Oricon Style announced that AKB48’s 18th single, “Beginner” (released in October 2010), has reached sales of 1,001,000 copies after including the sales of the latest Oricon Weekly Chart for January 31st.
This is AKB48’s first single that has totaled a million sales since their major debut in 2006, and “Beginner” is the 243rd single with a million sales in Japanese singles history.
As we reported earlier,”Beginner” sold 827,000 copies during the first week of its release, and thus, AKB48 has beat the existing record for a female group achieved by SPEED’s single, “ALL MY TRUE LOVE” (released in October 1998), which sold 601,000 copies in the first week over 12 years ago. It even exceeded the best record of this century for the first week single sales, which was set by Utada Hikaru and her song, “Can You Keep A Secret?” (784,000 copies sold in the first week).
It’s been 10 years and 11 months since any female group’s single has reached a million sales, as Morning Musume’s “Koi no Dance Site” in February 2000 marked the last time the feat was accomplished (released in January 2000 and sold 1,236,000 copies).
AKB48's "Beginner" #12 with approx. 6k sold, officially past one million with approx. 1,001,000 total
- First million-selling single since Akikawa Masafumi's "Sen no Kaze ni Natte" in August 2007 (released May 2006)
- First million-selling single by a female artist since Nakajima Miyuki's "Chijou no Hoshi / Headlight Taillight" in March 2003 (released July 2000)
- First million-selling single by a female group since Morning Musume's "Koi no Dance Site" in February 2000 (released January 2000)
- 243rd million-selling single ever
- Akimoto Yasushi's fourth million-selling work and first since Fujitani Miwako and Ouchi Yoshiaki's "Ai ga Umareta Hi" in July 1994 (released February 1994)