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STYLE FIVE gets ready to release single FUTURE FISH and recently revealed the full track list and audio previews. The single has tie-up as the ending theme for the second season of anime Free! (Free! – Eternal Summer) and performed by the five lead voice actors. Single FUTURE FISH releases August 6th 2014 – details and audio preview follow…

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NMB48 revealed the jacket covers, full track list, and preview music videos for new album Sekai no Chushin wa Osaka ya ~ Namba Jichiku ~ (世界の中心は大阪や~なんば自治区~). Their 2nd album includes lead song Ibiza Girl (released as digital single), singles Takane no Ringo, Kamonegikkusu, and Bokura no Eureka, plus more for 34 songs across 4 different editions. Album Sekai no Chushin wa Osaka ya ~ Namba Jichiku ~ hits stores August 13th 2014 – all the details and preview music videos follow…

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CNBLUE releases their 8th Japanese single Go your way on August 20th 2014 and revealed a preview music video. Single Go your way comes on 3 editions plus a fan club “BOICE” version. All the details and PV follow…

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The Sketchbook gets ready to release single We Will Survive and unveiled the jacket covers and music video. Their 10th single has tie-up as the second ending theme for kids anime Gaist Crusher plus coupling track YELL ~ Haruka Kimi e ~ is the ending theme for Fuji BS show Birth of the cool. Single We Will Survive hits stores August 27th 2014 – updated details and MV follows…

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The brilliant green (Tomoko Kawase) just released self-cover album THE SWINGIN’ SIXTIES on July 23rd 2014. The album features 10 of the band’s songs with new arrangements plus new song A Little World for 11 total tracks all with a British 60’s pop vibe. More details and preview music video follow…

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SKE48 releases their 15th single Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) on July 30th 2014 and unveiled preview music videos for team coupling tracks and title song. The single comes on for 4 pairs of editions plus a Theater CD-only version – all the details and PVs follow…

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Koda Kumi is getting ready to release single HOTEL and unveiled a preview music video plus full track list. Her 57th single comes on two main editions plus a fan club edition and Music Card versions. Summer single HOTEL hits stores August 6th 2014 – all the details and PVsw follow…

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Kana Nishino (西野カナ) announced new single Darling with tie-up as then theme song for Fuji TV Mezamashi TV. The country ballad song has been featured since April as the morning “alarm” show’s theme song. Her 24th single (25th overall) available for download now, comes on two editions hitting stores August 13th 2014. More details, audio preview, and video with Kana Nishino discussing her new song follow…

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Tia provides the second ending theme for anime Captain Earth with her 3rd single The Glory Days. The single is produced by ryo (supercell) and comes on two editions scheduled for release on September 17th 2014 – read on for more details and audio preview…

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ZAQ revealed more details and preview music video for single OVERDRIVER. She writes, composes, and performs her 6th single with tie-up as the ending theme for anime RAIL WARS!. Single OVERDRIVER comes on two editions hitting stores August 20th 2014 – more details and PV follow….

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SMAP tops the singles charts this week with their 53rd single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery selling over 122,000 copies. Perfume climbs to #2 with 20th single Cling Cling selling over 73,000 copies and idol unit C-ute rounds out the top 3 with The Power / Kanashiki Heaven selling 55,000 copies.

Girl rock band SCANDAL lands in the #5 spot with Yoake no Ryuseigun (夜明けの流星群) featured as the theme song for anime movie Pokemon The Movie XY "Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction".

TOKIO tops the album charts with album HEART containing 30 songs selected by fan votes and celebrating their 20th anniversary. Kalafina lands in the #3 & #4 spots a with a pair of greatest hits albums THE BEST “Blue” and THE BEST “Red”.

Continuing its run on the album charts – original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) has spent 19 straight weeks in the top 10.

Read on for the complete top 10 singles and albums charts…

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