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Arashi (嵐) recently announced new single Daremo Shiranai (誰も知らない) featured as the theme song for drama Shinigami-kun (死神くん) staring member Ohno Satoshi (大野智). Their 44th single and 3rd in 2014 comes on two editions scheduled for release on May 30th 2014. Read on for more details and trailer for the new drama…

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Arashi (嵐) has revealed more details for 43rd single GUTS! – full track list and jacket covers unveiled. The single’s title track featured as the theme song for NTV drama Yowakute mo Katemasu ~ Seiji Sensei to Heppoko Koko Kyuji no Yabo ~ starring member Ninomiya Kazunari. Single GUTS! comes on two editions plus a bundled version and all drop April 30th 2014 – updated details follow….

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Arashi (嵐) has announced their 2nd single of 2014 – GUTS! – with the title track featured as the theme song for NTV drama Yowakute mo Katemasu ~ Seiji Sensei to Heppoko Koko Kyuji no Yabo ~ starring member Ninomiya Kazunari. The popular vocal group’s 43rd single comes on two editions plus a special bundled version with both editions. Single GUTS! releases April 30th 2014 – read on for more details and TVCM spot for the new drama….

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Topping the singles chart is KANJANI8 with King of Otoko! selling over 352,000 copies. Its their 25th single and 3rd of a 3-month consecutive release plan. Perhaps the lure of bonuses for purchasing all 3 singles in the plan pulled their 24th single Hibiki into the #9 spot and 23rd single Kokoro Sora Moyo into #11.

Anime tied releases – #10 is Jigoku no Sata mo Kimishidai the opening theme for Hozuki no Reitetsu and sung by many of the anime voice cast. In #12 spot is singer and voice actor Mamoru Miyano with 10th single NEW ORDER with tie-up as theme song for anime Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life: Awakening Arc, and in #19 is nano with her 4th single Born to be featured as ending theme for anime Magical Warfare.

The album chart is topped by Sexy Zone with their 2nd album Sexy Second selling 121,000 copies. Just back in the #2 spot is longtime group Yuzu with 12th album Shin Sekai selling 113,000 copies. In the #4 spot is Leo Ieiri with her 2nd album “a boy”.

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On top of the singles chart is Arashi with single Bittersweet selling over 511,000 copies. The title track has tie-up as the theme song for Fuji TV drama Shitsuren Chocolatier staring member Matsumoto Jun. In the #2 spot is idol group SUPER GiRLS with single Sorairo no Kiseki.

In the #5 spot is T.M.Revolution and SCANDAL collaboration single Count ZERO / Runners high with both songs having tie-up with new PS3 game Sengoku BASARA4. And slipping into #10 is GRANRODEO with 21st single Hengenjizai no Magical Star featured as OP2 for anime Kuroko’s Basketball season 2.

The album chart is topped by Tsuyoshi Domoto with solo album Shamanippon ~ Roinochinoi. Tsuyoshi Domoto and Koichi Domoto form unit KinKi Kids. In the #2 spot is MAN WITH A MISSION special compilation album Beef Chicken Pork with English tracks to support the group’s USA debut.

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Arashi (嵐) has just released their first single of 2014 – Bittersweet with the title track featured as the theme song for Fuji TV drama Shitsuren Chocolatier staring member Matsumoto Jun. Also coupling track Road to Glory gets tie-up as theme song for NTV Sochi Olympic 2014 broadcast that features member Sho Sakurai as special announcer. Their 42nd single Bittersweet comes on two editions dropping February 12th 2014 – more details and music video follow….

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Topping Oricon singles for 2013* is AKB48 taking the top 4 spots with their 31st single Sayonara Crawl taking #1 with close to 2 million sold. Single Sayonara Crawl was tied to the group’s annual general election with voting tickets included with the single. The next spots are taken by their singles Koisuru Fortune Cookie (#2, 32nd), Heart Electric (#3, 33rd), and So Long ! (#3, 30th).

In the #5 spot is EXILE with their concert tour theme song EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame~ that was in and out of the top 10 singles charts for 31 weeks. Also the only 1+ million selling single other than AKB48.

Overall the top 20 singles has 11 spots take by Yasushi Akimoto produced idol groups: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and Nogizaka46.

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Topping Oricon album charts for 2013* is Arashi with their 12th album LOVE that topped the charts for two consecutive weeks with over 780,000+ sold. In the #2 & #3 spots are long time duo B’z with their best compilation albums B’z The Best XXV 1988 – 1998 & B’z The Best XXV 1999 – 2012.

In the #4 spot is FUNKY MONKEY BABYS with compilation album LAST BEST which is the only album in the top 20 which didn’t debut at #1. The album was #2 behind Kis-My-Ft2’s Good Ikuse! (#13) but the following week it climbed into #1 and charted in the top 10 for 11 consecutive weeks.

In the #5 spot is NMB48 with their first album Teppen Tottande! and they are the only idol group in the top 20 albums this year.

*Oricon Charts 2013 annual spans December 10th 2012 – December 8th 2013

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On top of the singles charts are the boys of Kis-My-Ft2 with their 9th #1 and 9th single SNOW DOME no Yakusoku /  Luv Sick selling over 268,000 copies. Climbing into the #4 spot is idol group Afilia Saga with single S.M.L featured as the OP for anime My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy. And a bit further down is pop diva Koda Kumi in the #9 spot with her 56th single Dreaming Now!.

A number of other anime tie-up single releases are just out of the top 10 – In the #18 spot is OLDCODEX’s 8th single Walk featured as the ED for anime Kuroko’s Basketball. Voice actress and singer Yui Horie gets into the #19 spot with 16th single Golden Time that includes the OP and ED (Sweet & Sweet CHERRY) for anime GOLDEN TIME. Aoi Eir with her 5th single Sirius lands in the #21 spot. The song is featured as the opening theme for anime KILL la KILL.

Topping the album charts is the first album from Generations from EXILE TRIBE, GENERATIONS selling over 48,000 copies.

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Topping the single charts is Hottake Band with single Sayonara Arigato selling over 82,000 copies. The special unit consists of Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN) and Koji Tamaki with the main theme song for their TV drama series Tokyo Band Wagon. In the #4 spot is Kalafina with Kimi no Gin no Niwa the theme song/ending theme for anime movie anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rebellion. Hitting #6 is visual kei band SID with their 10th anniversary single ANNIVERSARY and opening theme for anime TV series Magi – The Kingdom of Magic.

Out of the top 10 but into the top 20 is Maon Kurosaki with X-encounter OP anime Tokyo Ravens, Minami Kuribayashi 32nd single True Blue Traveler OP anime Infinite Stratos, and Negicco with their 12th single Tokimeki no Headliner.

A rather dull album charts with few Japanese releases are topped by American artists Lady GAGA in #1 and Avril Lavigne in the #2 spot. Jin Akanishi’s self-produced album #JUSTJIN hits #3 and AKB48 idol Iwasa Misaki new solo album of enka songs Request Covers climbs into #8.

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Topping the single charts with their 15th 1 million+ selling single is idol group AKB48 and their 33rd single Heart Electric selling over 1,200,000 copies. The single features founding member Kojima Haruna (25) with her first center position on a single.

In the #3 spot is ClariS with their 8th single Colorful selling a good 39,000 copies. The single is featured as the theme song for anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica Rebellion. In the #10 spot is nano with SAVIOR OF SONG feat MY FIRST STORY featured as the opening theme for anime Arpeggio of Blue Steel.

And just out of the top 10 in the #11 spot is Minori Chihara with her 18th single Kyokai no Kanata featured as the opening theme for anime Beyond the Boundary (Kyokai no Kanata).

Staying on top of the album charts is male vocal group Arashi with their 12th album LOVE selling another 61,000 copies and giving them a two week total over 731,000 sold. In the #2 is anisong favorite LiSA with her 2nd album LANDSPACE.

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