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Namie Amuro is starting her 21st year since her debut with a double a-side release “Big Boys Cry | Beautiful” and both songs have tie-in as CM themes for Kose ESPRIQUE beauty products which also star Namie Amuro. Her 41st single comes on one regular edition and hits stores March 6th 2013 – updated release details follow.

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STEREOPONY (ステレオポニー) is getting ready to drop their final live DVD “Final Live ~BEST of STEREOPONY~” that that captures farewell concert held December 27th 2012 at Akasaka BLITZ Tokyo. The full set list, bonus footage including new music video for their debut single, and cover jacket is revealed. “Final Live ~BEST of STEREOPONY~” hits stores on February 27th 2013 – more release details and pre-order link follows.

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Minori Chihara is getting ready to release her compilation album “B-side Collection” of best coupling or b-side songs. The album’s cover jacket and full track list are updated and an audio PV video for all 15 tracks on the album is revealed. Minori Chihara’sB-side Collection” album hits stores March 13th 2013 – read on for all the details and audio PV video.

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EGOIST is getting ready to release their 4th single “All Alone With You” which is featured as the second ending theme for anime TV series PSYCHO-PASS. The single’s full track list, cover jackets, and bonuses have been revealed. Single “All Alone With You” comes on two editions and hits stores March 6th 2013. Read on for updated release details.

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supercell recently updated the details for new single “The Bravery” – full track list and cover jackets featuring art by Shirow Miwa were revealed. The song has tie-in as the second ending theme for popular anime Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic. New single “The Bravery” comes on three editions and hits stores March 13th 2013 – read on for more details.

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Tohoshinki (TVXQ) is getting ready to release their new Japanese album “TIME” – and have created a special website with 14 days of featuring each track on the album, a count down timer, plus more. The first features revealed are a documentary video “Do You Know Tohoshinki?”, CM message spot, and the first audio preview of track “Fated”. Album “TIME” hits stores March 6th 2013 – release details and promo videos follow.

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Group AAA is getting ready to release their second single of 2013 – “PARTY IT UP” – and have revealed the cover jackets and PV preview music video. The single is the group’s 36th and is planned for simultaneous release a new compilation album “Ballad Collection”. Both releases hit stores March 13th – read on for more details and PV for “PARTY IT UP”.

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IU has revealed a preview audio video for track “New World” from her upcoming Japanese mini-album “Can You Hear Me?”. The mini-album comes on two editions and is getting ready for release on March 20th 2013 – read on for more details and PV.

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On top the singles charts this week is boy group Kis-My-Ft2 with their 6th single “My Resistance – Tashikana mono / Unmei Girl”. Title song “My Resistance – Tashikana mono” has tie-up as theme for TV series “Nobunaga no Chef” that stars member Tamamori Yuta. The single sold over 316,000 copies and continues the group’s prefect streak of #1 singles.

In the #4 spot is Korean group U-KISS with their 6th Japanese single “ALONE” selling over 27,000 copies.

Topping the album charts is Korean group 2PM with album “LEGEND of 2PM” with over 50,000 copies sold. Dropping into the #2 spot is last weeks #1 Ayumi Hamasaki with her 14th album “LOVE again”.

Out of the top 10 in the #15 spot is Mami Kawada with her compilation album “BEST -BIRTH-”.

The complete top-10 single and album charts follow.

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Minami Kuribayashi has announced her 31st single “ZERO!!” which will be featured as the opening theme song for upcoming anime Hataraku Mao-Sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!). The single comes on two editions and is scheduled to hit stores April 24th 2013 – read on for more details and preview for anime Hataraku Mao-Sama!….

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ORANGE CARAMEL is getting ready to release their first Japanese album, the self-titled “ORANGE CARAMEL”. The album includes songs from their first two Japanese singles, additional Japanese versions of their Korean songs, new songs, and 2 undecided tracks for a total of 10 planned tracks. ORANGE CARAMEL’s first Japanese album comes on three editions and hits stores March 13th 2013 – read on for full release details and preview videos for new album song “Cookies Cream & Mint”, plus previously released “LIPSTICK”, and more.

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