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May 25, 2011

AKB48: “Everyday, Kachusha” almost sells 1 million in one day, Oshima Yuko leads election

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Written by: tokyograph

AKB48‘s 21st single, “Everyday, Kachusha,” is on its way to becoming the group’s biggest hit yet. Their previous single “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” sold 942,479 copies in its first week, but Oricon reports that “Everyday, Kachusha” has sold a staggering 942,475 copies on its first day alone.

Record stores were prepared for the onslaught, as 1.45 million copies went out with the single’s first shipment, compared to 1.10 million copies for “Sakura no Ki ni Narou.”

As long as the sales numbers for the rest of the week keep up, “Everyday, Kachusha” will likely set some new records. The first-week sales of “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” already ranks as the 6th highest in history, but AKB48 now has a chance to become 1st. As it stands, the top five are:

  1. Namonaki UtaMr.Children – 1,208,000
  2. Addicted to YouUtada Hikaru – 1,068,000
  3. Dango 3 KyoudaiHayami Kentaro, Shigemori Ayumi, Himawari Kids & Dango Gasshoudan – 1,026,000
  4. Winter, againGLAY – 956,000
  5. LOVE PHANTOMB’z – 951,000

AKB48 are almost guaranteed to finish the week at #2 (and #1 for a female artist), but taking #1 will depend on their remaining momentum. Fortunately, they also happen to be in the middle of a concert revival series and their 3rd Senbatsu election (for their 22nd single), which means that sales will likely continue to be strong.

Speaking of the Senbatsu election, the votes have been counted for the first day. As of the announcement on May 25, tens of thousands of votes have already been cast, with the largest amount going to last year’s winner, Oshima Yuko. At 17,156 votes, she has a margin of roughly 700 votes over last year’s #2, Maeda Atsuko (16,452 votes). Kashiwagi Yuki, who ended up at #8 last year, is currently in 3rd with 12,056 votes.

The top 40 after the first day are listed below, with last year’s positions (up to #40) in parentheses.

  1. Oshima Yuko – Team K (#1)
  2. Maeda Atsuko – Team A (#2)
  3. Kashiwagi Yuki – Team B (#8)
  4. Takahashi Minami – Team A (#6)
  5. Watanabe Mayu – Team B (#5)
  6. Shinoda Mariko – Team A (#3)
  7. Sashihara Rino – Team A (#19)
  8. Itano Tomomi – Team K (#4)
  9. Matsui Rena – SKE48 Team S (#11)
  10. Kojima Haruna – Team A (#7)
  11. Miyazawa Sae – Team K (#9)
  12. Takajo Aki – Team A (#13)
  13. Minegishi Minami – Team K (#14)
  14. Kitahara Rie – Team B (#16)
  15. Kasai Tomomi – Team B (#12)
  16. Matsui Jurina – SKE48 Team S (#10)
  17. Yokoyama Yui – Team K (unranked)
  18. Sato Amina – Team B (#18)
  19. Masuda Yuka – Team B (#25)
  20. Kuramochi Asuka – Team A (#23)
  21. Takayanagi Akane – SKE48 Team KII (#35)
  22. Nakagawa Haruka – Team A (#20)
  23. Akimoto Sayaka – Team K (#17)
  24. Hirajima Natsumi – Team B (#26)
  25. Yamamoto Sayaka – NMB48 Team N (first time)
  26. Umeda Ayaka – Team K (#32)
  27. Miyazaki Miho – Team B (#21)
  28. Suda Akari – SKE48 Team S (unranked)
  29. Ohta Aika – Team A (#22)
  30. Hata Sawako – SKE48 Team KII (unranked)
  31. Kizaki Yuria – SKE48 Team S (unranked)
  32. Oya Shizuka – Team A (unranked)
  33. Oya Masana – SKE48 Team S (#24)
  34. Watanabe Miyuki – NMB48 Team N (first time)
  35. Sato Sumire – Team B (#31)
  36. Matsui Sakiko – Team K (unranked)
  37. Oba Mina – Research student (unranked)
  38. Komori Mika – Team B (#30)
  39. Yagami Kumi – SKE48 Team S (#38)
  40. Fujie Reina – Team K (#33)

Voting will end at 3:00pm on June 8, and the results will be announced at the Nippon Budokan on June 9.

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