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Kinki Kids tops the singles charts with 34th single Kagi no Nai Hako selling over 152,000 copies. Its been a over a year since the popular duo released a single and they continue a perfect streak with 34 #1 singles. Idol unit Berryz Kobo lands in #2 with their 36th single Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta.

Kana Nishino tops the album charts with her 5th original album with LOVE selling over 100,000 copies.

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NMB48 tops the singles charts with 10th Rashikunai selling over 420,000 copies. The single features first time co-centers Yagura Fuuko (矢倉楓子) and Shiroma Miru (白間美瑠). Landing at #2 is Korean duo Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with Time Works Wonders selling over 106,000 copies. Upcoming idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku hits #3 with great support for their single Haitateki!.

Anime tied releases have Ling Tosite Sigure with 4th single Enigmatic Feeling (OP PSYCHO-PASS 2) landing in #8 and Sonar Pocket with single Egao no Riyu. / GIRI GIRI at #12 (GIRI GIRI, OP World Trigger).

KANJANI8 tops the album charts with album Kanjanizm selling over 294,000 copies. Idol unit DiVA’s final album DIVA lands at #8.

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Dream5 (+ Buri Taicho) tops the singles charts with Dan Dan Dubi Zuba! featured as the ending theme for anime Yo-kai Watch. Oricon noted that it’s been 40 years since an all teen band has topped the weekly singles charts. Landing at #2 is King Cream Soda with single Matsuri Bayashi de Geragerapo / Hatsukoi Toge de Geragerapo – both tracks are used as theme songs for Yo-kai Watch 3DS game series.

Eri Kitamura climbs to #10 with 8th single RinRei (凛麗) featured as ending theme for anime CROSS ANGE.

D-LITE (from BIGBANG) tops the album charts with solo album Delight (でぃらいと). Last week’s #1 from Arashi slips to #2 with album THE DIGITALIAN.

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V6 tops the singles charts with 44th single Sky’s The Limited selling over 95,000 copies. This their first #1 since 2012 but none of their singles have be less than #3 since their debut in 1995. Acid Black Cherry’s 19th single INCUBUS climbs into #2. Korean unit GOT7 debuts in Japan with single Around the World landing at #3.

Anime tie-up release -  voice actor and singer Maaya Uchida’s 2nd single Gimme! Revolution with tie-up as OP for anime Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! lands at #12.

Arashi tops the album charts and affirms their top boy band status with album THE DIGITALIAN selling a huge 660,000 copies. Arashi should again get the top selling album for the year (2014) with this release.

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KANJANI8 (関ジャニ∞) tops a packed singles charts with their 30th single Ittajanaika / CloveR selling over 271,000 copies. Title track Ittajanaika (言ったじゃないか) is featured as theme song for TV series Gomenne Seishun! (ごめんね青春!) starring member Ryo Nishikido and track CloveR has tie-up as theme song for movie Clover starring member Tadayoshi Okura.

Many anime tie-up releases hit the charts including Nana Mizuki’s Kindan no Resistance #5, Ikimonogakari’s Netsujo no Spectrum #10, Ayana Taketatsu’s Kajirikake no Ringo #15, Maon Kuroskai’s Rakuen no Tsubasa #16, and Kanon Wakeshima’s world’s end, girl’s rondo #17.

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Nogizaka46 tops the singles charts with 10th single Nandome no Aozora ka? selling over 478,000 copies. Its their 9th #1 single and best selling opening week release. Unit Johnny WEST lands in #2 with their 2nd single Zipangu Ookini Daisakusen / Yume wo Dakishimete selling over 110,000 copies. AKB48 unit DiVA climbs to #4 with their final single DISCOVERY.

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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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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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