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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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KANJANI8 tops the singles charts with their 26th single Omoidama (オモイダマ ) selling over 168,000 copies. The single has tie-up as the theme song for the Japan High School Baseball Championship 2014 (2014ABC) and TV Asahi program covering the games Netto Koshien (熱闘甲子園).

On top of the album charts is Kis-My-Ft2 with their 3rd album Kis-My-Journey selling over 245,000 copies.

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Sandaime J Soul Brothers (from EXILE TRIBE) tops the singles charts with R.Y.U.S.E.I. selling over 162,000 copies. The single has tie-up as then CM song for TCK (Tokyo City Keiba). In the #2 spot is DISH// with double a-side single Saisho no Koi ~Motetakute~ / Flame. Landing in #3 is Korean vocal group SHINee with 10th Japanese single LUCKY STAR.

KAT-TUN lands on top of the album charts with their 8th album come Here selling over 75,000 copies. 2NE1’s 2nd Japanese album and first Japanese release in over a year and a half, CRUSH climbs into #4. Super seiyuu group Sphere pulls into #7 with their 4th album 4 colors for you.

Singer Aimer lands in #9 with her 2nd album Midnight Sun plus her collaboration album UnChild with Sawano Hiroyuki [nZk] lands in #10.

Namie Amuro’s compilation album Ballada containing her best ballad songs has charted for 3 straight weeks and stays at #3. Also continuing its run on the charts is the original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) staying at #5 having spent 16 straight weeks in the top 10.

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Korean actor/singer Kim Hyun Joong tops the singles charts with his 4th Japanese single HOT SUN selling over 83,000 copies. Rock band UVERworld lands in #2 with single 7 Kame no Ketsui (7日目の決意) – their 26th single and featured during their UVERworld ARENA LIVE 2013 winter tour.

Topping the albums chart is Hey! Say! JUMP with their 3rd album smart selling over 126,000 copies. Longtime rock group X JAPAN has a new greatest hits album in #2 and last week’s #1 from Namie Amuro, her compilation album Ballada containing her best ballad songs, slips to #3.

The original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run but slipping to #5 after several weeks in the top 3. The album has now spent 15 straight weeks in the top 10.

Idol unit 9nine has their 3rd album MAGI9 PLAYLAND in the appropriate spot, #9!

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NEWS tops the singles chart with ONE -for the win- selling over 182,000 copies. The single is featured as the NTV theme song for their coverage of the World Cup in Brazil. In second Korean vocal duo Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with their single Sweat / Answer selling over 119,000 copies.

Landing at #3 is fictional idol group μ’s (Muse) from anime Love Live! with insert songs from episode 5 & 6 – Love wing bell / Dancing stars on me!.

Topping the albums chart for the second week in a row is Namie Amuro with compilation album Ballada containing her best ballad songs. Original soundtrack album FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) continues its run staying to #3 after several weeks at #1 and #2. Its now spent 14 straight weeks in the top 10.

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KAT-TUN tops the singles chart with In Fact selling over 145,000 copies. Their 22nd single has tie-up as the theme song for Fuji TV drama FIRST CLASS featuring member Yuichi Nakamaru.

At #3 anime tied release from idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku (私立恵比寿中学) 6th single Butterfly Effect with a strong 53,000 copies sold. The single has tie-up as the opening theme for anime Nanana’s Buried Treasure.

Topping the albums chart is Namie Amuro with compilation album Ballada containing her best ballad songs. In #2 is high school duo ClariS with 3rd album PARTY TIME.

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Scoring another #1 and 1+ million selling single AKB48 tops the singles charts with 36th single Labrador Retriever. The celebration is muted by the injuries sustained by members Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina when attacked by a fan with a knife during a group handshake meeting on May 25th 2014.

Topping the albums chart is solo release by Koshi Inaba of rock group B’z with his 5th album Singing Bird.

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Topping the singles chart is Sexy Zone with single King & Queen & Joker selling over 150,000 copies. Its their 6th single and 6th #1.

Anime tied singles have fripSide in #6 with 8th single “black bullet” featured as OP for anime Black Bullet.

The albums chart is topped for the third week in a row by the FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) original soundtrack selling another 108,000 copies. The popular animated movie sound track as been in the top 10 for 10 weeks in a row since it released in Japan on March 12th 2014.

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Idol group Momoiro Clover Z tops the singles chart with 11th major label single Naitemo Lindayo selling over 66,000 copies. It’s the idol group’s first #1 after two consecutive #2 charting singles. In the #2 spot is fictional idol group μ’s (Muse) with Donnatoki mo Zutto featured as the ending theme for anime Love Live! season 2. The nine voice actresses perform the songs in addition to voicing the characters in the anime.

In #4 is LiSA with her 5th solo single Rising Hope featured as the opening theme for anime The irregular at magic high school.

For the second week in a row the albums chart is topped by the FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) original soundtrack selling another 165,000 copies. The popular animated movie sound track as been in the top 10 for 9 weeks in a row since it released in Japan on March 12th 2014.

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Arashi (嵐) tops the singles chart with their 43rd single GUTS! selling over 501,000 copies. The single has tie-up as the theme song for NTV drama Yowakute mo Katemasu ~ Seiji Sensei to Heppoko Koko Kyuji no Yabo ~ starring member Ninomiya Kazunari.

SPYAIR lands in the #9 spot with their 14th single Imagination with tie-up as the opening theme for new anime Haikyu!!.

The albums chart is topped by the FROZEN (Anna and the Snow Queen) original soundtrack selling another 152,000 copies. The popular animated movie sound track as been in the top 10 for 8 weeks in a row since it released in Japan on March 12th 2014.

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