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Nogizaka46 tops the singles chart with 11th single Inochi wa Utsukushii (命は美しい) selling over 500,000 copies. The single features member Nanase Nishino as center and is their best selling opening week single continuing the idol group’s growing popularity. Climbing into #2 is debut single Gangan☆Dance / Kimi no Tameni... from new Nagoya based idol group OS☆U.

Koda Kumi tops the album chart with her 12th original album WALK OF MY LIFE selling over 39,000 copies. Korean voical group U-KISS lands at #4 with 4th Japanese album Action. Voice actor Haruka Tomatsu climbs to #7 with 3rd album Harukarisk*Land.

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KAT-TUN tops the weekly singles chart with KISS KISS KISS selling over 153,000 copies. The popular vocal group’s 24th single has tie-up as theme song for TV Asahi adult-love drama Second Love staring member Kazuya Kamenashi.

Landing at #2 Korean vocal group SHINee with 11th Japanese single Your Number and staying at #3 is Busaiku (from Kis-My-Ft2) with single Yacchatta!! with a two week total of 130,000 copies sold. Idol group Momoiro Clover Z hits #4 with single Seishunfu featured as theme song for their new movie Maku ga Agaru (幕が上がる).

Sexy Zone tops the album chart with 3rd album Sexy Power3 selling over 101,000copies. It’s the boy idol unit’s first album since becoming a three member group half a year ago.

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AKB48 tops the singles chart with their 39th single Green Flash selling just over one million copies. The single features double-centers Kashiwagi Yuki and Kojima Haruna and its the first of their 10th anniversary releases. EXILE lands in #2 with single Jonetsu no Hana and Busaiku (from Kis-My-Ft2) to #3 with single Yacchatta!!.

Yui Horie climbs to #13 with single Stay With Me (ED DOG DAYS season 3).

Topping the album charts is B’z with their first original album in nearly four years EPIC DAY selling over 209,000 copies. It’s the long time hard rock duo’s 19th album and 16th #1 in a row. Flower (unit from E-girls) lands at #2 with their 2nd album Hanadokie. Climbing into #3 is LiSA with 3rd album Launcher.

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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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SMAP tops the singles charts with double a-side single Karei naru Gyakushu / Humor Shichau yo selling over 160,000 copies. Their 54th single is featured as theme song for TV drama Zeni no Senso (銭の戦争) staring member Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Oshima Yuko

Many anime tied releases including Shoko Nakagawa with current ending theme DoriDori (ドリドリ) for anime Pokemon XY landing at #8. Out of the top 10 – voice actor Nitta Emi hits #12 & #15 with singles NEXT PHASE (ED2 Cardfight! Vanguard G) and Tankyu Dreaming (ED Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD). Aoi Eir with single GENESIS (ED Aldnoah.ZERO season 2) at #17 and Milky Holmes unit at #20 with Milky A GO GO (OP Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD).

Boy idols of Generations from EXILE TRIBE top the album chart with GENERATION EX. The 4th week on the charts for J Soul Brothers staying at #2 with PLANET SEVEN.

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Solo single from Shibutani Subaru (KANJANI8) Kioku / Kokoro Oboreba tops the singles charts selling over 101,000 copies. MAN WITH A MISSION lands at #2 with 5th anniversary single Seven Deadly Sins selling 40,000 copies.

Anime music gets idol group Afilia Saga with 14th single Never say Never the opening theme for anime ISUCA at #4. Angela with single Exist the opening theme for Fafner EXODUS lands at #7.

Celebrating their 5th anniversary voice actor unit Sphere released single Jounetsu CONTINUE the ending theme for anime Yoru no Yatterman climbing to #9 and they also released best album “sphere” landing at #7 on the album charts.

Rock band OK ONE ROCK tops the album charts with 7th album 35xxxv selling over 164,000 copies. After topping the album charts for two weeks J Soul Brothers slips to #2 with PLANET SEVEN selling another 62,000 copies. Korean singer/actor Kim Hyun Joong with 2nd Japanese album Imademo lands in #3.

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Boy idols of Johnny’s WEST top the charts with single Zundoko Paradise selling over 97,000 copies. Landing in #2 is ANGERME with their first single A Later Bloomer (Taiki Bansei)/A Girl’s Counterattack (Otome no Gyakushu). ANGERME is the re-formed S/Mileage group with 3 new members joining.

Anime music director/composer Sawano Hiroyuki has both a single and album on the charts this week – as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] he released single &Z featured as opening theme for season 2 of anime Aldnoah.ZERO and has himself released a compilation album of his best vocal works featured various singers.

J Soul Brothers tops the album charts for the 2nd week with PLANET SEVEN selling another 109,000 copies. SEKAI NO OWARI moves back into the #2 spot with album Tree its been in the top 3 for 4 straight weeks.

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2PM tops the singles charts with 9th Japanese single Guilty Love selling 98,000 copies. The Momoiro Clover Z vs KISS collaboration single Yume no Ukiuyo ni Saitemina (夢の浮世に咲いてみな) climbs into #2. And the boys of GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE hit #3 with single Sing it Loud.

GRANRODEO tops anime tie-up releases landing in #8 with PUNKY FUNKY LOVE opening theme for the 3rd season of Kuroko’s Basketball. Maaya Sakamoto lands at #9 with 25th single Shiawase ni Tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Hoho / Shikisai. Title track Shiawase ni Tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Hoho has tie-up as OP for Gourmet Girl Graffiti.

J Soul Brothers dominates the album charts with PLANET SEVEN selling over 508,000 copies. Idol unit Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku hits #2 with 2nd album KINPACHI and in the top 3 for the past three weeks – SEKAI NO OWARI slips to #3 with album Tree.

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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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