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Rock band Kinniku Shōjo Tai (筋肉少女帯) announced new single Mazeru na Kiken (混ぜるな危険) with tie-up as opening theme for upcoming anime Ushio & Tora (うしおととら). Its been nearly seven years since the longtime band has released a single! Their 19th single Mazeru na Kiken comes on two editions scheduled for release on August 5th 2015. More details and anime trailer featuring the theme song follows.

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B’z tops the singles chart with RED selling over 157,000 copies. It’s the longtime group’s 52nd single and has tie-up as image song for professional baseball player Kuroda Hiroki. Landing at #2 is AKB48 idol Watanabe Mayu with Deai no Tsudzuki her first solo single in about two years. The single has tie-up as theme for TV drama Fighting Bookstore Girl in which she stars.

Group OLDCODEX climbs to #10 with single Lantana with tie-up as 3rd ending theme for anime Kuroko’s Basketball.

Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵) tops the album charts with her 11th album _genic selling over 160,000 copies. Last week’s #1 Mr. Children with album REFLECTION slips to #2 with a two week total of over 430,000 copies sold.

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Kim Hyun Joong is preparing to release compilation album The Best of KIM HYUN JOONG that includes 34 of his Japanese and Korean hits. Jacket cover photo shot was completed on his 29th birthday June 6th. The Best of KIM HYUNG JOONG album comes on three editions (plus two via limited outlets) all hitting stores July 1st 2015.

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Ogura Yui (小倉唯) recently announced new single Honey♥Come!! with tie-up as ending theme for upcoming anime Castle Town Dandelion (Jokamachi no Dandelion, 城下町のダンデライオン). Ogura Yui also voices key supporting character (Hikari) in the comedy anime. Her 5th solo single Honey♥Come!! comes on two editions scheduled for release on August 12th 2015.

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ClariS revealed more details for single Anemone (アネモネ) – full track list unveiled. Their 12th single has tie-up as ending theme for upcoming anime Classroom☆Crisis. Single Anemone comes on three editions set to hit stores July 29th 2015. Updated details and new anime previews follow.

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eyelis announced their first single in over two years – Kizuna ni Nosete (絆にのせて) with tie-up as ending theme for upcoming anime Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, 赤髪の白雪姫, Clarines Kingdom). The unit’s 4th single Kizuna ni Nosete (Placed in Bonds) comes on one CD-only edition scheduled for release on August 19th 2015. More details and anime preview follow.

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YUIKAORI (ゆいかおり) recently announced new single Ring Ring Rainbow!! with tie-up as opening theme for upcoming anime Castle Town Dandelion (Jokamachi no Dandelion, 城下町のダンデライオン). Plus unit members Ogura Yui and Ishihara Kaori voice key supporting characters in the comedy anime. Their 11th single Ring Ring Rainbow!! comes on two editions scheduled for release on August 5th 2015.

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NMB48 announced new summer-themed single Durian Shōnen (ドリアン少年) and revealed a preview music video plus other details. Their 12th single features first-time center Sutō Ririka (18) and debuted during the AKB48 41st Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo held June 6th 2015. Single Durian Shōnen comes on four editions scheduled for release on July 15th 2015.

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Fo’xTails recently announced new single Innocent Graffiti with tie-up as opening theme for upcoming 3rd season of anime Junjō Romantica (純情ロマンチカ). Their 2nd single is planned to include two coupling tracks. Single Innocent Graffiti comes on one CD-only edition scheduled to hit stores July 22nd 2015. Release details and anime preview featuring the theme songs follows.

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KARA celebrates their 5th anniversary in Japan with the release of their 5th Japanese album Girl’s Story. The album is their first since the group underwent a member change and features songs from two singles plus five new songs for 11 total tracks. Album Girl’s Story comes on four editions hitting stores June 17th 2015.

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Nomizu Iori (野水伊織) provides the opening theme D.O.B. for upcoming anime Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (Sky Wizards Academy, 空戦魔導士候補生の教官 ). She also voices key character Rico Flamel in the fantasy-action anime. The song comes on her 7th single D.O.B. that includes coupling track Minasoko no remains with lyrics written by Nomizu Iori. Single D.O.B. comes on two editions releasing July 29th 2015. Anime previews and single release details follow.

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KANJANI8 tops the singles chart with Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku selling over 156,000 copies. The song has tie-up as theme for TV drama DoS Deka starring member Tadayoshi Okura.

Several anime tied include Aimer at #4 with Brave Shine opening theme for Fate/stay night UBW.

Mr. Children top the albums chart with REFLECTION selling over 355,000 copies.

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9nine is getting ready to release new single HAPPY 7 DAYS and unveiled preview music video for their first single in over a year. Single HAPPY 7 DAYS comes on three editions hitting stores June 17th 2015. Preview music video and all the release details follow.

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NICO Touches the Walls drops their new single Massugu na Uta (まっすぐなうた) on June 24th 2015. Their 17th single has tie-up as image song for the Japanese promotion of TV series The 100. Single Massugu na Uta comes on two editions with Limited DVD including live performances from their New Years 2015 concert event.

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Kalafina announced new single One Light with tie-up as the second ending theme for anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki, アルスラーン戦記). Their 18th single begins as the new theme song in July. Single One Light comes on five editions scheduled for release on August 12th 2015. More details follow.

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Satomi Sato (佐藤聡美) is about to release her first album Fanfare and revealed a promotional video with song previews. The album includes her two singles, nine new songs – one with lyrics written by Satomi Sato, plus more for 12 total tracks. Album Fanfare comes on two editions hitting stores June 10th 2015. All the release details and PV follow.

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