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Maaya Sakamoto has updated release information for her new compilation album “Single Collection + Mitsubachi” – complete track list and cover jackets are revealed. The compilation album contains her singles released from 2005 – 2012 plus some song remix versions and new song “Nekoze” composed by Yoko Kanno for a total of 17 tracks. Maaya Sakamoto’s new album hits stores November 14th – read on for the updated release details.

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Sexy Zone recently updated the release details for their first album “one Sexy Zone” – cover jackets, full track list, and bonuses are official. The album includes their #1 charting singles “Sexy Zone”, “Lady Diamond”, and “Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu” plus unreleased songs and new songs for a total of 15 tracks (bonus 16th track added). Album “one Sexy Zone” comes in four editions and hits stores November 14th – more early release details follow.

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Topping the singles charts this week is Sashihara Rino with her 2nd solo release “Ikujinashi Masquerade” selling over 68,000 copies. Sashihara Rino is now a member of AKB48 sister group HTK48 after she was moved from AKB48 in June due to a mild scandal involving photos released by a former boyfriend. Her popularity is still strong with fans who gave her a #1 single and she is one of the 16 Senbatsu members performing on AKB48’s upcoming 28th single “UZA”.

Landing in the second spot is KARA and their new Japanese single “Electric Boy” selling a good 57,000 copies. And just out of the top 10 in the 11th spot is Haruka Tomatsu and her single “Q&A Recital!” featured as the opening theme for anime My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun).

The album charts are dominated by KANJANI8 and their best hits album “8EST” selling a strong 298,000 copies. The album which continues their releases commemorating their 8th anniversary, comes on two CDs and includes their 19 singles through “ER” plus additional tracks including new song “Crouton”.

In the 3rd spot is popular voice actress and singer Tamura Yukari with her second compilation album “Everlasting Gift” selling over 27,000 copies. And the 5th spot is occupied by band Acid Black Cherry with their live concert album “Acid Black Cherry TOUR 2012” – they also simultaneously released a DVD with the same performances (#2 over on the DVD/Blu-ray charts).

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Idol group 9nine has just updated the release details for their 7th single, a double-A side release “Iiaru! Kyonshi feat. Haohao! Kyonshi Girl / Brave” – cover jackets, full track list, and bonuses are revealed. The single’s two main tracks are part of TV Tokyo drama “Haohao! Kyonshi Girl” (Good good! Vampire Girl) which stars member Umika Kawashima and the rest of the girls of 9nine. Their new single hits stores November 14th – more updated details follow.

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KARA is releasing their “KARA 1st JAPAN TOUR 2012 KARASIA” performance captured at Saitama Super Arena this past May. The live release comes on Blu-ray and DVD plus a Limited edition includes a bonus disk with documentary and off-shoot footage of the tour event. All four versions hit stores October 17th November 14th** – read on for more release details.

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Ayumi Hamasaki has announced a new mini-album as the second part of her 5 consecutive month release schedule. The new mini-album isn’t yet title but will come in two editions and each includes a serial-number that will be for a bonus for fans purchasing all 5 of these consecutive month releases. Ayu’s new mini-album is scheduled to be in stores December 8th – read on for more details and pre-order link…

~ updated details “again” – here ~

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T-ARA recently revealed updated details for their new Japanese single “Sexy Love” – cover jackets and bonuses are official. The single is their first since a shake-up of members that saw Hwayoung leave and Areum join this past summer. “Sexy Love” comes in three editions that each include a different coupling track of a Japanese version of previously released Korean song. The single hits stores November 14th – read on for updated release details and pre-order link.

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Band nano.RIPE has updated the details on their newest single “Moshimo no Hanashi” which is featured as the opening theme for the 3rd season of anime Bakuman. The cover jackets and preview music video have been revealed on the band’s 9th single. **Also announced Kimiko (vocals, guitar) has developed vocal nodules and surgery to remove them is scheduled for after their MACANA, Sendai live performance November 12th. Their new single “Moshimo no Hanashi” hits stores October 31st – read on for updated release details and preview music video.

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Singer and voice actress Minami Kuribayashi has announced her 30th single “Doubt the World” which will be featured as the second opening theme for anime Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. The single comes in three editions including a Limited Pressing anime themed version. Single “Doubt the World” is scheduled for released on November 28th – read on for more details…

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Sea*A has revealed the cover jackets and full music video for their 4th single “Entry!”. The Singapore based idol group’s new single is featured as the next ending theme for ongoing anime Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit Hen. Single “Entry!” comes in two editions and hits stores on November 14th. Read on for updated release details and music video.

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eyelis has updated the release details for their first single “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” – cover jacket and full track list are revealed. The title track is featured as the theme song for Fall anime Hayate no Gotoku: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. The anime is an all new story in the Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate Combat Butler) franchise. eyelis’s single “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” is available in one CD-only edition and it hits stores November 14th – read on for updated release details.

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