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~ Updated June 7th ~

Kim Hyun Joong has just exposed some jacket covers and photo art [and full track list] for his second Japanese single release “HEAT”. We previously posted early release details about his new single which is a collaboration with famed Japanese duo B’z (Inaba Koshi lyrics, Matsumoto Takahiro music). The single is due to hit stores July 4th. New cover art and more release details follow,

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~ Updated June 7th/June 20th thanks mario! for updated track information ~

Popular voice actress Rie Kugimiya has updated the release information on her first mini-album “Kokohadoko” – jacket covers shot on location in England have been revealed. In a previous post we announced the early details on the album which will feature songs that Kugimiya released from the past 2 years. The track list has 6 songs but still no official information on song titles 5 tracks have been titled and updated in the release details below which might be the final list though still not listed is the music video on the bonus DVD – hopefully soon as the album is set to hit stores on June 20th. Updated release information follows..

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OriconTopping singles charts for May 28th – June 3rd is Not yet with their 4th single “Suika BABY” selling over 125,000 copies. Not yet is a four member sub-group from mega-idol group AKB48 that includes Oshima Yuko who was just won the senbatsu general election and will be the leader for AKB48’s upcoming 27th single released in August.

Dropping into the second spot on the charts is AKB48 with their all time best selling single, last week’s #1, and selling another 128,000 copies putting the single over 1.7 million, – “Manatsu no Sounds good!”. And rounding out the top three and keeping all the top spots in the AKB48 family is another AKB48 subgroup Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 and their single “Shonen yo Uso wo Tsuke!” selling a good 67,000 copies.

Topping the album charts and knocking Mr. Children out of the top spot is Jang Keun Suk and his newest album “Just Crazy” selling 88,000 copies. In second after holding the top spot for three weeks in a row is Mr. Children and their compilation album “Mr. Children 2005-2010 MACRO” selling another 43,000 copies.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow,

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AKB48 held their general “senbatsu” election at Nippon Budokan to select the leader and members for their 27th single. The winner is Oshima Yuko – its the 4th senbatsu election and her second time winning – she was voted on top in 2010 for single “Heavy Rotation”. There were 237 members from AKB48, NMB48, SKE48, and HKT48 participating. A total 64 members were selected to participate on the upcoming single which is scheduled for release on August 29th. More details and videos follow…

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BIGBANG just exposed a preview of the making-of footage for their new music video for “MONSTER”. The song and full length videos are included on their Japanese Limited edition versions of album “ALIVE -MONSTER EDITION-” and Korean version “SPECIAL EDITION [STILL ALIVE]”.  Previously posted here are the updated release details for the Japanese “ALIVE MONSTER EDITION” album and and full length music video for “MONSTER”. The album is due out June 20th in Japan (Korean version June 6th). Video and album release information follow…

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~ Updated details, coupling track full music video revealed ~

Idol group NMB48 has announced their 5th single, not yet titled, and set the release date for August 8th. The single will come in three Limited editions and a Theater CD-only edition. The title track and main coupling track have commercial message tie-ups already planned – ROUND1 Sports Entertainment and Tokiwa Pharmaceuticals sleep aid respectively. More early release details follow…

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B1A4 has exposed the music video for their Japanese debut single “Beautiful Target” which is set to hit stores on June 27th. The Korean boy idol group debuted in a year ago and have updated their hit Korean song “Beautiful Target” with Japanese lyrics. In previous posts updated details on the single and a video message from members were reported. The music video and release details for “Beautiful Target” follow…

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~ Promo video revealed ~

StylipS has announced their 3rd single “Choose Me Darling” which will be featured as opening theme for Summer anime Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imoto ga Iru! (Naka-Imo) (One of them is my younger sister!). The single is offered in two editions and is set to hit stores August 22nd. Information on the upcoming anime and more early release details on the single follow…

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Voice actress and singer Yui Horie has a new single Natsu no Yakusoku” (Promise of summer) announced and it will be featured as ending theme song for Summer anime Dog Days’ (season 2). Yui Horie will again voice character Millhiore F. Biscotti, one of the lead characters in the anime. The new single, her 15th, will come in two editions and is set for release on July 25th. More early release details follow…

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BREAKERZ has their 13th single release, a double A-side single “Overwriting / Nonai Survivor” due out on June 13th. The single includes “Nonai Survivor” which is the official image song for CARDFIGHT!! Vanguard (game) and “Overwriting” which will be featured as ending theme for ongoing anime Case Closed: Detective Conan. The single is offered in two Limited editions featuring each of the A-side songs and a Regular edition. Release details and teaser preview video follows…

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DECO*27 new album “Love Calendar” is the third from his “Love Story” series of albums – the first two are “Soaisei Riron” and “Aimai Elegy”. The album is offered in two editions and is set to hit stores July 25th. DECO*27 composes and produces VOCALOID songs but since “Aimai Elegy” has mixed in live vocal singers too. Featured singer on this album will be Aoi Yuki who is a popular anime voice actress (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Gosick). More release details follow…

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