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Aimer (エメ) is getting ready to drop her first single of 2013 “RE: I AM EP” – an extended play with title song featured as theme song for the anime movie/OVA Mobile Suit Gundam UC Unicorn episode 6. Her new single “RE: I AM EP” comes on three editions and hits stores March 20th 2013 – read on for more release details and preview videos.

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Faylan is preparing her 3rd album “PRISM” for release and has recently revealed the cover jackets, full track list, and preview video for new song “prism flower”. The album includes several singles, new songs in collaboration with Elements Garden, and more for 13 total tracks. Album “PRISM” comes on one CD-only edition and hits stores March 20th 2013. Read on for more details and preview video.

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Group AAA is getting ready to release album “Ballad Collection” that contains 13 of their best ballads. Plus the Limited editions include a second CD with 7 solo self-covers by each member. The track lists are updated and cover jackets revealed for the new album. AAA will also simultaneously release their 36th single “PARTY IT UP” along with the “Ballad Collection” album on March 13th 2013. Read on for updated details.

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Korean group FTISLAND has announced their first Japanese single for 2013 – “You Are My Life”. The group’s 10th Japanese single is described as a ballad with lyrics that express the ultimate yet simple feelings of lovers. Single “You Are My Life” is available on three editions and hits stores March 27th 2013. Read on for more details and teaser preview music video.

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Sphere has announced their first single of 2013 – “GENESIS ARIA” that’s set to be the opening theme song for anime TV series Arata Kangatari (Arata: The Legend). Sphere member Ayahi Takagaki joins the voice cast for the anime, voicing key supporting character Kotoha. Single “GENESIS ARIA” comes on two editions and scheduled for release on May 1st 2013 – more details and newest trailer video for the anime follow…

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May’n has announced her first single of 2013 – “Run Real Run” which will be featured as the theme song for TV drama Real Onigokko THE ORIGIN. Its May’n’s 7th single and it comes on two editions. Single “Run Real Run” is scheduled for release on May 8th 2013 – read on for more information…

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On top of the singles charts is long time male group SMAP with their 49th single “Mistake! / Battery” selling over 161,000 copies. The #2 spot goes to Perfume with single “Mirai no Museum” that’s featured as the theme song for long running anime franchise Doraemon new movie Doraemon Nobita no Himitsu Dogu Museum (Doraemon Nobita’s Secret Gadget Museum).

Last week’s #1 from mega idol group AKB48 – their 12th million+ selling single “So Long !” – slips into the #3 spot with 50,000 more copies sold.

Topping the album charts is NMB48 with their first album “Teppen Tottande!” selling a strong 328,000 copies. Solo album “D’scover” from BIGBANG member D-LITE lands in the #2 spot. Pop diva Koda Kumi hits the #3 spot with cover song album “Color the Cover” and T.M.Revolution with a self-cover album “UNDER:COVER 2” slides into the #4 spot.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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The K-ON! (Keion) anime franchise is getting ready to release the “K-ON! MUSIC HISTORY’S BOX” contains all the opening and ending theme songs, insert songs, all the character songs plus more on 258 tracks across 12 CD disks. The “K-ON! MUSIC HISTORY’S BOX” comes on one deluxe edition and hits stores March 20th 2013 – read on for updated release details.

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KARA THE ANIMATION made its debut on NOTTV with all of the episodes available for premium viewers. All 5 episodes that each feature member of KARA – aired on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on the NOTTV streaming service for ¥500 for all episodes. More details on the episodes with screen shots and video preview captured at the KARA Tokyo Dome concert all follow.

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Rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN is getting ready to release the Blu-ray or DVD of their “GOLD GLIDER TOUR 2012” and has revealed a long preview video. The live events were filmed under the direction of Shuichi Banba who’s produced many of the group’s music videos. The release comes on either Blu-ray or DVD and Limited and Regular editions – the Limited as several bonuses including a live CD recording. The BUMP OF CHICKENGOLDEN GLIDER TOUR 2012” hits stores March 6th 2013 – read on for more details and the preview video.

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KARA has announced their first Japanese single of 2013 – “Bye Bye Happy Days!(バイバイ ハッピーデイズ!). Plus also announced a simultaneous Blu-ray and DVD release of their KARASIA 2013 Happy New Year in TOKYO DOME held January 6th 2013. The concert marked the first time a Korean female group held a solo concert at the Tokyo Dome venue! Single “Bye Bye Happy Days!” comes on three editions and its scheduled to be in stores March 27th 2013. Read on for more details.

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