Charts: SKE48, Koda Kumi

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AKB48’s sister group SKE48 had the top-selling single of the week with “Kataomoi Finally.” The single has sold 496,000 copies since its release, setting their personal record for highest first-week sales. They now have a streak of 4 consecutive singles, beginning with their 5th single “Banzai Venus” from March 2011.

Kim Hyun Joong of the group SS501 had the #2 single of the week, with just over 100,000 copies sold of his Japanese debut single “KISS KISS / Lucky Guy.” The last solo foreign artist to have a Top 3 single and sell more than 100,000 copies in the first week was Jang Keun-Suk in April of last year.

  1. SKE48Kataomoi Finally – 495,809
  2. Kim Hyun JoongKISS KISS / Lucky Guy – 100,110
  3. Morning MusumePyocopyoco Ultra – 31,094
  4. BUMP OF CHICKENGood Luck – 27,416
  5. BREAKERZMiss Mystery – 16,135
  6. Zwei WingSenki Zessho Symphogear Character Song Series 1: Gyakkou no Flugel – 13,140
  7. After SchoolRambling girls / Because of you – 12,110
  8. Matsushita YuyaKimi e no Love Song ~10 Nen Saki mo~ – 10,443
  9. 9nineShoujo Traveler – 10,191
  10. Takeuchi MariyaInochi no Uta – 9,470

Pop star Koda Kumi, who announced her marriage and pregnancy in December, topped the album rankings with her 10th album, “JAPONESQUE.” Counting only original albums, she now has 6 consecutive number-ones.

With this album, Koda has also achieved a streak of 8 consecutive years with a #1 album (2005-2012). Among solo female artists, she is now tied for 3rd with Matsuda Seiko (1981-1988), Nakamori Akina (1982-1989), and Watanabe Misato (1986-1993). Only Matsutoya Yumi (18 years, 1981-1998) and Hamasaki Ayumi (13 years, 1999-2011) have achieved longer streaks.

  1. Koda KumiJAPONESQUE – 93,835
  2. Sonar PocketSona Poke Ism 3 ~Kimi to no 365 Nichi~ – 48,330
  3. EXILEEXILE JAPAN / Solo – 32,968
  4. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATIONBEST HIT AKG – 30,840
  5. Yuki Saori & Pink Martini1969 – 17,177
  6. Tokyo Jihencolor bars – 14,013
  7. leccaStep One – 13,148
  8. CHEMISTRYTrinity – 12,725
  9. Various Artists – Inazuma Eleven GO Character Song Original Album – 12,209
  10. Galileo GalileiPORTAL – 11,578

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