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Yui Horie has updated some release details of her “Secret Mission Tour ~ The Adventure Over YUI HORIE III” live DVD and Blu-ray release. The track list and two promotional videos have been revealed. The release captures Yui Horie’s performance April 27th at Tokyo International Forum Hall during her “Secret Mission Tour ~ The Adventure Over YUI HORIE III”. A theatrical release is also announced in limited cinemas for one week in Japan, premiere is December 7th. The DVD and Blu-ray release is scheduled to be in stores on December 26th – read on for more release details and promotional videos…

~ more updated details and preview videos ~

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Voice actress/singer Haruka Tomatsu recently announced her 2nd solo album! The album, not yet titled, includes her 5 solo singles released since her first album “Rainbow Road” came out nearly 3 years ago. Its scheduled to come on two editions including a Limited with bonus DVD. The release date is set for January 16th – read on for more early details and pre-order link…

~ updated details, “Sunny Side Story ~

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Unit EGOIST has announced the details on their new single “Namae no Nai Kabutsu” which is featured as the ending theme for anime PSYCHO-PASS. It’s the 3rd single from this unit originally formed around the anime Guilty Crown. Single “Namae no Nai Nakutsu” comes in two editions and is scheduled for release on December 5th. Read on for more details.

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Ikimonogakari recently updated the release details for their new album “Balladon” which is a collection of their best ballad songs. The new album includes their newest single “Kaze ga Fuite Iru” in its original version and a new version recorded in the UK plus more for a total of 13 songs. “Balladon” comes in two editions and hits stores on December 19th – read on the updated release details.

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Voice actress/singer Kana Hanazawa has announced her 4th solo single “Silent Snow”. The title track is described as a work which breaks new ground for Hanazawa with sad feeling lyrics and a sound that invokes the serenity of winter. Her new single “Silent Snow” comes on two editions and scheduled for stores January 16th – read on for more early release details…

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FTISLAND recently updated the release details for their 9th Japanese single “Polar Star” and now have revealed a promotional music video. The title song “Polar Star” is described as a medium rock song and has a double tie-up as ending theme for Nippon TV shows “Oto Ryuumon” and “Futtonda” beginning in November. New single comes in 3 editions, and hits stores November 28th – read on for more details and promo music video…

~ full music video exposed ~

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Kim Hyun Joong recently updated the details for his first Japanese album “unlimited” – complete track list, cover jackets, and bonus details are revealed. The release includes his previously released Japanese singles plus new songs for a total of 14 tracks. Album “unlimited” comes on three editions is scheduled to hit stores on December 12th – updated release details follow….

~ promotional video revealed ~

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Koda Kumi previously announced her 2nd single of 2012 – “Koishikute” – and has revealed a preview music video. Her new single is described as a love ballad perfect for the winter months and Christmas in a song that depicts the heart-felt feelings between couples that appear only when they are far apart. The coupling song “Alone” is a song Koda Kumi is said to have performed before her debut during auditions and released as a single by Mayo Okamoto in 2005. Single “Koishikute” comes in two editions and hits stores December 5th – read on for release details and preview music video…

~ updated release date Dec. 26th, video message from Koda Kumi ~

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Minori Chihara has updated her pair of live event releases – “Live 2012 ULTRA-Formation” & “Live 2012 PARTY-Formation” – cover jackets and full track list are revealed. Each release comes on two HD Blu-ray and captures her events at Messe Makuhara Event Hall held June 16th & 17th 2012. The “Live 2012 ULTRA-Formation” & “Live 2012 PARTY-Formation” releases hit stores November 14th. Updated release details and the original event promotional CM video follow.

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AKB48 has announced the title and other release details for their 29th single “Eien Pressure” that features the 16 AKB48 idols who survived their annual Janken Taikai (Rock-Paper-Scissors) tournament. The winner Shimazaki Haruka and the rest of the 16 tournament survivors are listed below. “Eien Pressure” comes in four editions and hits stores December 5th -  read on for release details…

~ preview music video, OKL48 announced ~

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Hi-Fi CAMP has announced a new mini-album “Love For All” with 5 songs described as medium ballads with themes of Christmas and Winter. Included song “Wonderful World” will be featured in CM for TOYO TIRES “Garitto G5” winter tires. The mini-album “Love For All” comes in one CD-only edition and is scheduled to be in stores December 19th – more release details follow…

~ release details updated ~

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