Almost the entire countdown is new this week. 16 new singles debuted and only a few of the ones from last week are holding on for dear life, including Maximum the Hormone and Inawashirokos. There are too many new songs to name, so I'll just mention the ones I actually like and skip the dribble like "Carnival~Kinjirareta Ai~" by Diamond*Dogs, which you immediately know is going to be crap as soon as you look at the title because it has all those superfluous, meaningless characters in it; always a bad sign.
I'm excited to see 「C'Mon Let's Go」 by KREVA debuting at number 13, and 「Love Song」 by Sandaime J. Soul Brothers coming in at number 7. I enjoy their music, but didn't think they'd be able to break through the イケメン / cute adolescent girl / super celeb retaining wall that surrounds the countdown.
I'm surprised that 「Sora ga Natteiru」 by Tokyo Jihen (#6), 「Core Pride」 by Uverworld (#5), 「Koi no Superball」 by Aiko (#4) and 「Kakkowarui I Love You」 by French Kiss (#2) are just now debuting on the countdown (albeit in top spots). I thought those singles had already been out for a while, but that's probably just internet confusion-- everything is available on the interwebs long before it's available in stores. Or in my case, because I live in the U.S., everything is only available on the interwebs, and long before it's on the Oricon Countdown.
「My Home」 by Kanjani 8 takes the top spot this week, finally ousting the string of cute-but-not-much-going-on-musically girl groups who have been dominating the top of the charts for several months now. I have no doubt the otaku underground will rally next week and buy multiple copies (per-person) of some iffy single in order to get whoever-chan back in the top spot because she'll be so sad if she isn't. (Don't ever doubt that this happens on a weekly basis.)
As always, as many of these new songs as possible have been added to our radio station, so you can listen to / keep up with the latest Jpop music while doing office work or cleaning out your fridge.