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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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SMAP is getting ready to release new double a-side single Karei naru Gyakushu / Humor Shichau yo (華麗なる逆襲/ユーモアしちゃうよ) on February 18th 2015. Title track Karei naru Gyakushu, written by Ringo Sheena is featured as theme song for TV drama Zeni no Senso (銭の戦争) staring member Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. Their 54th single comes on three editions – read on for all the details.

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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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SMAP recently announced new album Mr.S with lead song Mr.S – SAITEI DE SAIKOU NO OTOKO -. Their 21st original album comes on two CDs and available in two editions plus a special version with goods. Album Mr.S is scheduled for release on September 3rd 2014 – read on for more details.

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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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SMAP revealed the jacket covers and more for their 53rd single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery. Track Top Of The World has tie-up as the theme song for their Fuji TV variety show SMAP x SMAP and track Amazing Discovery has tie-up as theme song for Universal Studios Japan theme park starting in mid-June. Double a-side single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery comes on three editions hitting stores July 16th 2014 – updated details and audio preview for Amazing Discovery follow.

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SMAP announced new double a-side single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery for release on July 16th 2014. Song Amazing Discovery has tie-up as theme song for Universal Studios Japan theme park starting in mid-June and track Top Of The World will be featured as the theme song for the group’s Fuji TV variety show SMAP x SMAP. Their 53rd single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery comes on three editions – more details follow…

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SMAP tops the singles charts with their 52nd single Yes we are / Koko Kara selling over 138,000 copies. Performance group SEKAI NO OWARI lands in #2 with Hono to mori no Carnival with over 66,000 copies sold. Last week’s #1 from Nogizaka46 – their 8th single Kizuitara Kataomoi (気づいたら片想い) drops into #3.

On top of the album charts for the second week in a row is Fukuyama Masaharu with his 11th album HUMAN selling another 43,000 copies. Voice actress and singer Eri Kitamura climbed into the #7 spot with her 2nd album SHOMEI (証×明).

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Topping Oricon singles for 2013* is AKB48 taking the top 4 spots with their 31st single Sayonara Crawl taking #1 with close to 2 million sold. Single Sayonara Crawl was tied to the group’s annual general election with voting tickets included with the single. The next spots are taken by their singles Koisuru Fortune Cookie (#2, 32nd), Heart Electric (#3, 33rd), and So Long ! (#3, 30th).

In the #5 spot is EXILE with their concert tour theme song EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame~ that was in and out of the top 10 singles charts for 31 weeks. Also the only 1+ million selling single other than AKB48.

Overall the top 20 singles has 11 spots take by Yasushi Akimoto produced idol groups: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and Nogizaka46.

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