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AKB48 has announced their 29th single that features the 16 AKB48 idols who survived their annual Janken Taikai (Rock-Paper-Scissors) tournament. The winner Shimazaki Haruka and the rest of the 16 winners follow below. Their 29th single isn’t yet titled (they announced the title for their 28th singleUZA” during the tournament) but will come in three editions and scheduled for release on December 5th. More early release details and pre-order link follows…

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This week’s singles charts are topped by KAT-TUN with their 19th single “Fumetsu no Scrum” selling over 157,000 copies. The single is featured as theme song for TBS/MBS TV drama series “Dragon Seinendan”. Landing in the second spot is rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new single “firefly” which is featured as the theme song for Fuji TV drama series “Iki mo Dekinai Natsu” (Breathless Summer") that stars Emi Takei.

The girls of SCANDAL make it into the 9th spot with their 13th single “Pin Heel Surfer”.

Topping the album charts is Perfume and their special “Global Compilation LOVE THE WORLD” album selling over 118,000 copies. The album is part of the group’s new efforts to reach fans around the world. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION lands in the 4th spot with their 7th album “Landmark” selling 52,000 copies.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow…

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T-ARA recently announced a new compilation album “T-ARA’s Best of Best 2009-2012 ~Korean ver.~”. The album of greatest hits commemorates the first anniversary of their debut in Japan. It features Korean versions of their hits songs “Bo Peep Bo Peep”, “Roly-Poly”, “Lovey-Dovey”, “We Are The One”, “yayaya”, “T.T.L (Time To Love)”, and more for a total of 14 tracks. The best hits album comes in three editions and hits stores October 17th – read on for more release details…

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ClariS has updated the release details for their 6th single “Luminous” – cover jackets and full track list are exposed. The single is going to be featured as the theme song for the upcoming anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story (Hajimari no Monogatari). The movie hits theaters in Japan October 6th and its been announced that the movie will show outside of Japan – currently planned for 18 cities in USA, France, Italy, the Republic of San Marino, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The latest trailer follows at the bottom of the report.

ClariS previously provided the opening theme for the original TV anime series of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise. Single “Luminous” will hit stores October 10th – updated release details follow…

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GRANRODEO is getting ready to release their 5th original album “CRACK STAR FLASH” and have announced the full track list, in-store release events, and a tie-in with the title track. Song “CRACK STAR FLASH” will be featured as opening theme song in October for TV Asahi’s music show “BREAK OUT”. The album hits stores October 10th – updated release details follow…

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chatmonchy has updated the release details on their new original album “Henshin” – cover jackets and full track list are revealed. Album “Henshin” is their 5th and includes five singles they released in 2012 plus 7 additional songs for 12 total tracks. Collaborating as engineer on the album is Jim O’Rourke (ex. SONIC YOUTH) helping chatmonchy’s sound explode with rich content. The album’s title translates as “Transformation” which signifies the band’s past year as they re-launched as a two-member band. Read on for the updated release details…

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JOKER (ジョーカー) updated the release information on their 2nd single “Rolling Life” – cover jackets reveal a take-off of Rolling Stone magazine covers. The duo has also exposed a preview music video and personal message about the release. The new single comes in three editions with First Press bonuses and is scheduled for release on October 10th. Updated release details and videos follow…

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The weekly Oricon singles charts are topped by the boys of KANJANI8 with their 20th single “Aoppana” selling over 208,000 copies. The single is featured as theme song for TV drama “Boys on the Run” that also stars group member Maruyama. The second spot goes to the combined EXILE and J Soul Brothers as EXILE TRIBE with their single “24karats TRIBE OF GOLD” selling over 154,000 copies.

YUI and her first single of 2012 “fight” finds its way into the 5th spot on the charts. The song was written to be part of the 79th annual Junior High School Chorus contest.

Rock band abingdon boys school made their way onto the charts in the 8th spot with their first single in over 2 years “WE aRE”.

The album charts are topped by duo Kobukuro and their compilation album “All Singles BEST 2” with over 395,000 copies sold. Second spot goes to Kana Nishino with her 4th album “Love Place” selling over 167,000 copies. Rounding out the top 3 is popular Korean girl group KARA with their album “Collection” sell over 47,000 copies.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow…

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T-ARA has announced a new Japanese single “Sexy Love” which is a from their 7th Korean mini-album “MIRAGE” that just released on September 3rd. The single comes in three editions that each include a different coupling track of a Japanese version of previously released Korean song. T-ARA is hoping to re-focus on their music after being under some turmoil this summer adding new members and a controversial departure of Hwayoung on July 31st. Their new Japanese single “Sexy Love” hits stores November 14th – read on for more release details and pre-order link…

~ updated report with preview music video for “DAY BY DAY” (Japanese ver.) - here ~

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Idol group NMB48 has announced their 6th single which is not titled yet and set the release date for November 7th. The single tentatively is announced to come in three Limited editions and a Theater CD-only edition. No announcement yet if there will by any commercial message or other media tie-ups with this single or coupling tracks. Read on for early release details and pre-order information…

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Girls Generation (SNSD) has exposed the cover jackets for their new Japanese single – “Oh! / ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU”. The single’s title track is the Japanese version of previously released song “Oh!” and coupling song “ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU” is a new original Japanese song. Girls Generation has also announced a 14-performance arena/hall tour for 2013 across Japan. New single “Oh! / ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU” hits stores September 26th – updated release details and the previously music videos for Oh! and “ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU” follow…

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