Popular idol group AKB48’s 4th album “1830m” has now reached a total sales of 1,002,000 copies after 5 weeks since its release. Though 9 of AKB48’s singles have reached sales surpassing the million mark, this is AKB48’s very first album to sell over a million copies ever since their major debut back in October 2006.
It was also the first time in a year and 11 months for an original album to have sales over a million copies since Arashi achieved it with their “Boku no Miteiru Fuukei” (released in August 2010, total sales of 1,131,000 copies) back in October of 2010. As for female groups, it’s been almost 9 years since 12 Girls Band’s “Joshi Juni Gakubou~Beautiful Energy~” last achieved this in October 2003, total sales of 1,661,000 copies.
AKB48 has released 3 singles in the year, and all of them are millon-selling singles. To sell over a million copies for both single and album within the same year have not been achieved in 10 years since it was last accomplished by Hamasaki Ayumi back in 2002 with her single “H” (released in July 2002, total sales of 1,013,000 copies) and album “I am…” (released in January 2002, total sales of 2,308,000 copies).
Congratulations to AKB48!