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June 1, 2011

Charts: AKB48, Lady Gaga, GLAY

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Written by: tokyograph

Idol group AKB48 took #1 on the sales charts this week, as they set a new all-time record for highest first-week sales at more than 1.33 million copies. “Everyday, Kachusha” also set the record for highest first-day sales (942,475) and went on to reach the 1 million mark in its second day in stores.

This week’s top ten consisted almost entirely of new releases, but one of the more notable ones was “Maru Maru Mori Mori!” at #3. The song was sung by 6-year-old stars Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku (and a talking dog) as the theme song for their drama series “Marumo no Okite.” At an average age of 6 years old, they are now the youngest group ever to have a Top 10 single. The previous record was 10.5 years old, set by Kigurumi with the song “Tarako Tarako Tarako” in 2006. Counting solo artists, they are tied with Minagawa Osamu, whose “Kuroneko no Tango” topped the charts in 1969.

  1. AKB48Everyday, Kachusha – 1,333,969
  2. Team Amuse!!Let’s try again – 189,917
  3. Kaoru to Yuki, Tama ni Mook – Maru Maru Mori Mori! – 34,781
  4. TOKIOMiageta Ryusei – 25,370
  5. the GazettEVORTEX – 23,902
  6. C-uteMomoiro Sparkling – 18,172
  7. Kuraki MaiMou Ichido – 16,378
  8. KuroyumeAron – 15,489
  9. Horie YuiPRESENTER – 14,438
  10. PerfumeLaser Beam / Kasuka na Kaori – 13,615

In albums, the #1 spot went to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” selling close to 184,000 copies. This is her first time to top the charts in Japan. The last foreign solo artist to have a #1 album was Michael Jackson in 2009.

  1. Lady Gaga – Born This Way – 183,845
  2. UNICORNZ – 54,139
  3. capsuleWORLD OF FANTASY – 20,814
  4. Amuro NamieCheckmate! – 17,597
  5. Hirano AyaAYA MUSEUM – 14,043
  7. BIGBANGThe Ultimate -International Best- – 12,100
  8. Various Artists – Songs For Japan – 11,872
  9. Jennifer Lopez – Love? – 7,854
  10. Tokunaga HideakiVOCALIST & BALLADE BEST – 7,550

In DVDs and Blu-rays, rock band GLAY topped both rankings in the music category, with sales of 17,000 and 19,000, respectively. They are now the 6th male artist to achieve #1 on the music DVD and music BD charts, following in the footsteps of Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Kobukuro, B’z, Inaba Koshi, and Kanjani8.

Oricon (weekly album ranking)
Oricon (weekly single ranking)

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