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Nagi Yanagi (やなぎなぎ) is getting ready to release her first album “Euaru” (エウアル) – jacket covers, full track list, and audio previews revealed. The album includes her 5 solo singles, new songs, and more for 14 total tracks. Plus the Limited editions include a bonus CD with 7 cover songs. Album “Euaru” comes on three editions which hit stores July 3rd 2013 – updated details and digest audio preview follow.

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Topping the singles charts this week is popular vocal group KANJANI8 with their 22nd single “Namida no Kotae” selling over 248,000 copies. Their 19th #1 single has tie-in as the theme song for movie “100 Kai Naku Koto” (To Cry a 100 Times) that stars member Tadayoshi Okura. In the #2 spot is popular Korean group Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with new Japanese single “OCEAN” selling over 140,000 copies.

Climbing into the #9 spot is supercell with their 8th single “Hakushu kassai uta awase”. And just out of the top 10 in #11 is performance unit 9nine with “Evolution No.9

Over on the album charts its a pair of best albums from group B’zThe Best XXV 1988-1998” and “The Best XXV 1999-2012” on top with both selling over 377,000 copies. In the #3 spot is Korean band FTISLAND with their 3rd Japanese album “RATED-FT”.

Making into the #9 spot is Tomoko Kawase’s alter-ego TOMMY february6 with album “TOMMY CANDY SHOP ♥ SUGAR ♥ ME”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Ikimonogakari has revealed more details for their new album “I” – jacket covers and full track list revealed. The album includes previously released singles “Haruuta” (2012.04), “Kaze ga Fuite iru” (2012.07), and “1 2 3 ~ Koi ga Hajimaru ~” (2013.06.05), upcoming single “Egao” (2013.07.10), new songs including “My Sunshine Story” with tie-in as CM theme song for car Nissan ‘Serena’, and more for 14 total tracks. Album “I” comes on two editions which hit stores July 24th 2013 – read on for more details.

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CNBLUE has announced their 2nd Japanese single of 2013 “Lady”. The single comes on three editions with both Limited DVD’s including live performance footage. Single “Lady” is scheduled to be in stores July 31st 2013 – read on for more details…

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Hi-Fi CAMP is getting ready for their final release with best hits album “Ndene BEST” (んでねBEST). The main track list includes their 10 singles beginning with debut single “Kizuna” (2008), current album’s featured new song “1.2.3STEP”, and more for 14 total tracks. The Limited edition’s second CD includes 14 more with b-side songs plus 3 previously unreleased tracks. The band’s best hits album “Ndene BEST” hits stores July 3rd 2013 – read on for more details.

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Ayahi Takagaki has announced her 6th single (title updated – “Next Destination”) with tie-in as the ending theme for the second season of anime TV series Symphogear. She will also continue to voice character Kris Setsuin for the anime’s second season, full title Senki Zessho Symphogear G. Takagaki’s 6th single “Next Destination” comes on three editions that will hit stores August 14th 2013 – read on for more details…

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FTISLAND has announced their 11th Japanese single “Shiawase Theory” with tie-in as the ending theme song for movie from anime franchise Toriko. The new single comes on four editions with the Limited versions including live footage from several recent events. Single “Shiawase Theory” will hit stores July 24th 2013 – more details follow…

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Faylan has a new single coming out “wonder fang” with tie-in as the opening theme for the second season of anime TV series Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East. Faylan is also getting ready for her mini-tour “LIVE TOUR 04 -PRISM-“ and revealed a video message (below). Her new single “wonder fang” comes on one Regular CD-only edition that hits stores July 24th 2013 – more details follow…

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On top of the singles charts this week is SMAP with their 50th single “JOY!!” selling over 327,000 copies. In the #2 spot is very popular Korean singer Kim Hyun Joong with his 3rd Japanese single “TONIGHT” with over 115,000 copies sold. Sliding into the #7 spot is Kana Nishino with her first single of 2013 “Believe”.

Just out of the top 10 in #15 is Yoko Hikasa with her 2nd solo single “Owaranai Uta” and #16 is Shoko Nakagawa with single “Zoku Konton”.

Topping the album charts is Korean group INFINITE with their first Japanese album “Koi ni Ochiru Toki”. Just separated by a few 100 copies in #2 is Momoiro Clover Z with their Best Indies compilation album “Iriguchi no Nai Deguchi”. The album had a early release and charted last week or it would have topped this week.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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GACKT has revealed the full track list and jacket covers for his two best albums “BEST OF THE BEST vol.1 -MILD-“ and “BEST OF THE BEST vol.1 -WILD-“. Also revealed is the preview music video for new song “CLAYMORE”. The albums each come on three editions and two combined editions which will all hit stores July 3rd 2013. Updated details and preview video follow.

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ALI PROJECT recently announced their 22nd single “Watashi no Bara wo Kaminasai” which will be featured as the opening theme for the remake of anime Rozen Maiden. The band provided the opening theme songs for the original two seasons and OVA. New single “Watashi no Bara wo Kaminasai” comes on two editions scheduled to hit stores July 24th 2013. Read on for more details and trailer for Rozen Maiden featuring the opening theme…

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