June 7, 2014

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Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 2

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On to the top ranking idols and comments afterwards.

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Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 1

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The big event is here and wota have a great deal to say about it!

May 25, 2014

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Tweets On The AKB Handshake Incident

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Here are the first few hours of reactions from the Idolminded Tweetstream. It reflects the confusion, disbelief, anger, and sorrow that many felt upon hearing the news.

May 17, 2014

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Ch-ch-ch-changes.

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Recommended Eyecandy+: Miyawaki Sakura Video

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A look at the rising AKB idol in action!

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Recommended Tweets: May 17, 2014

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Two-shots, two-shots, two-shots! Aim tweets another H!P concert!

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Trying Something New

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Hi there! We’re trying s new approach to the site. Thank you for being patient as we futz around with it.

May 16, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 16, 2014

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At the Babyraids show! Tomochin’s new album! Jpop idols to AV idols? What’s this about EXO?

May 15, 2014

Recommended Tweets: May 15, 2014

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Will you be seeing them in New York? Yabu gets a girlfriend! Looking back at Okada Yukiko.

May 14, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 14, 2014

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What’s going on with this group? Crests explores indie idol groups! Steve watches Japanese TV shows! Chiima steals chocolate!

May 13, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 13, 2014

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More fun with the Virgin Club! SNH48 eyecandy! Kalafina’s adorable shark-lover! Can you campaign too much for the AKB senbatsu?

May 12, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 12, 2014

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Oh No! Vanilla Beans on Vine! Aim tweets an H!P concert! Crest tweets a whole lot!

May 11, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 11, 2014

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Senbatsu election appeal videos! Arashi, those adorable idiots! How to get happi!

May 10, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 10, 2014

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Really, C-ute? Finishing the AKB game! Momusu’s twelfth gen auditions! The glue gun returns! Aim has an identity crisis!

May 9, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 9, 2014

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The 48G electioneering begins! Messages from Nino Jima! Aim watches a NEWS concert! And more!

May 8, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 8, 2014

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Playing the new AKB game app! Learning AKB abbreviations! Captain eyecandy!

May 3, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 3, 2014

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AKB48 two-shots! Crests watches Ooku!

May 2, 2014

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Living the life! A long dialogue on many things 48G! Baby talk! Gem!

May 1, 2014

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Recommended Tweets: May 1, 2014

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When idols feel each other up! Chiima and AimXAim have another round of uber-tweeting! How much respect do idols deserve?

April 30, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Anri Sugihara

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Skin them all!

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Recommended Tweets: April 30, 2014

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Takahashi Minami announces her graduation plans! More tributes to Sayumi! BiS release their bikini video!

April 29, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Yumoto Misaki

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Smell em, knock on em…

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Recommended Tweets: April 29, 2014

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Reactions to Sayumi’s graduation news continues to pour inn! Idolminded is watching you closely! And more!

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Recommended Tweets: Michishige Sayumi Announces Graduation From Morning Musume

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Initial reactions on the popular idol’s departure from Morning Musume.

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A closer look at the AKB janken tounrnament! Itano Tomomi’s boyfriend confirmed? And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: September 19, 2014

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~Fuzzy memories…原田知世…sweet♥ J-Pop for your Wednesday – モーニングBerryz48
MB looks back on Harada Tomoyo, which includes MB sharing a personal reminiscence of Hawaiian TV station KIKU.

JS Idol Spotlight: Pocchimo – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer profiles this recently-formed trio of actresses and models.

JPop Idol Group Punishment for Dating 8 Million Yen Lawsuit – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki takes a closer look at this controversial decision and what it may signal about the idol industry.

FEMM Reveals Teaser Video “Whiplash” For Their First Album! – Tokyo Girls Update
The Joyce Carol Oates of Jpop strike again.

Trattoria Buono! #76 (2014.09.13) – Hello! Pro Radio
The trio discuss karaoke and respect for the aged, then dish out workplace advice on office politics. No, really.

BiS Left Legend – The Live Footage for “nerve”, The Last Song from the Final Concert Revealed! – Tokyo Girls Update
Paying heed to Neil Young’s advice.

EXILE’s TAKAHIRO caught in blog pic of former AKB48 member Itano Tomomi – Asian Junkie
She’s no longer an idol so, y’know, good for her.

SxWxAxGxGxY T☆ – モーニングBerryz48
MB gives us her usual, complete lowdown on Tomochin’s first solo album.

Chu-Z – Bombastic – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first major label single, with tracklist and video.

Budokan? Breakup? Watch Babyraids’ Tour Final @Tokyo Cinema Club on Ustream and Find Out! – Tokyo Girls Update
The suspense isn’t killing me.

H!P Treasure Box: Suzuki Kanon – Yume no Kawa
The cheerful Musume gets her turn in the spotlight.

AKB48 Janken Tournament: A Battle of Fists and Fashion – Tokyo Girls Update
A great report on the event and some truly wonderful pics!

Morning Musume ’14 no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ #126 (2014.08.30) – Hello! Pro Radio
The idols discuss the end of summer (still…), songs they want to sing solo, and answer fan mail.

misono- “UCHI! UCHI! ROCK~取り扱い説明書~” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
I thought she’d quit! Or did she come back? Or… oh, wait. I don’t care.

Nakajima Saki no °C-ute na Jikan #139 (2014.08.30) (guest: Yajima Maimi) – Hello! Pro Radio
Maimi talks about her abs. Do you really need anything else?

H!P Treasure Box: Sugaya Risako – Yume no Kawa
Kate turns her attention to the youngest Berryz.

Hatsune Miku to perform on David Letterman before MIKU EXPO 2014 – Selective Hearing
So, is Dave going to treat this act as a weirdo novelty from Japan or a serious creative expression? Lay your bets, folks.

Not Yet Already 2014.5.10 1st Live – J-Pop Idols
Now more like Already Done.

We are Juice=Juice #50 (2014.09.16) – Hello! Pro Radio
The first anniversary voice blogs continue!

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NEWS gets new variety show! Magi-Kat profiles ALMA KAMINIITO! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: September 19, 2014

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NEWS to have a New Variety Show – JE fandom
On 4X9 the four member of NEWS will interact with nine people on the internet, and visit them on-location. Sounds like To Catch A Predator with an idol twist.

Johnny’s-Watcher Rumor Round-Up (Digest 012) – JE fandom
Lots of dating rumors here, including Shibasaki Kou and Miyake Ken!

Soul Path or “Spirit Lane is in my ears…” – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat provides a comprehensive look at the UFA act of ALMA KAMINIITO – and yes, they are male, and were actually the inaugural group of the Sato Movement!

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T-ara go And&End! BESTie become police ambassadors! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: September 19, 2014

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T-ara Goes Over the “And&End” – seoulbeats
Lo finds the shift from high energy to a more gentle sound a pleasing decision on this mini-album.

Former Dal Shabet, Jewelry, M.I.L.K members star in 19+ movie trailer for “A Pharisee” – Asian Junkie
Naked ex-idols is always enough to get my attention, too.

[Review] TaeTiSeo’s “Holler” is basically SNSD on cruise control – Asian Junkie
The Yellow Slug finds a lack of risks made up for by a very polished delivery.

BESTie become police ambassadors, end crime with police version of “I Need You” video – Asian Junkie
I didn’t care about BESTie, but cute girls cosplaying as cops will always grab my attention. Cuff me and read me my rights!

YG Entertainment’s Unique Unicorn Boy Band Uniq – seoulbeats
YG makes a play for the Chinese market with this new male group.

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SNH48 tease their UZA video!

Recommended Cpop Reading: September 19, 2014

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2014-09-19 At 11am CST on 9/19, the SNH48 Shop will start… – Shanghai48s
These look real nice! I wouldn’t mind getting some of these.

SNH48 members in dresses for the 《呜吒》 (UZA) MV – Shanghai48s
These are nice…

SNH48 members in costume for the 《呜吒》 (UZA) MV – Shanghai48s
… But these are even better! Very badass and sexy.

Snh48 – 《呜吒》 (Uza) Mv Teaser – Shanghai48s
I must admit, I’m intrigued if this is headed towards some kind of high fantasy plot.

[Audio] Snh48 – 呜吒 (Uza) – Shanghai48s
Give the song a listen!

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More from the AKB janken tournament!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: September 19, 2014

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NMB48 Miyuki Watanabe Shu Yabushita “YC Sister” on Young Champion Retsu – HEBIROTE AKB48
Another NMB48 bikini duo extravaganza!

渡辺麻友 Shared publicly  –  Yesterday 9:04… – Jurina48
武藤十夢 Shared publicly  –  Yesterday 4:11… – Jurina48
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入山杏奈 – Jurina48
More from the janken tournament, mostly focused on Matsui Jurina. Extra points to Iriyama Anna for the Sailor Mars outfit.

柏木由紀 – Jurina48
Kashiwagi Yuki looking quite long and sexy.

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Shimazaki Haruka looks fantastic in this casual shot!

木﨑ゆりあ – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria about town.

AKB48 Haruna Kojima Sailor Moon bras lingerie sets – HEBIROTE AKB48
Another look at Kojiharu’s sexy interpretation of a Sailor Scout.

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Results of the AKB janken tournament! Possible tracklist for Morning Musume album! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: September 17, 2014

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Berryz’ closing statements from their 2014 Budokan Live – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Each of the members get their say.

Possible tracklist for Morning Musume ’14’s album released! – Sakura Mankai
Ikuta Kate pieces together some info and shares her opinion.

Sparkling Success, GEM!! Report on Their First Solo Live at Shinjuku-BLITZ. – Tokyo Girls Update
A report that captures the excitement of the event, along with photos of the performance.

Kimi to Boku Fairy Tale Horror Romance Idols – Pure Idol Heart
More idol morbidness.

Prizmmy – Jumpin’! Dancin’! – J-Pop Idols
Details on the single, including tracklists and videos.

Trailer Movie of Kokuritsu Live by Momoclo arrived!! – Tokyo Girls Update
This DVD promises Momoclo on a truly epic scale.

Team Makenki – Mugen, Fly High – J-Pop Idols
Details on the supergroup’s single, including tracklist and video.

Itano Tomomi Live Tour S×W×A×G – J-Pop Idols
I have to say, the photos and costumes remind me of a mini-Namie all over again.

Cheeky Parade Interviews the Designer of Unique World Idol, Hello Kitty – Tokyo Girls Update
An interesting summit of kawaii-ness.

Hello! Project Now. Tsugunaga Momoko (B.L.T. July 2014) – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Momoko being Momoko.

Cool New Idol Videos! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer shares some indie idol videos that caught his attention.

AKB48 Janken Tournament 2014 Results – J-Pop Idols
Congratulations to Watanabe Miyuki! And here’s the results from each and every match in the tournament.

AKB48 38th Single – J-Pop Idols
Watanabe Mayu and Miyawaki Sakura are the centers for this release.

Ss1422 #87 (2014.09.14) – Hello! Pro Radio
A special guest is brought in to act out a turtle drama.

Akb48「♡のプラカード」 – モーニングBerryz48
MB dives in deep into Kokoro no Placard, with every aspect you can imagine.

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Win tickets to X Japan in New York! Further details on Arashi’s Hawaii show! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: September 17, 2014

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ザ モーニング卵 September 15th, 2014 – モーニングBerryz48
MB gives us updates and more informtion on Arashi’s big Hawaii show.

X Japan Contest: WeAreXposed Tickets – Shattered-Tranquility.net
And if you can’t be at the land of Aloha, why not go to the Big Apple for a different Jpop experience? And a VIP one, at that!

A.B.C.-Z Wraps-Up their Summer Tour – JE fandom
Johnny Kitagawa approved, so that’s a good thing.

Bits & Pieces 004 – JE fandom
Various news on Yamapi, Shingo, TOKIO, and others.

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TaeTiSeo let out a Holler! Also, a tribute video to EunB and RiSe.

Recommended Kpop Reading: September 17, 2014

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Triple Tragedy Triangle: Bad News Comes in Threes or Wake Me Up When September Ends – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat pays tribute to the idols who have died in recent weeks.

Ladies’ Code Unveil Heartwarming Tribute to EunB & Rise in ‘I’m Fine Thank You’ Video – Billboard
Maybe someday I’ll be able to watch this, right now it was just too painful and heartbreaking.

KPOP Highlight: N*White- “Hello Boy” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Needz moar lite saber battling.

Girls’ Generation-TTS on Why New ‘Holler’ EP Represents Their ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ – Billboard
A very nice in-depth interview with the trio, definitely worth a read.

“Sugar Free” AKA Slay-ARA is Dead – seoulbeats
Nabeela can’t hide the disappointment.

Little to No Love for Spica.S’s “Give Your Love” – seoulbeats
There are times when I read something and think, “I wish I wrote that.” I found it right here: “The MV isn’t bad, nor is the song. In fact, both are so hopelessly underwhelming, subscribing to a scale of “good” vs. “bad” seems completely inconsequential.” Good Lord, that is a grade A smackdown right there.

TaeTiSeo’s “Holler” music video delivers exactly what I wanted – Asian Junkie
Absolute delight about getting what one wants from an idol group.

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AKB janken tournament costumes! Koike Rina! Watanabe Miyuki! Mukaichi Mion! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: September 17, 2014

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Dave unboxes Nounen Rena 1st photobook Guri Guri Gurumi – New School Kaidan
Dave takes us on a tour through this artsy photobook.

AKB48 Mion Mukaichi “Song for New Generations” on Entame Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
More proof that the future of AKB is in good hands, eyecandy-wise.

西野未姫 – Jurina48
Nishino Miki showing her fun side. I especially like the rabbit outfit.

小島瑠璃子 – Jurina48
Kojima Ruriko, as vivacious as ever.

ヤングマガジン 2014 No.42 佐野ひなこ – Jurina48
Sano Hinako looking tanned and refreshed.

渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
The queen takes a dip.

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Koike Rina, again effectively reminding us that she’s all grown up.

松井玲奈 – Jurina48
Matsui Rena, presumably reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

渡辺美優紀  薮下柊 – Jurina48
Watanabe Miyuki and Yabushita Shu hanging out in bikinis…

渡辺美優紀 – Jurina48
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… And here’s some solo Milky!

入山杏奈 – Jurina48
Iriyama Anna looking very elegant and mature.

AKB48 Haruna Kojima Turns Pretty Sexy Guardian Sailor Moon!! – Tokyo Girls Update
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This is almost as sexy as the gender-switching Sailor Stars! Almost.

松岡菜摘 – Jurina48
朝長美桜 – Jurina48
渋谷凪咲 – Jurina48
小嶋菜月 – Jurina48
岩立沙穂 – Jurina48
石田安奈 – Jurina48
Various costumes worn at the AKB48 janken tournament this year!

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I’ve had nights like this, but they usually end in tears and accusations, not smiles.

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Never Ending Music Power on hiatus! (Sorta.)

Recommended Community Reading: September 17, 2014

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Sort of hiatus – Never Ending Music Power
Seeking a balance with her new projects, Thennary explains her intentions for the blog and plans for the future.

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Morning Musume to announce twelfth gen members at the Budokan! Girls Beat!! announce second gen auditions! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: September 15, 2014

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Trattoria Buono! #75 (2014.09.06) – Hello! Pro Radio
Momoko talks about wanting a little sister so that a sibling can brag about her.

Lovely Doll – Setsunatsu, Diver – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s second major single. And while kinda eye-scorching, I really like those orange and yellow outfits in that one photo.

Fairies – Bling Bling my Love – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s ninth single, including track list and video.

Ito Nene, Yada Risako, Yonetoku Kyoka to graduate from Nogizaka46 – J-Pop Idols
Does this count as a mass exodus?

Tsunku♂’s True Thought for Next single “TIKI BUN” – Tokyo Girls Update
A peek behind the creative mind.

Old-BiS member Megumi Koshoji Appears in Seiko Oomori’s MV! – Tokyo Girls Update
Good to see former idols still finding work.

Yumemiru Adolescence – Shoumei Teenager – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s fourth single.

Hello Pro Kenshuusei – Karen na Gasshoudan – J-Pop Idols
Details on the new single, including which Kenshuusei are on it and tracklist.

2ch: Yajima Maimi-san, under the impression that Daaishi & Marin are part of the staff – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Give her time and she’ll get used to the noobs.

BZS1422 #110 (2014.08.24) (guest: Sudo Maasa) – Hello! Pro Radio
The girls talk about the end of summer and any plans left, as well as the difficulties of blogging.

Yamamoko Sayaka (NMB48) in a CM for a solar system – J-Pop Idols
Well, she sure lights up my life.

Konya mo Usachan Peace #409 (2014.08.25) – Hello! Pro Radio
Sayu talks about how the current Musumes would fare in an intelligence test.

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Starmarie become app spokesidols!

Yui Yokoyama’s Kyoto Homecoming During AKB48’s Nationwide Tour! – Tokyo Girls Update
A great report, including lots of photos and setlist.

The Possible – 1116 – J-Pop Idols
Details on the new album, including tracklist and a music video.

Morning Musume ’14 announced when they will announce the 12th gen! – Sakura Mankai
I guess I can wait a couple more weeks.

Morning Musume ’14 announced their 14th album! – Sakura Mankai
The last album with Sayumi.

H!P Treasure Box: Hagiwara Mai – Yume no Kawa
The youngest C-ute gets her turn.

Morning Musume’s 12th generation: My Kenshuusei Picks. – Yume no Kawa
Kate explains why of the Eggs should be in Morning Musume or a new unit and why. It would be absolutely fantastic if Rikako makes it into Momusu.

Oda Sakura- Two years of Suppin UtaHime – Yume no Kawa
She’s certainly grown into her idol role.

Girls Beat!! Announces auditions for a second generation! – Sakura Mankai
Growing the group already? Seems like plan are afoot.

Three Idol Groups That You Need Know – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki picks out three more indie idols that we should be paying attention to.

2ch: Words of Wisdom from Tsugunaga Momoko a.k.a. Momochi lolololol – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
That one photo of her in the truck is pretty sexy for reasons I can’t place.

Company of girl group Mecha High demands money from fans who dated members – Asian Junkie
Doesn’t that become retroactive prostitution?

Morning Musume.’14 To Unveil New Members At Nippon Budokan On September 30! – Tokyo Girls Update
Photos and the setlist from the announcement about the announcement.

Kasai Tomomi – Ima Sarasara – J-Pop Idols
Details on the ex-AKB’s fourth solo single, including tracklists and video.

This week in music 09.17.2014 – New School Kaidan
UFA supergroup Team Makenki headlines this week’s idol offerings.

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Is Okada Junichi MCing this year’s Kohaku Uta Gassen?

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: September 15, 2014

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Okada Junichi to MC Kohaku Uta Gassen 2014? – JE fandom
We’ll find out the decision soon enough.

Rants & Raves : King of All Media – JE fandom
Various news, including a Johnny’s who’s decided to take the ALS ice bucket challenge.