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Posted by Shiso TH STAFF Monday, March 9, 2015

AKB48 become first artist to have 20 consecutive million selling singles after 'Green Flash' surpasses 1 million sales

AKB48's 39th single "Green Flash" which Kashiwagi Yuki and Kojima Haruna serve as the center, sold 1,001,000 copies in its first week, topping Oricon's latest weekly single ranking.

"Green Flash" is the group's 26th consecutive chart-topping single, and they broke the record of "the most number of consecutive No.1 singles" (for female artists) which was held by Hamasaki Ayumi with 25 consecutive singles. Hamasaki Ayumi held the record for 4 years and 5 months.

Also, the single is the 20th consecutive million selling single (21st in total) for the group. Up until now, no artist has achieved 20 consecutive million selling singles, so AKB48 is the first one to accomplish it. 

Not only that, but they also broke the female group's record of "the number of consecutive years with No.1 singles" which was 5 years and had been kept by Morning Musume (from 1998 ~ 2003). The record stood for 12 years as this is AKB48's 6th consecutive year to have a chart topping single since 2009.

Source & Image: Oricon

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