The top single in the past week was Morning Musume‘s “Wagamama Ki no mama Ai no Joke/Ai no Gundan” (わがまま 気のまま 愛のジョーク/愛の軍団), which managed an incredibly strong 144,061 copies sold. This is the best first week result for a Morning Musume single since “Do It! Now” in 2002. Could Morning Musume be on the verge of a second golden age?
The second week sales for AKB48’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” were enough to get it to #2, but otherwise, it was only 4.3% of first week sales – 57,309 for a total of 1,387,741. That’s not atypical for the group, but someday I’d like to see them do a song that captures broad appeal beyond their dedicated fanbase – a situation which would be demonstrated by strong second week sales.
B1A4’s “Nande? Doushite?” came in at #3, selling 47,646.
Hikawa Kiyoshi-san was right on their tail at #4, with 45,197 copies of “Manten no Hitomi” sold.
At #5, “Boys Meet U” from SHINee has a remarkably good second week, selling 19,786 to bring its total above 100k to 108,523.
EXILE’s “EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Koisuru tame” popped back into the rankings in its sixteenth week (I think). It came in at #6 with 17,594 fresh copies sold to get its total above 750k to 759,227. This was the single with the dubious accounting, so perhaps an asterisk next to that triple platinum is warranted.
In its fourth week, “Peace & Hi-lite” from Southern All Stars is still going strong. It’s at #8 with 14,228 copies sold for a grand total of 303,679.
Kis-My-Ft2 took #11 this time. “Kimi to no Kiseki” sold an additional 8,967 for a three-week total of 293,494.
Right behind at #12, “Shiosai no Memory” from Amano Haruko (really Koizumi Kyoko – Haruko is her character in the drama Amachan) got a boost after being at #19. Its five-week total is 138,201.
Nogizaka46 continues to show some of the best staying power of any of the -48 family groups (maybe dropping the extra two helps?). “Girl’s Rule” took #13, rising from #21 in its ninth week for a total of 428,496. I wonder if we’ll see the AKB48 single depart from the top 30 while Nogizaka46 stays in.
UVERworld‘s “Fight For Liberty/Wizard CLUB” was at #21 with a three-week total of 78,544.
At #22, SKE48’s “Utsukushii Inazuma” saw a mild pop in its seventh week. Its new total is 642,045.
Week two of sales for V6’s “Kimi ga Omoidasu Boku wa, Kimi wo Aishiteru Darou Ka” brought it to #27 with a new running total of 58,702.
Finally. Linked Horizon took #30, as “Jiyuu e no Shingeki” now has an eight-week total of 206,113.
Now, on to albums! The Amachan Song Album from various artists took first place, selling 74,044.
CNBLUE’s “What turns you on?” saw 43,492 purchases at the second spot.
At #3, KARA’s “Fantastic Girls” sold 40,680 copies.
Himuro Kyosuke-san’s 25th Anniversary Album saw 17,723 more copies sold at #4, bringing its total to 79,784.
Sukima Switch‘s “Popman’s World ~All Time Best 2003-2013~” surprised me with a very strong second week at #5. It sold 15,588 – 44% of first week sales – to get above the 50k line with a total of 50,688.
Not done yet, Maximum the Hormone’s “Yoshuu Fukushuu” dropped quite a ways, but got a grip on #9 in its fifth week by adding 9,421 in sales for 239,085 in total sales so far.