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Band nano.RIPE has updated the details on their newest single “Moshimo no Hanashi” which is featured as the opening theme for the 3rd season of anime Bakuman. The cover jackets and preview music video have been revealed on the band’s 9th single. **Also announced Kimiko (vocals, guitar) has developed vocal nodules and surgery to remove them is scheduled for after their MACANA, Sendai live performance November 12th. Their new single “Moshimo no Hanashi” hits stores October 31st – read on for updated release details and preview music video.

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Singer and voice actress Minami Kuribayashi has announced her 30th single “Doubt the World” which will be featured as the second opening theme for anime Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. The single comes in three editions including a Limited Pressing anime themed version. Single “Doubt the World” is scheduled for released on November 28th – read on for more details…

~ updated details – here ~

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Sea*A has revealed the cover jackets and full music video for their 4th single “Entry!”. The Singapore based idol group’s new single is featured as the next ending theme for ongoing anime Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit Hen. Single “Entry!” comes in two editions and hits stores on November 14th. Read on for updated release details and music video.

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eyelis has updated the release details for their first single “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” – cover jacket and full track list are revealed. The title track is featured as the theme song for Fall anime Hayate no Gotoku: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. The anime is an all new story in the Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate Combat Butler) franchise. eyelis’s single “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” is available in one CD-only edition and it hits stores November 14th – read on for updated release details.

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Yui Horie has announced the release of performance during her “Secret Mission Tour ~ The Adventure Over YUI HORIE III” held this past Spring. The live event release comes on either one Blu-ray or two DVDs and captures Yui Horie’s performance April 27th at Tokyo International Forum Hall. Both editions hit stores on December 26th – read on for more early release details…

~ updated details, promo videos ~

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You Kikkawa is preparing to release a new album “vocalist?” where she covers popular idol songs from the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s. The album has 12 tracks and each is a collaboration with different vocaloid producers such as Darvish P, Hachioji P, KEI and more. Album “vocalist?” comes in two editions and hits stores November 7th – read on for more details.

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Choshinsei (Supernova) has announced a greatest hits album “COLLECTIONS”. The release comes on two CDs with the first disk containing fan selected 15 tracks (tentative) and disk two containing a member solo song collection featuring 6 new songs. The album comes on two editions with one being a very limited (2000) version via the Universal Music Store. “COLLECTIONS” is scheduled for release on December 19th – read on for more details.

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Idol duo Vanilla Beans has their 3rd album announced for release “Vanilla Beans 3”. The new album includes previously released singles “Non-section”, “Choco Mint Flavor Time”, “Toki no Kakera”, new songs including lead track “Kirakyuin”, plus more for a total of 10 tracks. The girls also revealed a full music video for “Kirakyuin”. Album “Vanilla Beans 3” comes in two editions and scheduled to hit stores November 7th. Read on for more details and music video.

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Singer and voice actress Eri Kitamura has updated the details for her new single “Destiny” – cover jackets and full track list revealed. Her new song is featured as theme song for PSP game “Students of Round: The Eternal Legend” and Kitamura is providing the voice for character Lumi in the game. Single “Destiny” is scheduled to hit stores on November 7th – read on for updated release details…

~ preview music video and interview posted – here ~

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Tohoshinki (TVXQ) has released a new Korean album “CATCH ME” back on September 24th and now are getting ready to release a Japanese import Special Edition. Its their 6th full-length Korean album and 2nd since re-forming as the duo of members Yunho and Changmin. The “CATCH ME” special edition comes with bonus DVD and scheduled to hit stores in Japan on November 2nd. Read on for more release details and music videos for title track “Catch Me”.

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Ayumi Hamasaki looking as good as ever has updated her new mini-album “LOVE” – cover jackets and bonuses are official. This mini-album starts a 5-consecutive months of releases leading up to her 15-anniversary in April 2013. Included on the mini-album is new track “Song 4 u” which will be featured as theme song for game “Tales of Xillia 2”. Two additional new songs plus remixes push the number of tracks to 12. Mini-album “LOVE” hits stores November 8th – read on for the updated release details.

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