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KAT-TUN tops the singles charts with 23rd single Dead or Alive selling over 191,000 copies. The single has tie-up as theme song for movie JOKER GAME staring member Kazuya Kamenashi. Korean vocal units JYJ with WAKE ME TONIGHT and B1A4 with Shiroi Kiseki jump into #2 and #3 respectively.

AKB48 dominates the album charts with Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! selling over 746,000 copies. Their 6th original album is tied to fan x member photo shoot events. Last week’s #1 slips only one spot to #2 – SEKAI NO OWARI with album Tree selling another 74,000 copies.

Idol unit Berryz Kobo lands at #5 with their greatest hits album Kanjuku Berryz Kobo The Final Completion Box. The longtime Hello! Project group announced they’ll go on indefinite hiatus this spring 2015.

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B’z tops the singles charts with their first single in three years Uchouten (有頂天) selling over 133,000 copies. Favorite voice actor and singer Nana Mizuki (水樹奈々) lands at #2 with her 31st single Eden (エデン) that includes 4 new songs all having tie-ups (No Limit OP anime DOG DAYS 3).

Rock unit Ling Tosite Sigure climbs to #6 with their 5th single Who What Who What – the featured theme for anime movie from the PSYCHO-PASS franchise.

SEKAI NO OWARI tops the album charts with Tree selling a strong 247,000 copies. Ling Tosite Sigure simultaneously released album Best of Tornado also landing at #6 on the charts.

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Kis-My-Ft2 tops the weekly singles chart* with 12th single Thank you Jan! selling a strong 435,000 copies. Pulling into #2 is BiBi unit from μ’s (Muse) with single that features two character songs from Love Live! School Idol Festival Game. Watanabe Miyuki (NMB48) lands at #4 with her debut single Yasashiku Suru Yori Kiss wo Shite – her prize for winning the AKB48 Group 5th Janken Taikai.

Ikimonogakari tops the weekly album charts with 7th original album FUN! FUN! FANFARE! selling over 101,000 copies. Vocal/dance unit E-Girls lands at #2 with album E.G.Time that includes song Highschool love featured as theme song for TV series GTO.

*delayed one week until Jan 5th 2015 due to New Years Holiday.

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Oricon weekly single and album charts for December 22nd – 28th 2014 are delayed until January 5th 2015 due to the New Year’s holiday. Unofficially Kis-My-Ft2 tops the singles charts with Thank you Jan! (Thank youじゃん!) and Ikimonogakari tops the album charts with FUN! FUN! FANFARE!. Read on for cosplay photos taken at the just completed Comiket 87.

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AKB48 tops the 2014 annual album rankings with their 5th album Tsugi no Ashiato selling over 1,041,000 copies. The album, in addition to containing their singles and many new songs, is tied to member 2-shot photo events. Landing at #2 is the ultra popular animated movie FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) sound track album that charted in the top 10 for an amazing 24 straight weeks.

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AKB48 dominates the annual singles ranking easily taking the top 5 spots with each of their singles selling over 1 million copies. Their 36th single Labrador Retriever with handshake event tickets and voting flyer for the group’s Senbatsu Sousenkyo takes the #1 spot.

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SKE48 tops the singles charts this week with their 16th single 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (December no Kangaroo,12月のカンガルー) selling over 386,000 copies. The single marks the first time newer members Kitagawa Ryouha (北川綾巴) and Miyamae Ami (宮前杏実) are featured as co-centers.

LiSA leads the anime tied singles with her 7th single Shirushi landing at #3 – her best on weekly Oricon charts. The single’s featured as the second ending theme for anime Sword Art Online season 2 (SAO II). Last week Haruka Tomatsu released single courage that also landed at #3 and its featured as the second opening theme for SAO II.

Topping the album charts is duo KinKi Kids with M Album – their 14th original album and 14th #1 album. Landing at #2 is a compilation album Co Gal marking the 50th birthday of former X Japan guitarist/singer hide (suicide 1998).

Nagi Yanagi lands at #6 with her 2nd album Polyomino.

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KANJANI8 tops the Oricon weekly singles charts with 31st single Gamushara Koshinkyoku (がむしゃら行進曲) selling over 201,000 copies. The single has tie-up as the theme song for NTV drama Jigoku Sensei Nu~be~ staring member Maruyama Ryuhei and the 3rd and final of their 10th anniversary releases.

Anime tied releases are led by Haruka Tomatsu’s 14th single courage featured as the second opening theme for anime Sword Art Online season 2 (SAO II).

Album charts are topped by EXILE ATSUSHI solo album Love Ballade and rock band SCANDAL lands in #3 with their 6th album HELLO WORLD.

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AKB48 tops the weekly singles charts with Kiboteki Refrain selling over 1.1 million copies. Their 38th single keeps the mega idol group’s amazing streak of 1+million selling singles going. E-girls lands in #2 with single Mr. Snowman and anime/game Love Live! character unit lily white climbs into #3 with Aki no Anata no Sora Toku.

Special collaboration FLOW X GRANRODEO single 7 -seven- lands at #10 – the title song is featured as the ending theme for popular anime The Seven Deadly Sins.

Korean group BIGBANG tops the album charts with BEST OF BIGBANG 2006-2014 (Japan) selling over 120,000 copies. Kana Nishino with her 5th original album with LOVE stays at #2. Greatest hits album from SPYAIR lands in #3 and character song album from unit HoneyWorks consisting of voice actors such as Aki Toyosaki, Hiroshi Kamiya, and many others climbs to #4.

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Sexy Zone tops the charts with single Kimi ni HITOMEBORE selling over 336,000 copies. The title song is featured as the theme song for TV series Kurofuku Monogatari starring member Nakajima Kento and Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48). Landing in #2 is Mr. Children with single Ashioto – Be Strong featured as the theme song for the TV drama series Nobunaga Concerto.

Anime tied releases are lead by EGOIST with single Fallen in #9 (ED PSYCHO-PASS 2) and Kalafina in #10 with single believe (ED Fate/stay night – Unlimited Blade Works -).

Album charts are topped by British vocal group One Direction with album FOUR selling over 67,000 copies. Last week’s #1 slips to #2 – Kana Nishino with her 5th original album with LOVE.

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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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