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3:27 am - 12/06/2012

Nikkei Ent. magazine's ranking for CD sales for 2012

Nikkei Entertainment's latest issue (January 2013) has ranked 2012's CDs by their sales. The data is recorded from January 2 to November 11, gathered by SoundScan, which means bonus editions of the CDs are not counted.

Top 2012 singles
( ) is the number of versions counted.

1. 962,735 AKB48 - Manatsu no Sounds good! (4)
2. 670,271 AKB48 - GIVE ME FIVE! (4)
3. 617,802 Arashi - Wild at Heart (2)
4. 576,877 Arashi - Face Down (2)
5. 576,740 AKB48 - Gingham Check (4)
6. 495,124 Arashi - Your Eyes (2)
7. 445,636 AKB48 - UZA (6)
8. 379,703 Eightranger - ER (3)
9. 323,673 Kanjani8 - Ai deshita. (2)
10. 285,256 Hey!Say!JUMP - SUPER DELICATE (3)
11. 275,437 Mr.Children - Inori~Namida no Kidou/End of the day/pieces (1)
12. 260,936 Kis-My-Ft2 - WANNA BEEEE!!!/Shake It Up (3)
13. 237,546 SKE48 - Kataomoi Finally (3)
14. 234,382 Kanjani8 - Aoppana (2)
15. 224,042 SKE48 - Aishiteraburu! (3)
16. 220,600 SKE48 - Kisu datte Hidarikiki (6)
17. 191,829 Kis-My-Ft2 - SHE!HER!HER! (2)
18. 184,635 B’z - GO FOR IT,BABY Kioku no Sanmyaku (2)
19. 171,016 Fukuyama Masaharu - Ikiteru ikiteku (3)
20. 162,532 BUMP OF CHICKEN - Good luck (2)
21. 158,238 Fukuyama Masaharu - Beautiful life/GAME (3)
22. 156,889 NMB48 - Nagiichi (3)
23. 154,220 KAT-TUN - Fumetsu no scrum (3)
24. 152,371 KARA - Speed Up/Girl Power (3)
25. 151,878 Not yet - Suika BABY (4)
26. 150,101 Watanabe Mayu - Synchro Tokimeki (4)
27. 149,692 Yamashita Tomohisa - Ai, Texas (3)
28. 139,220 Sashihara Rino - Soredemo sukidayo (3)
29. 138,524 SMAP - Moment (2)
30. 137,107 SMAP - Sakasama no Sora (2)

Top 2012 Albums

1. 1,183,855 Mr.Children - Mr.Children 2005-2010 (macro) BEST
2. 1,118,840 Mr.Children - Mr.Children 2001-2005 (micro) BEST
3. 774,272 Arashi - Popcorn
4. 708,812 Kuwata Keisuke - I LOVE YOU -now & forever- BEST
5. 518,271 Kobukuro - ALL SINGLES BEST 2
6. 499,957 Namie Amuro - Uncontrolled
7. 467,636 Yamashita Tatsuro - OPUS ~ALL TIME BEST 1975-2012~
8. 454,837 AKB48 - 1830m
9. 413,820 EXILE EXILE ATSUSHI - EXILE JAPAN/Solo ← overall: 714,370
10. 392,176 Ikimonogakari - NEWTRAL
11. 362,723 Kanjani8 - 8EST
12. 339,060 Yuzu - YUZU YOU 2006-2011 BEST
13. 320,767 Nishino Kana - Love Place
14. 270,687 Che'Nelle - Believe
15. 265,872 Kis-My-Ft2 - Kis-My-1st
16. 254,713 L'Arc~en~Ciel - BUTTERFLY
17. 241,438 Superfly - Force
18. 225,913 SMAP - GIFT OF SMAP
19. 214,888 BENI - COVERS
20. 209,048 ayaka - The beginning
21. 197,053 KARA - Super Girl ← overall: 714,370
22. 185,574 Asian Kung-Fu Generation - BEST HIT AKG
(sorry, rest got cut off from image)


Top 2012 1st-albums - It means debut albums.

1. 265,872 Kis-my-ft2 - Kis-My-1st
2. 137,707 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
3. 133,459 SKE48 -Kono Hi no Chime o Wasurenai
4. 126,309 Golden bomber -Golden album
6. 109,371 T-ARA -Jewelry box
7. 95,038 Claris -Birthday
8. 86,775 Jang Geun Suk -Crazy
9. 81.629 GILLE -I AM GILLE
10. 70,852 JIN -Mekakushi days

Thanks yukkiz!

Source: 1, 2, 3

If anyone knows the remainings for the album list, do tell.
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eevaleena 6th-Dec-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Okay. Now I finally understand why SoundScan numbers ALWAYS lower than Oricon. I just found out about SoundScan few month ago, so I had no idea why ^^;
sonia_san 7th-Dec-2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Oh please, not ALWAYS. Just for example:

16h Tia Tia ‏@whited_79

Note that Soundscan doesn't cover stores like AKB shops and mu-mo/Avex shops, that's why you're not seeing AKB/Avex artists selling much.
16h Tia Tia ‏@whited_79

Lately, Soundscan seems to cover more small/suburban/countryside stores compared to Oricon, but Oricon still covers the bigger ones more.
16h Tia Tia ‏@whited_79

As for 8EST, it's 362k+ on Soundscan vs 363k+ on Oricon.
16h Tia Tia ‏@whited_79

And then Ai Deshita sold 324k on Soundscan vs 320k on Oricon. Aoppana however, sold more on Oricon with 239k vs Soundscan with 234k.
16h Tia Tia ‏@whited_79

Also very very interesting to note, Soundscan vs Oricon numbers. Singles-wise, ER sold 380k on Soundscan, while 374k on Oricon.
16h Tia Tia ‏@whited_79

Copied from twitter so the older ones is in the bottom.
kazuninomi 6th-Dec-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
i think soundscan is better than oricon

it tells the real sales of music without the bonus^^
pipisays 6th-Dec-2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to see the akb numbers without the theatre editions, they're still pretty high but I didn't realise Uza did as low as it did even with 6 versions counted.

Personally I think I prefer soundscan charts over oricons. It's not that I don't think theatre editions or special johnny shop versions shouldn't count as sales but the oricon numbers just always look a bit false instead of a reflection of popularity when you know it's just fans buying multiple editions.

edit: out of curiosity does anyone know the best place to see soundscan's weekly charts? It'd be interesting in the weekly oricon single/album/dvd arama posts to have the soundscan numbers too sometimes.

Edited at 2012-12-06 02:03 pm (UTC)
eevaleena 6th-Dec-2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Here: Someone provided this link before. I think around the time YamaPi lost his number 1 spot to the Korean artist.
kerplunk 6th-Dec-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
wow some numbers are lower than oricon which is understandable but then you have force by superfly selling 241k but the oricon numbers say 216k???
asaphira_sachi 6th-Dec-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
It's possible that Soundscan counted smaller stores that Oricon didn't count.
thewarpedmelody 6th-Dec-2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Just curious, what does "bonus editions of the CDs are not counted." means?

chizzyrei 6th-Dec-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
and because of this Hey! Say! Jump gets to be at no. 10. trololol. for a group that has strong single sales, they rarely release lmao weird
J-Storm rarely does give out bonus editions though. Arashi even only has 2 editions most of the time.

Edited at 2012-12-06 02:20 pm (UTC)
nuuuf 6th-Dec-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Okay, maybe I'm just a bit stupid, but could anyone help me understand what's a "bonus edition" please ?

Edited at 2012-12-06 02:22 pm (UTC)
hina 6th-Dec-2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Soundscan measures sales of CD/DVDs sold through real + online stores, but doesn't count editions sold through special means ie AKB sell their theater editions through, and you have to apply for them and win them, JE sometimes make special versions that are only available through their shop, etc.
harisukaori 6th-Dec-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats to Arashi and Mr Children! Their numbers are roughly the same as Oricon numbers while AKB48's are 50% lower (or even more) for all their releases.
asaphira_sachi 6th-Dec-2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, basically the 1-million records are Oricon exclusive. (although I dunno if any of the Soundscan numbers last year reached a million)
sheix0 6th-Dec-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
AKB's number got lower but still dominating the top 10 for singles~~

Too bad the album sales......:/
Tho that's still pretty good number
I'm happy~
aibada 6th-Dec-2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
yay for l'arc 250k+
hina 6th-Dec-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Mr Children are the fucking kings tbh.
arashic5 6th-Dec-2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Queen namie still the only HBIC relevant

And happy for my babies arashi~ wonder how much the Arafest album sold
love323able 6th-Dec-2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
it's amazing how much akb theater edition helps get them to a million O.O
also didn't know they had that much ver. especially UZA with six

more impressive is Mr Children almost in the top 10 with ONLY ONE edition too! that's really impressive
i always wondered how everyone sell if they only released one edition, instead of multiple editions.

also lol at popcorn being so high up XD
yukkiz 6th-Dec-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Wow , Misuchiru 's singles and albums sales are huge than Oricon
Misuchiru is really strong >w<

Ps. OP ,i found "first album ranking " from Nikkei

1. 65,872 Kiss -my- ft.2 - Kis-My-1st
2. 137,707 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
3. 133,459 SKE48 -Kono Hi no Chime o Wasurenai
4. 126,309 Golden bomber -Golden album
6. 109,371 T-ARA -Jewelry box
7. 95,038 Claris -Birthday
8. 86,775 Jang Geun Suk -Crazy
9. 81.629 GILLE -I AM GILLE
10. 70,852 JIN -Mekakushi days
umbrellaphone 6th-Dec-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll add to the post!
arara_chan 6th-Dec-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yaay :) Congrats Arashi and Kanjani <3
2coco 6th-Dec-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)

LOL @ Yamapi's single sells almost as much as KAT-TUN's
neitaro 6th-Dec-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Although they're not #1, I'm still super happy for Kanjani8 ♥♥♥
smilepi 6th-Dec-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Mr. Children, Arashi, and Kanjani8~ ♥
asweetsymphony 6th-Dec-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Soundscan looks like a better reflection of real sales than Oricon. The different versions inflate sales so it skew the end results. Anyways, Can we please start posting soundscan alongside the Oricon sales in arama since its really interesting to see the comparisons.
inachan89 6th-Dec-2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats Arashi^^and wow Mr.Children,they are awesome!!
sergel02 6th-Dec-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
What exactly counts as a bonus edition? Like i know a lot of singles come in 2-3 types, so are only one of those counted?
asweetsymphony 6th-Dec-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
I think they only counted regular edition?
susan_11 6th-Dec-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Where is Chankapana and NEWS?
umbrellaphone 6th-Dec-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing for NEWS, since it was sold as a bulk (4CDs / set), Oricon counted that as "4 copies sold" but Soundscan considers 1 set as 1 sale/unit.

Edited at 2012-12-06 11:02 pm (UTC)
reddiereds 6th-Dec-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Congrats to K8 and their alter-ego heroes.
::going all O_O @ singles with 6 'official' versions:;
athenarei 7th-Dec-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
happy to see Kisumai in all SoundScan chart ^^
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