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HKT48 tops the singles charts with 4th single Hikaeme I Love You selling over 277,000 copies. It’s the AKB48 sister group’s 4th #1 single. Landing at #2 is cross-dressing Fudanjuku with single BE HERO and Korean vocal group 2PM stays on the chart with last week’s #2 Midaretemina slipping one spot to #3.

SHINee tops the album charts with 3rd Japanese album I’m Your Boy selling over 45,000 copies. It’s the first #1 single or album on the Japanese charts for the popular Korean vocal group. Anisong unit GRANRODEO climbs into #3 with their 6th album Karma to Labyrinth.

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EXILE TRIBE again tops the singles charts with THE REVOLUTION selling another 156,000 copies. The single released back on August 20th 2014 and topped with opening week sales of 321,000 copies. Its the 3rd single from the combined EXILE x J Soul Brothers x EXILE GENERATIONS.

Korean vocal group 2PM climbs into #2 with 8th single Midaretemina – released in simultaneously in Japan and Korea. Anisong artist LiSA’s 6th single BRiGHT FLiGHT / L.Miranic lands at #8.

Mariya Takeuchi tops the album charts for the second week with her first album in seven years – TRAD. YUKI lands in #2 with album FLY and Korean rock band CNBLUE climbs to #3 with their 3rd Japanese album WAVE.

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Southern All Stars tops the singles charts with Tokyo VICTORY the theme song for the TBS TV coverage of the 2014 Asian Games. Idol and dance unit E-girls lands in #2 with single Highschool Love and Korean vocal group B1A4 gets #3 with 4th Japanese single SOLO DAY – Japanese ver. -.

Composer and performer SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] (Sawano Hiroyuki) hits #9 with his first single A/Z | aLIEz the ending theme(s) for anime Aldnoah.ZERO.

Mariya Takeuchi tops the album charts with TRAD, her first album in seven years, selling over 118,000 copies. fripSide lands in #3 with infinite synthesis 2 and Sawano Hiroyuki hits the charts again with the original sound track album for anime Aldnoah.ZERO.

Favorite voice actor and singer Minori Chihara gets #9 with her 10th anniversary BEST album SANCTUARY.

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Hey! Say! JUMP tops the singles charts with Weekender / Asu e no YELL selling over 184,000 copies. Their 13th single’s title tracks are both featured as theme songs for TV dramas featuring group members.

Three character song releases for anime Free! – Eternal Summer make it into the top 10.

SMAP tops the album charts with their 21st album Mr.S selling over 184,000 copies.

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AKB48 tops the singles charts with 37th single Kokoro no Placard selling 1,057,774 copies – continuing their streak of first week 1 million+ selling singles now with 17 in a row! The single features the General Election (fan voting) top 16 with Watanabe Mayu as center. A total of 80 members selected to participate on the title track plus different coupling tracks included on the single’s multiple versions.

EXILE TRIBE tops album charts with REVOLUTION selling over 251,000 copies. Last week the combined EXILE x J Soul Brothers x EXILE GENERATIONS. topped the singles charts with THE REVOLUTION. Popular anime Sword Art Online II Song Collection album lands in the #6 spot.

Note: the soundtrack album for FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) ended its run in the top 10 after 24 straight weeks.

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EXILE TRIBE tops the singles charts with THE REVOLUTION selling over 321,000 copies. Its the 3rd single from the combined EXILE x J Soul Brothers x EXILE GENERATIONS. In #2 is performance band Golden Bomber with Rola no Kizudarake and #3 is VAMPS with double a-side GET AWAY / The JOLLY ROGER.

Popular anime Sword Art Online II opening theme IGNITE from Eir Aoi lands in #9 and ending theme Startear from Luna Haruna is #13.

DREAMS COME TRUE hits the top of the album charts with album ATTACK 25 selling over 90,000 copies. It’s the long time pop band’s 17th original album. The soundtrack album for FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run on the charts with 24 straight weeks in the top 10.

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Kis-My-Ft2 tops the singles chart with 11th single Another Future selling over 214,000 copies. The single celebrates the 3rd anniversary since their major label debut plus its featured as the theme for drama series Chef of Nobunaga 2 staring member Tamamori Yuta. In the #2 spot is L’Arc-en-Ciel with special single EVERLASTING, a new song performed live during their March 21st 2014 National Stadium concert.

Staying in the #3 spot is SKE48 with 15th single Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) having spent 3 weeks on the top 10.

NMB48 tops the album charts with 2nd album Sekai no Chushin wa Osaka ya ~ Namba Jichiku ~ (世界の中心は大阪や~なんば自治区~) selling over 325,000 copies. Original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run on the charts with 23 straight weeks in the top 10.

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KANJANI8 (関ジャニ∞) as fictional unit Eight Ranger tops the singles charts with single ER2 selling over 208,000 copies. The song has tie-up as theme for their movie Eight Ranger 2 staring the group members and Maeda Atsuko (ex-AKB48). Jin Akanishi lands in #2 with single Good Time and last week’s #1 SKE48 with 15th single Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) slips down to #3.

Ending theme FUTURE FISH for anime Free! – Eternal Summer performed by the 5 lead voice actors as unit STYLE FIVE hits #5.

Topping the album charts is the first album go WEST – Yoi Don! from Johnny’s WEST. Original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run on the charts with 22 straight weeks in the top 10.

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EXILE tops the singles charts with NEW HORIZON selling over 147,000 copies. Unit Busaiku consiting of four members of Kis-My-Ft2 land in #2 with single Titititerette Teretititi – Dare no Ketsu and idol group Afilia Saga is #3 with single Magical Express Journey.

TK from Ling tosite sigure hits #9 with his first solo single “unravel” (OP Tokyo Ghoul) and Minori Chihara’s 20th single Mukaikaze ni uta Renagara makes it to #18 (OP RAIL WARS!).

Girls Generation tops the album charts with compilation album THE BEST selling over 74,000 copies. Continuing its run on the album charts – original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) has spent 20 straight weeks in the top 10.

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SMAP tops the singles charts this week with their 53rd single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery selling over 122,000 copies. Perfume climbs to #2 with 20th single Cling Cling selling over 73,000 copies and idol unit C-ute rounds out the top 3 with The Power / Kanashiki Heaven selling 55,000 copies.

Girl rock band SCANDAL lands in the #5 spot with Yoake no Ryuseigun (夜明けの流星群) featured as the theme song for anime movie Pokemon The Movie XY "Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction".

TOKIO tops the album charts with album HEART containing 30 songs selected by fan votes and celebrating their 20th anniversary. Kalafina lands in the #3 & #4 spots a with a pair of greatest hits albums THE BEST “Blue” and THE BEST “Red”.

Continuing its run on the album charts – original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) has spent 19 straight weeks in the top 10.

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Nogizaka46 tops the singles charts with their 9th single Natsu no Free & Easy selling over 421,000 copies. Far back in 2nd and 3rd spots with only 110 copies separating idol group E-girls with single Anthem ~ WE ARE VENUS ~ and fictional idol group μ’s (Muse) from anime Love Live! with single KiRa-KiRa Sensation! / Happy maker!.

Topping the album charts is PikaPika Fantajin – the 3rd album from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu with over 47,000 copies sold.

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