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Namie Amuro has announced her first single of 2013, a double a-side release “Big Boys Cry | Beautiful”. Both songs and Namie Amuro will be featured in a commercial message campaign for Kose ESPRIQUE beauty products. The single comes on one regular edition and is scheduled to hit stores March 6th 2013. Read on for more release details…

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An idol’s life ain’t easy. Minegishi Minami (20) one of the 24 founding members of AKB48 and nearly always in the top 16 popularity has hit the Japanese scandal tabloids with the dreaded “boyfriend”! In the current issue of Shukan Bunshun Minegishi Minami is reported to have spent the night at Alan Shirahama who is a member of GENERATIONS (EXILE’s new little brother group). In a dramatic move Minegishi has shaved her head as self-imposed penance for her actions and AKB48 management has announced her demotion within the group. More details and video message from the shaved Minegishi Minami follows.

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Topping the single charts for the first time in a while is Morning Musume with their 52nd single “Help me!!” selling over 93,000 copies. It’s the idol group’s first #1 since 2009 and their combined last three single releases have sold better than any other three consecutive singles since 2004. No denying the changes made during 2012 have been very successful.

In the second spot is SUPER JUNIOR-KRY (a sub-unit featuring three lead vocalists from the main group) with their debut ballad single “Promise You”. And in the third spot is group AAA with their double a-side single “Miss you / Hohoemi no saku basho”.

On the album charts its rock band GLAY with a double original album release “Justice” and “Guilty” taking the top two spots, selling over 57,000 and 56,000 copies respectively.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Maon Kurosaki has announced new album “VERTICAL HORIZON”, her second original album. It will include her singles released in the 16 months since her first album “Butterfly Effect”, new songs, and more for 13 planned tracks. The Limited edition of the album includes a Blu-ray with footage recorded at her second anniversary live event held at Shibuya-AX this past October. Album “VERTICAL HORIZON” is available on two editions and scheduled to be in stores April 10th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Koda Kumi is getting ready to release a new album “Color the Cover” which features her covering songs such as “Pink Spider” from hide (1998, released after his death), “Lovely” from Ozawa Kenji (1994), and “Koyoi no tsuki no youni” from Elephant Kashimashi (1997). The cover jackets and full track list have been revealed. Album “Color the Cover” is Koda Kumi’s second cover album and it comes in three editions including a Limited with DVD and photo booklet. The album hits stores February 27th 2013 – updated details follow..

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Mami Kawada is getting read to release her greatest hits album “BEST -BIRTH-“ and cover jackets plus full track list are revealed. The track list now includes many of her singles with anime tie-ins, songs from anime or game releases, and two new songs. Mami Kawada “BEST -BIRTH-“ hits stores February 13th 2013 – updated details and audio previews follow.

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Sasaki Sayaka has announced her second album, not yet titled, which is planned to include her four singles released since her first album “sympathetic world”, new songs, and more. The album was announced at her live event held January 19th at Shibuya WWW in Tokyo. Her new album is available on two editions and scheduled to be in stores May 15th 2013 – read on for more early release details…

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Kana Hanazawa recently announced her first full-length album “claire” which includes her four solo singles, new songs, and more for a total of 14 tracks. The album is available on one CD-only edition and scheduled to be in stores February 20th 2013. Read on for more release details.

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AKB48 is preparing to release their 30th single “So long !” and revealed the cover jackets and a teaser length music video for the title track. The single is their 6th annual “sakura” themed song and its available on three Limited editions that include a handshake event ticket and three matching Regular editions without the event ticket. Single “So long !” hits stores February 20th 2013 – updated release details and preview music video follow.

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Aya Hirano has updated the details for her 12th single “TOxxxIC” – cover jackets, full track list, and preview video are revealed. The single is produced by Steve Diamond who has worked with artists such as Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. Its her first single since transferring record labels to Universal Music Japan and first in almost three years since “Hysteric Barbie” (2010.06). Single “TOxxxIC” hits stores February 20th 2013 – updated details and audio preview video for coupling track follows…

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SCANDAL is getting ready to release new compilation album “Encore SHOW” that features b-side tracks from their previously released singles, a new song, and more. The album hits stores February 6th 2013 and the girls have just revealed a video message for the new album and message for activities in 2013. Read on for more details on the album and the video.

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