appearance at Kouhaku.

During the second half, one of the big ratings jumps came during Lady Gaga’s video performance, climbing from 38.6% (Sen Masao) to 43.6%. From that point on, all of the artists had ratings above 40%. The show’s ending achieved ratings as high as 49.7% at 11:41pm, but it was unable to reach the 50% mark.

The five highest-rated performers of the show were:

  1. SMAP – 48.2%
  2. EXILE – 45.7%
  3. Tendo Yoshimi – 45.4%
  4. Ikimono Gakari – 45.2%
  5. Ishikawa Sayuri – 44.7%

Other artist ratings that have been announced are: