Charts: Maeda Atsuko, Nishino Kana, AKB48



AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko topped the charts this week with her solo debut single “Flower,” selling nearly 177,000 copies. The last female solo artist to take #1 with a debut single was Sawajiri Erika in 2006, when she released “Taiyou no Uta” under the name of Kaoru Amane. Counting only female solo artists who were first part of a group, the last one was Goto Maki in 2001 with “Ai no Bakayarou.”

At #2 on the singles chart was SHINee, tying with BEAST, MBLAQ, and SUPER JUNIOR for the highest ranking by a debut single from a Korean group. At more than 91,000 copies sold, SHINee’s release also set a new record for highest first-week sales for a Korean group’s debut single, surpassing SUPER JUNIOR’s “BONAMANA” that just set the same record two weeks ago.

  1. Maeda AtsukoFlower – 176,967
  2. SHINeeReplay -Kimi wa Boku no everything- – 91,419
  3. AAANo cry No more – 47,498
  4. T.M.RevolutionFLAGS – 38,496
  6. Kaoru to Yuki, Tama ni MookMaru Maru Mori Mori! – 19,857
  7. GReeeeNHana Uta – 16,894
  8. AKB48Everyday, Kachusha – 12,259
  9. KinKi KidsTime – 11,627
  10. Shinsengumi LienIroito – 11,475

In albums, Nishino Kana led the charts with her “Thank you, Love” at just over 178,000 copies sold. She now has a streak of two consecutive #1 albums.

  1. Nishino KanaThank you, Love – 178,006
  2. Various Artists – Gintama BEST 2 – 91,626
  3. SuperflyMind Travel – 64,911
  4. AKB48Koko ni Ita Koto – 38,558
  5. Lady Gaga – Born This Way – 35,745
  6. ShonannokazeShonannokaze ~Single Best~ – 34,971
  7. Shoujo JidaiGIRLS’ GENERATION – 33,438
  8. Various Artists – DJ KAORI’S PARTY MIX 2 – 17,705
  9. w-inds.w-inds. 10th Anniversary Best Album -We dance for everyone- – 15,517
  10. w-inds.w-inds. 10th Anniversary Best Album -We sing for you- – 15,003

Meanwhile, AKB48 set yet another record, this time with their music video collection DVD “AKB ga Ippai ~The Best Music Video~.” They topped the DVD rankings with approximately 209,000 copies sold, the highest first-week sales ever for a music DVD by a female artist. The previous record holder was Amuro Namie, whose “namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009” sold 155,000 copies in its first week in 2009.

The Blu-ray version of “AKB ga Ippai ~The Best Music Video~” ranked #1 with 93,000 copies sold, also setting a new record for first-week sales.

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


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