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Annabel has announced her first album since she launched her solo career three years ago. The new album isn’t yet titled but will include her six previously released anime tie-up songs, game tie-up songs, and new song(s). It comes in two editions including a Limited with bonus DVD. The album is scheduled for release on November 28th – more early release details follow and pre-order link….

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GACKT has updated the release information for his new single “HAKURO” – cover jackets and new bonus are revealed. The single is currently featured as theme song for live-action TV drama Sengoku BASARA MOONLIGHT PARTY. GACKT is also staring in role of Nobunaga Oda in the TV drama based on the Sengoku BASARA game. Also revealed is a TV commercial spot for the new single which hits stores October 10th – updated release details and CM video follow…

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SHINee is getting read to release their new single “Dazzling Girl” and have revealed a video message in Japanese and Korean discussing the new single. Previously SHINee updated the release details and exposed a preview music video for the title track. “Dazzling Girl” is the group’s first all original Japanese single and is offered in three editions – the single hits stores October 10th. Release details and video message follows…

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KANJANI8 has announced their first greatest hits album “8EST” which continues their releases commemorating their 8th anniversary. The album 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.). “8EST” is scheduled for release on October 17th – read on for more release details…

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Idol group AKB48 has titled their next single “UZA” and updated the track list. The title song will be lead by Oshima Yuko and Matsui Jurina and the other 28th single senbatsu menbers. Participating on the single also will be the newly shuffled Teams A, K, and B. Single “UZA” will take on a Black and White theme and feature strong dance choreography in the music videos and live performances. The single will release on October 31st – updated details follow…

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AKB48 has announced their 29th single 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 winners follow below. Their 29th single isn’t yet titled (they announced the title for their 28th singleUZA” during the tournament) but will come in three editions and scheduled for release on December 5th. More early release details and pre-order link follows…

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This week’s singles charts are topped by KAT-TUN with their 19th single “Fumetsu no Scrum” selling over 157,000 copies. The single is featured as theme song for TBS/MBS TV drama series “Dragon Seinendan”. Landing in the second spot is rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new single “firefly” which is featured as the theme song for Fuji TV drama series “Iki mo Dekinai Natsu” (Breathless Summer") that stars Emi Takei.

The girls of SCANDAL make it into the 9th spot with their 13th single “Pin Heel Surfer”.

Topping the album charts is Perfume and their special “Global Compilation LOVE THE WORLD” album selling over 118,000 copies. The album is part of the group’s new efforts to reach fans around the world. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION lands in the 4th spot with their 7th album “Landmark” selling 52,000 copies.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow…

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T-ARA recently announced a new compilation album “T-ARA’s Best of Best 2009-2012 ~Korean ver.~”. The album of greatest hits commemorates the first anniversary of their debut in Japan. It features Korean versions of their hits songs “Bo Peep Bo Peep”, “Roly-Poly”, “Lovey-Dovey”, “We Are The One”, “yayaya”, “T.T.L (Time To Love)”, and more for a total of 14 tracks. The best hits album comes in three editions and hits stores October 17th – read on for more release details…

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ClariS has updated the release details for their 6th single “Luminous” – cover jackets and full track list are exposed. The single is going to be featured as the theme song for the upcoming anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story (Hajimari no Monogatari). The movie hits theaters in Japan October 6th and its been announced that the movie will show outside of Japan – currently planned for 18 cities in USA, France, Italy, the Republic of San Marino, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The latest trailer follows at the bottom of the report.

ClariS previously provided the opening theme for the original TV anime series of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise. Single “Luminous” will hit stores October 10th – updated release details follow…

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GRANRODEO is getting ready to release their 5th original album “CRACK STAR FLASH” and have announced the full track list, in-store release events, and a tie-in with the title track. Song “CRACK STAR FLASH” will be featured as opening theme song in October for TV Asahi’s music show “BREAK OUT”. The album hits stores October 10th – updated release details follow…

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chatmonchy has updated the release details on their new original album “Henshin” – cover jackets and full track list are revealed. Album “Henshin” is their 5th and includes five singles they released in 2012 plus 7 additional songs for 12 total tracks. Collaborating as engineer on the album is Jim O’Rourke (ex. SONIC YOUTH) helping chatmonchy’s sound explode with rich content. The album’s title translates as “Transformation” which signifies the band’s past year as they re-launched as a two-member band. Read on for the updated release details…

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