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nano.RIPE unveiled more details new album Nanairo Megane no Himitsu (七色眼鏡のヒミツ) – jacket covers and full track list revealed. Their 4th original album comes on two editions hitting stores April 8th 2015. Read on for more details.

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SMAP tops the singles charts with double a-side single Karei naru Gyakushu / Humor Shichau yo selling over 160,000 copies. Their 54th single is featured as theme song for TV drama Zeni no Senso (銭の戦争) staring member Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Oshima Yuko

Many anime tied releases including Shoko Nakagawa with current ending theme DoriDori (ドリドリ) for anime Pokemon XY landing at #8. Out of the top 10 – voice actor Nitta Emi hits #12 & #15 with singles NEXT PHASE (ED2 Cardfight! Vanguard G) and Tankyu Dreaming (ED Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD). Aoi Eir with single GENESIS (ED Aldnoah.ZERO season 2) at #17 and Milky Holmes unit at #20 with Milky A GO GO (OP Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD).

Boy idols of Generations from EXILE TRIBE top the album chart with GENERATION EX. The 4th week on the charts for J Soul Brothers staying at #2 with PLANET SEVEN.

Read on for the complete top 10 singles and albums charts.

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9nine announced their first release in near a year – their 13th single (untitled) releases June 17th 2015. The single is planned for 3 editions plus a special bundled version with live event ticket. Read on for more early release details.

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Ogura Yui (小倉唯) updated the release details for album Strawberry JAM - jacket covers, full track list, and song previews unveiled. Her 1st album includes her first four singles plus new songs for 12 total tracks. Album Strawberry JAM comes on three editions hitting stores March 25th 2015. Read on for all the details and previews for songs Happy Strawberry and A Lovely Tea Break.

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SHINee is getting ready to release new Japanese single Your Number and unveiled a preview music video. Their 11th Japanese single comes on two editions hitting stores March 11th 2015. All the details and PV follows.

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Suzuko Mimori (三森すずこ) revealed the full track list for new album Fantastic Funfair plus unveiled preview music video for new song Heart Collection. Her 2nd album includes 3 previously released songs plus 8 new for 11 total tracks. The amusement park themed album Fantastic Funfair comes on three editions hitting stores April 8th 2015. Updated details and preview music video follow.

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Minako Kotobuki (寿美菜子) recently announced her 8th single and just revealed the title song “black hole”. The new single comes on two editions and scheduled to hit stores April 8th 2015. Read on for more early release details.

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Haruka Tomatsu (戸松遥) releases 3rd album Harukarisk*Land on March 18th 2015. She just revealed the jacket covers for the new album which includes 4 singles and new songs including lead track Koi wo Uchinuke (恋ヲウチヌケ). Album Harukarisk*Land comes on two editions – updated details follow.

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Galileo Galilei is getting ready to release 8th single Koi no Jumyo (恋の寿命) and unveiled a preview music video. The single has tie-up as the second ending theme for anime Magic Kaito 1412. Single Koi no Jumyo comes on two editions releasing March 11th 2015. All the details and PV follow.

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Luna Haruna (春奈るな) releases her 2nd album Candy Lips on March 25th 2015 and unveiled more details including the jacket covers. The album contains new song Yoru no Niji wo Koete (夜の虹を越えて) with tie-up as ending theme for new game Sword Art Online – Lost Song - plus Beautiful World with lyrics written by Luna Haruna. Album Candy Lips comes on three editions – read on for all the details.

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Angela announced new single Kishi Koshinkyoku (騎士行進曲, Knight’s March) with tie-up as opening theme for anime Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine. Their 24th single also includes Ai, Hito Kakera (愛、ひと欠片) the theme song for the anime’s upcoming season one compilation movie. Single Kishi Koshinkyoku comes on one CD-only edition scheduled for release on April 29th 2015. Read on for more details and trailers.

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