UP-FRONT Terminates Rio Fuji’s Contract

In a statement (English translation) originally released on the official Hello! Project website, UP-FRONT PROMOTION (UFP) has terminated the contract of Kobushi Factory member Rio Fuji, effective immediately. She is said to have violated company rules, but no details regarding the violations have been released. This comes shortly after UFP and Fuji released statements announcing her … Continue reading UP-FRONT Terminates Rio Fuji’s Contract

Farewell Momochi

Yesterday, Momoko Tsugunaga gave her final concert as a member of Country Girls and the Hello! Project, and in so doing, ended one era while severing the link to another era long-past. After C-ute disbanded earlier this month, Momo became the final remaining member of the original Hello!Project Kids, the precursor to the Hello Pro … Continue reading Farewell Momochi

Kinki Kids’ Tsuyoshi Domoto Hospitalized For Sudden Deafness

(From jpopasia.com) Kinki Kids member Tsuyoshi Domoto has been hospitalized for a week after experiencing sudden deafness. Kinki Kids was supposed to make an appearance on TV Tokyo's "Ongakusai 2017" broadcast on June 28. Domoto was not present for the recording. Group mate Koichi Domoto explained that Domoto has experienced hearing loss and will be … Continue reading Kinki Kids’ Tsuyoshi Domoto Hospitalized For Sudden Deafness

Tsubaki Factory New Single Radio Rips: “Shuukatsu Sensation” & “Waratte”

Radio rips for two of the three songs from Tsubaki Factory's upcoming (7/26) single have been uploaded to Youtube. Fisrt impressions? I like both a lot. Starting with "Shuukatsu Sensation", it's a DANCE☆MAN production, so you know this is the funky one, right? Wrong, althought the trademark DM congas are present throughout, this is more … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory New Single Radio Rips: “Shuukatsu Sensation” & “Waratte”