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Ling tosite sigure (凛として時雨) announced new single Who What Who What with tie-up as the theme song for upcoming anime movie from the PSYCHO-PASS franchise. It’s the band’s 5th single and third featured as a theme song for anime PSYCHO-PASS. Single Who What Who What comes on one Limited Pressing edition hitting stores January 14th 2015 – release details and movie trailer follows.

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sweet ARMS announced new single Blade of Hope with tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime The Testament of Sister New Devil. Unit member Nomizu Iori voices supporting character Nonaka Kurumi in the high school action-harem-romance anime. Their 5th single Blade of Hope comes on two editions scheduled for release on February 4th 2014 – read on for more details and anime previews featuring OP Blade of Hope.

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Tamura Yukari (田村ゆか り) announced new single Anone Love me Do (あのね Love me Do). Her 25th solo single (30th overall) includes four new songs and comes on two editions. Single Anone Love me Do is scheduled for release on Christmas Eve December 24th 2014 – read on for more details.

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U-KISS revealed the details for their new Japanese single Sweetie plus just unveiled a teaser music video. Their 10th Japanese single will be the featured POWER PLAY on NTV Music Dragon and coupling song “If…” will be used as the NANTA 2015 Japan Tour official cheer song. Single Sweetie comes on two editions plus a fanclub version with release set for December 17th 2014 – all the details and PVs follow.

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Sexy Zone tops the charts with single Kimi ni HITOMEBORE selling over 336,000 copies. The title song is featured as the theme song for TV series Kurofuku Monogatari starring member Nakajima Kento and Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48). Landing in #2 is Mr. Children with single Ashioto – Be Strong featured as the theme song for the TV drama series Nobunaga Concerto.

Anime tied releases are lead by EGOIST with single Fallen in #9 (ED PSYCHO-PASS 2) and Kalafina in #10 with single believe (ED Fate/stay night – Unlimited Blade Works -).

Album charts are topped by British vocal group One Direction with album FOUR selling over 67,000 copies. Last week’s #1 slips to #2 – Kana Nishino with her 5th original album with LOVE.

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

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Sphere revealed more details for their previously announced 5th Anniversary BEST Album with track list determined by fan voting. The album releases simultaneously with their recently announced 16th single Jounetsu CONTINUE (情熱CONTINUE). Their BEST Album comes on two editions scheduled for release on February 11th 2015 – read on for more details.

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Nagi Yanagi (やなぎなぎ) updated the release details for her new album Polyomino (ポリオミノ) – track list unveiled. Her 2nd album includes singles, new songs, and more with 15 total tracks plus Nagi writes the lyrics for all by one song and composes five of the tracks. Album Polyomino comes on three editions releasing December 10th 2014 – read on for more details and PV.

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Sawano Hiroyuki (澤野弘之) as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] announced 2nd single “&Z” featuring mizuki on vocals and with tie-up as the opening theme for anime Aldnoah.ZERO season 2. Sawano Hiroyuki is the anime’s music director and he provided the ending themes for its first season. Single “&Z” comes on two editions scheduled for release on February 4th 2015 – read on for more details.

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Lantis Records, the world’s largest label for anime song artists, presents ANISONG WORLD TOUR ~ LANTIS FESTIVAL on January 16th and 17th 2015 at The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. The Lantis Festival is presented in conjunction with Otakon Vegas being held January 16th – 18th 2015. Scheduled to perform are 7 Lantis artists – JAM Project // Yoko Ishida // YOUSEI TEIKOKU // ChouCho // Faylan // Sasaki Sayaka // bamboo (from milktub). Read on for more details and ticket information.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) recently announced new single Kokyutosu (こきゅうとす) and just unveiled a preview music video. Her 7th solo single is produced by songwriter, composer, and artist Yakushimaru Etsuko (Tika・α) who also provides the jacket cover art and directs the music video. Single Kokyutosu comes on two editions releasing December 24th 2014 – more details and PV follow.

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Yui Horie announced more details for new album World End no Niwa (ワールドエンドの庭). Her 9th original album includes her singles released the past two years plus new songs including Stand Up! – theme song for smartphone game Shironeko Project. Album World End no Niwa comes on three editions releasing January 7th 2015 – read on for more details and PVs.

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