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Kanon Wakeshima (分島 花音) recently announced new album Tsukinami (ツキナミ) that includes tracks from 4 singles plus new songs for 11 total tracks. Her 3rd album Tsukinami comes on two editions scheduled for release on February 25th 2015. Read on for more details.

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nano unveiled the full track list and more details for new album Rock on. plus the full music video for title track Rock on.. Song Rock on. has tie-up as the opening theme song for upcoming anime movie Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova – DC. Album Rock on. comes on three editions hitting stores January 28th 2015 – all the details and PVs follow.

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Negicco announced their 2nd full length album Rice & Snow recently at release event for their 15th single! They revealed the full track list that includes 12th – 15th singles, coupling tracks, plus new songs for 13 total tracks. Album Rice & Snow comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores January 20th 2015. Details and PVs follow.

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OLDCODEX announced their 3rd-mini album (untitled) that includes the opening theme song for anime Q Transformers Mystery of Convoy. Unit member Suzuki Tatsuhisa (鈴木達央) voices character Lockdown in the new anime adaption for the Transformers franchise. The new mini-album comes on one CD-only edition scheduled for release April 1st 2015. Read on for more early release details.

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GARNiDELiA revealed jacket covers and full track list for album Linkage Ring. Their first album includes their three singles, indie releases such as True High and Lamb plus new songs for 13 total tracks. Album Linkage Ring comes on three editions hitting stores January 21st 2015 – details follow.

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Sawai Miku (沢井美空) recently announced new single Colorful. (カラフル。) with tie-up as the ending theme for upcoming anime Saekano How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saekano, 冴えない彼女の育てかた). Her 7th single comes on two editions scheduled for release on January 28th 2015. More early details and new anime PV follow.

~ Saekano How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend streaming via Crunchyroll announced – new PV added ~

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Luna Haruna (春奈るな) announced new single Kimiiro Signal (君色シグナル) with tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata (Saekano, 冴えない彼女の育てかた). The anime features Matsuka Yoshitsugu (SAO Kirito) in the lead roll. Luna Haruna’s 7th single Kimiiro Signal comes on three editions scheduled for release on January 28th 2015. Read on for more details and anime preview.

~ Saekano How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend streaming via Crunchyroll announced – new PV added ~

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Nagi Yanagi (やなぎなぎ) is getting ready to release 9th single Sweet Track / Burn Out the ENERGY and revealed the jacket cover and more details. Title song Sweet Track is the theme song for NTV show Sukkiri!! (スッキリ!!) in December and coupling track Burn Out the ENERGY has tie-up as the theme song for smartphone game selector battle WIXOSS. Single Sweet Track hits stores December 24th 2014 – all the details and promo music video follow.

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SKE48 tops the singles charts this week with their 16th single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (December no Kangaroo,12月のカンガルー) selling over 386,000 copies. The single marks the first time newer members Kitagawa Ryouha (北川綾巴) and Miyamae Ami (宮前杏実) are featured as co-centers.

LiSA leads the anime tied singles with her 7th single Shirushi landing at #3 – her best on weekly Oricon charts. The single’s featured as the second ending theme for anime Sword Art Online season 2 (SAO II). Last week Haruka Tomatsu released single courage that also landed at #3 and its featured as the second opening theme for SAO II.

Topping the album charts is duo KinKi Kids with M Album – their 14th original album and 14th #1 album. Landing at #2 is a compilation album Co Gal marking the 50th birthday of former X Japan guitarist/singer hide (suicide 1998).

Nagi Yanagi lands at #6 with her 2nd album Polyomino.

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

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Konomi Suzuki (鈴木このみ) announced early details for new single Absolute Soul with tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime Absolute Duo. The single also includes a re-arranged version of the title song with Konomi Suzuki and guest vocalist duet (different on each edition). Single Absolute Soul comes on two editions scheduled for release on February 18th 2015. Read on for more details and new anime promo video featuring opening theme Absolute Soul.

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Yui Horie (堀江由衣) revealed the jacket covers shot on location in the UK, full track list, and more for new album World End no Niwa (ワールドエンドの庭). The album includes singles, new song Stand Up! featured as theme song for smartphone game Shironeko Project and more for 13 total tracks. Album World End no Niwa comes on three editions hitting stores January 7th 2015 – read on for all the details and PVs.

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