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  • 12 AKB48 works simultaneously rank on Oricon's 'TOP 100' weekly album chart

    January 6, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    12 works by popular idol group AKB48 have simultaneously ranked on Oricon's latest 'TOP 100' album chart for the week of January 7th . Until now, the best record for the "number of albums ranked simultaneously on the TOP 100", for a female group, was 5 works. Both Candies (in 1978) and KARA (in 2011) achieved that record. However, to have over 10 works simultaneously ranked on the 'TOP 100' f0r any female artists, including solo artists

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 11/26~12/2

    December 5, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    Oricon has revealed their weekly charts for November 26th to December 2nd. Check out the results below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "MONSTERS" - The MONSTERS : 11/28 (160,139) 2. "Kami Hikouki" - Kobukuro : 11/28 (40,068) 3. "Kimi to DANCE DANCE DANCE / MY LADY ~Fuyu no Koibito~" - BOYFRIEND : 11/28 (37,800) 4. "Polar Star" - FTISLAND : 11/28 (35,260) 5. "Shiranai" - Hoshino Gen : 11/28 (26,856) (Check

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  • AKB48's Mitsumune Kaoru to be absent from handshake event

    October 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    It's been reported that AKB48 member Mitsumune Kaoru will be absent from the group's handshake events on October 13 and the 14th. According to AKB48's blog, the reason for her absence is due to poor health. The management stated, "We will consider the future course of action and inform you later." Due to her poor health, Mitsumune was also absent from AKB48's Tokyo Dome concerts in August and the premiere event for 'Gekijouban Shiritsu

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  • AKB48 to release their Tokyo Dome Concert DVD in November

    September 26, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    AKB48 fulfilled their dream in August by having a three day concert “AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~” at the Tokyo Dome and now they will be releasing this concert on DVD and Blu-ray on November 28th. There will be a total of 6 different versions including the First Press Limited Edition that comes in a seven disc special box set, which includes a 132 page photobook, 12 trading cards, and 5 photos. Maeda Atsuko (21) who graduated af

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  • AKB48's latest album "1830m" sells over a million copies

    September 17, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Popular idol group AKB48's 4th album "1830m" has now reached a total sales of 1,002,000 copies after 5 weeks since its release.  Though 9 of AKB48's singles have reached sales surpassing the million mark, this is AKB48's very first album to sell over a million copies ever since their major debut back in October 2006. It was also the first time in a year and 11 months for an original album to have sales over a million copies since Arashi ac

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for August 2012

    September 10, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of August. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,000,000

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  • AKB48's latest album tops Oricon weekly album chart 2 weeks in a row

    August 28, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Popular idol group AKB48's latest album "1830m" (released on August 15th) has topped the Oricon weekly album chart for the week of September 3rd, making it the first time that the group has topped the weekly chart two weeks in a row. It was also the first time in 9 years since an album by a female group topped the weekly chart for two consecutive weeks since 12 Girls Band's instrumental album "Joshi Juni Gakubou~Beautiful Energy~." Addi

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  • Maeda Atsuko's speech at the final day of Tokyo Dome concert

    August 26, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    On August 26th, Maeda Atsuko gave a speech to her fans during the encore of AKB48's final day at their Tokyo Dome concert, 'AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~'. Maeda tried to hold back tears while receiving an "Acchan" and "Atsuko" call from the crowd of 48,000 people. She raised and lowered her microphone a number of times before slowly beginning her speech. Below is a translated speech from Maeda: - "I was shy ever since I was s

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 8/13 ~ 8/19

    August 22, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Oricon has revealed their weekly charts for August 13th to August 19th. Check it out below! ----- <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "WANNA BEEEE!!! / Shake It Up" - Kis-My-Ft2 : 8/15 (284,731) 2. "Spending all my time" - Perfume : 8/15 (84,607) 3. "Children Record" - Jin : 8/15 (29,642) 4. "Hikari e" - miwa : 8/15 (27,512) 5. "Hohoemi no Plumage" - Tamura Yukari : 8/15 (19,547) (Check out the full ranking here.)

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  • AKB48's latest album "1830m" sold 871,000 copies in its 1st week

    August 20, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    AKB48's latest album "1830m" which was released on August 15th, sold 871,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly album chart. This marks AKB48 as only the second female group to have an original album sell over 800,000 copies in its first week, and this is the first time in 14 years and 4 months after SPEED's "RISE" which sold 1,318,000 copies in the first week (released in April 1998).  Moreover, this is the first album in 3

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