It was announced that Arashi dominated both Oricon yearly album ranking and Music DVD ranking for 2011.
The No.1 selling album in 2011 is Arashi’s “Beautiful World” which was released in July and sold 908,000 total copies. This is the third consecutive year that Arashi has topped the Oricon yearly album chart (“All the BEST! 1999-2009” in 2009, “Boku no Miteiru Fukei” in 2010).
In addition, they are the second artist who achieved 3 consecutive yearly #1 albums in 20 years after Matsutoya Yumi made the record during 1989 ~ 1991. For a male artist, Inoue Yosui previously made the record for toping Oricon’s yearly album chart for 2 consecutive years (in 1974 ~ 1975). However, this year, Arashi beat Inoue’s record with their 3 consecutive years #1s.
Not only the album chart, but Arashi also topped the Music DVD chart for 3 consecutive years with their live DVD “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM“, released back in January (“5×10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009” in 2009, “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×10” in 2010). Moreover, “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM” sold 793,000 copies making it the best selling music DVD ever for Oricon’s DVD ranking history, which started in 1999. The No.2 best selling music DVD is also Arashi’s, their “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ DOME+” DVD (released in June) sold 673,000 copies.
The sum of Arashi’s sales for music DVDs was 10,170,000,000 yen leading to a #1 ranking in the music DVD sales category as well. In total, the group topped 4 categories this year.
I'm wowed by the music DVD ranking more than the album ranking.