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11:55 am - 01/30/2013

Momusu tops Oricon Single Chart for the first time in 3 years and 8 months!

Idol group Morning Musume’s latest single “Help me!!” (released on January 23rd) sold 93,000 copies in the first week, and topped Oricon’s weekly single chart. This marked the first time for their single to top the charts in 3 years and 8 months since they last accomplished it with “Shouganai Yume Oibito” (released in May of 2009).

This has also become their 52nd single overall to rank in the TOP 10, thus they updated their own record for “the total number of singles
ranked in the TOP 10.” 

“Help me!!” was their first single since 11th generation member Oda Sakura joined the group, and also the first No.1 single after Michishige Sayumi became their 8th leader. Michishige commented happily, “I am extremely happy that our first single in 2013 brought us this result! This is the first time topping the Oricon chart for our 9th, 10th and 11th generation members. I hope more people get to know about the current iteration of Morning Musume with this result.

This single also allowed Morning Musume to be the 3rd female artist to have topped the chart in each of the past 3 decades. They accomplished this in the 1990s (with “Daite HOLD ON ME!” & “LOVE Machine”), in 2000s (with “Happy Summer Wedding” & “I WISH”), and 2010s (with “Help me!!”). The only other 2 female artists to accomplish this are Nakajima Miyuki and Hamasaki Ayumi.


so happy for my bbs, congrats!!!
kanbisenshi 30th-Jan-2013 05:08 am (UTC)


they deserve it! i loved the single. and wow, i feel like it was just yesterday when SYO hit #1 lol.
nozo_rin 30th-Jan-2013 06:26 am (UTC)
SYO is still one of my favorite singles and I still remember waiting for the full pv to come out back in 2009! It's been that long?!
aduck8myshoes 30th-Jan-2013 06:57 am (UTC)
Exactly how I felt reading this title. SYO was the first MM single I ever preordered. It does not feel like it's been that long.
liniang 30th-Jan-2013 05:12 am (UTC)
I know that the reason they sold that much is the multiple limited editions, I know, I know. But I really don't care. It's a great single. Help me!! is perfect and 4/5 of the B-sides are perfect too.
They deserve it.
airifan 30th-Jan-2013 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm soooooooo happy!
taciturndream 30th-Jan-2013 05:51 am (UTC)
Loved OdaHaruka reaction the most. Go MM~!
wondermusume 30th-Jan-2013 06:12 am (UTC)
yay!!!!!!! I'm so happy for them! good job momusu!!
nozo_rin 30th-Jan-2013 06:38 am (UTC)
dieu_existence 30th-Jan-2013 06:48 am (UTC)
kushina 30th-Jan-2013 08:25 am (UTC)
Totally deserved. It's the first MoMusu single I've really liked, too.
rainbow_yarn 30th-Jan-2013 08:52 am (UTC)
Aw, congrats!
whited_79 30th-Jan-2013 10:49 am (UTC)
Congrats to Momusu!
tsubameongaku 30th-Jan-2013 11:13 am (UTC)
This is so great!!

I am really happy for them.
smile_as_a_noun 30th-Jan-2013 11:27 am (UTC)
So, so happy for them. I can't believe it's been nearly 4 years since Shouganai, but man they deserve this. Congratulations girls <3
lilly0 30th-Jan-2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS!! So happy for them <3
Oda Sakura made me interested in Momusu. I really like her voice.

Also, loving your gif OP ♥

Edited at 2013-01-30 12:15 pm (UTC)
taciturndream 30th-Jan-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
I loved MM already though my interest was a bit blah these last 3 singles, I needed an OdaSaku tbh, because she is 13 and her voice will probably be of great use if they use it properly. :D
The fact it was her first single and it went so well will prolly give her more lines, even though she is not popular enough yet. :3
mighty_orange 30th-Jan-2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
Dawww, CONGRATS! I was hoping it'd get #1 from the first day sales but then it slipped to second for a while there and I lost count but yes SUCCESS \o/
littleplastikme 30th-Jan-2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Despite the wonky-cheap-green-screen-PV, this single kicked ass and they totally deserved this honor! Gratz MoMusu!
scubajr 30th-Jan-2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
eishastan 30th-Jan-2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yay congrats! the rebirth of Momusu is happening! and i'm glad to see Reina graduating she looks so out of place in the group now.
evorian 30th-Jan-2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Where is that gif from?
taylorniw 30th-Jan-2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Youtube video where they announced to the girls they got number one.
evorian 30th-Jan-2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Mind to give a link for the video? Really loving that gif ^^
hannahime25 31st-Jan-2013 01:05 am (UTC)
So proud of them!
bear100 31st-Jan-2013 03:16 am (UTC)
so happy for these girls.
stole_away 31st-Jan-2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
YAY their recent releases are good!
sundaetea 31st-Jan-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
mah babies ;__;
they deserve it, and that gif is so precious!
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