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Topping the singles charts this week is idol group boy group Hey! Say! JUMP with their *11th single “Come On A My House” selling over 217,000 copies. The popular group’s 1st single in nearly a year and a half keeps their record perfect with *11 #1 singles (see comment). In the #2 spot is EXILE member TAKAHIRO solo debut “Issen Ichibyo” selling over 107,000 copies.

Out of the top 10 in the #18 spot is Aoi Eir with single “Cobalt Sky”.

The album charts are topped by popular singer/Harajuku model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu with her 2nd album “Nanda Collection” selling over 126,000 copies. Its her first #1 release. In the #2 spot is Korean group SHINee with their 2nd Japanese album “Boys Meet U”. And in the #6 spot is the due of ClariS with their 2nd album “SECOND STORY”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Natsuko Aso recently announced her 12th single “Never Ending Voyage”. She is also getting ready for her special “Natsuko Aso Birthday LIVE” events at the end of the month July 28th at Daikanyama UNIT Shibuya. Her new single “Never Ending Voyage” comes on one Regular edition that’s scheduled to hit stores July 24th 2013 – read on for more details…

~ updated details, full PV revealed ~

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LiSA updated the release details for her 4th solo single “träumerei” – jacket covers, full track list and preview music video all revealed. The title song will be featured as the opening theme for upcoming anime Day Break Illusion (Genei wo Kakeru Taiyo). Single “träumerei” comes on three editions scheduled to hit stores August 7th 2013. Updated details and PV music video follow.

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T-ARA has officially announced their 2nd Japanese album “TREASURE BOX” that includes their Japanese singles, “Sexy Love”, “Bunny Style!”, and not yet released “TARGET”, Japanese version of “DAY BY DAY”, unit songs, plus new songs for a total of 13 tracks. Album “TREASURE BOX” comes on three editions that will hit stores August 7th 2013. Read on for more details…

~ updated details ~

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T-ARA has revealed a preview music video for their new Japanese single “Target” plus updated the bonus details. The music video for the single features an animated T-ARA with a mix of anime and “goblin” characters (similar to jacket covers). The music video is produced by Masao Maruyama (founder Madhouse) with his new anime studio MAPPA. T-ARA’s 7th Japanese single “Target” comes on three editions that hit stores July 10th 2013. More details and PV follow.

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The Sketchbook has updated the release information for their 3rd album “12” – jacket covers and full track list have been announced. The new album includes previously released singles “Clear”, “Spilt Milk / REFLECT”, and newest double single “Crack / 21” plus more for 12 total tracks. Album “12” comes on two editions that hit stores July 31st 2013 – read on for more details…

~ CM Spot revealed ~

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SUPER JUNIOR has updated the release details for their new Japanese album “Hero” – jacket covers, full track list, and bonus details are revealed. The album comes on three editions with special Limited edition with bonus CD that includes 10 songs from various SUPER JUNIOR units. Album “Hero” hits stores July 24th 2013 – updated details follow…

~ promo videos revealed ~

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ZAQ has announced her 3rd single “Gekijo Ron” that will be featured as the second opening theme for anime High School DxD NEW. Beginning with episode 7 the anime will take on a new storyline High School DxD NEW ~ Vampire of the Suspended Classroom ~ and switch opening theme songs. New single “Gekijo Ron” comes on two editions that will hit stores August 21st 2013  – read on for more details and preview music video…

~ updated details ~

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Nana Mizuki updated the details for her new single “Vitalization” with title track featured as the opening theme to anime Symphogear G and still untitled coupling track with tie-in as the ending theme for anime Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Chapter 7. Its her 29th single which comes on a CD-only edition and it hits stores July 31st 2013. Updated release details follow…

~ PV revealed ~

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NICO Touches the Walls is getting ready to release new single “Niwaka Ame ni mo Makezu” with tie-in as the 13th opening theme for anime NARUTO Shippuden (beginning April). Their 13th single includes cover of “Hi no Ataru Basho” (1998) originally by MISIA. Single “Niwaka Ame ni mo Makezu” comes on three editions that hit stores July 10th 2013 – jacket covers and more updated details follow.

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Asami Imai is getting ready to release her 11th single “Hoshikuzu no Ring” feature as the opening theme for anime OVA Corpse Party – Tortured Souls. Jacket covers and preview music video have been revealed! Single “Hoshikuzu no Ring” comes on two editions and hits stores June 26th 2013 – updated release information and PV music video follow…(updated 2013.06.25)

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