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SKE48 tops the singles charts this week with their 16th single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (December no Kangaroo,12月のカンガルー) selling over 386,000 copies. The single marks the first time newer members Kitagawa Ryouha (北川綾巴) and Miyamae Ami (宮前杏実) are featured as co-centers.

LiSA leads the anime tied singles with her 7th single Shirushi landing at #3 – her best on weekly Oricon charts. The single’s featured as the second ending theme for anime Sword Art Online season 2 (SAO II). Last week Haruka Tomatsu released single courage that also landed at #3 and its featured as the second opening theme for SAO II.

Topping the album charts is duo KinKi Kids with M Album – their 14th original album and 14th #1 album. Landing at #2 is a compilation album Co Gal marking the 50th birthday of former X Japan guitarist/singer hide (suicide 1998).

Nagi Yanagi lands at #6 with her 2nd album Polyomino.

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KANJANI8 tops the Oricon weekly singles charts with 31st single Gamushara Koshinkyoku (がむしゃら行進曲) selling over 201,000 copies. The single has tie-up as the theme song for NTV drama Jigoku Sensei Nu~be~ staring member Maruyama Ryuhei and the 3rd and final of their 10th anniversary releases.

Anime tied releases are led by Haruka Tomatsu’s 14th single courage featured as the second opening theme for anime Sword Art Online season 2 (SAO II).

Album charts are topped by EXILE ATSUSHI solo album Love Ballade and rock band SCANDAL lands in #3 with their 6th album HELLO WORLD.

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Watanabe Miyuki updated the release details for single Yasashiku Suru Yori Kiss wo Shite (やさしくするよりキスをして) – jacket covers, track list, and live song performance unveiled. Her solo single debut came as reward for winning the AKB48 Group’s 5th Janken Taikai. Along with Milky’s solo song the single includes coupling track Harukaze Pianissimo (春風ピアニッシモ) featuring the tournament’s 2nd – 16th places. Single Yasashiku Suru Yori Kiss wo Shite comes on two editions hitting stores Christmas Eve December 24th 2014. Updated details and live performance by Watanabe Miyuki on Music Japan follow.

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AKB48 tops the weekly singles charts with Kiboteki Refrain selling over 1.1 million copies. Their 38th single keeps the mega idol group’s amazing streak of 1+million selling singles going. E-girls lands in #2 with single Mr. Snowman and anime/game Love Live! character unit lily white climbs into #3 with Aki no Anata no Sora Toku.

Special collaboration FLOW X GRANRODEO single 7 -seven- lands at #10 – the title song is featured as the ending theme for popular anime The Seven Deadly Sins.

Korean group BIGBANG tops the album charts with BEST OF BIGBANG 2006-2014 (Japan) selling over 120,000 copies. Kana Nishino with her 5th original album with LOVE stays at #2. Greatest hits album from SPYAIR lands in #3 and character song album from unit HoneyWorks consisting of voice actors such as Aki Toyosaki, Hiroshi Kamiya, and many others climbs to #4.

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SKE48 is getting ready to release single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (Jyuunigatsu no Kangaroo,12月のカンガルー) and has revealed preview music videos for the title song and several coupling tracks. Single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo comes on 4-pairs of editions plus the theater version all releasing December 10th 2014 – details and PVs follow.

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DiVA released their first and final album the self-titled DIVA on November 5th 2014. The album includes their singles plus new songs written by members and one provided by Oshima Yuko. Album DIVA comes on three editions each with a different track list – read on for more details.

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Watanabe Miyuki’s solo debut single (Yasashiku Suru Yori Kiss wo Shite)* as reward for winning the AKB48 5th Janken Taikai has been officially announced. Along with Milky’s solo song the single includes coupling track featuring the tournament’s 2nd – 16th places. Watanabe Miyuki’s 1st single comes on two editions scheduled for release on Christmas Eve December 24th 2014. Read on for more early details.

~ *updated release details and live performance revealed ~

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AKB48 added the jacket covers and full track lists for their 38th single Kiboteki Refrain (希望的リフレイン). They also revealed preview music videos for the title song and coupling track. The title song music video features the senbatsu members along with former AKB48 members Oshima Yuko, Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi, and Shinoda Mariko. Single Kiboteki Refrain comes on 4 pairs of editions plus the Theater version all releasing November 26th 2014 – updated details and PVs follow.

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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.

~ updated release details plus PVs revealed ~

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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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