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Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ) is about to release 15th single “Z” no Chikai (‘Z’の誓い) with tie-up as the theme song for anime movie Dragon Ball Z Revival ‘F’ (Dragon Ball Z Fukkatsu no F). The group members will make guest voice acting appearance in the anime movie. Single “Z” no Chikai comes on two editions hitting stores April 29th 2015. Preview music video and details follow.

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UVERworld provides opening theme for anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki, アルスラーン戦記) with new single Boku no Kotoba de wa nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba  (僕の言葉ではない これは僕達の言葉).  Their 27th single includes three new songs on three editions hitting stores on *May 27th 2015. More details and PVs follow.

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Kanon Wakeshima (分島 花音) unveiled audio preview of coupling track Mayday! included on her new single RIGHT LIGHT RISE. Her 7th solo single’s title track is featured as the ED for anime Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. Single RIGHT LIGHT RISE comes on two editions releasing April 29th 2015. All the details and song preview videos follow.

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petit milady unveiled preview music videos, full track list, and jacket covers for new album cheri*cheri? milady!!. The unit’s 2nd album includes two singles plus new songs including lead track Fantastique♥Phantom. Album cheri*cheri? milady!!. comes on three editions hitting stores May 13th 2015. All the details and PV for new song Fantastique♥Phantom follow.

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Unit Kita-ko Bungei-bu Joshi-kai (北高文芸部女子会) is getting ready to release single Fure Fure Mirai (フレ降レミライ ) with tie-up as the opening theme for anime The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The anime’s lead female voice actors form the unit: Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Goto Yuko, Matsuoka Yuki, and Kuwatani Natsuko. All renew their rolls in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya franchise’s 3rd TV anime series. Single Fure Fure Mirai comes on one CD-only edition hitting stores April 29th 2015. All the details follow.

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KARA is getting ready to release new Japanese single Summer☆Gic / Sunshine Miracle / SUNNY DAYS. The triple a-side single is their 2nd single in Japan since under going a line-up change in 2014. Track Summer☆Gic (Summer Magic) gets tie-up as theme song for Fuji TV series Uchikuru!?. KARA’s 12th Japanese single comes on 7 editions releasing May 5th 2015. All the details and preview video follow.

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Ikimonogakari (いきものがかり) recently announced their 30th single Anata (あなた) with tie-up as theme song for NTV campaign 7daysTV Kazukutte, Nanda (7daysTV かぞくって、なんだ). Their 30th single also includes live performances of songs Kirari and My Stage. Single Anata comes on one CD-only edition scheduled for release on May 13th 2015. Read on for more details.

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Sandaime J Soul Brothers top the singles chart with their live tour theme song “starting over” selling over 439,000 copies. Idol group Morning Musume’15 climbs to #2 with triple a-side single Seishun Kozo ga naiteiru / Yugure wa ameagari / Ima Koko Kara.

Popular voice actor Mamoru Miyano lands at #3 with opening theme Shine for anime Uta no Prince-sama -  Maji Love Revolutions.

Korean group 2PM tops the album charts with Japanese album 2PM OF 2PM. Landing at #4 is anisong unit ClariS with compilation album SINGLE BEST 1st.

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ryo (supercell) with singer chelly unveiled the jacket covers illustrated by Miwa Shirow (三輪士郎) for new single Great Distance. The single’s title song has tie-up as opening theme for game BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER plus coupling track Last Song is the game’s ending theme. Single Great Distance comes on three editions hitting stores May 20th 2015. Read on for more details.

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Minori Chihara (茅原実里) is about to release single Aitakatta Sora (会いたかった空) and revealed the full music video and song preview video. Her 21st single has tie-up as theme song for anime movie Beyond the Boundary – I’LL BE HERE – Future Chapter (劇場版 境界の彼方 -I’LL BE HERE- 未来篇). Single Aitakatta Sora comes on two editions releasing April 22nd 2015. All the details with full music video and song previews follow.

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Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) teams up with idol unit DENPA GUMI.inc for opening theme song PUNCH LINE! for anime PUNCH LINE. The special unit is credited as Shokotan❤Denpagumi (しょこたん❤でんぱ組, Shokotan Loves Denpagumi) with Maeyamada Kenichi (Hyadain) producing the single. Single PUNCH LINE! comes on three editions hitting stores April 29th 2015. All the details and preview music video follow.

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GIRLS’ GENERATION (少女時代) is getting ready to release new Japanese single Catch Me If You Can and unveiled both Limited editions packaging contents via video plus announced a bonus lottery. The Japanese version of single Catch Me If You Can comes on two Limited editions hitting stores April 22nd 2015 and a special 12” vinyl via limited outlets now also on April 22nd 2015. The Korean version of the song dropped April 10th 2015. All the details plus packaging and preview music videos follow.

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Idol unit Juice=Juice tops the singles chart with 6th single Wonderful World/Ca va ? Ca va ?. Landing at #2 special AKB48 group unit NyaKB with Tsuchinoko Panda with first single Idol wa Unyanya no Kudan (アイドルはウーニャニャの件). The single has tie-up as the 3rd ending theme for ongoing anime Yo-Kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ).

Ending theme for anime Uta no Prince-sama -  Maji Love Revolutions sung by voice actor unit STARISH lands at #3.

Top selling male vocalist Fukuyama Masaharu tops the albums chart with solo guitar acoustic song album Tamashii Riku (魂リク). Anisong singer and voice actor Suzuko Mimori lands at #5 with her 2nd album Fantastic Funfair.

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Composer, music producer ryo (supercell) with singer chelly bring new single Great Distance featured as opening theme for game BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER. Coupling track Last Song gets tie-up as the game’s ending theme. Single Great Distance comes on three editions scheduled for release on May 20th 2015. Read on for more details and game PVs featuring the theme song.

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Maon Kurosaki (黒崎真音) updated the released details and unveiled a new TVCM spot for single Setsuna no Kajitsu (刹那の果実). Her 8th single has tie-up as the opening theme for upcoming anime The Eden of Grisaia (Grisaia no Rakuen) sequel for anime The Fruit of Grisaia. Single Setsuna no Kajitsu comes on three editions hitting stores May 13th 2015. Release details and PVs follow.

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Nanjō Yoshino (南條愛乃) recently updated the release details for single Tasogare no Starlight (黄昏のスタアライト) – jacket covers, full track list, and TVCM spot unveiled. Her 3rd single has tie-up as ending theme for anime The Eden of Grisaia the sequel to anime The Fruit of Grisaia. Single Tasogare no Starlight comes on two editions hitting stores April 29th 2015. Updated details and PVs follow.

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