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Topping the single charts are the Korean boys of Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with their Japanese single “Catch Me – If you wanna” with over 137,000 sold. The single was previously released on their 6th Korean album “CATCH ME” (2012.09.24). In the second spot is No Sleeves (no3b) with “Kirigirisu-jin”, the 3-idol AKB48 sub-unit’s 9th single. And in the 8th spot is singer/voice actress Kana Hanazawa with her 4th solo single “Silent Snow”.

On top of the album charts its visual kei band SID with greatest hits album “10th Anniversary BEST” selling over 45,000 copies. In the 5th spot is singer/voice actress Haruka Tomatsu with her 2nd solo album “Sunny Side Story”.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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Topping the singles charts is Fukuyama Masaharu’s single “Beautiful life / GAME” as he continues to re-write the records as the all-time best selling male solo artist in Japan. The single sold over 145,000 copies giving him his 15th #1 single now only one behind Kondo Masahiko’s 16.

In the second spot is Korean group SHINee with their first original Japanese single “Dazzling Girl” selling over 97,000 copies. Idol group Morning Musume makes another good showing with single “Wakuteka Take a Chance” landing them in the 3rd spot selling over 81,000 copies. The high school girls duo of ClariS and their theme song for the anime movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story (Hajimari no Monogatari) – single “Luminous” hits the 4th spot and sells more than any of their previous singles opening week with over 38,000 sold.

Coming in the #6 spot is GACKT and his new single “HAKURO” which is featured as the theme song for the live-action TV drama Sengoku BASARA MOONLIGHT PARTY. And just out of the top 10 in the 11th spot is nano with his/her 2nd single “No pain, No game” featured as the opening theme for anime BTOOM!.

On the album charts its another solo male artist and moving back into the top spot he held two weeks ago is Tatsuro Yamashita with his compilation album “OPUS All time best 1975-2012”. The girls of Chatmonchy with their album “Henshin” land in the second spot and GRANRODEO hits the 3rd spot with their 5th album “CRACK STAR FLASH

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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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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BREAKERZ has their 13th single release, a double A-side single “Overwriting / Nonai Survivor” due out on June 13th. The single includes “Nonai Survivor” which is the official image song for CARDFIGHT!! Vanguard (game) and “Overwriting” which will be featured as ending theme for ongoing anime Case Closed: Detective Conan. The single is offered in two Limited editions featuring each of the A-side songs and a Regular edition. Release details and teaser preview video follows.

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and Acid Black Cherry along with other groups will hold 4 concerts over the next two weeks under the name of “HALLOWEEN PARTY 2011”. Other groups participating are BREAKERZ, SID, SADS, Shokotan, and AKB48 sub-group Corridor Running Team (7). Only VAMPS and Acid Black Cherry will appear in all performances. The concerts will be on the 21st and 22nd in Chiba, and the 29th and 30th in Kobe. The finale night of the event is said to use a lavish Thai theme. All the concerts might be a bit scary and for sure they will rock.

Addition promotion with phone download service mu-mo.com to coincide with the concert events,  "VAMPS PICTURE COLLECTION" digital card collection.

Pictures and concert details on the jump,

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