AKB48’s previous single, “Everyday, Kachusha” (released in May), sold 1.517 million copies in its first 4 weeks and is currently at 1.573 million copies sold. “Flying Get” has the slight edge at the 4-week mark, with a current total of 1.521 million copies sold.
AKB48 is just the 5th artist to achieve back-to-back singles that have reached 1.5 million in sales, after B’z, Mr.Children, KinKi Kids, and Utada Hikaru. Four female groups – Pink Lady, Puffy, SPEED, Morning Musume – have had a single reach 1.5 million copies, but none of them were able to do it twice in a row.
Tonight, AKB48 is holding its 2nd Senbatsu Janken Taikai to determine the members for its 24th single, scheduled for release in December.