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Topping the singles charts is Arashi with their 41st single “Endless Game” that’s featured as theme for TV drama series “Kazoku Game” staring member Sho Sakurai. The single sold over 477,000 copies giving the vocal group their 37th #1 single. In the second spot is Korean group 2PM with their 6th Japanese single “GIVE ME LOVE” with tie-in as theme song for TBS TV drama “TAKE FIVE – Bokutachi wa ai wo nusumeruka” that stars Goro Inagaki of SMAP.

Last week’s #1 from the idol group AKB48, their 31st single “Sayonara Crawl” slips down to the #3 and group member Asuka Kuramochi’s debut single “Itsumo Soba ni” lands in the #4 spot.

On the album charts in the top spot is “Mekaku City Records”, the second album release from the Kagerou Project and multi-creator Jin (Shizen no Teki P). In the #2 spot is Jang Keun Suk with his 2nd album “Nature Boy”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Details have been released for the French Kiss debut single “Zutto Mae Kara,” which goes on sale on September 8. The single will come in three versions with different contents, including an original short drama.

First unveiled last month, French Kiss consists of AKB48 members Yuki Kashiwagi (19), Aki Takajo (18), and Asuka Kuramochi (20). Their first song, “Zutto Mae Kara,” is currently being used as the ending theme of the baseball anime series “Major.”

The single will have a CD-only version and two CD+DVD versions, each coming with a different coupling song. The CD-only version will have a French Kiss version of the Team B song “Temodemo no Namida,” while the first CD+DVD version will have a French Kiss version of “Yokaze no Shiwaza” (also a Team B song). The second CD+DVD version will have a brand new song.

The DVD included in the first CD+DVD version contains a video clip for “Zutto Mae Kara,” but it will also come with an original drama, also titled “Zutto Mae Kara.” The youthful love story has the three girls playing managers of a school baseball team, and part of the story involves a romance with the team’s ace player. The drama is being handled by television, film, and music video director Ten Shimoyama.

Fans who reserve the single at one of several designated retail stores will also have a chance in a lottery drawing for a special event.

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