This week’s number one single was KAT-TUN‘s “To The Limit”, selling 156,351. While this is on-par for their recent singles, it’s a far cry below what they used to be able to rate. At this level, it will probably not earn a platinum certification from the RIAJ (250,000), which is the level I would expect from Johnny’s groups of KAT-TUN’s stature. Maybe Johnny-san should arrange for them to get a new TV show?

Shoujo Jidai (少女時代) took number two, with their “Paparazzi” falling just shy of gold, with 92,576 copies sold. They’ll probably get 100,000 by next week.

Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ), however, will most likely not get into six digits. At #3, their “Z Onna Sensou” (Z女戦争) managed 67,596.

Maeda Atsuko-san’s “Kimi wa Boku da” took #5 in its second week, selling 18,408 for a total of 154,620.

Right behind her was last week’s number one – Exile’s “All Night Long” – now with a total of 224,377 sold.

Kanjani8’s “Aideshite” was number eight, going strong with 10,566 sold and 297,204 over three weeks.

At thirteen was Arashi’s “Your Eyes”, with its total now 542,157. Arashi’s “Face Down” barely held onto a top thirty spot, coming in at thirty with 2,680 sales and a grand total of 611,115.

Somehow, NMB48 popped back up again, with their “Nagiichi” all the way up to #17. Because it keeps popping in and out of the top thirty, I’ve lost count, but they’re a persistent bunch, aren’t they? They managed to come in ahead of SKE48 and AKB48 this week, even though “Nagiichi” was released before them. SKE48’s “Aishite Raburu” took #18 with a running total of 560,359, and AKB48 was at #23, still teasing the 1.8 million mark at 1,795,167.

In albums, it would be remiss of me not to mention Amuro Namie (安室奈美恵) taking the number one spot, with her “Uncontrolled” selling an impressive 292,098. That’s on the low end of her normal range, but is still a fine testament to her staying power, seventeen years after the release of her first album.

While the actual sales number isn’t impressive at 90,374, GreeeeN‘s new album is worth noting simply for its eccentrically long official title: “歌うたいが歌うたいに来て 歌うたえと言うが 歌うたいが歌うたうだけうたい切れば 歌うたうけれども 歌うたいだけ 歌うたい切れないから 歌うたわぬ!?” The album includes their version of “weeeek”, which GreeeeN composed for the Johnny’s group NEWS. It’s one of the NEWS songs that always manages to sneak onto my playlists.