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AKB48 revealed Shimazaki Haruka as center for their 40th single Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai (僕たちは戦わない). The senbatsu includes 32 members for the key single with the member voting ticket for their 2015 Senbatsu Sousenkyo (General Election). Single Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai comes on 4 pairs of editions plus the theater version all set for release on May 20th 2015. Read on for more details and pre-order links.

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Choucho provides the opening theme BLESS YoUr NAME for upcoming anime High School DxD BorN. It’s the 3rd season of the harem-ecchi anime directed by Yanagisawa Tetsuya (Heaven’s Lost Property). Her 11th single also includes coupling track Hello, Hello, Hello featured as theme for game from the Senran Kagura franchise. Single BLESS YoUr NAME comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores April 15th 2015. Read on for more details and anime trailer.

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Suzuko Mimori (三森すずこ) is getting ready to release 2nd album Fantastic Funfair and unveiled jacket covers, bonuses, and a preview music video for new song Wonderland Love. The amusement park themed album includes 3 previously released songs plus 8 new for 11 total tracks. Album Fantastic Funfair comes on three editions releasing April 8th 2015. All the details and PVs follow.

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NEGOTO (ねごと) revealed details for their new single DESTINY with tie-up as the ending theme for the 4th season of anime Gintama (Gintama°, 銀魂°). The single comes on three editions scheduled for release on June 3rd 2015. Read on for more details and anime trailer.

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UVERworld revealed new single with opening theme Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba  for upcoming anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki, アルスラーン戦記). Their 27th single includes three new songs and comes on three editions scheduled for release on May 13th 2015. Read on for more details.

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Nogizaka46 tops the singles chart with 11th single Inochi wa Utsukushii (命は美しい) selling over 500,000 copies. The single features member Nanase Nishino as center and is their best selling opening week single continuing the idol group’s growing popularity. Climbing into #2 is debut single Gangan☆Dance / Kimi no Tameni... from new Nagoya based idol group OS☆U.

Koda Kumi tops the album chart with her 12th original album WALK OF MY LIFE selling over 39,000 copies. Korean voical group U-KISS lands at #4 with 4th Japanese album Action. Voice actor Haruka Tomatsu climbs to #7 with 3rd album Harukarisk*Land.

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

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Mamoru Miyano is preparing to release single Shine (シャイン) with tie-up as opening theme for the 3rd season of anime Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love Revolutions. Plus Mamoru Miyano continues voicing lead character Tokiya Ichinose in the music industry and idol group anime. His 12th single Shine comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores April 15th 2015. Read on for more details.

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Unit NyaKB with Tsuchinoko Panda provides the 3rd ending theme Idol wa Unyanya no Kudan (アイドルはウーニャニャの件) for ongoing anime Yo-Kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ). NyaKB consists of 7 AKB48 group idols lead by Shimazaki Haruka who has also provided the voice of guest character Yukippe in the anime. Single Idol wa Unyanya no Kudan comes on three editions releasing April 8th 2015. All the details and preview music video follow.

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GIRLS’ GENERATION (SNSD) announce details for new Japanese single Catch Me If You Can. The title song, promoted as a highly addictive dance tune, comes coupled with a medium ballad song. A full-length outdoor dance music video is also included. Single Catch Me If You Can comes on two Limited editions plus a special analog vinyl (different release date) scheduled for release on April 22nd 2015. Read on for more details.

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Tamura Yukari (田村ゆかり) provides ending theme Pleasure treasure for upcoming anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. Tamura Yukari also continues voicing title character Takamachi Nanoha in the 4th TV series of the anime franchise.The ending theme song is part of her 26th single Sukidatte Ienakute (好きだって言えなくて) with the title song having tie-up as theme for TBS TV series Rank Kingdom during April and May. Single Sukidatte Ienakute comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores April 1st 2015. All the release details plus preview music video and anime trailer follow.

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Nana Mizuki (水樹奈々) unveiled more details for single Angel Blossom – jacket covers, full track list, and more revealed. Her 32nd single has tie-up as opening theme for upcoming anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. She also continues voicing the key character Fate Testarossa in the franchise’s 4th TV series. Single Angel Blossom comes on three editions hitting stores April 22nd 2015. Updated details and anime preview follow.

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