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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) recently announced new single Kokyutosu (こきゅうとす) and just unveiled a preview music video. Her 7th solo single is produced by songwriter, composer, and artist Yakushimaru Etsuko (Tika・α) who also provides the jacket cover art and directs the music video. Single Kokyutosu comes on two editions releasing December 24th 2014 – more details and PV follow.

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Yui Horie announced more details for new album World End no Niwa (ワールドエンドの庭). Her 9th original album includes her singles released the past two years plus new songs including Stand Up! – theme song for smartphone game Shironeko Project. Album World End no Niwa comes on three editions releasing January 7th 2015 – read on for more details and PVs.

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SKE48 is getting ready to release single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (Jyuunigatsu no Kangaroo,12月のカンガルー) and has revealed preview music videos for the title song and several coupling tracks. Single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo comes on 4-pairs of editions plus the theater version all releasing December 10th 2014 – details and PVs follow.

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Nana Mizuki recently announced new single [untitled] with tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime DOG DAYS season 3 (DOG DAYS”). She also continues voicing character Ricotta Elmar in the fantasy romance anime. Her 31st single comes on one CD-only edition scheduled for release on January 14th 2015 – read on for more details.

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Sphere announced new single Jounetsu CONTINUE (情熱CONTINUE) with tie-up as the ending theme for upcoming anime Yoru no Yatterman (夜ノヤッターマン). The unit also officially announced their best album – Sphere 5th Anniversary Best Album set for simultaneous release with the new single. Their 16th single Jounetsu CONTINUE comes on two editions scheduled for release on February 11th 2015 – more details follow.

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Aoi Yuuki (悠木碧) has announced her 1st album Ishmael planned to include her singles, coupling tracks, and new songs for 11 total tracks planned. The album includes new song Earl de Collage La Mirage with a new music video. Album Ishmael comes on two editions scheduled for release February 11th 2015 – read on for more details.

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Momoiro Clover Z and legendary USA rock band KISS have announced a unlikely collaboration on a new single (untitled) and the KISS 40th Anniversary World Tour. The single’s title song is composed and played by KISS with Momoclo providing vocals and at the KISS40 tour final Tokyo Dome concert Momoiro Clover Z will participate. The special Momoiro Clover Z vs KISS (ももいろクローバーZ vs KISS) collaboration single comes on two editions scheduled for release on January 28th 2015 – read on for more details and Japanese report videos.

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Kinki Kids tops the singles charts with 34th single Kagi no Nai Hako selling over 152,000 copies. Its been a over a year since the popular duo released a single and they continue a perfect streak with 34 #1 singles. Idol unit Berryz Kobo lands in #2 with their 36th single Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta.

Kana Nishino tops the album charts with her 5th original album with LOVE selling over 100,000 copies.

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

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Aoi Eir ((藍井エイル) officially revealed new single GENESIS with tie-up as the ending theme for anime Aldnoah.ZERO season 2. Her 9th single GENESIS comes on three editions scheduled for release on February 18th 2015 – read on for more details.

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SKE48 unveiled more details for their 16th single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (Jyuunigatsu no Kangaroo,12月のカンガルー) – jacket covers and full track list revealed. Its their first single to feature co-centers Kitagawa Ryouha (北川綾巴) and Miyamae Ami (宮前杏実). Single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo comes on 4-pairs of editions plus the theater version releasing December 10th 2014 – read on for all the details.

~ PV revealed ~

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Tohoshinki (東方神起) unveiled the jacket covers, full track list, and tie-up details for new Japanese album WITH. The album includes singles, coupling tracks, and new songs for 14 total tracks. New song Believe in U has tie-up as ending theme for TBS TV show Hiruobi! in December and Chandelier has tie-up as ending theme for TBS TV show Arita no Yarashii. Album WITH comes on three editions plus a fan club version all hitting stores December 17th 2014 – updated details follow.

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