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ORANGE RANGE is getting ready to release their 24th single “Oboro na Ageha / Moshimo”. The single is the band’s first in almost three years except for several digital only releases. Single “Oboro na Ageha / Moshimo” comes on two editions and hits stores April 17th 2013 – read on for more details and preview music video…

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May’n has updated the release details for her new single – “Run Real Run” – cover jackets, full track list, and preview PV video are revealed. The title track has tie-in as the theme song for TV drama Real Onigokko THE ORIGIN. May’n’s 7th single “Run Real Run” hits stores May 8th 2013 – updated details and preview music video follow.

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FTISLAND announced their 3rd Japanese album “RATED-FT”! The album should include their three singles released since their last album “20 [twenty]” (2012.05.16), new songs, and more. Album “RATED-FT” comes on three editions and is scheduled to hit stores on June 5th 2013 – read on for more early details…

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NO NAME is getting ready to release their second single “Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu” and has revealed a preview of the PV music video. The new single’s title track is featured as the ending theme for the anime AKB0048: next stage and main coupling track “Aruji naki sono koe” is featured as the anime’s opening theme. Single “Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu” hits stores April 10th 2013 – details and preview music video follow.

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CNBLUE has updated the release details for their first Japanese single of 2013 – “Blind Love” – cover jackets, full track list, and bonuses have all been revealed. Also announced is a tie-up as theme song for show PON! on Nippon TV. The boys also revealed a behind-the-scenes video of their cover photo shoot for Japanese magazine an·an. New single “Blind Love” comes on three editions and hits stores on April 24th 2013 – updated details and video follow…

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The singles charts are topped this week by Kis-My-Ft2 with single “Ki Su U Ma I ~ KISS YOUR MIND ~ / S.O.S. (Smile On Smile)” with over 214,000 copies sold. It’s the boy group’s 7th single and 7th #1.

Landing in the next four spots are Korean groups – #2 is KARA with “Bye Bye Happy Days!”, #3 is Choshinsei with “Da Ki Shi Me Ta I”, #4 is BOYFRIEND with “Hitomi no Melody”, and #5 goes to FTISLAND with “You Are My Life

Topping the album charts is Kis-My-Ft2 with their second album “Good Ikuze!” selling over 222,000 copies.  In the #2 spot is Funky Monkey Babys with their best hits album “LAST BEST” with over 168,000 sold. Sliding into the #6 spot is singer/voice actress/songwriter Maaya Sakamoto with album “Singer Songwriter” featuring songs she wrote and produced in collaboration with Shin Kono and Zentaro Watanbe.

*Kis-My-Ft2’s special DVD release also topped the DVD charts making a sweep of the major weekly Oricon charts. It’s the 3rd time the feat has been accomplished by a single group/artist – Ayumi Hamasaki (Oct 2000), KAT-TUN (April 2006).

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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KAT-TUN has announced their 21st single “FACE to Face” that will be featured as the theme song for movie “Ore Ore”. The movie stars group leader Kazuya Kamenashi and hits theaters in Japan May 25th. Single “FACE to Face” comes on three editions and is scheduled for release on May 15th 2013 – more details and movie trailer featuring theme song “FACE to Face” follow…

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Leo Ieiri has updated the details for her 4th single “Message” – cover jackets, full track list, and teaser video revealed. Its her first single of 2013 and featured as the theme song for TBS TV drama “Kakusho ~ Keishico Sousa 3”. Single “Message” comes on three editions each and hits stores May 22nd 2013 – updated release details and teaser music video follow…

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Special collaboration with T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki on single “Preserved Roses” that’s featured as the opening theme for anime Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave). The single comes on three editions and is scheduled for release on May 15th 2013 – read on for more details and preview video for Valvrave the Liberator featuring the opening theme “Preserved Roses”…

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Singer/voice actress Aimi has upcoming release of her 5th single “Unmei no Ori” with tie-in as the opening theme for anime Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge. The single comes on one CD-only edition and hits stores April 17th 2013. Read on more release details and a 5-minute preview of anime Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge.

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angela has revealed more details on their upcoming 6th album “ZERO”. The new album includes 5 songs tied to popular anime “K”, new songs, plus more for 12 total tracks. Album “ZERO” comes on two editions and hits stores April 24th 2013 – more details follow.

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