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CNBLUE recently updated the release details for their 4th Japanese single – “Robot” and have now revealed a preview music video for the title track. The single comes in three editions including a Limited with bonus DVD that includes footage from their Pacifico Yokohama “CODE NAME BLUE” album release event. Single “Robot” is getting ready to hit stores on December 19th – more details and preview music video follow.

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Nagi Yanagi has announced her 4th solo single (not yet titled) which will be featured as the opening theme song for upcoming TV anime AMNESIA. Nagi will collaborate with Saito Shinya on her new single which is scheduled for release on January 30th 2013. More early release details and pre-order link follows…

~ updated details, “Zoetrope ~

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Girls Generation (SNSD) has just released their new Japanese album “GIRLS GENERATION II ~Girls & Peace~” and have revealed a digest preview video for all the album tracks. Its their 2nd Japanese album and includes recent singles “PAPARAZZI”, “Oh!”, new single “FLOWER POWER” (November 21st), new song “Girls & Peace”, and more for a total of 12 tracks. “GIRLS GENERATION II ~Girls & Peace~” hit stores today November 28th – read on for more details and digest video.

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Topping this week’s singles charts is popular AKB48 idol Mayu Watanabe (Mayuyu) and her 3rd solo single “Hikaru mono tachi / Sayonara no Hashi” selling over 91,000 copies. The single’s coupling track “Sayonara no Hashi” is featured as the theme song for anime movie “Nerawareta Gakuen”. Mayu Watanabe is also voicing a lead character Nasuki in the anime movie that opened October 19th.

In the 5th spot is Girls Generation with their 2nd original Japanese single “FLOWER POWER” and in the 6th spot is Eir Aoi with her 3rd single “INNOCENCE” which is featured as the second opening theme for popular anime Sword Art Online.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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supercell lead by composer ryo has updated the release details for new single “Giniro Kamihikoki” – cover jackets and full track list are revealed. The new song from supercell, their first in 8 months, is featured as opening theme song for anime movie Nerawareta Gakuen. The single “Giniro Kamihikoki” comes on three editions and hits stores December 19th – updated details follow.

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Kim Hyun Joong is getting ready to release his first Japanese album “unlimited” – which includes his previously released Japanese singles plus new songs for a total of 14 tracks. To promote the new album a digest music video has been exposed. Also details on several of the included bonuses have been revealed. Album “unlimited” comes on three editions is scheduled to hit stores on December 12th – release details and promo video follow.

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UVERworld has announced the release of a new single “REVERSI” which will be featured as the theme song for upcoming anime movie Blue Exorcist. The single will also include “Core Pride” which was previously featured as the first opening theme for the Blue Exorcist anime TV series. Single “REVERSI” comes on three editions and is scheduled to be in stores December 26th – read on for more details…

~ updated release details ~

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Tohoshinki (TVXQ) has announced a new album “HUMANOIDS” which is a re-packaged version of their Korean album “Catch Me” that features two new songs “Humanoids” and “Here I Stand”. As part of the release promotion Tohoshinki has revealed the full music video for “Humanoids”. The Japanese import version also includes a photobook and will be available December 6th. More details and music video follows.

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Ayumi Hamasaki is getting ready release new mini-album “again” and has revealed a preview music video for track “Sweet scar”. The new mini-album, the 2nd of her 5-consecutive months of releases, includes 4 new songs composed by Tetsuya Komura & Dai Nagao plus more for 12 total tracks. Lead track “Wake me up” has tie-in as the commercial message (CM) theme song for Sumeragi Jun Sports ~ Evergreen Life. Ayumi Hamasaki’s new mini-album “again” hits stores December 8th – more details and preview music video follow…

~ more promotional videos revealed ~

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SHINee has revealed the full music video for their new Japanese single “1000 Nen, Zutto Soba ni Ite…”. The single is described as a ballad perfect for the late fall and Christmas holidays. Single “1000 Nen, Zutto Soba ni Ite…” is SHINee’s 2nd original Japanese single and 6th Japanese single overall. Its scheduled to hit stores December 12th – read on for more details and the music video.

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FTISLAND has announced a “Music Video Clips” collection release on either DVD or Blu-ray. The release includes their Japanese music videos beginning with “Flower Rock” (2010) through album “20 [twenty]” with its new song “STAY” (May 2012) for a total of 10 music videos. The “FTISLAND Music Video Clips” collection is scheduled to hit stores December 24th – read on for more details.

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