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Ikimonogakari (いきものがかり) announced their 28th single Netsujo no Spectrum / Namida ga Kierunara  (熱情のスペクトラム /  涙がきえるなら) with both title tracks getting tie-ups. Song Netsujo no Spectrum featured as opening theme for upcoming anime The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) and song Namida ga Kierunara featured as ending theme for TBS TV series NEWS23 (since March 31st 2014). The double a-side single hits stores October 15th 2014 – read on for more details and anime trailer…

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French Kiss revealed more details for their 6th single Omoidasenai Hana (思い出せない花) – jacket covers and preview music video unveiled. The single is featured as the theme song for drama SAVEPOINT staring unit member Takajo Aki. Its also featured as theme for the unit’s travel variety series French Kiss no Kiss Tabi. Single Omoidasenai Hana comes on 4 editions scheduled for release on October 1st 2014 – more details and PV follow…

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EXILE TRIBE tops the singles charts with THE REVOLUTION selling over 321,000 copies. Its the 3rd single from the combined EXILE x J Soul Brothers x EXILE GENERATIONS. In #2 is performance band Golden Bomber with Rola no Kizudarake and #3 is VAMPS with double a-side GET AWAY / The JOLLY ROGER.

Popular anime Sword Art Online II opening theme IGNITE from Eir Aoi lands in #9 and ending theme Startear from Luna Haruna is #13.

DREAMS COME TRUE hits the top of the album charts with album ATTACK 25 selling over 90,000 copies. It’s the long time pop band’s 17th original album. The soundtrack album for FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run on the charts with 24 straight weeks in the top 10.

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Tohoshinki (東方神起) announced new Japanese single Time Works Wonders described as a ballad tune perfect for autumn. Its their 3rd single of 2014 and comes on two editions plus a fan club version. Single Time Works Wonders is scheduled for release on November 5th 2014 – read on for more details….

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Yoko Hikasa (日笠陽子) is getting ready to release album Couleur and updated the full track list, bonuses, and CM spot unveiled. The album includes her 4 solo singles plus new songs for 13 total tracks. Album Couleur comes on three editions hitting stores September 3rd 2014 – updated details and CM spot video follows…

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DiVA announced they will release a 4th single (untitled) and a planned album as part of the unit’s final activities. The AKB48 unit members all return for DiVA’s dissolution: Miyazawa Sae (SNH48/SKE48), Umeda Ayaka (NMB48), Akimoto Sayaka (graduated), Masuda Yuka (graduated). The single comes on 3 Limited editions plus a mu-mo exclusive version all releasing October 8th 2014 – read on for more details…

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GRANRODEO unveiled more details for their 6th album Karma to Labyrinth (カルマとラビリンス) – jacket covers, full track list, and preview music video for the title song. The album includes 4 singles, new songs, and more for 13 total tracks. Album Karma to Labyrinth comes on two editions hitting stores September 24th 2014 – all the details and PV follow…

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Composer Yoko Kanno along with Shinichiro Watanabe announced a second OST album for anime Zankyo no Terror (Terror in Resonance). The Zankyo no Terror Original Soundtrack 2 -crystallized- comes on one CD-only edition that releases October 22nd 2014. Read on for more details…

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) begins her 3rd year as a solo singer with new single Hohoemi Mode (ほほ笑みモード). Her 6th single has songs provided by club/dance sound unit STUDIO APARTMENT (Morita Masanori, Abe Noboru). Single Hohoemi Mode comes on two editions scheduled for release October 1st 2014 – read on for more details…

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Kis-My-Ft2 tops the singles chart with 11th single Another Future selling over 214,000 copies. The single celebrates the 3rd anniversary since their major label debut plus its featured as the theme for drama series Chef of Nobunaga 2 staring member Tamamori Yuta. In the #2 spot is L’Arc-en-Ciel with special single EVERLASTING, a new song performed live during their March 21st 2014 National Stadium concert.

Staying in the #3 spot is SKE48 with 15th single Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) having spent 3 weeks on the top 10.

NMB48 tops the album charts with 2nd album Sekai no Chushin wa Osaka ya ~ Namba Jichiku ~ (世界の中心は大阪や~なんば自治区~) selling over 325,000 copies. Original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run on the charts with 23 straight weeks in the top 10.

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NEGOTO (ねごと) unveiled more details for 9th single Ammonite! / Tasogare no Rhapsody (アンモナイト! / 黄昏のラプソディ) – jacket covers and bonus details revealed. The double a-side is their first for 2014. Single Ammonite! / Tasogare no Rhapsody has two editions hitting stores September 24th 2014 – updated details follow…

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