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AKB48 revealed the title for their upcoming single – Kiboteki Refrain (希望的リフレイン). Their 38th single was first announced at the end of the 5th Janken Taikai held September 18th 2014. The 31 participating members were revealed with group ace Watanabe Mayu (20) and for the first time Miyawaki Sakura (16) sharing the center position. Single Kiboteki Refrain comes on 4 pairs of editions releasing November 26th 2014 – read on for more details.

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DiVA unveiled a preview music video for single DISCOVERY - the unit’s last single re-unites all members including: Miyazawa Sae (SNH48/SKE48), Umeda Ayaka (NMB48), Akimoto Sayaka (graduated), Masuda Yuka (graduated). Single DISCOVERY hits stores October 8th 2014 – PV and more details follow.

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AKB48 announced their 38th single (untitled) at the end of their Janken Taikai (Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament) held September 18th 2014. The 31 senbatsu members were revealed for the first time with co-centers Watanabe Mayu and Miyawaki Sakura (first time center position). The single comes on 4 pairs of editions scheduled for release on November 26th 2014 – read on for more details….

~ single titledKiboteki Refrain ~

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DiVA revealed more details for their last single DISCOVERY - full track list, jacket covers, and more unveiled. All members re-unite for the AKB48 unit’s 4th and final single including: Miyazawa Sae (SNH48/SKE48), Umeda Ayaka (NMB48), Akimoto Sayaka (graduated), Masuda Yuka (graduated). The single comes on four editions hitting stores October 8th 2014 – updated details follow…

~ PV revealed and final album announced ~

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Hey! Say! JUMP tops the singles charts with Weekender / Asu e no YELL selling over 184,000 copies. Their 13th single’s title tracks are both featured as theme songs for TV dramas featuring group members.

Three character song releases for anime Free! – Eternal Summer make it into the top 10.

SMAP tops the album charts with their 21st album Mr.S selling over 184,000 copies.

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AKB48 tops the singles charts with 37th single Kokoro no Placard selling 1,057,774 copies – continuing their streak of first week 1 million+ selling singles now with 17 in a row! The single features the General Election (fan voting) top 16 with Watanabe Mayu as center. A total of 80 members selected to participate on the title track plus different coupling tracks included on the single’s multiple versions.

EXILE TRIBE tops album charts with REVOLUTION selling over 251,000 copies. Last week the combined EXILE x J Soul Brothers x EXILE GENERATIONS. topped the singles charts with THE REVOLUTION. Popular anime Sword Art Online II Song Collection album lands in the #6 spot.

Note: the soundtrack album for FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) ended its run in the top 10 after 24 straight weeks.

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DiVA announced they will release a 4th single (untitled) and a planned album as part of the unit’s final activities. The AKB48 unit members all return for DiVA’s dissolution: Miyazawa Sae (SNH48/SKE48), Umeda Ayaka (NMB48), Akimoto Sayaka (graduated), Masuda Yuka (graduated). The single comes on 3 Limited editions plus a mu-mo exclusive version all releasing October 8th 2014 – read on for more details…

~ updated details – single title: DISCOVERY ~

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AKB48 updated the release details for single Kokoro no Placard – jacket covers, full track list, and preview music video unveiled. The single features members selected by the fan voting 6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo (General Election) with Watanabe Mayu (20) selected #1 for the first time. Single Kokoro no Placard hits stores August 27th 2014 – details and PV follow.

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SKE48 revealed the title and participating members for new single Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) – their 15th single. First time SKE48 Senbatsu members include Miyazawa Sae, Sato Sumire, Watanabe Miyuki, and Yamada Nana with 20 members total for the title song. Single Bukiyou Taiyou comes on for 4 pairs of editions with the Limited including the handshake event ticket and all set for release July 30th 2014 – read on for more details and video with senbatsu announcement…

~ jacket covers and more revealed ~

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KAT-TUN tops the singles chart with In Fact selling over 145,000 copies. Their 22nd single has tie-up as the theme song for Fuji TV drama FIRST CLASS featuring member Yuichi Nakamaru.

At #3 anime tied release from idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku (私立恵比寿中学) 6th single Butterfly Effect with a strong 53,000 copies sold. The single has tie-up as the opening theme for anime Nanana’s Buried Treasure.

Topping the albums chart is Namie Amuro with compilation album Ballada containing her best ballad songs. In #2 is high school duo ClariS with 3rd album PARTY TIME.

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On top of the singles charts is Arashi (嵐) with 44th single Daremo Shiranai (誰も知らない) selling over 461,000 copies. The single is featured as the theme song for drama Shinigami-kun (死神くん) staring member Ohno Satoshi (大野智). Dropping into #2 is last week’s topper and 1+ million selling single Labrador Retriever from AKB48

Topping the albums chart is aiko with her 11th original album Awa no Yona Ai Datta selling over 82,000 copies.

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