It’s time for another J-Pop Go News Briefing, bringing you some stories, gossip and entertainment from around the web. Click on the links for more details…

  • b_gacktGACKT has not just one but two Best Of albums on the way. The albums will feature songs such as Vanilla, Ever, Another World and Redemption. The albums, titled Best Of The Best Vol 1 & 2, will be released on 3rd July 2013. DVD and Blu-Ray versions will also be available along with a Limited Edition Box Set release. [jpopasia.com]
  • b_budogEnergetic Japanese pop outfit BUDO GRAPE will return to the United Kingdom for the Doki Doki Japanese Festival this November. Budo Grape completed their first tour of the United Kingdom in 2012 in cooperation with It Came From Japan. The Doki Doki event will be held at Manchester’s Sugden Sports Centre, with a live concert and art, culture, and fashion events.[www.dokidokifestival.com]
  • b_dazzleDAZZLE VISION are releasing a live album showcasing their Tekkoshocon performance from April this year. The CD will mark their first ever live album taken from the US convention which saw the highest-ever concert attendance at the Pittsburgh-based event. The album DAZZLE VISION Live In Pittsburgh is due for release on 5th July. David L. Lawrence Convention Center during the April 5-7, 2013 weekend.[http://dazzlevision.net]
  • b_akb48_sayonaraAKB48’s Sayonara Crawl sold 1,763,000 Copies In its first week (beating Ayumi Hamasaki’s sales record). The single now beats their 2012 hit as the group’s best-selling single in terms of first week sales. Sayonara Crawl is AKB48’s second best selling single to date. With their new single, AKB48 has set a new record for most singles sold by a female artist with 21,852,000 singles sold. Ayumi Hamasaki previously held this record with 21,416,000 singles sold. [jpopasia.com]

And that wraps up our J-Pop Go News Briefing for now!