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Aki Toyosaki has announced the title for her new album “Love letters”. Her 2nd album is planned to include 5 singles released since her first album (2011) – “Flip Flop”, “Orion to Supankoru”, “Shirotsumekusa”, “music”, and to be released single “CHEEKY” plus more. Album “Love letters” comes on two editions that hit stores September 25th 2013 – read on for more information…

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the pillows have announced new single “Happy Birthday” that marks the start of their 25th anniversary. Rock band the pillows formed officially on September 16th 1989 and have released 34 singles and 18 albums over their long career. Their 35th single “Happy Birthday” comes on two editions that hit stores on their anniversary September 16th 2013. Read on for more details…

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Hitomi Harada has announced her 6th single “Anicca” with tie-in as the opening theme for anime Unbreakable Machine-Doll. She will also voice main character Yaga in the upcoming anime set to begin in October 2013. Single “Anicca” is planned for one Regular CD-only edition that releases November 6th 2013 – read on for more details and preview for anime Unbreakable Machine-Doll…

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Aki Toyosaki is getting ready to release her new single “CHEEKY” – jacket covers and more revealed. Her 9th single’s title track is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Yuko Ando and coupling track is provided by singer-songwriter Hiroko Taniyama. Single “CHEEKY” releases August 28th 2013 – updated details follow.

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Marina Kawano has announced her 3rd single (untitled) that will be featured as the second ending theme for anime Monogatari Series Second Season. The single will be produced by Satoru Kousaki (MONACA) who’s responsible for the music and theme songs for the anime. Her new single is planned for two editions that hit stores October 9th 2013 – read on for more early details…

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Ayahi Takagaki added more details for her new single “Next Destination” – full track list, jacket covers, and bonus details revealed. Her 6th single has tie-in as the ending theme for the second season of anime TV series Symphogear. Ayahi Takagaki also continues in the roll of character Kris Setsuin for the anime’s second season officially Senki Zessho Symphogear G. Single “Next Destination” comes on three editions that hit stores August 14th 2013 – updated details follow.

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FLOW has updated the release details for their new single “Tokonatsu Endless” with tie-in as theme song for Fuji TV show Uchikuru!? (August-September). The single is described as FLOW meets the 80’s with a pop-dance sound. Its their 26th single and starts the band’s 11th year! Single “Tokonatsu Endless” comes on two editions that hit stores September 4th 2013 – read on for more details.

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Galileo Galilei has officially announced their 7th single “Circle Game” which will be featured as the opening theme for anime movie Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and the anime TV series’ re-broadcast. The band provided the original Anohana anime’s opening theme with their 4th single “Aoi Shiori” (2011). Their first single in over a year and a half comes on two editions that hit stores August 21st 2013. Read on for more details.

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Luna Haruna has announced her first album “OVERSKY” which includes her four singles, Kimi ga Kureta Sekai, Sora wa Takaky Kaze wa Utau, Overfly, her just released Ai wo Utae, new songs, plus more for 12 total tracks. Album “OVERSKY” comes on three editions that hit stores August 21st 2013 – read on for more details.

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Topping the singles charts for the second week in a row is idol group SKE48 and their 12th single “Utsukushi Inazuma” selling another 94,000 copies (605,000 total). The AKB48 sister group pulls of the rare feat of repeating as #1 (first repeat this year). Popular Korean female group KARA lands in the #2 spot with their 9th Japanese single “Thank You Summer Love”. Another Korean group FTISLAND climbs into the #5 spot with their 11th Japanese single “Shiawase Theory”.

Just out of the top 10 in the #13 spot is Luna Haruna with her 4th single “Ai wo utae” (ED anime Monogatari Series Second Season).

The album charts are topped by group Ikimonogakari with their 6th album “I” selling over 112,000 copies. Close in the #2 spot is Korean group SUPER JUNIOR with their first Japanese album “Hero” selling over 102,000 copies. Landing in the #3 spot is JUNHO (2PM) with solo debut album “Kimi no Koe” with songs written and produced himself.

The complete top 10 singles and album charts follow.

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Aki Toyosaki has added more details for her upcoming 9th solo single “CHEEKY”. She also revealed more information about the Aki Toyosaki 2nd Live Tour for this fall in conjunction with her just announced her 2nd album. Her new single “CHEEKY” comes on two editions that hit stores August 28th 2013 – read on for more details…

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