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HKT48 tops the singles chart with 5th single 12-Byo (12 Seconds) selling over 277,000 copies. Landing at #2 is BUMP OF CHICKEN with double a-side single Hello,world! / Colony selling over 150,000 copies. Both title songs have tie-ups: Hello,world! OP for anime Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen, 血界戦線) and Colony main theme for live-action movie Parasyte Final Chapter.

Nana Mizuki climbs to #4 with 32nd single Angel Blossom with tie-up as OP for anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. Fictional idol group μ’s (Muse) from Love Live! High School Idol Project lands at #5 with single Mi wa M’usic no Mi.

Boy idol unit Johnny’s WEST tops the album charts with Paripipo (パリピポ) that celebrates the 1st anniversary of their unit’s launch.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) is getting ready to release album Blue Avenue and recently unveiled the jacket covers, full track list, and promo video. Her 3rd includes singles and new songs for 14 total tracks. Album Blue Avenue releases April 22nd 2015 – read on for all the details and song digest promo video.

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Arashi tops the singles chart with single Sakura selling a strong 465,000 copies. Their 45th single has tie-up as theme song for TBS TV drama Ouroboros ~ Kono Ai Koso, Seigi. Tohoshinki lands at #2 with single Sakuramichi and AAA hits #3 with single Lil‘ Infinity.

miwa lands at #5 with single 360° featured as theme song for anime Doraemon 35th anniversary movie. Voice actor Kana Hanazawa climbs to #13 with 8th single Kimi ga Inakucha Dame Nanda featured as theme song for her new live-action movie of the same name.

NEWS tops the album charts with 6th album White selling over 114,000 copies. Just back in #2 is Acid Black Cherry with 4th album “L” (エル) with over 113,000 copies sold. Singer Leo Ieiri lands at #6 with her 3rd album “20”.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) announced new album Blue Avenue and live major hall tour in conjunction. Its been a year since she released 2nd album “25”. Her 3rd album Blue Avenue is scheduled for release on April 22nd 2015 – more early release details follow. (*updated)

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) revealed details for new single Kimi ga Inakucha Dame Nanda (君がいなくちゃだめなんだ) – jacket covers, full track list, and more. The single will be featured as the theme song for live-action movie of the same name and staring Kana Hanazawa. Single Kimi ga Inakucha Dame Nanda produced by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (ROUND TABLE) comes on two edition releasing February 25th 2015. Read on for more details.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) added more details for new single Kokyutosu (こきゅうとす) – jacket covers, full track list, and more unveiled. Songwriter, composer, and artist Yakushimaru Etsuko (Tika・α) collaborates on all phases of the single providing the songs, jacket cover art, and music video direction. Kana Hanazawa’s 7th solo single Kokyutosu comes on two editions hitting stores December 24th 2014 – updated details and previously revealed preview music video follow.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) recently announced new single Kokyutosu (こきゅうとす) and just unveiled a preview music video. Her 7th solo single is produced by songwriter, composer, and artist Yakushimaru Etsuko (Tika・α) who also provides the jacket cover art and directs the music video. Single Kokyutosu comes on two editions releasing December 24th 2014 – more details and PV follow.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) announced 7th single Kokyutosu (こきゅうとす) produced by Yakushimaru Etsuko (Tika・α). Songwriter, composer, and artist Yakushimaru Etsuko (やくしまるえつこ ) in addition to solo releases has produced songs for SMAP, Yamashita Tomohisa, Momoiro Clover Z and others. Single Kokyutosu comes on two editions scheduled for release on December 24th 2014 – read on for more details.

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Sexy Zone top the singles charts with Otoko never give up selling over 125,000 copies. Their 7th single and 7th #1 includes coupling song Keep The Challenge the image song for Fuji TV’s coverage of the Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014.

AKB48 unit French Kiss 6th single, first in over two years – Omoidasenai Hana (思い出せない花) climbs into #2. Sound producer Revo’s group Sound Horizon is just back in #3 with single Vanishing Starlight. Idol unit Juice=Juice climbs into #4 single Senobi / Date Janai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa.

Fictional idol group μ’s (Muse) from game, anime, music franchise Love Live! hits #5 with single Shangri-la Shower featured as theme song for PS Vita game. Voice actor Kana Hanazawa lands at #12 with 6th single Hohoemi Mode.

Group AAA tops the album charts with 9th album GOLD SYMPHONY selling over 59,000 copies.

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Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) begins her 3rd year as a solo singer with new single Hohoemi Mode (ほほ笑みモード). Her 6th single has songs provided by club/dance sound unit STUDIO APARTMENT (Morita Masanori, Abe Noboru). Single Hohoemi Mode comes on two editions scheduled for release October 1st 2014 – read on for more details.

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Aoi Yuuki (悠木碧) has unveiled preview music video and TVCM spot for single Cupid de Review (クピドゥレビュー). Her 2nd solo has tie-up as the opening theme for Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (彼女がフラグをおられたら) and Aoi Yuuki voices supporting character Ginyuin Serika in the romantic comedy anime. Single Cupid de Review hits stores April 23rd 2014 – more info and preview videos follow.

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