Akimoto Yasushi becomes the most commercially successful lyricist in Japan
It was announced that the total number of sales for singles which were written by lyricist Akimoto Yasushi has reached a whopping 68,591,000 copies, which made him the most commercially successful lyricist in Japan.
After including the sales from the latest Oricon weekly ranking, Akimoto surpassed late lyricist Aku Yu's record of 68,319,000 copies by 272,000 copies.
Akimoto has written the lyrics for many artists such as Onyanko Club, Tunnels, the late Misora Hibari, and in recent years, he's known for contributing lyrics for AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and more. Reportedly, Akimoto wrote the lyrics for 506 singles so far, and among all the singles he wrote, the best selling single was AKB48's 26th single "Manatsu no Sounds good!" (released in May 2012) which sold 1,822,000 copies in total. Moreover, about 30% (19,987,000 copies) of his total sales have come from songs he wrote for AKB48.
Akimoto left the comment, "Thank you. Even after getting No.1 in sales, I still can't hold a candle to other great senior lyricists, but taking this (record) is very encouraging, I would like to continue to devote myself."
Akimoto made his debut as a lyricist with "Kotoba ni Shitakunai Tenki" (The coupling track for THE ALFEE's single 'Toori Ame') in October of 1981. His first chart topping single was Kikuchi Momoko's "Sotsugyou" (released in February 1985), and a total of 87 singles which Akimoto contributed the lyrics, have topped the chart ever since. 87 chart topping singles is also a record for lyricists, number 2 is Inaba Koshi with 52 singles.
Below is the list of TOP 5 lyricists with their total number of single sales (the parentheses show the best selling singles from the lyricist).
1. Akimoto Yasushi...68,591,000 copies (AKB48 'Manatsu no Sounds good!' 1,822,000 copies)
2. Aku Yu...68,319,000 copies (Pink Lady 'UFO' 1,554,000 copies)
3. Matsumoto Takashi...49,838,000 copies (KinKi Kids 'Glass no Shounen' 1,792,000 copies)
4. Komuro Tetsuya...42,224,000 copies (Amuro Namie 'CAN YOU CELEBRATE?' 2,296,000 copies)
5. Inaba Koshi...37,594,000 copies (B'z 'Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi dake wo Kizutsukenai' 2,021,000 copies)
Source & Image: Oricon
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