Last week’s top single was the debut from HKT48 – “Suki! Suki! Skip!” (スキ!スキ!スキップ! – Suki! Suki! Skippu!). The Fukuoka-based unit sold 250,147, winning the race to platinum by a nose.

T-ARA‘s “Bunny Style!” (バニスタ! – Banisuta!) took #2 with 56,785 copies sold.

“Calling/Breathless” from Arashi held #5 in its third week, adding 21,888 for a total of 841,435. The number just keeps getting more stunning.

Kuwata Keisuke-san’s “Yin Yang/Namida wo Buttobase!!/Oishii Himitsu” was at #7, selling 14,426 copies in its second week, bringing its total to 83,179.

At #9, “Kimi no Na wa Kibou” from Nogizaka46 has a two-week total of 255,136. Looks like this group will be eclipsed by yet another -48 group, seeing how HKT48 did. I guess the extra two members really do matter?

Yamashita Tomohisa-kun’s “Que Sera Sera” added 7,766 in its second week, pushing its total over 100k to 104,727.

Right behind him, what I had been anticipating finally happened – SKE48’s “Choco no Dorei” in its eighth week crossed over AKB48’s “So long!” in its fifth week. They held #13 and #14 respectively for totals of 649,372 and 1,113,332. Will this prove to be a one week blip, or will SKE48 really demonstrate stronger staying power in the standing?

SMAP took the #16 spot with “Mistake!/Battery” boasting a four-week total of 194,481.

“Fire” from SHINee got #20, selling 52,924 in two weeks.

Perfume’s “Mirai no Museum” stayed in there at #28 and its four-week total is now 84,784.

The album side was uninteresting. In fact, the top album – “The Best ‘Story'” from BOΦWY – didn’t even crack the 50k level, managing only 38,271.

At #2, “sakanaction” from the group of the same name had a nice second week, tacking on 27,550 to bring the album’s total to 110,127.

The only other album worth noting was ONE OK ROCK‘s “Jinsei x Boku =”, which took #5 by selling 14,135 and increasing its three-week total to 160,877.