Popular singer-songwriter, ayaka has returned from a 2-year hiatus with her 3rd studio album, "The beginning," which has reached no.1 in the albums chart. The last time she reached the top spot in a single or album chart was in September 2009 with her best album, "ayaka's History 2006-2009." This album is self-produced by her own indie label, A stAtion. So far, all 3 of her original studio albums have achieved the no.1 spot since "First Message" in November 2006.
Meanwhile, Korean band, CNBLUE achieved their first no.1 single with their second major debut single, "Where you are." It has been 41 years since the last time a foreign band reached the no.1 spot in the singles chart, since Canadian band, Mashmakhan achieved it in January 1971 with "As the Years Go By" (the single was originally released in October 1970). For Korean male artists, they are only the 4th artist to have reached no.1 besides Tohoshinki, JEJUNG & YUCHUN, and Jang Geun Suk.
In the music-DVD chart, new Johnnys group, ABC-Z debuted with a DVD and managed to grab the top spot with "Za ABC ~5stars~." This is the first time in history to achieve no.1 with a debut DVD. Besides the music clip, making-of and interview clips for "5stars" and the accompanying track, "Suna no Glass," this DVD also includes footage from "ABC-Z 2011 first Concert in YOYOGI" held last year.
Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2012. New release in bold.
( ayaka, YUKI, Spitz, CNBLUE, ClariS, SKE48, ABC-Z...Collapse )
Albums chart looks fairly good-looking! But yeah, quite an un-appealing singles chart there...
Congrats to the top 3 albums especially ayaka. Love them all! Also congrats to ClariS' first top 3, and Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi-san for sneaking in the top 5. :)
And yay EXILE JAPAN surpass Negai no Tou's 6th week sales again!
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