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SKE48 is getting ready to release single Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) and Limited edtions now include a voting flyer for their just announced SKE48 Request Hour 2014. Their 15th single Bukiyou Taiyou comes on for 4 pairs of editions plus a Theater CD-only version all hitting stores July 30th 2014 – more details and PVs follow…

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Faylan (飛蘭) has revealed more details for single Tokyo Zero Hearts. – full tracklist, jacket cover, and teaser CM spot unveiled. The single has tie-up as the opening theme for anime Tokyo ESP (東京ESP). Her 18th single comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores July 30th 2014 – updated details and CM spot follow…

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KANJANI8 (関ジャニ∞) as fictional unit Eight Ranger are getting ready to relase single ER2  featured as the theme song for movie Eight Ranger 2. Coupling track Kagero is used as insert song for the movie that continues the story with the members as hero unit Eight Ranger. Single ER2 comes on three editions hitting stores August 6th 2014 – more details follow…

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Luna Haruna (春奈るな) updated the details for single Startear – jacket covers, full track list, and more unveiled. Her 6th single has tie-up as the ending theme for anime Sword Art Online II Phantom Bullet (SAO II). Single Startear comes on three editions releasing on August 20th – updated details follow…

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KANJANI8 tops the singles charts with their 26th single Omoidama (オモイダマ ) selling over 168,000 copies. The single has tie-up as the theme song for the Japan High School Baseball Championship 2014 (2014ABC) and TV Asahi program covering the games Netto Koshien (熱闘甲子園).

On top of the album charts is Kis-My-Ft2 with their 3rd album Kis-My-Journey selling over 245,000 copies.

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

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Eir Aoi (藍井エイル) has updated the release details for singe IGNITE! – jacket covers, full tracklist, bonuses, and teaser PV all unveiled. Her 7th single is featured as the opening theme for the second season of popular anime Sword Art Online (Sword Art Online II Phantom Bullet). Single IGNITE comes on three editions hitting stores August 20th 2014 – read on for all the details and PV…

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angela presents Shoko Nakagawa single KiraKira-go-round (キラキラ-go-round) has unveiled the jacket cover and full track list. The single is featured as the ending theme for anime movie Bodacious Space Pirates ABYSS OF HYPERSPACE – Aku no Shien. Single KiraKira-go-round comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores July 23rd 2014 – updated details follow…

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OLDCODEX updated the details for new single Dried Up Youthful Fame – jacket covers, full track list, and more unveiled. Their 9th single has tie-up as the opening theme for the second season of anime Free! plus member Suzuki Tatsuhisa (VO) again voices key character Tashibana Makoto. Single Dried Up Youthful Fame comes on three editions releasing July 30th 2014 – updated details and promo music video follow…

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SMAP revealed the jacket covers and more for their 53rd single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery. Track Top Of The World has tie-up as the theme song for their Fuji TV variety show SMAP x SMAP and track Amazing Discovery has tie-up as theme song for Universal Studios Japan theme park starting in mid-June. Double a-side single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery comes on three editions hitting stores July 16th 2014 – updated details and audio preview for Amazing Discovery follow…

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Momoiro Clover Z updated the details for 12th single MOON PRIDE – jacket covers and audio previews revealed. Title track MOON PRIDE has tie-up as opening theme for anime Sailor Moon Crystal plus coupling track Gekkou (月虹) is featured as the anime’s ending theme. The title song is written and composed by REVO (Sound Horizon). Single MOON PRIDE comes on two editions hitting stores July 30th 2014 – updated details and audio previews follow…

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Minori Chihara (茅原実里) is getting ready to release her 20th single Mukaikaze ni uta Renagara (向かい風に打たれながら) and revealed the anime themed jacket cover plus bonus. The single has tie-up as the opening theme for anime RAIL WARS!. Single Mukaikaze ni uta Renagara hits stores July 23rd 2014 – read on for all the details and previously revealed preview music video…

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