Charts: AKB48, Kanjani8

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Idol group AKB48 finally released their first original album, “Koko ni Ita Koto,” last week. Following a string of top-selling singles, the album also had an impressive first week with roughly 602,000 copies sold.

“Koko ni Ita Koto” is the first original album by a female group to sell more than half a million copies in the first week since Morning Musume’s “3rd LOVE Paradise” in 2000 (578,000 copies sold). This still leaves them behind SPEED’s first two albums “Starting Over” and “RISE,” which initially sold 823,000 and 1.32 million copies, respectively.

The sales figure also puts “Koko ni Ita Koto” in the lead for highest first-week sales of 2011, ahead of EXILE’s “Negai no Tou” (481,000).

  1. AKB48Koko ni Ita Koto – 601,985
  2. Shoujo JidaiGIRLS’ GENERATION – 94,105
  3. Hirai KenJAPANESE SINGER – 60,054
  4. Lady Gaga – Born This Way – 34,783
  5. The GospellersHamorhythm – 22,101
  6. THE BAWDIESLIVE THE LIFE LOVE – 19,563
  7. UVERworldLIFE 6 SENSE – 14,005
  8. Il Divo – Il Divo Love Songs Inspired by the film Andalucia – 13,460
  9. Hayashibara MegumiHayashibara Megumi BEST Album: VINTAGE White – 13,149
  10. Sandaime J Soul BrothersJ Soul Brothers – 13,045

In singles, Kanjani8 achieved another #1 with “365 Nichi Kazoku,” at around 158,000 in sales. They now have a streak of 5 consecutive chart-toppers, with the last 3 released in consecutive months.

Meanwhile, SUPER JUNIOR took the #2 spot with their first Japan single, “BONAMANA.” At 59,262 copies sold, they edged out 2PM’s “Take off” (59,059) to achieve the highest first-week sales for a Korean group’s first Japan single. They are also tied with BEAST and MBLAQ for the highest chart position for a Korean group’s first Japan single.

  1. Kanjani8365 Nichi Kazoku – 158,141
  2. SUPER JUNIORBONAMANA – 59,262
  3. AKB48Everyday, Kachusha – 45,903
  4. Acid Black CherryShoujo no Inori III – 40,669
  5. Kaoru to Yuki, Tama ni MookMaru Maru Mori Mori! – 39,062
  6. B’zDon’t Wanna Lie – 28,483
  7. Team Amuse!! – Let’s try again – 23,713
  8. RESTART JAPAN with TUBERESTART – 21,352
  9. KetsumeishiKodama – 20,781
  10. FUNKY MONKEY BABYSSoredemo Shinjiteru / Love Letter – 20,116

Sources:
Oricon (weekly album ranking)
Oricon (weekly single ranking)
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