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This week the singles charts are topped by the idols of Nogizaka46 with their 5th single “Kimi no na wa kibo” (君の名は希望) selling over 242,000 copies. It’s the self-appointed rival to AKB48 4th #1 single.

In the #2 spot is Yamashita Tomohisa (Yamapi) with his new single “Kai Sera Sera”. Landing in the #5 spot is Korean boy group SHINee with their 7th Japanese single “Fire”. Pulling into the #7 spot group AAA with single “PARTY IT UP”.

Just out of the top 10 in #11 spot is group supercell with 7th major single “The Bravery” that’s featured as the opening theme for anime Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic.

On the album charts rock band Sakanaction with album “sakanaction” selling a good 82,000 copies. Vocal group AAA also lands on the album charts with compilation album “Ballad Collection” in the #4 spot. Out of the top 10 in the #15 spot is one of our favorites – idol group 9nine with their second album “CUE”.

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Topping the singles charts is powerful male vocal group Arashi with double-a side single “Calling X Breathless” selling a strong 756,000 copies. Both songs have tie-ins to productions that star group members (more details). In the #6 spot is unit EGOIST (ryo producing, chelly vocals) with their 4th single “All Alone With You” featured as the second ending theme for anime PSYCHO-PASS.

On the album charts its Korean power duo Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with their new Japanese album “TIME” selling over 243,000 copies (more details). In the #3 spot is Acid Black Cherry (yazu) who continues the winter season trend of cover albums with “Recreation 3”. Landing in the #9 spot is GRANRODEO with their greatest hits album “Greatest Hits ~ GIFT REGISTRY ~”.

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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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Arashi has announced their first single of 2013, a double a-side Calling | Breathless”. Title track “Calling” as tie-in as the theme song for TV drama series “Last Hope” that stars group member Masaki Aiba. It’s the popular vocal group’s 40th single which comes on three editions and is scheduled to be in stores March 6th 2013. Read on for more release details…

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Arashi recently announced a live DVD release that captures their “ARAFES” concert held at National Olympic Stadium Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku on September 20th & 21st. This live event featured a set list as voted for by fans from a possible 240 Arashi songs. The DVD “ARAFES” comes on two disks and features 37 songs plus additional planned footage – approximately 200 minutes of live Arashi! The release drops December 26th – read on for more details…

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Topping the singles charts are the boy idols of Kis-My-Ft2 and their 5th single “Ai no Beat” selling a strong 258,000 copies. Their streak of #1 singles continues as all 5 of their releases have charted #1. Also making a strong presence is 2PM with their delayed release “Masquerade” in the #2 spot selling over 130,000 copies. The Korean girls of T-ARA land in the 4th spot with their single “Sexy Love” that is the Japanese version of their hit Korean song.

Just out of the top 10 in the 11th spot is idol group 9nine with their double-a side release “Iiaru! Kyonshi feat. Haohao! Kyonshi Girl / Brave”.

The album charts are topped by another boy idol group, Sexy Zone with their first album “one Sexy Zone”. Landing the in the 2nd spot are the girls of KARA with “GIRLS FOREVER”. The next 3 spots mirror last weeks top 3, just pushed two spots down – double release of greatest hits from R&B singer JUJUBEST STORY ~Life~ and BEST STORY ~Love~, followed by Arashi and their 11th album “Popcorn”.

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Topping the singles charts is idol group NMB48 with their 6th single “Kitagawa Kenji” – the AKB48 sister group’s 5th #1 single – selling 317,000 copies. Second spot goes to new 5-member EXILE unit The SECOND and their debut single “THINK ‘BOUT IT” with theme song tie-in to film Aku no Kyoten.

Making it into the 8th spot are the voice actresses of Sphere with their 11th single “Pride on Everyday” featured as ending theme for the 3rd season of anime Bakuman. Just out of the top 10 in the 12th spot is GRANRODEO with single “DARK SHAME” OP theme song tie-in to anime CODE:BREAKER and in the 13th spot is Eri Kitamura with her 5th new-solo single “Destiny”. A bit further back in the 20th spot is Nagi Yanagi with single “Laterality” featured as ending theme for second season of anime Jormungand.

On the album charts a double release of greatest hits from R&B singer JUJU taking the top two spots – BEST STORY ~Life~ and BEST STORY ~Love~. Last weeks #1 Arashi and their 11th album “Popcorn” dropped to the 3rd spot and in the 4th spot is pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki with “LOVE” – the first of 5-consecutive month mini-album releases to celebrate her 15th anniversary.

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You know they did it again – AKB48 with their 28th single “UZA” has given the group its 15th #1 single in a row and 10th 1 million+ selling single. The idol group continues to re-write the sales records as “UZA” sells over 1,128,000 copies.

On the album charts is another super group, the boys of Arashi and their 11th album “Popcorn” selling over 700,000 copies. Its their 8th #1 album in a row and 9th overall. The second spot is again teenager singing sensation Leo Ieiri with her first album “LEO” selling another 17,700 copies.

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Arashi has updated the release details on their 11th album “Popcorn” -  cover jackets, full track list and bonuses are revealed. The album includes their singles released since their 10th album “Beautiful World” plus 5 member solo songs and 7 new songs for a total of 16 tracks. “Popcorn” hits stores on October 31st – updated release details follow…

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Arashi has announced their 11th album “Popcorn” which includes their 4 singles released since their 10th album “Beautiful World” which came just over a year ago. Their new album tracks will also have 7 new songs and 5 member solo songs for a total of 16 tracks. “Popcorn” is scheduled for release on October 31st – more early release details follow…

* updated release info – here

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OriconLast week’s single charts are topped by KANJANI8 with their single “Ai Deshita” selling a strong 262,000 copies. The group celebrated their 8th anniversary on the single’s release date (release details). Arashi charted #1 last week with their single “Your eyes” and it drops into the second spot this week selling another 42,000 copies (release details). In the number three spot is Erena Ono making here solo debut after graduating from AKB48 in September 2010 with her single “Erepyon”. This single is featured a theme for TV series “Legal High”.

Over on the album charts top honors go to NEWS and their compilation album “NEWS BEST” selling 109,000 copies. In second spot is enka artist Kiyoshi Hikawa with his album “Enka Meikyoku Collection 16 – Sakura-“ with 40,000 sold. A familiar face in the third and fourth spots is again Mr. Children who has been charting for over a month with their now certified by the RIAJ 1million album(s) “Mr. Children 2005-2010 MACRO” and “Mr. Children 2001-2005 MICRO”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow,

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