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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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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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Morning Musume ‘14 tops the singles charts with their 56th single Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 selling over 119,000 copies. ClariS lands in #3 with single STEP featured as the second opening theme for anime Nisekoi.

Nana Mizuki tops the album charts with album SUPERNAL LIBERTY selling over 76,000 copies. It’s the popular voice actress and singer’s 10th original album and second #1. After topping for two weeks in a row Fukuyama Masaharu with his 11th album HUMAN drops into the #2 spot. Anisong singer and songwriter ZAQ hits the charts in #8 with her first album NOISY Lab.

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On top of the singles charts is idol group Nogizaka46 with their 7th single Barrette selling over 395,000 copies. Its their 6th #1 single and best opening week single by nearly 60,000 copies. The single includes coupling track Tsuki no Ookisa featured as the 14th opening theme for TV anime series NARUTO Shippuden.

In #2 is Korean duo Tohoshinki with single Very Merry Xmas selling over 116,000 copies and rounding out the top 3 is Perfume with their 19th single Sweet Refrain with tie-up as the theme song for TV Asahi drama Toshi Densetsu no Onna. Also of note is favorite voice actress group Sphere with single Sticking Places featured as opening theme for anime Yu-Sibu.

Topping the album charts is KAT-TUN with mini-album Kusabi selling over 168,000 copies. Its their first release since becoming a 4 member group after the dismissal of member Koki Tanaka for contract violations (more details). In the #5 spot is Korean group KARA with BEST GIRLS, a Japanese greatest hits compilation album. The girls simultaneously released 10th Japanese single French Kiss which hit #7 on the singles charts.

Other releases of note – supercell released their 3rd album ZIGAEXPERIENTIA which hit #7 and Tommy heavenly6 (Tomoko Kawase) released album TOMMY ♡ ICE CREAM HEAVEN ♡ FOREVER landing in the #17 spot.

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Topping the singles charts is HKT48 with their second single “Melon Juice” selling over 268,000 copies. It’s the AKB sister group based out of Fukuoka second #1 single. In the #2 spot is the Korean duo of Tohoshinki (TVXQ) with their 3rd single of 2013 “SCREAM” selling over 134,000 copies. The single has tie-in as theme song for Japanese horror movie Sadako 3D.

The album charts are topped by a pair of greatest hits releases from Kana Nishino. Her “Love Collection ~ mint ~” and “Love Collection ~ pink ~” both sold over 146,000 copies. 

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Topping the singles charts is popular vocal group KAT-TUN with their 21st single “FACE to Face” featured as theme for movie “Ore Ore” that stars group leader Kazuya Kamenashi. The group keeps their record is perfect with 21 #1 charting singles.

Close in the #2 spot is dream pairing of T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki with single “Preserved Roses” featured as opening theme for anime Valvrave the Liberator. Selling over 115,000 copies opening week that may be a record for an anime TV series theme song.

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Topping the singles charts this week is KAT-TUN with their 20th single “EXPOSE” selling over 154,000 copies. It’s the popular boy group’s 20th #1 single keeping their record perfect! In the second spot is AKB48 idol Yuki Kashiwagi with her solo debut single “Shortcake” selling over 104,000 copies.

In the 5th spot is anime voice actress and singer Tamura Yukari with her 28th single “W:Wonder tale” with tie-in as the ending theme for anime OreShura. Tamura Yukari also voices lead heroine Natsukawa Masuzu in the anime.

On the album charts its pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki with her 14th album “LOVE again” in the top spot. The album is the 4th part of her 15th anniversary celebration of consecutive monthly releases. The releases drop on the 8th day of the month leading up to her anniversary date of April 8th 2013.

In the 3rd spot on the album charts are our favorite girls of SCANDAL with their b-sides compilation album “Encore SHOW”.

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Topping the singles charts is idol group NMB48 with their 6th single “Kitagawa Kenji” – the AKB48 sister group’s 5th #1 single – selling 317,000 copies. Second spot goes to new 5-member EXILE unit The SECOND and their debut single “THINK ‘BOUT IT” with theme song tie-in to film Aku no Kyoten.

Making it into the 8th spot are the voice actresses of Sphere with their 11th single “Pride on Everyday” featured as ending theme for the 3rd season of anime Bakuman. Just out of the top 10 in the 12th spot is GRANRODEO with single “DARK SHAME” OP theme song tie-in to anime CODE:BREAKER and in the 13th spot is Eri Kitamura with her 5th new-solo single “Destiny”. A bit further back in the 20th spot is Nagi Yanagi with single “Laterality” featured as ending theme for second season of anime Jormungand.

On the album charts a double release of greatest hits from R&B singer JUJU taking the top two spots – BEST STORY ~Life~ and BEST STORY ~Love~. Last weeks #1 Arashi and their 11th album “Popcorn” dropped to the 3rd spot and in the 4th spot is pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki with “LOVE” – the first of 5-consecutive month mini-album releases to celebrate her 15th anniversary.

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Sonar Pocket has a new single “Kimi Kinenbi ~ Umarete Kitekurete Arigato ~” set for release on November 7th. Their new single celebrates the group’s anniversary date of their first single with record label Tokuma Japan. The single has a simultaneous release with live DVDx2 “SONAPOKEIZM Special – Natsu no Jin – in Nippon Budokan” that captures their August 3rd performance at Nippon Budokan. The single is set to come in two editions and the live release in a single two DVD package. Special lottery bonus is tired to purchasers of both releases – read on for more details.

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Topping the Oricon charts this week is SMAP with their 25th #1 and 48th overall single “Moment” – selling over 136,000 copies. *Its been 9 weeks in a row for male groups, duos, and solo on the top of the single charts.

In second spot is everyone’s favorite seiyuu Nana Mizuki and her double-A single BRIGHT STREAM with the theme songs for the new Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movie and Dog Days anime. In the number three spot is another anime tie-in with NO NAME the actual and fictitious AKB48 idol unit providing the voice acting and theme songs for anime AKB0048. Rounding out the top 5 is CNBLUE and their 3rd Japanese single “Come on”.

On the album charts #1 for 3 weeks in a row is – Southern All Stars member Kuwata his solo album of greatest hits “I LOVE YOU -now & forever-“ selling another 61,000 copies.

Koda Kumi who just gave birth last week saw her re-mix album “Beach Mix” come in at #4.

Celebrating Vocaloid virtual idol Hatsune Miku’s 5th birthday 3 album of various artists make it into the top 10 of the album charts.

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Group Sonar Pocket has a new single “Kimi to Miru Mirai” set for release. The single is the trio’s 11th overall and second in 2012. Its offered in two editions and set to hit stores on August 1st. They also have exposed a preview music video for the title track on the single. Release information and preview video follow.

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