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Koda Kumi is getting ready to release single HOTEL and unveiled a preview music video plus full track list. Her 57th single comes on two main editions plus a fan club edition and Music Card versions. Summer single HOTEL hits stores August 6th 2014 – all the details and PVsw follow…

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Kana Nishino (西野カナ) announced new single Darling with tie-up as then theme song for Fuji TV Mezamashi TV. The country ballad song has been featured since April as the morning “alarm” show’s theme song. Her 24th single (25th overall) available for download now, comes on two editions hitting stores August 13th 2014. More details, audio preview, and video with Kana Nishino discussing her new song follow…

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Tia provides the second ending theme for anime Captain Earth with her 3rd single The Glory Days. The single is produced by ryo (supercell) and comes on two editions scheduled for release on September 17th 2014 – read on for more details and audio preview…

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ZAQ revealed more details and preview music video for single OVERDRIVER. She writes, composes, and performs her 6th single with tie-up as the ending theme for anime RAIL WARS!. Single OVERDRIVER comes on two editions hitting stores August 20th 2014 – more details and PV follow….

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SMAP tops the singles charts this week with their 53rd single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery selling over 122,000 copies. Perfume climbs to #2 with 20th single Cling Cling selling over 73,000 copies and idol unit C-ute rounds out the top 3 with The Power / Kanashiki Heaven selling 55,000 copies.

Girl rock band SCANDAL lands in the #5 spot with Yoake no Ryuseigun (夜明けの流星群) featured as the theme song for anime movie Pokemon The Movie XY "Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction".

TOKIO tops the album charts with album HEART containing 30 songs selected by fan votes and celebrating their 20th anniversary. Kalafina lands in the #3 & #4 spots a with a pair of greatest hits albums THE BEST “Blue” and THE BEST “Red”.

Continuing its run on the album charts – original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) has spent 19 straight weeks in the top 10.

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

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Kalafina revealed more details for single heavenly blue – jacket cover, full track list, and bonus unveiled. Their 15th single has tie-up as the opening theme for anime Aldnoah.ZERO. Single heavenly blue comes on one Limited Pressing version releasing August 6th 2014 – more details and preview follows…

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Sawai Miku (沢井美空) added more details for single Konna Sekai, Shiritaku Nakatta. (こんな世界、知りたくなかった) – jacket covers, full track list, and audio preview revealed. Her 6th single has tie-up as the ending theme for upcoming anime Akame ga Kill!. Single Konna Sekai, Shiritaku Nakatta. hits stores August 13th 2014 – all the details and PVs follow…

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Amamiya Sora (雨宮天) updated the details for her debut single Skyreach – jacket covers, full track list, and preview music video revealed. The single has tie-up as the opening theme for anime Akame ga Kill! plus Amemiya voices lead character Akame in the dark fantasy anime. Single Skyreach comes on three editions hitting stores August 13th 2014 – updated details and PV follow…

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Secret is getting ready to release their 5th Japanese single YooHoo and unveiled the jacket covers and Japanese version music video. In addition to their summer live events 2014 Secret’s Summer Live ~ YooHoo ~ they have multiple release events planned for their new release. Single YooHoo comes on two editions hitting stores July 23rd 2014 – all the details follow…

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Aimer (エメ) added more details for extended play single Dareka, Umi wo (誰か、海を。) – jacket covers, more track list information and new song preview unveiled. The title song is written by Yoko Kanno and featured as the ending theme for anime Terror in Resonance (Zankyo no Terror). Single Dareka, Umi wo releases September 3rd 2014 – updated details and PVs follow…

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Maaya Sakamoto revealed more details for single Replica -  jacket covers along with new anime preview unveiled. Her 24th single has tie-up as the next opening theme for anime M3 the dark metal (M3 ~ Sono Kuroki Hagane ~). Single Replica comes on two editions releasing August 20th 2014 – updated details and PV follow….

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