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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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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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UVERworld updated the details for 8th album Ø CHOIR – jacket covers and full track list unveiled. The album includes singles Nano Second, Fight For Liberty / Wizard CLUB, and 7 Kame no Ketsui plus new songs and more for 14 total tracks. Album Ø CHOIR releases July 2nd 2014 – read on for all the details…

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UVERworld previously announced their 8th album and recently revealed the title Ø CHOIR. The album is planned for two editions with a Limited edition DVD containing 50 minutes of previously unreleased live performance footage and 100 minutes of documentary footage. Album Ø CHOIR hits stores July 2nd 2014 – read on for more details…

~ jacket covers and more revealed ~

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UVERworld announced their 8th album - untitled – set for release on July 2nd 2014. The album is planned for two editions with the Limited’s DVD containing 50 minutes of previously unreleased live performance footage and 100 minutes of documentary footage. Read on for more early details and pre-order…

~ updated detailsØ CHOIR~

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UVERworld announced song 7 Kame no Ketsui (7日目の決意, Nanokame no Ketsui) will be released as their 26th single. The song was featured during their UVERworld ARENA LIVE 2013 winter with the song debuting during a pair of Christmas performances at Nippon Bukokan. Single 7 Kame no Ketsui comes on two editions hitting stores June 18th 2014 – jacket covers, full track list, and more follow…

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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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UVERworld is getting ready to release new single Nano Second (ナノ・セカンド). Its their 25th single and includes three new songs. Single Nano Second comes on two editions that hit stores December 18th 2013 – more details and audio previews follow…

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The singles chart are topped this week by Kis-My-Ft2 with their 8th single “Kimi to no Kiseki”. The single sold over 261,000 copies and give the boy idol group their 8th #1 single. In the #3 spot is rock band UVERworld with single “Fight For Liberty / Wizard CLUB” featuring track “Fight For Liberty” with tie-in as second opening theme for the TV broadcast of anime Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

In the #5 spot is popular female rock band SCANDAL with their single “Kagen no Tsuki” and just out of the top 10 in the #12 spot is singer/voice actress Ayahi Takagaki with her 6th single “Next Destination”.

With no notable new releases on the album charts this week they are topped for the third week in a row by rock band MAXIMUM THE HORMONE with their 6th album “Yoshu Fukushu”. 

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The first chart of the New Year is usually a bit odd as there aren’t many releases the previous week. One new release tops the singles charts – Golden Bomber’s 13th single “Dance My Generation” with a good any week 124,000 copies sold. It’s the first #1 charting single from the visual kei theatrical rock band.

The album charts are basically unchanged from last week with the third album release from Sandaime J Soul Brothers – “MIRACLE” – again topping. The album released early and topped the charts last week giving the popular male group their first #1 selling album.

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(Oricon delayed charts until Jan 7th due to New Years)

Toping the single charts is longtime boy group V6 with their 41st single “ROCK YOUR SOUL” their 25th #1. The single has tie-ups with their TV variety program “Gacha Gacha V6” and game “Shin Hokutomuso”. Landing in the #2 spot is UVERworld with single “REVERSI” which is featured as the theme song for anime movie Blue Exorcist.

Idol group Momoiro Clover Z gets two singles on the charts – in the #5 spot is a venue only release at their Saitama Super Arena Christmas Dec. 24th & 25th events “Bokura no senchuri” and in #10 is previously released “Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo” (Nov 21st).

On the album charts is the third album release from Sandaime J Soul Brothers – “MIRACLE” – the group’s first #1 selling album.

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