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Tohoshinki (TVXQ) has announced a new Japanese album “TIME”. Its their second Japanese album since reforming the group as a duo with members Yunho and Changmin. No track details yet but the album should include their previously singles, “Winter Rose”, “STILL”, “ANDROID”, and newest single that released today “Catch Me – If you wanna”. Album “TIME” comes on three editions and is scheduled to be in stores March 6th 2013 – read on for more details and pre-order link…

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Topping the single charts is the first solo single from Hey! Say! JUMP member Ryosuke Yamada – “Mystery Virgin” sold a strong 188,000 copies which put it easily on top. In third spot is Yuzu with “REASON” featured as the new ending theme for anime Hunter x Hunter. And girl-boy group Fudanjuku hits the charts in the 9th spot with “Jinsei Wahaha!

The album charts are topped by Ayumi Hamasaki with her self cover album “Classical” featuring full classical arrangements on her popular songs.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow…

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Mami Kawada recently announced her 13th single “FIXED STAR” that will be featured as the theme song for anime movie Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki (A Certain Magical Index: Miracle of Endymion). The single comes on one regular edition and is scheduled to hit stores February 20th 2013 – read on for more release details…

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Band NEGOTO is getting ready to release their second album “5” and revealed the cover jackets. The album is the final of their 4-month consecutive release project that celebrates the group starting serious “nonsense” (negoto) as the members finish up their college and university educations. Album “5” hits stores February 6th 2013 – more details follow..

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KAT-TUN has recently titled their first single of 2013 “EXPOSE” and revealed the full track list and cover jackets. The single is the popular group’s 20th, and depending on edition, features coupling tracks with tie-ins with Suzuki Solio compact wagon as commercial message theme songs and/or a solo song by member Yuichi Nakamaru. Single “EXPOSE” hits stores February 6th 2013 – read on for updated release details…

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BOYFRIEND has recently announced their 3rd Japanese single “Hitomi no Melody” which will be featured as the next ending theme for TV anime series Detective Conan (Case Closed). It marks the first time in 78 theme songs for the TV series that its theme song will be provided by a Korean group. The new single “Hitmoi no Melody” is available on three editions and is scheduled to be in stores March 27th 2013. More release details follow…

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Mai Kuraki recently announced her first single of 2013 “TRY AGAIN” that is featured as the 35th opening theme for popular TV anime series Detective Conan (Case Closed). Its Kuraki’s 39th single and 14th that’s featured in the Detective Conan anime franchise. The title track and coupling song both have lyrics provided by Mai Kuraki. Single “TRY AGAIN” hits stores February 6th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Idol unit Negicco has new single “Ai no Tower of Love” announced for release on February 13th 2013. The title song is produced by Gota Nishidera (NONA REEVES) and the as yet untitled coupling track is produce by the group’s primary collaborator connie. Their 10th single “Ai no Tower of Love” is their first in over eight months – read on for more release details…

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NMB48 recently titled their first album “Teppen Tottande!” and revealed part of the track list. The album is planned include their 6 singles, 7 newly recorded songs, and more for 15 total tracks. It comes on three Limited editions with different DVD contents and bonuses. Album “Teppen Tottande!” is scheduled to hit stores on February 27th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Singer/voice actress unit Sweety has quietly announced new single “Candy Teleportation” (キャンディーテレポーテーション). The single is the unit’s 3rd and is planned for two editions which are scheduled to be in stores February 27th 2013. Read on for more early details…

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Koda Kumi has announced a new album of cover songs – 11 tracks including “Pink Spider” from hide (1998, released after his death), “Lovely” from Ozawa Kenji (1994), and “Koyoi no tsuki no youni” from Elephant Kashimashi (1997). The album which isn’t yet titled will re-introduce the cute and sexy Koda Kumi with cover jackets and photo booklet. Koda Kumi’s cover album is scheduled to be in stores February 27th 2013 – read on for more details…

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