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Kanon's line near the end of Waratte! YOU is <3. Dokkan will probably be better live. All I need now is a preview of Sayumi's solo.
It was revealed on Shinoda Mariko’s blog that she and other AKB48 members recently held a fireworks party. According to the entry, Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko organized the event so that Maeda could fulfill her wish of “wanting to watch the fireworks with everybody for the last time” before her graduation from AKB48. Shinoda also posted many photos of the AKB48 members in yukatas, against the beautiful backdrop of Tokyo Bay.
Oshima seemed to be having fun as she shared a kiss with Minegishi Minami, appeared in her swimsuit and tried to forcibly kiss Kojima Haruna. Shinoda Mariko wrote “There are a lot of funny photos, but for Yuko’s sake, I will exercise some self-restraint. lol.”
After the 14 years and 4 months since singer Hamasaki Ayumi’s (33) debut in April of 1998, she has established a new record. The August 20th Oricon Weekly Album Ranking (for August 6th through August 12th) shows the tally of sales from her 110 releases (65 singles and 45 albums) as 50,023,000 copies sold. This is the first time that the total sales of singles and albums have broken the 50 million mark for a solo artist.
Since the Oricon ranking charts were established in January 1968, the only other artists to break the 50 million mark are B’z (July 13, 1998) and Mr.Children (March 26, 2007). Hamasaki has thus become the third artist to have achieved this feat, in addition to being the first soloist to do so. The second-ranked solo artist below Hamasaki is Matsutoya Yumi, who has has a total of 38,390,000 sales, while for male solo artists, Fukuyama Masaharu ranks first with 21,633,000 in total copies sold.