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AKB48's latest single is the best selling single for a female group

June 7, 2013 @ 3:16 am
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Popular idol group AKB48's 31st single "Sayonara Crawl" (released on May 22nd) sold 109,000 copies in the second week, and the cumulative sales number for the single reached 1,872,000 copies. 

It exceeded the previous best record for a female group's single sales --1,845,000 copies-- which SPEED had kept for over 15 years with "WHITE LOVE" (released in October 1997).

Until now, AKB48's best selling single was their 26th single "Manatsu no Sounds good!" which sold 1,822,000 copies cumulatively, but they were able to exceed it with the latest single in the second week! Moreover, "Sayonara Crawl" is also the best selling single for the first week release, which sold 1,763,000 copies. It's also the record holder for both male and female artists.

AKB48 had swept 6 singles categories for a female group, which included "total number of chart topping singles", "the number of consecutive chart topping singles", "total number of million-selling singles", "the number of consecutive million-selling singles", "total sales number for all singles", and "sales number for the first week."

And with their latest single, they added one more notch to their belt, "the cumulative sales for a single" category.


Source & Image: Oricon

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· Posted June 17, 2013 @ 2:59 am

congrats AKB!!!! <3<3

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· Posted June 15, 2013 @ 11:55 am

I love this PV so much !!

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· Posted June 10, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

this is a great accomplishment for akb48...and of course there r always the haters that show up to talk s**t as if their idol groups would never sell more than one edition of their cd's in order to boost sales...even with the gimmicks akb48 is a household name...everybody knows who they r and they r popular among japanese...and although i hated this song, as well as the singles after uza...their hard work and dedication makes them worthy of this record

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· Posted June 8, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

I think this is their worst summer song yet, to be honest. lol. The BKA song is a treat, though, but the first three were sosososo much better than this song and Manatsu no Sounds Good.

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· Posted June 8, 2013 @ 10:11 am

Let's not forget the crazies who buy tons of those so they can vote tons of times.

Some loon bought thousands to vote for Iriyama Anna

Another rumor says someone got over 100,000 to vote for Sashi, which at around $13USD (correct me if I'm wrong on the Yen to USD conversion plz) comes to over 1.3 million dollars....


whippersnapper
· Posted June 8, 2013 @ 9:16 am
I think I added an extra 0 on that sashi comment. Where did the edit button go?
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· Posted June 8, 2013 @ 12:39 am

The music video was SO colorful! It was very refreshing. Everything about it. Not just another AKB-bikini-summer song. Btw does anyone know if there's a live stream of the senbatsu on YouTube?

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

As much as you guys will hate me for this... Paruru got one of my votes. Also Voted for Yuko! :)

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

Wow congrats to these girls! I'm surprised. I honestly thought that after Manatsu, no AKB single could surpass it.

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

The upcoming senbatsu helps a lot!

And I thought AKB were declining in popularity since Acchan left.

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

I got my CD a few days ago, I voted for Shinoda Mariko.

Super~Nezumi
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 6:27 pm
Excellent use of your vote, Mariko is divine and deserving. Takamina and Tomochin got my votes.
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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 10:55 am

It's a very real possibility that this might be the first single to break the 2 million barrier in a decade or so (since SMAP, if I'm not mistaken).  

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 9:56 am

At last! Tokyohive has returned It was a thousand AKB48 fans had cried out and were suddenly silenced. But wait...I sense there is yet a disturbance in the force, for this is an AKB48 article and there is something missing. Balance must be restored!

Paruru sucks. Discuss.

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 9:02 am

another record for the books

AKB domination

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 8:45 am

I am absolutely happy for AKB48 having the best selling single ever for a female group.  All my congratulations go out to all of the girls

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 8:41 am

CONGRATS AKB48!!!!Very Proud of YOU!!!

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 7:49 am

Now actually achieve this without the shady business practice they use. Makes me sick that actual good bands get overshadowed by those puppets.

kaylaharuna
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 7:14 am
As a fan i admit election ticket help that much but ehem. i see some other oh so talented groups also release various edition cds (4-10 version) and also have fanmeet/handshake ticket but they still dont sell as much as akb there are other groups who also wear bikini in summer single(oh wait they use it almost in the video, not only summer video) well i know you dont have a time to listen some great songs from various genre that they hide only for theater show nor have a time to watch their documentary (empty theaters,small sell number,almost disband in 2008 before become japan phenomenon) but i am sure you have a time to read i this article http://oshiri-sisters.tumblr.com/post/50738798023/someday-when-i-have-a-daughter-i-will-expose-her-to it's not that i try to change your mind but atleast have some respect to the girls,calling them puppet and belitle their efforth are so cruel and ignorant. there are many reasons why people love them, and in the end they just accept the love that they deserves. in the end i am just supper sorry that this time they overshadowed your favorite :)
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mekia
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 8:22 am
@kaylaharuna They do not deserve the fame they have gotten when crazy fans buy thousands of copy's of each CD just to get a chance to vote for their favorite idol. How is this shady business even going on in the music industry and be tolerated? I know sites like Sangaku Complex or 2ch are not really liked but my god the crazy nut jobs who spend millions and millions of yen on those CD's and do not give a rats ass about their music is beyond criminal. They do not care for the music all they care is about to see those girls half naked jumping around for them or have a glimps of hope to land (sex) something (like some did with ex members which makes it even sadder). Those girls do not deserve what they got and i just hope that they fall as fast as they have risen right now. And it is not about who is better and the groups i like are overshadowed by puppets. It is about reducing the music business to a softcore porn for some 30-50y old men just to escape their sad life and maybe land on one of those girls. For crying out loud AKB has more scandals in a month than the whole H!P since their start xD.
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chengthao
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 8:37 am
@mekia crazy fans buy thousands of copies? butthurt hater I see when you use real arguements and not hyperbole, then maybe I'll take you seriously
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herecomesdaboom
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 9:50 am
@mekia You have to realize that 1997 was a fundamentally different age than 2013. Unlike back then, digital music downloads dominate the industry, in good ways and bad. Buying music is a lot more decentralized - you're no longer forced to buy a CD to get a copy of a song. You can get it off iTunes, or as a Chaku-Uta, or even pirate it. For several artists, selling music is no longer equated to selling records. Take Nishino Kana and GReeeeN for example - between the two of them, they've only had one #1 single on Oricon (Kiseki), but they each have a string of #1 singles on the digital music charts. On the other hand, these Oricon sales records mean EVERYTHING to idol groups. For one, it's the most conspicuous charts out there, like Billboard in the US. Idol groups like AKB, H!P, and Johnny's do everything they can for their idol groups to stay relevant, and that means having a string of singles that not only sell well, but chart #1 on the Oricon. But in this day and age, how do you incentivize people to buy CDs instead of digital downloads? Simple, do stuff like multiple copies & election tickets and essentially turn a CD single into a collector's item. Is this a gimmick? Sure, but it's also a brilliant business strategy. AKB turned music into an interactive affair with the fans. If you can't hold on to your fans, your group can't succeed, and AKB is constantly evolving and maneuvering to keep their fans, and I at least think that should be commended, whether we agree with their marketing or not. And one last thing, every single they've released since 2011 has sold one million. You can't do that with only hardcore wotas buying multiple copies - this group is popular, even among casual fans who aren't 30-50yo men.
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mochichan
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 10:35 am
They don't deserve what they get? Do you know when they were starting out as 14-18 yrs old, they only had 7 people attending their very first theater show? They had to go on the street, passing out promotion flyers rather than be put on TV. They didn't get any proper practice room so they have to practice in a renovating theater and have to wear mask everyday not to breath in the dust. When they debuted, they weren't popular and many first gen member jumped ship. Itano Tomomi has a nervous breakdown in the locker room because she want to quit. They were bullied by their friends for being idols at school And back then they were kids~ Now in 2011, AKB held their first Seibu Dome concert and due the heatstroke many members collapsed. /watch?v=VKkhGW1LQrA Maeda Atsuko was carried out on a stretcher but she forced herself to come back and smile on stage when she was hyperventilating and fainting back stage. The management donated over 1.2 BILLION yen and 30 buses to help out the tsunami disaster victims, more than any celebs done. The girls visit the disaster area every month for the past 2 yrs and meet up with kids at school and talk to the people. Oh and a 14 yrs old AKB member talked a fan out of committing suicide~ http://www.akb48wrapup.com/2012/09/iwatate-saho-aka-sahhoo-shows-her-humanity-for-her-fan-who-wants-to-commit-suicide/ It's subjective if idol music is your taste but don't disregard their efforts and hardship because they deserve everything they got to this day
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mochichan
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 10:37 am
@mekia Why aren't there edit button... Adding to your bullshit 30-50 yrs old comment...^^ http://mochichan00.tumblr.com/post/52331622940/takamina65-mochichan00-akb48-fans-2shots-at
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Super~Nezumi
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 12:40 pm
@mekia are you totally clueless or just hating? I thought all these old myths have already been thoroughly debunked but I guess there are those still crawling out from under rocks who haven't actually looked into AKB48 before deciding to hate them. So which of your faves do you feel are demeaned by AKB's presence? I love a variety of music along with my idols, hopefully one day you'll learn that there's more than enough room for everyone and not being top of the charts or selling millions doesn't mean those other groups/artists are any less talented or worthy of our fandom. Right now AKB is on top of the world, those of us who've come to love them are happy but someday this too maybe will pass and who knows what will dominate. I'm just enjoying it while it lasts. Too bad there are people with poopy faces out there who can't just let people flail over their faves, but for every one like you who spouts these old myths, there are those of us who know it's not true and will call ya on it. Whether or not you come to the dark side, we're having a blast regardless of how many ignorant haters there are. Hope you have a beautiful day!
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wendy_marvel
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 6:47 pm
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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 6:51 pm
@mekia WTF (i hate the new comment section) and yeah lets compare H!P and 48 Family, well obviously Tabloid attention is in AKB, they wont get anything digging H!P scandal compared to AKB which is a HOT news in japan
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manatsu
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 8:04 pm
@mekia another pathetic H!P fan bwahahahha your H!P group was now crawling I love Morning Musume and that is the only group I like in H!P btw compare to the scandals to H!P your H!P were IRRESPONSIBLE for their past scandals while AKB knows what to do even beyond the norms BTW 48 fandom is really diverse compared to your H!P babes that is why all of the groups were all strong other than MM what other H!P group ranked first in oricon? You know why it is because of this formula AKB48-Diversified group, Unique personalities SKE48-Dancers, Energetic group NMB48-Acrobatic group, Comedian HKT48- Young and Fresh, Unpredictable group Nogizaka46- Conservative group, Yamato Nadeshiko like Morning Musume- Diversified and famous group Berryz Kobo- Morning Musume 2 C-UTE-Morning Musume 3 S/Milage- Morning Musume4 Juice=Juice- H!P last hope Now you know there are NO UNIQUE GROUP IN CURRENT H!P line up so you will all flop BTW EVEN HOW GOOD YOUR VOCAL IS EMOTION IS STILL THE BEST WAY TO GAIN FANS WHICH YOUR H!P GIRLS LACK OF ONLY IDIOTS WILL BELIEVE IN THE NO ONE SIDED LOVE IS ALLOWED
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kami7
· Posted November 15, 2013 @ 4:46 am
@mekia thought I know this forum is old. I can't accept your bitterness.your just another H!P or K-pop fan who can't accept reality that AKB48 is very successful. and what made you think AKB fans are all men in their 30s or 50s, what a AKB noob are you? AKB has different age group. they have children, teens moms and dads and elderly fans. search AKB songs you noob. search River, Beginner, Kaze wa Fuiteiru and their stage song. so you can see some light about AKB48 and not rant on something you get on some AKB anti-website. and with AKB wearing swimwear. what generation were you born. maybe you were born at the time when bikini wasn't still invented. and when did a girl who wears bikini become a sex object. "news flash every girl who wears bikini is a sex object now". how narrow minded you are. the only time they wear bikini in their PV's is in their summer single. you know the place called beach. FYI people don't wear conservative clothes in that place. those who see these girls as a sex object are the green-minded persons like you, I'm just in my teens. the reason why I like AKB is because they inspire me with their song and they also inspire me because of how they achieve their success because of hardwork.seeing them as an amateur and a noob at everything at first and seeing them progress as time goes by unlike other groups who were trained for several years like those K-POP artist. fans can see how they grow and get better and better as time goes by is something everyone can relate to.
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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 5:52 am

Congratulations!

However, personally, I prefer "Manatsu no Sounds good!" to "Sayonara Crawl"

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 5:21 am

Congratulations to the girls :)

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 5:03 am

BEST Selling Single ever?....1/4 is obviously because of Paruru!! (1/4 Center).  I'm sure Kawae Rina's "BKA 48" something to do w/ it....Mayuyu...Yuko....Sayanee...Tomochin. But don't forget Paruru!!! 

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· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 4:20 am

I bought two copies type A and B, Proud of the girls Ganbatte AKB48 (^-^)

Super~Nezumi
· Posted June 7, 2013 @ 12:44 pm
Me too, very proud their hard work keeps paying off. I got two copies as well, always gotta support my beloved Team A and show some love to the awesome Tomochin and Sayaka, who I will dearly miss.
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