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Nana Mizuki recently announced her 30th single (untitled) with tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime CROSS ANGE: Tenshi to Ryu no Rondo. Plus Nana Mizuki voices main character Princess Angelize “Ange” in the original anime from Sunrise Studios. The new single, planned for one CD-only edition, includes coupling track (untitled) with tie-up as ending theme for Space Battleship Yamato 2199 theatrical compilation version. The single hits stores October 15th 2014 – more release details and anime PV follow…

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Nanjo Yoshino (南條愛乃) revealed new single Anata no Aishita Sekai (あなたの愛した世界) with tie-up as the ending theme for upcoming anime Grisaia no Kajitsu, Le Fruit de la Grisaia (グリザイアの果実). Her 2nd solo single comes on two editions scheduled for release on November 5th 2014 – read on for more early release details…

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Eri Kitamura (喜多村英梨) announced new single RinRei (凛麗) with tie-up as the ending theme for upcoming anime CROSS ANGE: Tenshi to Ryu no Rondo. She also voices key character Salia in the original mech-action anime from Sunrise Studios. Her 8th single RinRei comes on three editions releasing October 29th 2014 – read on for more details and anime preview…

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Maon Kurosaki (黒崎真音) announced her 7th single Rakuen no Tsubasa (楽園の翼). The title track gets tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime Grisaia no Kajitsu, Le Fruit de la Grisaia (グリザイアの果実). Single Rakuen no Tsubasa comes on three editions scheduled for release on October 15th 2014 – read on for more details…

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Rock band the pillows are getting ready to release single About A Rock’n’Roll Band and revealed a preview music video, jacket covers, and more. Its their 36th single and the final release commemorating their 25th anniversary. The single’s title track also gets tie-up as ending theme for TV Tokyo’s Moya Moya-samaazu 2. Single About A Rock’n’Roll Band comes on two editions hitting stores September 17th 2014 – all the details and PV follow…

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Ayahi Takagaki (高垣彩陽) announced her 8th single (untitled) and her first without a tie-up. In addition to the title track the single includes a cover song as coupling track. The single comes on two editions scheduled to hit stores October 8th 2014 – read on for more early release details…

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CNBLUE added more release details for album WAVE – jacket covers, bonus details, and full music video for new song Radio unveiled. Their 3rd Japanese album includes singles Truth and Go your way plus new songs and more for 11 total tracks. Album WAVE comes on four editions hitting stores September 17th 2014 – updated details and PV follow…

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Ikimonogakari (いきものがかり) announced their 28th single Netsujo no Spectrum / Namida ga Kierunara  (熱情のスペクトラム /  涙がきえるなら) with both title tracks getting tie-ups. Song Netsujo no Spectrum featured as opening theme for upcoming anime The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) and song Namida ga Kierunara featured as ending theme for TBS TV series NEWS23 (since March 31st 2014). The double a-side single hits stores October 15th 2014 – read on for more details and anime trailer…

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French Kiss revealed more details for their 6th single Omoidasenai Hana (思い出せない花) – jacket covers and preview music video unveiled. The single is featured as the theme song for drama SAVEPOINT staring unit member Takajo Aki. Its also featured as theme for the unit’s travel variety series French Kiss no Kiss Tabi. Single Omoidasenai Hana comes on 4 editions scheduled for release on October 1st 2014 – more details and PV follow…

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EXILE TRIBE tops the singles charts with THE REVOLUTION selling over 321,000 copies. Its the 3rd single from the combined EXILE x J Soul Brothers x EXILE GENERATIONS. In #2 is performance band Golden Bomber with Rola no Kizudarake and #3 is VAMPS with double a-side GET AWAY / The JOLLY ROGER.

Popular anime Sword Art Online II opening theme IGNITE from Eir Aoi lands in #9 and ending theme Startear from Luna Haruna is #13.

DREAMS COME TRUE hits the top of the album charts with album ATTACK 25 selling over 90,000 copies. It’s the long time pop band’s 17th original album. The soundtrack album for FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run on the charts with 24 straight weeks in the top 10.

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

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Tohoshinki (東方神起) announced new Japanese single Time Works Wonders described as a ballad tune perfect for autumn. Its their 3rd single of 2014 and comes on two editions plus a fan club version. Single Time Works Wonders is scheduled for release on November 5th 2014 – read on for more details….

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