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SKE48's latest single sells 539,000 copies, tops Oricon weekly chart

February 4, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
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Popular idol group SKE48's 11th single "Choco no Dorei" (released on January 30th) sold 539,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly single ranking. This is the best first week sales for the group, and is the 7th consecutive single to top the chart.

With this single, they have surpassed Onyanko Club for a female group's record for the number of consecutive chart topping singles, and have become No.3 overall after AKB48 (16 consecutive singles) and Pink Lady (9 consecutive singles).

SKE48 also become the 4th female artist to sell over 500,000 copies in the first week for 2 consecutive singles which has only been accomplished by Utada Hikaru, Hamasaki Ayumi, and AKB48.

Matsui Jurina commented, "I am very happy to have the highest sales number for the first week since our debut. Because of everyone's support, we were able to do this. Thank you very much." She also said, "The other artists who have achieved the consecutive chart topping record, are all well-known, so it's such an honor. I want everyone to know the charms of SKE48 more and more, so we will continue to put our best foot forward."



This single includes "Sore wo Seishun to Yobu Hi" sung by "Tabidachi Sotsugyou-gumi" that consists of 9 members who will graduate from the group this spring.

Source & Image: Oricon

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