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ZAQ has updated the release details for her single “Alteration” – full tack list, cover jackets, and preview music video are revealed. Her second single will be featured as the opening theme for upcoming anime Sasami-san@Ganbaranai. Single “Alteration” is available in two editions and hits stores January 23rd 2013 – read on for updated release details and preview music video…

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Nogizaka46 announced their 5th single (not yet titled) during their “Nogizaka46 Zepp Live in Tokyo” live event held December 27th at Zepp Tokyo. Not many details yet other than the release date of March 13th 2013. More details such as the song title and member selection will be announced during their weekly Nogizaka tte, doko? show on TV Tokyo January 6th. More information on Nogizaka46 follows…

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STEREOPONY (ステレオポニー) has announced they will release a live DVD of their farewell concert “Final Live ~BEST of STEREOPONY~”. The concert was just held December 27th at Akasaka BLITZ Tokyo and is the popular band’s final concert after announcing their break-up back on October 1st. STEREOPONY’s live DVD of their last concert is scheduled to hit stores on February 27th 2013 – more release details and pre-order link follows…

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Kalafina has updated the release details on their compilation album “5th Anniversary LIVE SELECTION 2009-2012” – cover jacket and full track list is revealed. The 2CD release contains their best songs recorded live at concert events from 2009 thru 2012. The album includes songs such as their debut “oblivious”, “Magia”, “to the beginning”, and more for 29 total tracks. Kalafina’s 5th anniversary live album is available in two editions and hits stores January 23rd 2013 – updated release details follow…

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Rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN has announced the release of their “GOLD GLIDER TOUR 2012” on either Blu-ray or DVD. The band has released 23 singles but this is their first live concert release. The live events were filmed under the direction of Shuichi Banba who has collaborated on many of the group’s music videos. The release comes on either Blu-ray or DVD and Limited and Regular editions – the Limited as several bonuses including a live CD recording. The BUMP OF CHICKENGOLDEN GLIDER TOUR 2012” is scheduled to hit stores March 6th 2013 – read on for more release details…

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Group Kis-My-Ft2 has announced a new double a-side single “My Resistance – Tashikana mono / Unmei Girl” with both songs having a tie-up. Song “My Resistance – Tashikana mono” will be featured as theme song for TV series “Nobunaga no Chef” that stars member Tamamori Yuta. The single’s other song “Unmei Girl” is commercial message theme song for Seven & I ‘Valentine Fair’. It’s the popular group’s 6th single which comes on four editions and is scheduled to be in stores February 13th 2013. Read on for more release details and pre-order link…

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EGOIST has announced their next single “All Alone With You” with tie-in as the second ending theme for anime TV series PSYCHO-PASS. The single is the unit’s 4th and follows their single “Namae no Nai Kabutsu” (Dec 5th) which was featured as the first ending theme for PSYCHO-PASS. Single “All Alone With You” comes on two editions and is scheduled to be in stores March 6th 2013. Read on for more release details…

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Toping the single charts idol group Nogizaka46 with their 4th single “Seifuku no Mannequin” which has tie-in as ending theme song for anime Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic. The single is the group’s third #1 single after it sold over 232,000 copies. In the #2 spot is Korean rock band CNBLUE with their 4th Japanese single “Robot” and in third is idol unit Berryz Koubou with single “WANT!”.

In the 7th spot is GACKT with new ballad song “WHITE LOVERS – Shiawase na Toki” and in the 10th spot is singer/voice actress Aki Toyosaki with her 7th solo single “Orion to Supankoru”. And just out in the 11th spot is supercell with single “Giniro Kamihikoki” featured as theme song for anime movie Nerawareta Gakuen.

The album charts are topped by group Ikimonogakari with their compilation album of best ballad songs “Balladon”. The album sold over 107,000 copies and give the group their 5th #1 album (interestingly they have never had a #1 single).

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LiSA has announced her 3rd solo single “best day, best way” and her first national tour in support of the new single. The new single is available on three editions and is scheduled to be in stores April 3rd 2013. Read on for more details and a Christmas message from LiSA spoken in several different languages (English, Indonesian, and more).

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SUPER JUNIOR-KRY has updated the release details for their debut Japanese single “Promise You” – cover jackets, bonus details, and short version music video revealed. The SUPER JUNIOR sub-unit consists of members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung are in the midst of live events in Japan – “SUPER JUNIOR-KRY Special Winter Concert 2012”.Single “Promise You” comes in two editions and hits stores January 23rd 2013 – updated details and short version music video follow…

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Tohoshinki (TVXQ) has updated the release details for their new Japanese single officially titled “Catch Me – If you wanna”. The new single includes their hit Korean song remixed with Japanese lyrics and a new original Japanese ballad song “I Know”. Single “Catch Me – If you wanna” is scheduled to hit stores January 16th – cover jackets, music videos, and more release details follow…

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