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LUNA SEA transfers to Universal Music and announces new album

Rock band LUNA SEA has transferred to Universal Music, and have announced that they are currently working on a new album!

LUNA SEA belonged to Universal Music since their debut until their disbandment in 2000. They will be returning to their familiar grounds with plans to become active worldwide.

LUNA SEA’s anticipated 8th album will be their first since “LUNACY“, which was released about 13 years ago. Prior to the album release, the band is scheduled to release a new double A-side single in December.

Along with their 6-day Nippon Budokan concert, LUNA SEA has announced that they’re planning to hold an Asia tour in January of 2013. To accompany the tour, the band is currently under contemplation on foreign releases. They will also distribute their songs in 63 countries through iTunes Store.

Stay tuned for more details on LUNA SEA’s upcoming album and tour!


YASSSSSS, need another I for You tbh

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Johnny's group, Kis-My-Ft2 who debuted last year with the single "Everybody Go," have topped the singles chart with "SHE! HER! HER!", making this their 3rd consecutive no.1 single. The title track is the theme song for their CM "Watering KISSMINT" in which the group members pose as girls. Their first album, "Kis-My-1st" will be released on March 28th.

Meanwhile, rock band Janne Da Arc's vocalist, yasu has achieved his 1st no.1 album with "『2012』" with his solo project, Acid Black Cherry. This is his first no.1 album in 13 years on a major label. Either for Acid Black Cherry or Janne Da Arc, the highest placement they have achieved previously was no.2. This album follows the 5 singles in 5 consecutive months campaign starting with "Pistol", "Shangrila", "Chou", "CRISIS", and "Yes", for a total of 16 tracks.

In the DVD chart, popular Johnny's group, Kanjani8 have now become the highest-selling male artist in the first week in Blu-Ray Disc history so far by selling 44k copies of "KANJANI∞ GO-DAI DOME TOUR EIGHTxEIGHTER Omonnakattara Dome Suimasen." The previous record was set by Mr.Children in November 2011 with "Mr.Children TOUR 2011 "SENSE"" which sold 43k copies of Blu-Ray Disc in the first week. Kanjani8 have also grabbed the no.1 spot for overall DVD, and by topping the DVD and BD charts simultaneously, are now only the 4th male artist to do so besides Mr.Children, RADWIMPS and EXILE, for a DVD+BD total of 204k copies

This DVD/BD was recorded during Kanjani8's 5-Dome Tour last year, including the New Year Countdown performance in Kyocera Dome, ushering into their 8th anniversary. From setlist to footage, costumes, down to the smallest details including huge balloons, pillar of fire and fountain, which concluded with a dynamic live production, are all produced by the Kanjani8 members themselves. The Limited Edition of the DVD includes Christmas performances from Nagoya Dome, MC digest from each leg at each venue, surprise footage from Tokyo Dome, and other unpublished backstage footage.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2012. New release in bold.

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So happy for Eito! It's such a wonderful DVD/BD!

And a million congrats to ABC! It's a really good album. Also congrats to DiVA, Namie and LUNA SEA!

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Vocal unit Tegomass (Tegoshi Yuya and Masuda Takahisa) from Johnny's group NEWS, has achieved the no.1 spot in the albums chart with "Tegomasu no Mahou." This is the second time that the unit reached the top album spot since their first album, "Tegomass no uta" (released in July 2009).

In the singles chart, popular group AKB48's sister group, NMB48 achieved their second consecutive no.1 spot with their second single, "Oh My God!!." This sets the group's personal best so far, exceeding their debut single, "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo" (released in July this year) that sold 218k. They're also only the third female artist to have achieved top spot for the first two singles since Yakushimaru Hiroko (in November 1981 and May 1983), and Sawajiri Erika (in August 2006 and July 2007). However, they are the first female group to surpass 200k in the first week for the the first two singles in a row.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2011. New release in bold.

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Congrats BOC, NMB, ABC and Saito Kazuyoshi-san! XD

Sorry for the formatting, guys. LJ wasn't co=operating with me.

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Hard-rockers, B'z renewed their single records with "Sayonara Kizudarake no Hibi yo". The single is now their 44th no.1 singles in total (second place goes to Hamasaki Ayumi with 37 no.1 singles). They also hold the record for the most consecutive no.1 (not including since debut) with 44 singles, with KinKi Kids in second place (30 consecutive no.1 singles). With this single as well, B'z extend their streak of most total sales from singles with 34,993,000 copies sold (Mr.Children in second place with 28,178,000 copies).

Meanwhile, Mizuki Nana achieved no.2 and no.3 in singles chart with "SCARLET KNIGHT" and "POP MASTER" respectively, becoming the first seiyuu with his/her own name to have 2 singles in the top 3. She's also the 4th female solo artist to have achieved 2 singles in the top 3 after Fuji Keiko (1970), Matsuda Seiko (1983), and Hamasaki Ayumi (1999).

In the albums chart, Yoshii Kazuya achieved his first no.1 as a soloist with "The Apples". His last no.1 spot was with THE YELLOW MONKEY when their album "PUNCH DRUNKARD" reached no.1 in 1998. His highest rank as a soloist previously was at no.2 with his 2006 album, "39108".

In the DVD chart, Kanjani8's "KANJANI∞ LIVE TOUR 2010→2011 8UPPERS" DVD is the no.1 music-DVD as well as the no.1 overall DVD. This release also has a Blu-Ray Disc version which sold approximately 9,000 copies and becomes the no.1 music-BD, making the total for DVD+BD release approximately 144,000 copies sold. With this, Kanjani8 are now the 5th male acts to have conquered both music-DVD and music-BD charts simultaneously after Kobukuro, THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT, B'z, and Inaba Koshi.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and top 10 music-DVDs. The second column refers to sales in 2011. New release in bold.

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Congrats Kanjani8, B'z and Nana! XDDD

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new LUNA SEA song available for download

First new song after 10 years.

Available today at

Amazon Japan: http://www.amazon.co.jp/donation

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VJY20U

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004VJYAE8

Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B004VJYMKU

Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B004VJY22S

All money goes to the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake Relief!!


Weekly Oricon Chart - Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

Many of new release are postponed to April/May/June, which gives the chance for this week's top-selling artists to remain on top as the previous week. EXILE's "Negai no Tou" retain their no.1 album spot going into its 4th week, while Maximum the Hormone remain on top of the singles chart for their 2nd consecutive week with "Greatest the Hits 2011~2011".

Posting top 30 albums/singles and top 10 music-DVDs. The second column refers to sales in 2011. New release in bold.

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Metal band MAXIMUM THE HORMONE finally achieved their first no.1 single or album since debuting 11 years ago with their triple-A side single, "Greatest The Hits 2011~2011". Meanwhile, EXILE recaptured the no.1 album spot with "Negai no Tou" in their third week, edging out Ketsumeishi by a few hundreds.

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Congrats to MtH finally, and yay for EXILE! XD

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LUNA SEA releasing digital single to raise funds

According to LUNA SEA’s Official Facebook, the band will be releasing a digital single to raise funds for the earthquake relief.
This will be LUNA SEA’s first new song in 10 years.

About the “New Song Download Fundraiser” for Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake Relief

We, the members of LUNA SEA, would like to once again express our sincerest sympathies to all the victims and their families affected by the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, and also would like to extend our deepest condolences to those who sacrificed their lives and their families.

As we hope to contribute to a fast recovery and revival of the damaged areas, we have decided to make a brand new song in 10 years available for download in which all of the proceeds of LUNA SEA will be donated to earthquake relief.

What can we contribute as LUNA SEA in a hardship like this?

After a thorough contemplation, all the members agreed that we shall generate support through music because music is the reason of our presence and our lifetime mission.

We are preparing the new song now and trying our best to bring it to you as soon as we can. We will update the details as soon as they are available on our official website. We ask of your patience until the new song is ready.

Let’s walk together hand in hand until the day this tragedy is healed.


Wonder if it's Maria...