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9:42 pm - 11/05/2012

AKB48 becomes first female group with 20 million CDs sold, 10 million-sellers

Last week, AKB48 released their 28th single “UZA,” and Oricon announced today that it sold roughly 1,129,000 copies in its first week. This gives AKB48 their 15th consecutive #1 single, but more importantly, it also marks their 10th million-selling single (9th consecutive). They are the first female artist to achieve 10 million-selling singles, and the first artist to do so in almost 14 years.

AKB48 is only the third artist to achieve 10-million sellers, after B'z (currently with 15) and Mr.Children (currently with 10). In terms of consecutive million-sellers, they were already in second place before this, behind B’z (13) and ahead of Mr.Children (8).

Since their major-label debut in February 2006, AKB48 has released 29 singles (1 digital-only) and 11 albums. In total, the group has now sold approximately 17,597,000 CD singles and 2,703,000 CD albums, for a grand total of 20,300,000 CDs. Among female groups, they have now pulled past SPEED (19,546,000 CDs) to become the #1 all-time top seller.

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ih8je 6th-Nov-2012 06:02 am (UTC)

you go girls...

not that I listen to their music but whatever...
eishastan 6th-Nov-2012 06:19 am (UTC)
Congrats <3 I don't like UZA but i'm glad that it sold more than a million copies, i was afraid since it was the first single to be 100% Acchan free.
thewarpedmelody Awww yeah~~6th-Nov-2012 10:50 am (UTC)
nalty7 6th-Nov-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats!They must be so happy!
riringo 6th-Nov-2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Congraaaaaaaatsss girls!!!!!
sasuga Akipiiiiii \^o^/
visionfactory1 6th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Morning Musume had 2 million sellers and they are on their 15th anniversary already.

That means AKB will be around for at least 75 years...
myharu 6th-Nov-2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats girls ^^
lillie_frost 6th-Nov-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
They are the first female artist to achieve 10 million-selling singles, and the first artist to do so in almost 14 years.

This sentence is impossible O.o
taecish 6th-Nov-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
No they r saying b'z/mr children manages that but 14 years ago
kerplunk 7th-Nov-2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
pretty sure ayu achieved 20+ million in single sales back in 2006, so idk what that sentence was about. also namie has 15+ million in singles as well

ignore this i just realised they meant certified singles ^_^v

Edited at 2012-11-07 02:38 pm (UTC)
krisfany 6th-Nov-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Honestly, 1 Million in every singles come from a creative marketing.It is differ from other successful singers. (such as B'z, Mr.Children and Speed)

However, congrats girls.
smilepi 6th-Nov-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
yay congrats~! :D
yuiluv 7th-Nov-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Another few million to beat B'z!
Go, Go AKB48 ;)
kerplunk 7th-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, i actually liked UZA but their seems to be a decrease in sales even tho they're the only artist nowadays that can sell millions of their singles. So good for them

If they manage to maintain their popularity for the next 2 years they will, without a doubt hit 30 million.

Edited at 2012-11-07 02:30 pm (UTC)
stole_away 10th-Nov-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
wow, not surprised.
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