According to Oricon sales data, AKB48’s total single sales have now reached 11,787,000 copies with 25 singles. This puts them at #1 for total single sales by a female group, surpassing the previous record holder Morning Musume.
Morning Musume is currently at 11,774,000 copies with 56 singles, over a span of 13 years and 11 months. AKB48 overtook them in only 5 years and 11 months, largely due to several recent singles that have all sold over 1 million copies each. The five singles they released in 2011 alone have sold 7,346,000 copies.
Currently, the top three female groups in single sales are:
- AKB48 – 11,787,000 (25 singles)
- Morning Musume – 11,774,000 (56 singles)
- Pink Lady – 11,037,000 (23 singles)