Oricon has announced its sales rankings for 2011, and Arashi is at the top of both the album and music DVD charts. Their album “Beautiful World,” released in July, was #1 with 908,000 copies sold. The group has had the #1 album for three years in a row, the longest streak ever by a male artist.
Arashi is also the first male artist to rank #1 in the yearly album rankings for three consecutive years, surpassing Inoue Yosui’s record streak of two years (1974-1975). They are only the second artist ever to achieve a streak of three consecutive years, after Matsutoya Yumi did so from 1989 to 1991.
Arashi also became the first artist to have the #1 and #2 spots in the yearly music DVD rankings. Their “ARASHI 10-11 Tour “Scene” ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fuukei~ Stadium,” released in January, sold 793,000 copies during the year, the highest sales figure ever since Oricon began doing annual music DVD rankings in 1999.
“ARASHI 10-11 Tour “Scene” ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fuukei~ Dome+,” released in June, was #2 with 673,000 copies sold. The group’s total DVD sales amounted to 10.17 billion yen, more than 4 times the amount achieved by AKB48, who were #2 with 2.46 billion yen in DVD sales.