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BUMP OF CHICKEN is releasing digital single You were here to commemorate their national tour WILLPOLIS 2014. The song expresses deep-felt feelings for the audience and the music video captures fans at performances during the tour. Digital single You were here releases August 1st 2014 at iTunes and RecoChoku – details and PV follow…

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GACKT has announced more details for new single Akatsuki Tsukiyo – DAY BREAKERS (暁月夜 – DAY BREAKERS). His 45th single is part of GACKT’s 15th anniversary celebrations and a special premium edition comes with a life-size hug-pillow. Single Akatsuki Tsukiyo – DAY BREAKERS is scheduled for release on October 1st 2014 – read on for more details…

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livetune revealed more details for album TO (と) of the “adding” series of collaborations with live vocalists. The album contains previously released singles including FLAT (Yuuki Ozaki from Galileo Galilei) plus new songs for 12 total tracks. Album TO (と) comes on two editions hitting stores September 10th 2014 – updated details follow….

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CNBLUE unveiled the music video for their new Japanese single Go your way. The Korean band’s 8th Japanese single comes on 3 editions plus a fan club version. Single Go your way releases August 20th 2014 – read on for release details and music video…

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AKB48 updated the release details for single Kokoro no Placard – jacket covers, full track list, and preview music video unveiled. The single features members selected by the fan voting 6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo (General Election) with Watanabe Mayu (20) selected #1 for the first time. Single Kokoro no Placard hits stores August 27th 2014 – details and PV follow…

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Anime Re:␣Hamatora opening theme Sen no Tsubasa (千の翼) has unveiled the jacket cover, full track list and audio preview. It’s the 4th single of livetune (kz)’s “adding” series with vocals provided by Takuro Sugawara (from 9mm Parabellum Bullet). Single Sen no Tsubasa comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores September 3rd 2014 – updated details and audio preview follows…

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EXILE tops the singles charts with NEW HORIZON selling over 147,000 copies. Unit Busaiku consiting of four members of Kis-My-Ft2 land in #2 with single Titititerette Teretititi – Dare no Ketsu and idol group Afilia Saga is #3 with single Magical Express Journey.

TK from Ling tosite sigure hits #9 with his first solo single “unravel” (OP Tokyo Ghoul) and Minori Chihara’s 20th single Mukaikaze ni uta Renagara makes it to #18 (OP RAIL WARS!).

Girls Generation tops the album charts with compilation album THE BEST selling over 74,000 copies. Continuing its run on the album charts – original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) has spent 20 straight weeks in the top 10.

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

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Yuuki Ozaki from Galileo Galilei revealed jacket covers and full track list for single Trigger. The opening theme for anime Terror in Resonance (Zankyo no Terror) is a collaboration with Yoko Kanno (music) and Yuuki Ozaki (lyrics,performance). Single Trigger hits stores August 27th 2014 – updated details follow…

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T.M.Revolution (T.M.R.) announced his third single of 2014 – Phantom Pain – with tie-up as theme CM theme song for Ikeda Mohando DelicareM’s anti-fungal cream. The single comes on two editions scheduled for release on September 3rd 2014. Read on for more details and TVCM spot featuring a relieved TMR…

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STYLE FIVE gets ready to release single FUTURE FISH and recently revealed the full track list and audio previews. The single has tie-up as the ending theme for the second season of anime Free! (Free! – Eternal Summer) and performed by the five lead voice actors. Single FUTURE FISH releases August 6th 2014 – details and audio preview follow…

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NMB48 revealed the jacket covers, full track list, and preview music videos for new album Sekai no Chushin wa Osaka ya ~ Namba Jichiku ~ (世界の中心は大阪や~なんば自治区~). Their 2nd album includes lead song Ibiza Girl (released as digital single), singles Takane no Ringo, Kamonegikkusu, and Bokura no Eureka, plus more for 34 songs across 4 different editions. Album Sekai no Chushin wa Osaka ya ~ Namba Jichiku ~ hits stores August 13th 2014 – all the details and preview music videos follow…

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