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U-KISS revealed music video (short version) for title track Action for their upcoming Japanese album Action. Their 4th Japanese album includes singles Sweetie (2014.12.17) and LOVE ON U (2014.07.16) plus new songs and more for 12 total tracks. Album Action comes on four editions hitting stores March 18th 2015. Read on for all the details and PVs.

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SUPER JUNIOR tops the singles charts with their 6th Japanese single MAMACITA (AYAYA) selling over 65,000 copies. It’s the popular Korean group’s first Japanese single in over a year while the group’s activities were limited during members mandatory two year military service. Hitting the charts at #2 is another Korean group, U-KISS with their 10th Japanese single Sweetie.

Aimer lands at #9 with single broKen NIGHT / holLow wORlD – both tracks are featured in PS Vita game Fate/hollow arataxia.

On the album charts group Tohoshinki (TVXQ) completes a Korean sweep dominating the album charts with album WITH selling over 233,000 copies.

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U-KISS revealed the details for their new Japanese single Sweetie plus just unveiled a teaser music video. Their 10th Japanese single will be the featured POWER PLAY on NTV Music Dragon and coupling song “If…” will be used as the NANTA 2015 Japan Tour official cheer song. Single Sweetie comes on two editions plus a fanclub version with release set for December 17th 2014 – all the details and PVs follow.

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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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U-KISS is getting ready to release their 9th Japanese single LOVE ON U and revealed the jacket covers and more details. The single has tie-up as the ending theme for NTV drama gossip girl 4th season beginning June 24th 2014. Single LOVE ON U releases with the start of their national tour in Japan on July 16th 2014 – all the details follow.

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Topping the singles chart is KANJANI8 with King of Otoko! selling over 352,000 copies. Its their 25th single and 3rd of a 3-month consecutive release plan. Perhaps the lure of bonuses for purchasing all 3 singles in the plan pulled their 24th single Hibiki into the #9 spot and 23rd single Kokoro Sora Moyo into #11.

Anime tied releases – #10 is Jigoku no Sata mo Kimishidai the opening theme for Hozuki no Reitetsu and sung by many of the anime voice cast. In #12 spot is singer and voice actor Mamoru Miyano with 10th single NEW ORDER with tie-up as theme song for anime Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life: Awakening Arc, and in #19 is nano with her 4th single Born to be featured as ending theme for anime Magical Warfare.

The album chart is topped by Sexy Zone with their 2nd album Sexy Second selling 121,000 copies. Just back in the #2 spot is longtime group Yuzu with 12th album Shin Sekai selling 113,000 copies. In the #4 spot is Leo Ieiri with her 2nd album “a boy”.

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U-KISS new Japanese single Break up is getting ready for release. Its their 8th Japanese single and jacket covers, full track list, and audio teaser have been unveiled. The single features a 5-member U-KISS while AJ is on temporary leave to return to studies at Columbia University (USA). Single Break up comes on three editions originally scheduled for release on February 19th, now set for release on February 26th 2014. Read on for more details and preview.

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Topping the singles charts is SMAP with their 51st single Shareotsu / Hello selling over 207,000 copies. The double a-side single includes main theme song for TV series Dokushin Kizoku that stars member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. The second title song Hello is the official song of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary.

In the #2 spot is rock group UVERworld with their 25th single Nano Second, climbing into the #3 spot are the idols of S/mileage with their 15th single Eeka!? / Iiyatsu, and in the #4 spot are the Korean group U-KISS with their 7th Japanese single Fall in Love / Shape of Your Heart.

On top of the album charts Kobukuro with their 8th original album One Song From Two Hearts selling just under 100,000 copies.

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U-KISS is preparing to release their new Japanese single Fall in Love / Shape of Your Heart. The double a-side single is their 7th Japanese single and first in nearly a year since ALONE (2013.02.13). Its also the first since member DongHo announced he would leave the group on October 16th 2013 due to personal and health reasons. New Japanese single Fall in Love / Shape of Your Heart comes on four editions that hit stores December 18th 2013. Read on for more release details and audio previews.

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Topping the singles charts for the second week in a row is idol group SKE48 and their 12th single “Utsukushi Inazuma” selling another 94,000 copies (605,000 total). The AKB48 sister group pulls of the rare feat of repeating as #1 (first repeat this year). Popular Korean female group KARA lands in the #2 spot with their 9th Japanese single “Thank You Summer Love”. Another Korean group FTISLAND climbs into the #5 spot with their 11th Japanese single “Shiawase Theory”.

Just out of the top 10 in the #13 spot is Luna Haruna with her 4th single “Ai wo utae” (ED anime Monogatari Series Second Season).

The album charts are topped by group Ikimonogakari with their 6th album “I” selling over 112,000 copies. Close in the #2 spot is Korean group SUPER JUNIOR with their first Japanese album “Hero” selling over 102,000 copies. Landing in the #3 spot is JUNHO (2PM) with solo debut album “Kimi no Koe” with songs written and produced himself.

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U-KISS has added more details for their 2nd original Japanese album “Inside of Me” and revealed promo and preview music videos. The album includes 4 Japanese singles “Dear My Friend”, “One of You”, “Distance…”, “ALONE”, and new songs including title track “Inside of Me” for 13 total songs. The album is the first Japanese release with new member AJ who participates on several new recordings of included singles. Album “Inside of Me” comes on 4 in-store editions that release July 24th 2013 – read on for more details and PV videos.

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