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Kana Hanazawa recently announced her first full-length album “claire” which includes her four solo singles, new songs, and more for a total of 14 tracks. The album is available on one CD-only edition and scheduled to be in stores February 20th 2013. Read on for more release details…

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AKB48 is preparing to release their 30th single “So long !” and revealed the cover jackets and a teaser length music video for the title track. The single is their 6th annual “sakura” themed song and its available on three Limited editions that include a handshake event ticket and three matching Regular editions without the event ticket. Single “So long !” hits stores February 20th 2013 – updated release details and preview music video follow…

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Aya Hirano has updated the details for her 12th single “TOxxxIC” – cover jackets, full track list, and preview video are revealed. The single is produced by Steve Diamond who has worked with artists such as Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. Its her first single since transferring record labels to Universal Music Japan and first in almost three years since “Hysteric Barbie” (2010.06). Single “TOxxxIC” hits stores February 20th 2013 – updated details and audio preview video for coupling track follows…

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SCANDAL is getting ready to release new compilation album “Encore SHOW” that features b-side tracks from their previously released singles, a new song, and more. The album hits stores February 6th 2013 and the girls have just revealed a video message for the new album and message for activities in 2013. Read on for more details on the album and the video…

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Singer and voice actress Tamura Yukari has announced her 23rd solo single (29th single overall) which will be featured as the opening theme for Spring 2013 anime Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat (Hentai Oji to Warawanai Neko). Yukari-san will also voice one of the main characters, King of Steel (Koutetsu no ou). The single isn’t yet titled but will come on one edition and is scheduled to be in stores April 17th 2013 – read on for more early release details…

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Kalafina has announced their 4th original album “Consolation”. The album is planned to include their three singles “to the beginning”, “moonfesta ~ムーンフェスタ~”, “Hikari Furu”, and new song “Yume no Daichi” that’s featured as theme song for NHK TV show Rekishi Hiwa Historia plus more. Kalafina will also launch a summer tour in support of the new album. “Consolation” comes on three editions and is scheduled to be in stores March 20th 2013 – read on for more release information…

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Rock band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION has revealed the cover jackets for their new single “Ima wo Ikite” (今を生きて). Its their 19th single and it will be featured as the theme song for live-action movie Yokomichi Yonosuke. New single “Ima wo Ikite” comes on two editions and hits stores February 20th 2013. Updated details and trailer video for the upcoming movie follow…

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Topping the single charts are the Korean boys of Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with their Japanese single “Catch Me – If you wanna” with over 137,000 sold. The single was previously released on their 6th Korean album “CATCH ME” (2012.09.24). In the second spot is No Sleeves (no3b) with “Kirigirisu-jin”, the 3-idol AKB48 sub-unit’s 9th single. And in the 8th spot is singer/voice actress Kana Hanazawa with her 4th solo single “Silent Snow”.

On top of the album charts its visual kei band SID with greatest hits album “10th Anniversary BEST” selling over 45,000 copies. In the 5th spot is singer/voice actress Haruka Tomatsu with her 2nd solo album “Sunny Side Story”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow…

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Nagi Yanagi (やなぎなぎ) has updated the release details for her single “Zoetrope” – full track list and preview music video are revealed. The single is her 4th solo single and is featured as the opening theme song for TV anime series AMNESIA. Single “Zoetrope” will hit stores January 30th 2013 – read on for more details, preview videos, and more…

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The Macross anime franchise has announced the popular Macross Plus four OVA episodes and Movie edition will release on a remastered HD Limited Pressing Blu-ray. The anime is directed by Shoji Kawamori (Escaflowne, AKB0048) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) with music by Yoko Kanno. The release comes on two Blu-ray disks with both Japanese and English audio tracks as well as English subtitles plus loads of bonuses. The Macross Plus Complete Edition is scheduled to hit stores June 21st 2013 – read on for more details…

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Seiyuu group Sphere has announced a music video collection “Music Clips 2009 – 2012” on region free Blu-ray. The collection is planned to include all their music videos from debut single “Future Stream” to 11th single “Pride on Everyday”. Plus a fan voted new music video for song “Kimi ga taiyo” that was part of 2nd album “Spring is here”. Sphere’sMusic Clips 2009 – 2012” comes on one Blu-ray edition and is scheduled to be in stores February 27th 2013 – read on for more details…

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