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angela recently released their new single “KINGS” on October 24th – the single is featured as the opening theme for anime K. The duo has revealed a preview version of the music video for title track “KINGS” and a personal message video to fans discussing the new single and activities. Details on single “KINGS” (w/audio previews) and videos follow.

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Yeo Hee recently released her debut single “You & I” for digital download only via iTunes Japan on October 17th. Sometimes known as the “AppleGirl”, Yeo Hee has used music apps on the iPhone and other devices to produce popular cover songs, gaining popularity that lead to signing with a record label, and now her first original single “You & I” is released. More details and preview music videos follow.

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Korean group U-KISS recently added more details for their 5th Japanese single “Distance…” plus they announced a delayed release date. The full track list as been revealed for the new single described as a ballad appropriate for the coming winter holidays. Single “Distance…” is now scheduled for release on December 12th – read on for more details (audio previews added)…

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eyelis has announced their 2nd single “Hikari no Kiseki / Mirai e no Tobira” – the double-A side songs are featured as theme songs for a pair of anime OVA releases for The World God Only Knows (TWGOK) franchise. The OVA releases come bundled with the 19th and 20th limited edition manga volumes which hit stores in October & December. The theme song single “Hikari no Kiseki / Mirai e no Tobira” comes on two editions and is scheduled to be in stores December 19th – read on for more details….

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Girls Generation has delayed the release of their new Japanese single “FLOWER POWER” by one week due to reported production issues. This is the group’s 3rd single of 2012 and is an original Japanese song plus it includes a coupling track “BEEP BEEP” that also is a new Japanese song. “FLOWER POWER” comes on one Regular CD-only edition that is re-scheduled for release on November 21st. Read on for updated track list and more details…

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KARA has just updated the release details for their 3rd Japanese album “Girls Forever” – full track list, cover jackets and bonuses are revealed! The album includes their Japanese singles, “Speed Up”, “Girl’s Power”, new single “Electric Boy” (Oct 17th), plus updated versions other singles of “Winter Magic” and “Jet Coaster Love” and bonus tracks for 15 total tracks. The album comes in three editions and hits stores November 14th – read on for updated release details…

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Korean group 2PM recently announced a new release date for their 5th Japanese single “Masquerade” – the single hits stores November 14th! The release was originally scheduled for August 29th but due to an incident with member Nichkhun the new single release was postponed. Its back on now though with a few changes – read on for the updated release details.

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SKET DANCE anime may have ended for now but they have announced a compilation album “SKET DANCE Theme Collection THE BEST DANCE” of nearly all the opening and ending theme songs. The anime ran 77 episodes with 6 opening theme songs and 13 ending theme songs. The album contains 18 tracks of theme songs contributed by French Kiss, the pillows, GACKT, ChocoLe, The Sketchbook, and more. Album “THE BEST DANCE” comes in two editions and releases December 19th – read on for more details…

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Maaya Sakamoto has updated release information for her new compilation album “Single Collection + Mitsubachi” – complete track list and cover jackets are revealed. The compilation album contains her singles released from 2005 – 2012 plus some song remix versions and new song “Nekoze” composed by Yoko Kanno for a total of 17 tracks. Maaya Sakamoto’s new album hits stores November 14th – read on for the updated release details.

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Sexy Zone recently updated the release details for their first album “one Sexy Zone” – cover jackets, full track list, and bonuses are official. The album includes their #1 charting singles “Sexy Zone”, “Lady Diamond”, and “Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu” plus unreleased songs and new songs for a total of 15 tracks (bonus 16th track added). Album “one Sexy Zone” comes in four editions and hits stores November 14th – more early release details follow.

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Topping the singles charts this week is Sashihara Rino with her 2nd solo release “Ikujinashi Masquerade” selling over 68,000 copies. Sashihara Rino is now a member of AKB48 sister group HTK48 after she was moved from AKB48 in June due to a mild scandal involving photos released by a former boyfriend. Her popularity is still strong with fans who gave her a #1 single and she is one of the 16 Senbatsu members performing on AKB48’s upcoming 28th single “UZA”.

Landing in the second spot is KARA and their new Japanese single “Electric Boy” selling a good 57,000 copies. And just out of the top 10 in the 11th spot is Haruka Tomatsu and her single “Q&A Recital!” featured as the opening theme for anime My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun).

The album charts are dominated by KANJANI8 and their best hits album “8EST” selling a strong 298,000 copies. The 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”.

In the 3rd spot is popular voice actress and singer Tamura Yukari with her second compilation album “Everlasting Gift” selling over 27,000 copies. And the 5th spot is occupied by band Acid Black Cherry with their live concert album “Acid Black Cherry TOUR 2012” – they also simultaneously released a DVD with the same performances (#2 over on the DVD/Blu-ray charts).

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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