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AKB48 has updated the jacket covers and revealed a preview music video for their 33rd single “Heart Electric” (ハート・エレキ). The title song and music video bring back the “Group Sounds” (G.S.) music style that was inspired by The Beatles and popular in Japan during the 1960s. Single Heart Electric (or Heart Ereki) comes on 8 editions that hit stores October 30th 2013 – updated details and preview music video follow.

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The singles charts for the past week are topped by NMB48 with their 8th single Kamonegikkusu (カモネギックス) selling over 374,000 copies. It’s the AKB sister group’s 7th #1 single. In the #2 spot is idol group E-Girls with their 6th single Gomennasai no Kissing You selling over 73,000 copies.

Korean idol group AFTERSCHOOL makes a return to Japan after a year absence with their 5th Japanese single Heaven landing in the #7 spot. Sliding into the #10 spot is Kalafina with single Hallelujah featured as the theme song for anime movie The Garden of Sinners recalled out summer (Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin).

Topping the album charts is Perfume with their 4th original album LEVEL 3 selling over 165,000 copies. Last week’s #1 from singer Superfly with her greatest hits album Superfly BEST! slips one spot. In the #3 spot is band SCANDAL with their 5th album STANDARD.

Read on for the complete top 10 singles and album charts follow.

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MUCC has updated the details for their 30th single “World’s End” – full track list, jacket covers, and more revealed. The title song is featured as the opening theme for anime Meganebu!. Single “World’s End” comes on three editions that hit stores October 30th 2013. Updated details and preview videos for anime Meganebu! follow.

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supercell has announced their 3rd album ZIGAEXPERIENTIA planned to include singles My Dearest, Giniro Kamihikoki, Hakushu kassai uta awase, Kokuhaku, Bokura no ashiato, The Bravery, digital single Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh!, new songs including “No.52530088703” and more for 15 total tracks. Album ZIGAEXPERIENTIA comes on three editions scheduled for release on November 27th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Kalafina has updated the details for their 14th single Kimi no Gin no Niwa -  full track list, jacket covers, and bonus details revealed. The single is featured as the main theme song (ED) for upcoming anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rebellion. Single “Kimi no Gin no Niwa” comes on four editions that hit stores November 6th 2013 – updated details and trailer for anime movie Madoka Magica Rebellion follow.

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ClariS has updated the details for their new single Colorful – jacket covers and bonus details revealed. The single’s title track is featured as the opening theme song for anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rebellion plus it includes coupling track “Surely” with tie-in with anime Bakemonogatari themed pachinko slot game. Their 8th single “Colorful” comes on three editions that hit stores October 30th 2013 – updated details follow.

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Minami Kuribayashi’s 32nd single “True Blue Traveler” gets tie-in as opening theme for the second season of anime Infinite Stratos. The single comes on two editions scheduled for release on November 6th 2013 – read on for more details and anime preview featuring opening theme “True Blue Traveler”….

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Yoko Hikasa is getting ready to release a character single “PURPLE” (cv: Kei Kugimiya) for anime Majestic Prince. The single includes ending theme “Arigato. Tadaima.” (Kei solo ver.) used on episode 14 of the 24-episode anime. The “PURPLE” character song single comes on one anime themed edition that hits stores October 16th 2013 – more details follow.

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Minori Chihara recently announced a new album and updated the title “NEO FANTASIA”. She posted the album has a “theme park” concept where you can experience the music with a sense of coming to a land of dreams, a pounding thrill, and a happy feeling. Album “NEO FANTASIA” comes on three editions scheduled for release on December 11th 2013 – read on for more details…

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AKB48 has updated the track details for their 33rd single “Heart Electric” (ハート・エレキ) – the title song will be in the “Group Sounds” (G.S.) music style that was inspired by The Beatles and popular in Japan during the 1960s. Also special coupling track for Team B edition from new unit Ten to Umu Chu! formed during the summer major dome concerts. Single “Heart Electric” (or Heart Ereki) will hit stores October 30th 2013 – more updated details follow…

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Aoi Eir (藍井エイル) has added more details for her 5th single “Sirius” – jacket covers, full track list, and preview music video revealed. Her new single has tie-in as opening theme for the much anticipated new anime KILL la KILL. The single also includes coupling track “Kuroi Uta”with tie-in as the theme song for PS3 game Drag-On Dragoon 3. Single “Sirius” hits stores November 13th 2013 – updated details and previews follow.

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