AKB48’s newest single “Manatsu no Sounds good!” topped the Oricon Weekly Single Ranking Chart for the week of June 4th by selling a whopping 1,617,000 copies in its first week of sales. This sales figure marked a new record, as it is the highest sales on Oricon’s single sales chart for a first week.
The girls topped the chart for 13 consecutive singles, and also sold over a million copies for 7 consecutive singles. In the Japanese music industry only two artists have longer consecutive million sale singles. B’z sold over a million for 13 consecutive singles, and Mr.Children achieved this for 8 consecutive singles. If AKB48 sells over a million for their next single, they will tie Mr.Children.
In the sales of the first day, “Manatsu no Sounds good!” sold 1,171,000 copies, and this also marked a new record as Oricon daily chart.
The learder Takahashi Minami stated “We, all member feel honor it. We feel again we could mark this new record because of fans who have been supporting us since we debut. We will do our best every day so that AKB48 will be able to advance.”
“Manatsu no Sounds good!” includes the voting serial number for the 4th General Election.
Check out their sales history below.
[Top5 of AKB48's first week of sales]
1.” Manatsu no Sounds good !”…1,617,000 copies (May 23rd, 2012 released)
2. “Flying Get” …1,354,000 copies（August 24th, 2011 released)
3. “Everyday, Kachuusha” …1,334,000 copies（May 25th, 2011 released)
4. “Kaze ha Fuiteiru” …1,300,000 copies（October 26th, 2011 released )
5. “GIVE ME FIVE!” …1,287,000 copies（February 15th, 2012 released)