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T-ARA has revealed the cover jackets and a full length music video for their new Japanese single “Bunny Style!” or “Banisuta!” (バニスタ!). Its their first Japanese single for 2013 and 6th overall. Besides coming on three Limited editions the single is available on Regular editions featuring each member (7). Single “Bunny Style!” is scheduled to hit stores March 20th 2013 – updated release details and music video follow.

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Korean band CNBLUE has announced new Japanese single “Blind Love” – their first of 2013. The single is CNBLUE’s 5th original Japanese single and comes on three editions including a Limited with DVD containing footage from their Christmas 2012 concert MUSIC FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Single “Blind Love” is scheduled for release on April 24th 2013 – read on for more details…

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Kana Hanazawa as character Mei Mei is getting ready to release single “Bamboo Rendez-Vous” which is featured as an ending theme for anime Polar Bear Café (Shirokuma Café). Kana Hanazawa voices the character Mei Mei (Panda’s sister) in the ongoing comedy anime. Cover jackets and other release details are updated on the single that’s hitting stores March 13th 2013 – more details and audio preview follow.

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Arashi is getting ready to release their double a-side single Calling X Breathless” – cover jackets and full track list are revealed on the popular vocal group’s first single of 2013 (40th overall). Title track “Calling” has tie-in as the theme song for TV drama series “Last Hope” that stars group member Masaki Aiba. The other title track “Breathless”, described as an aggressive dance song, will be featured as theme for movie “Platinum Data” that stars member Ninomiya Kazunari. Single “Calling X Breathless” comes on three editions and hits stores March 6th 2013. More details follow.

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Tamura Yukari has added details for her new single “Fantastic future” which has a tie-in as the opening theme for upcoming anime Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat (Hentai Oji to Warawanai Neko). She is also voicing one of the main characters, King of Steel (Koutetsu no ou) in the anime. Single “Fantastic future” is Tamura Yukari’s 2nd of 2013 and comes on one CD-only edition. Its scheduled to be in stores April 17th 2013 – read on for more release details…

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Dominating the singles charts this week is mega idol group AKB48 with their 30th single “So Long !” – selling over 1,035,000 copies. Its their 17th #1 single and sets another sales record with their 12th single (11th in-a-row) selling over one million copies. Another idol group, E-girls lands in the 2nd spot with single “The Never Ending Story” selling 40,000 copies.

Sliding into the 10th spot is ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION with their 19th single “Ima wo Ikite”.

On top of the album charts is MISIA with her compilation album “Super Best Records ~15th Celebration~” selling over 64,000 copies. Single/voice actress Kana Hanazawa lands in the 6th spot with her first album “claire

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Nogizaka46 is getting ready to release their new single “Kimi no na wa kibo” (君の名は希望). The single comes on four editions including three Limited with a bonus DVD. The DVD’s will each include one set of the 33 PV/drama videos created with each Nogizaka46 member and a different director. Single “Kimi no na wa kibo” hits stores March 13th 2013 – read on for more details and audio preview.

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Nagi Yanagi (やなぎなぎ) has announced her 5th single “Yukitoki” which will be featured as the opening theme for upcoming anime Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected). The title track is a collaboration with Nagi providing the lyrics and Kitagawa Katsutoshi arranging. Nagi’s new single “Yukitoki” comes on one CD-only edition and is scheduled to be in stores April 17th 2013 – read on for more details…

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9nine has updated the details for their album “CUE” – full track list, cover jackets, and bonus details are announced. Their second album comes out one year since their first album “9nine” and includes tracks from their 4 singles plus new songs for 13 total tracks. Album “CUE” hits stores March 13th 2013 – updated details follow.

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GRANRODEO is preparing to released their “GRANDRODEO Greatest Hits ~ GIFT REGISTRY ~” compilation album. The group has revealed the cover jacket, a CM TV-spot video, and details for special launch events. Their greatest hits album comes on 2 CDs and includes songs from their debut single “Go For It!” (2005) through 18th single “DARK SHAME” (2012) for a total of 27 tracks. The “Greatest Hits ~ GIFT REGISTRY ~” album hits stores March 6th 2013 – read on for more details and CM video.

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Namie Amuro is starting her 21st year since her debut with a double a-side release “Big Boys Cry | Beautiful” and both songs have tie-in as CM themes for Kose ESPRIQUE beauty products which also star Namie Amuro. Her 41st single comes on one regular edition and hits stores March 6th 2013 – updated release details follow.

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