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Leo Ieiri is getting ready to release “LEO ~ 1st Live Tour ~” that captures her performance at Umeda Club Quattro in Osaka and additional footage from various performances during her first solo tour in January 2013. Leo Ieiri is also celebrating several newcomer awards recognizing the breakout year she had in 2012. Her first live release “LEO ~ 1st Live Tour ~” comes on either Blu-ray or DVD and is scheduled to hit stores March 27th 2013 – read on for more details.

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Kis-My-Ft2 has announced their 2nd album what will include five songs from three singles released since their first album “Kis-My-1st” one year ago plus more for 13 total tracks. The album isn’t yet titled but comes on three editions and is scheduled for simultaneous release with their 7th single “Ki Su U Ma I ~ KISS YOUR MIND ~ / S.O.S. (Smile On Smile)” and a special DVD movie release featuring new member YOSHIO joining the group. The album, single, and DVD are all scheduled for release on March 27th 2013 – more details on the new album follow…

~ Good Ikuze!” – updated details ~

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Sphere is getting ready to release a music video collection “Music Clips 2009 – 2012” on region free Blu-ray and have updated the cover jackets and bonuses. The collection includes their music videos from debut single “Future Stream” to 11th single “Pride on Everyday” plus three album released music videos and a a fan voted new music video for song “Kimi ga taiyo” that was part of 2nd album “Spring is here”. The Blu-ray release “Music Clips 2009 – 2012” hits stores February 27th 2013 – read on for updated details.

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Koda Kumi has revealed several promotional videos for her upcoming new album “Color the Cover”. The album features Koda Kumi covering songs with updated arrangements such as “Pink Spider” from hide (1998, released after his death), “Lovely” from Ozawa Kenji (1994), and “Shake Hip!” from Kome Kome CLUB (1986). Album “Color the Cover” hits stores February 27th 2013 – read on for release details and promo videos.

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Kis-My-Ft2 has announced a new double a-side single “Ki Su U Ma I ~ KISS YOUR MIND ~ / S.O.S. (Smile On Smile)”. The single is the young group’s 7th and track “Ki Su U Ma I ~ KISS YOUR MIND ~” will have a tie-up as CM song for glico “Watering KISSMINT”. Kis-My-Ft2 has also announced for simultaneous release with the new single their 2nd album and a special DVD movie release featuring new member YOSHIO joining the group. All are scheduled to hit stores March 27th 2013 – read on for more details…

~ updated details ~

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SHINee is getting ready to release their new Japanese single – “Fire” and have revealed a preview music video. The ballad single is their third original Japanese single and 7th Japanese single overall. The single comes on two editions including a Limited with DVD and lots of bonuses. Single “Fire” is scheduled to hit stores March 13th 2013 – more details and preview music video follow.

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Minori Chihara is getting ready to release her 17th major single “Kono sekai wa bokura wo matte ita” which will be featured as the opening theme song for upcoming anime Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia). The new single comes on one CD-only edition and is scheduled to be in stores April 24th 2013 – read on for more release details and preview video for the upcoming anime…

~ updated details, pv ~

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Aya Hirano is getting ready to release her first single in nearly three years – “TOxxxIC” and she has just revealed a preview length music video. Her new single is produced by Steve Diamond who has worked with artists such as Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. The song’s title and the music video definitely seem to show these influences! Single “TOxxxIC” releases February 20th 2013 – read on for details and preview music video for coupling track follows.

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Perfume has updated the release details for their new single “Mirai no Museum” – cover jackets and preview music video are revealed. The single has tie-in as the theme song for new anime movie Doraemon Nobita no Himitsu Dogu Museum (Doraemon Nobita’s Secret Gadget Museum). Single “Mirai no Museum” is Perfume’s first of 2013 and 22nd overall. Its scheduled to hit stores February 27th 2013 – updated release details and preview music video(s) follow.

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nano.RIPE has updated the details for their new single “Kagefumi” with tie-in as the theme song for anime movie Hanasaku Iroha HOME SWEET HOME. Its their 10th single and the Limited edition now includes a DVD with their December 26th 2012 live at Akasaka Blitz. Single “Kagefumi” comes on two editions and hits stores March 6th 2013 – updated release details and new trailer for the anime movie featuring the theme song follows.

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Topping the singles charts this week is KAT-TUN with their 20th single “EXPOSE” selling over 154,000 copies. It’s the popular boy group’s 20th #1 single keeping their record perfect! In the second spot is AKB48 idol Yuki Kashiwagi with her solo debut single “Shortcake” selling over 104,000 copies.

In the 5th spot is anime voice actress and singer Tamura Yukari with her 28th single “W:Wonder tale” with tie-in as the ending theme for anime OreShura. Tamura Yukari also voices lead heroine Natsukawa Masuzu in the anime.

On the album charts its pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki with her 14th album “LOVE again” in the top spot. The album is the 4th part of her 15th anniversary celebration of consecutive monthly releases. The releases drop on the 8th day of the month leading up to her anniversary date of April 8th 2013.

In the 3rd spot on the album charts are our favorite girls of SCANDAL with their b-sides compilation album “Encore SHOW”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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