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Perfume recently added more details on their new single “Magic of Love” – cover jackets, full track list, and CM message spot all revealed. Its Perfume’s 18th single and has tie-in as CM theme song for KANRO “Pure Gummy” candy. Single “Magic of Love” comes on two editions and hits stores May 22nd 2013 – updated details and preview videos follow…

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Negicco has revealed more details on their 11th single “Idol Bakari Kikanaide” and a preview music video. Its their second single of 2013 and part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The single comes on three editions including a limited 7-inch vinyl disk. Single “Idol Bakari Kikanaide” is set for release on May 29th 2013 – read on for more details and preview PV video.

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Minami Kuribayashi recently announced a greatest hits album “TIGHT KNOT” as part of her 10th anniversary celebration. Details are still limited on her first album in almost two years but it will come on one CD-only edition and is scheduled for release on May 29th 2013. Read on for more early release details…

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2PM has announced their 6th Japanese single “GIVE ME LOVE” with tie-in as theme song for TBS TV drama “TAKE FIVE – Bokutachi wa ai wo nusumeruka” that stars Goro Inagaki of SMAP. The single’s coupling track “Falling in love” is composed by member Jun. K. New single “GIVE ME LOVE” comes on three editions and release is set for May 29th 2013 – read on for more details.

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9nine has announced their 10th single “Evolution No.9” with tie-in as the theme song for TBS/MBS TV drama “Tank Top Fighters” staring Erena Ono. Member Kawashima Umika (2nd right) will be making a cameo appearance in the new drama. Also announced member Satake Uki (left) is making her voice acting debut as roll of Podongo-Rapoi in anime Hunter x Hunter. New single “Evolution No.9” comes on three editions and is scheduled for release June 12th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Sasaki Sayaka has updated the release details for her second album “Daybreaker” – cover jackets, full track list, bonuses, and audio preview all revealed. The album includes her four singles released since her first album “sympathetic world” (2011.11), new songs, and more. Album “Daybreaker” comes on two editions and hits stores May 15th 2013 – updated details and audio preview follow.

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Sphere has updated the release details for their new single “GENESIS ARIA” – cover jackets and full track list are official. The single’s title track has tie-in as the opening theme song for anime TV series Arata Kangatari (Arata The Legend). The group’s 12th single “GENESIS ARIA” comes on two editions and hits stores May 1st 2013 – updated details follow.

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Landing in the top spot on the singles charts this week is longtime idol group Morning Musume with single “Brainstorming / Kimi sae ireba nani mo iranai”. It’s the group’s 53rd single and last song for generation 6 member Reina Tanaka (23). Selling over 94,000 copies it will be their 4th Gold single in a row and the idol group continues its highest popularity since 2004.

In the #2 spot is ClariS with “reunion” featured as the opening theme for anime Oreimo season 2. Tamura Yukari lands in #5 with “Fantastic future” with tie-in as opening theme for anime Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat. And GRANRODEO climbs into the #7 spot with single “Henai no Rondo” featured as the opening theme for anime Karneval.

Topping the album charts is vocal group E-girls with their first album “Lesson 1” selling over 57,000 copies. In the #8 spot is first album “relation” from singer/voice actress Ayahi Takagaki.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Tohoshinki (TVXQ) has announced a new Japanese single “OCEAN”! Its their second single of 2013 and is planned for two editions. The Korean vocal group currently comprised of Yunho and Changmin are also getting ready for a dome tour of Japan that starts April 27th 2013. New single “OCEAN” is scheduled to hit stores June 12th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Minori Chihara has announced the release of her “Minori Chihara BIRTHDAY LIVE 2012” on Blu-ray and DVD. The live release captures her performance at Saitama Super Arena November 18th 2013. The “Minori Chihara BIRTHDAY LIVE 2012” is scheduled to be in stores June 26th 2013 – read on for more details.

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Hi-Fi CAMP has announced their final album “LIFE GOES ON” and final national tour culminating in a performance in the band’s home town of Sendai. The album features two songs with tie-ins and comes on two editions though the Premium edition has limited availability. Album “LIFE GOES ON” is scheduled to hit stores May 22nd 2013 – read on for more details.

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