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January 5, 2015 – In preparation for this month’s live concert in Las Vegas, Japanese animation song ("anisong") stars JAM Project have released two albums on USA iTunes that were previously unavailable overseas.

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Best Collection X – X Cures Earth features "Wings of the Legend" (from Playstation 3’s Super Robot Wars 2 Original Generation), "Yume Sketch" (from anime series Bakuman), and "Isshoku Sokuhatsu ~Trigger of Crisis~" (from the GARO ~Yami wo Terasu Mono tokusatsu series).

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October 7, 2014 -  MIKU EXPO has exploded into a massive multi-featured event, with several guest and special event announcements before Hatsune Miku’s USA television debut on David Letterman this week (ed. scheduled to air October 8 2014). Hatsune Miku’s appearance on the nationally-televised show will give American audiences a preview of the MIKU EXPO performance awaiting fans at L.A.’s Nokia Theater and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom during the next 2 weeks.

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Watch now this special 30 minute video for Crunchyroll of the spectacular Hatsune Miku concert at “MIKU EXPO in Indonesia 2014″!

MIKU EXPO is a global touring event featuring not only live performances of virtual singer Hatsune Miku and other PIAPRO characters with live band, but also exhibitions and fan gathering events!

This exciting 30 minute video includes selected songs of Hatsune Miku’s performance at the first ever MIKU EXPO in Jakarta, also featuring a special song sung by Miku in Indonesian! Enjoy!

The next MIKU EXPO will be in Los Angeles & New York this October! Check info: [url]http://mikuexpo.com[/url]


BUMP OF CHICKEN has just released 7th original album RAY on March 12th 2014. The album includes title song “ray” and they revealed a full music video for the song featuring vocaloid virtual idol Hatsune Miku. An interesting collaboration! Album RAY includes singles, new songs and more for 14 total track that comes on two editions. Read on for more release details and both versions of music video “ray”.

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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.

Read on for the complete top 10 singles and album charts follow.

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Topping the Oricon charts this week is SMAP with their 25th #1 and 48th overall single “Moment” – selling over 136,000 copies. *Its been 9 weeks in a row for male groups, duos, and solo on the top of the single charts.

In second spot is everyone’s favorite seiyuu Nana Mizuki and her double-A single BRIGHT STREAM with the theme songs for the new Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movie and Dog Days anime. In the number three spot is another anime tie-in with NO NAME the actual and fictitious AKB48 idol unit providing the voice acting and theme songs for anime AKB0048. Rounding out the top 5 is CNBLUE and their 3rd Japanese single “Come on”.

On the album charts #1 for 3 weeks in a row is – Southern All Stars member Kuwata his solo album of greatest hits “I LOVE YOU -now & forever-“ selling another 61,000 copies.

Koda Kumi who just gave birth last week saw her re-mix album “Beach Mix” come in at #4.

Celebrating Vocaloid virtual idol Hatsune Miku’s 5th birthday 3 album of various artists make it into the top 10 of the album charts.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

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ryo has updated the release information for the new single “ODDS&ENDS” feat.Hatsune Miku – the full track list has now been revealed. ryo, the leader of group supercell, wrote the new single to be used as the opening theme for Sony PSP Vita game “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA-f”. He previously provided the theme song for the first “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA” game with single “Sekiranun Graffiti” one year ago. Also SEGA has exposed a new preview video with the opening movie for the new game and featuring the new single. The single is set to hit stores on August 29th – updated details and preview video follow.

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Hatsune Miku has two anniversary albums – “5th Birthday BEST ~ memories ~” and “5th Birthday BEST ~impacts~” scheduled for simultaneous release on August 1st. We previously announced the album releases and now the full track list is official. The albums, which are a Sony Music release, celebrate the virtual idol’s popular songs released over the past 5 years. Updated details follow.

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ryo the leader of group supercell has announced a new single “ODDS & ENDS” featuring Vocaloid virtual idol Hatsune Miku. The new single is set to be used as the opening theme for game “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA-f”. The new single is offered in three editions and is scheduled for release on August 29th. More details on the release and preview video for the new game featuring the new single follows..

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Hatsune Miku has two albums set for simultaneous release – “5th Birthday BEST ~ memories ~” and “5th Birthday BEST ~impacts~”. The albums, which are a Sony Music release, are a compilation of many of her most important songs released over the past 5 years  – such as what is still one of the very best – “melt” by supercell. Release date for both is set for August 1st – more early release details follow.

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Hatsune Miku featured compilation album “GT Project Theme Song Collection 2012” of songs selected in the contest for the team’s theme song to be used during the 2011-2012 racing season for the team and SUPER GT300 car sponsored by GOODSMILE RACING.  The album includes the winning main theme song “Road to Smile” plus 7 other songs for 8 total tracks. It will be available in a single CD-only edition and is due out July 18th. More details follow,

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