Kis-My-Ft2 had the top single last week, as “Kimi to no Kiseki” sold 261,159 copies, squeaking by the platinum level – the minimum I now expect from them. This is much better than their previous single, which sold 214,422 in its first week, but that was a surprisingly weak showing and “My Resistance” before that managed 316,313. I think I’ll call this average for the group.

“SURVIVORS feat. DJ MAKIDAI/Pride” by The Second from EXILE took #2, selling an approximately average 82,993.

At #3, UVERworld’s “Fight For Liberty/Wizard CLUB” saw 62,149 copies sold.

Passing the platinum mark in its second week, “Peace & Hi-lite” from Southern All Stars did in style, selling 57,056 copies for a new total of 264,479.

In special coverage, Dream5’s “We are Dreamer” sold 14,278 copies at #7, which is an improvement on the 12,760 their last single sold (which debuted at #9). I’m interested in the group because of their choreography (the music is way too high-pitched for me), and I have to say that it was oddly simple and easy this time – I was sort of disappointed.

“Shiosai no Memory” from Amano Haruko (really Koizumi Kyoko – Haruko is her character in the drama Amachan) actually gained a spot in its third week, going to #8 with 13,847 in sales for a total of 120,476.

Probably for completely different reasons, Nogizaka46’s “Girl’s Rule” bounced up ten spots, popping to #11 for a seven-week total of 413,427.

Acid Black Cherry took #14 with “Greed Greed Greed”‘s second week, scoring a good 8,560 in sales to bring its total to 66,577.

Linked Horizon also saw a bounce as “Jiyuu e no Shingeki” went from #24 to #17 to reach a six -week total of 196,597.

With its strong showing in its first week, it wasn’t a surprise that “Hey What’s Up?” from Akanishi Jin-kun had a softer second week, taking #18. Its new total is 120,774.

Yamashita Tomohisa-kun was right behind his fellow Johnny’s solo act with “Summer Nude ’13” taking #19 for a three-week total of 118,313.

“Vitalization” from Mizuki Nana-san kept #23 in its third week, selling 4,553 copies to get to a total of 73,951.

The last single I’ll mention is SKE48’s “Utsukushii Inazuma”, which gained one spot – from #26 to #25 – to push its five-week total to 632,994.

On the album side . . . omigod . . . I think this is the first time I’ve seen an album hold the top spot for three weeks in a row, isn’t it? Or is my memory failing me as usual? Anyway, Maximum the Hormone managed to do it, with “Yoshuu Fukushuu” selling 23,571 more copies for a total of 215,551. I really didn’t think they had it in them.

Of course, they managed it because there was there was an absence of new strong releases – the top new release only managed 10k – but still, kudos to them.

As you might expect in this album vacuum, everybody either kept their spot or gained some. Ikimonogakari held on to #3, selling 13,213 copies of “I” for a four-week total of 182,740.

Chris Hart’s “Heart Song” unexpectedly reappeared, going from #14 to #4. It saw 10,679 additional copies sold and now has an eleven-week total of 117,875.

Going from #12 to #6, “Summer Ballad Covers” from May J. brought its nine-week total to 154,696.

“FEEL” from Amuro Namie-san gained only one spot in its sixth week, adding 8,383 for a total of 357,389.

Actually, there was one noteworthy album that dropped – the Backstreet Boys’ “In a World Like This”, which still sold a very good 7,840 in its fourth week to bring its total to 76,981, but fell from #6 to #9.