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Super seiyuu/singer Nana Mizuki has announced her 9th album for release on December 12th! The new album isn’t yet titled but will include three new songs, her six singles released since her last album “Impact Exciter”, and more for a total of 15 tracks. One of the new songs is “Lovely Fruit” which will be featured as the ending theme beginning in October for ongoing anime Toriko. Read on for more early release details and pre-order link…

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Korean group BIGBANG has announced they have canceled the release of their new original Japanese single. The single wasn’t ever titled and was originally scheduled to hit stores on September 19th which was then changed to October 17th and now canceled! Read on for more details…

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Koda Kumi has updated the release details for her new single “Go to the top” – cover jackets are now revealed. The single is featured as the opening theme for Summer mech anime Total Eclipse which continues another 12 episode run this Fall. For the title song “Go to the top” – Koda Kumi wrote the lyrics and teamed with composer CLARABELL to compose and produce the song. The single is offered in three editions including a Limited “Total Eclipse” anime themed version. “Go to the top” hits stores October 24th – read on for updated details…

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Band Galileo Galilei recently revealed the cover jackets and track list for new mini-album “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and announced the departure of members Fumito Iwai (guitar) and Kazumasa Noguchi (programmer). Leaving the band with original core members Yuuki Ozaki, Hitoshi Sakou, and Kazuki Ozaki. Word from the band is Iwai and Noguchi (who just jointed the band for album “PORTAL” at the beginning of the year) felt it was time was right to pursue their own music interests separate from the band. Mini-album “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is still on track for an October 31st release. Read on for the updated release details..

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Kalafina has updated the release information for their 12th single “Hikari Furu” – cover jackets and track list are revealed. Their new single will be featured as the theme song for the second Puella Magi Madoka Magica compilation movie officially titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Eternal Story (Eien no Monogatari). Single “Hikari Furu” comes in four editions each with First Press bonuses. It hits stores October 24th – read on for updated release details…

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Tada Hiroshi has officially announced release details for his debut solo single “Wild Card” which will be featured as theme song for TV Asahi series Battle Spirits: Sword Eyes. Tada Hiroshi is better known currently for lead vocals/bass for band The Sketchbook. Single “Wild Card” comes in two editions and is scheduled to drop November 21st – read on for the early release details…

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KARA is getting their new Japanese single “Electric Boy” ready for release on October 17th. Giving us a tease of what is to come the girls have just exposed a preview music video via their the Universal Music Japan Official Youtube channel. Their new Japanese single is offered in three editions and hits stores October 17th. Release details and preview music video follow…

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The girls of STEREOPONY are joining forces with Evan Taubenfeld who is an American musician best known as Avril Lavigne’s guitarist/producer to form new unit EVANPONY. This new unit’s debut single “Just rock with me” with lyrics by NOHANA (bass) includes an A-side coupling track by STEREOPONY. The title track was recorded in May while STEREOPONY was swinging through Texas for their performance at sxsw. Single “Just rock with me” comes in two editions and will hit stores October 24th – read on for more release details…

~ STEREOPONY announces breakup ~

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Maon Kurosaki has updated release details for her 5th single “UNDER/SHAFT” – cover jackets and full track list are revealed and she has also exposed a teaser preview of the music video for the title track. The new single will be featured as the opening theme song for anime Jormungand Perfect Order (season 2 of Jormungand) which begins airing October 9th. “UNDER/SHAFT” is offered in two editions and hits stores on October 17th. Read on for updated release details and preview music video…

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KANJANI8 has updated the release information on their greatest hits album “8EST” ~ 2004-2012 BEST ALBUM EIGHT*EIGHTER*EIGHTEST!! – cover jackets are revealed! This 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” for 23 total (7 bonus tracks added on the Regular ed.). Greatest hits album “8EST” will release on October 17th – read on for updated release details…

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Minori Chihara has updated the release details for her new single “SELF PRODUCER” – full track list and cover jackets are revealed plus a preview music video for the title track has also been exposed. The single’s four tracks each have a tie-in, the main title track will be featured as the opening theme song for Fall anime Onii-chan Dakedo ai sae Areba Kankei nai yo. Single “SELF PRODUCER” hits stores October 24th – updated release details and preview video follow…

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