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nano recently announced her 3rd album Rock on. planned to include 4 singles and 8 new songs for 12 total tracks. Several of the new songs are announced including title track Rock on with tie-up as the theme song for the anime movie Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova – DC premiering January 31st 2015. Album Rock on. comes on three editions scheduled for release on January 28th 2015 – read on for more details and preview for the anime movie featuring theme song Rock on.

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Konomi Suzuki (鈴木このみ) is getting ready to release 7th single Ginsen no Kaze (銀閃の風) and revealed an audio preview video for all tracks. The single is featured as the opening theme for anime Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Madan no O to Vanadis, 魔弾の王と戦姫). Single Ginsen no Kaze comes on two editions releasing November 19th 2014 – all the details and previews follow.

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Ayana Taketatsu (竹達彩奈) updated the release details for new album Colore Serenata and unveiled a preview music video for new song Cleansing Love. Her 2nd album includes three singles, coupling tracks, plus new songs for 13 total tracks. Album Colore Serenata comes on three editions including a deluxe Limited with two Blu-ray disks. The album hits stores November 19th 2014 – all the details and PV follow.

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SCANDAL (スキャンダル) revealed more details for single Image – jacket cover unveiled and tie-up announced as theme song for the Nestle Cup International Women’s Soccer Club Championship 2014 on BS Fuji TV. Their 20th single has songwriting handled by member MAMI (vocals & guitar). Single Image comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores November 19th 2014 – updated details and preview music follow.

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V6 tops the singles charts with 44th single Sky’s The Limited selling over 95,000 copies. This their first #1 since 2012 but none of their singles have be less than #3 since their debut in 1995. Acid Black Cherry’s 19th single INCUBUS climbs into #2. Korean unit GOT7 debuts in Japan with single Around the World landing at #3.

Anime tie-up release -  voice actor and singer Maaya Uchida’s 2nd single Gimme! Revolution with tie-up as OP for anime Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! lands at #12.

Arashi tops the album charts and affirms their top boy band status with album THE DIGITALIAN selling a huge 660,000 copies. Arashi should again get the top selling album for the year (2014) with this release.

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

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SCANDAL (スキャンダル) updated the release details for new album HELLO WORLD – jacket covers, full track list, and more revealed. Their 6th original album includes singles, new songs, and more with 13 total tracks. Album HELLO WORLD, produced by the band in collaboration with Kameda Seiji and Tetsuya Komuro, comes on four editions releasing December 3rd 2014 – all the details follow.

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Eir Aoi (藍井エイル) is getting ready to release single Tsunagaru Omoi (ツナガルオモイ) and unveiled the full track list and song credits. She writes and composes her 8th single with tie-up as the theme song for TBS TV show Rank Oukoku (Rank Kingdom). Single Tsunagaru Omoi comes on two editions releasing November 12th 2014 – all the details and preview music video follow.

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Nagi Yanagi (やなぎなぎ) added more details for upcoming album Polyomino (ポリオミノ) that will include three previously released singles, new songs, and more with 15 total tracks (planned). Nagi also announced new song Burn Out the ENERGY with tie-up as theme song for selector battle WIXOSS smartphone game. Album Polyomino comes on three editions scheduled for release on December 10th 2014 – read on for more details.

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KANJANI8 (関ジャニ∞) recently revealed their 31st single Gamushara Koshinkyoku (がむしゃら行進曲) with tie-up as the theme song for NTV drama Jigoku Sensei Nu~be~ staring member Maruyama Ryuhei. The single is also the 3rd and final of their 10th anniversary releases. Single Gamushara Koshinkyoku comes on two editions releasing December 17th 2014 – more details follow.

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SUPER JUNIOR announced their 6th Japanese single MAMACITA (AYAYA) – its their first single in Japan in a year and first since group leader Leeteuk returned from his mandatory two year Korean military service. The Korean version of the single was previously released as their 7th album in Korea. Single MAMACITA (AYAYA) comes on two editions plus a fanclub version all releasing December 17th 2014 – read on for more details.

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Hitomi Harada (原田ひとみ) unveiled a preview music video for 8th single Schwarzer Bogen. The single has tie-up as the ending theme for anime Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Madan no O to Vanadis,魔弾の王と戦姫). She also voices supporting character Valentina in the action-fantasy anime. Single Schwarzer Bogen releases November 26th 2014 – details and preview music video follow.

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