I feel like this would have been a good week to totally ignore the standings . . . .

The top single for the past week was . . . EXILE’s “EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Koisuru Tame”, which celebrated its ninteenth week by returning to #1, selling 112,280 copies for a total of 916,126. Considering the group’s previous best single sold 562,196 back in 2005, and that otherwise their average is around 150k with some notable bounces to the 250-300k range, I remain befuddled. Who suddenly bought over 100k copies after it had already been out this long? Surely no fans could have missed it. So . . . I give up. I think EXILE has managed to prove that I have no clue what’s going on with these sales figures and for all I know the numbers could be completely manipulated.

Okay, so with that all out of the way, let me conveniently ignore such depressing thoughts and plunge ahead with the rest of the rankings:

At #2, Maeda Atsuko-san’s “Time Machine Nante Iranai” (タイムマシンなんていらない) sold a fairly light 60,687 copies, apparently because of a lack of promotional effort. Not too sure what to make of that.

Shoujo Jidai’s “Galaxy Supernova” took #3, selling 50,793.

“Green Days/strings” from Lead sold 41,178 at #4.

The last new release worth a mention was Yuzu’s “Tomo ~ Tabidachi no Toki~”, as it took #5 by selling 28,441 copies.

AKB48’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” dropped out of the top 10 in its fifth week, but only just barely – it was at #11, adding 8,515 copies sold to its total, bringing it to 1,432,181.

Domoto Tsuyoshi-san’s “Mabataki” tacked on an additional 7,490 at #12, pushing its total above 100k to 102,962.

After seven weeks, Southern All Stars‘ “Peace & Hi-lite” was at #16 and has a total of 326,951.

Right behind it at #17, “Melon Juice” from HKT48 saw 4,289 copies sold in its third week, bringing its total to 284,218.

Nogizaka46’s “Girl’s Rule” bounced up a notch to #19 with a twelve-week total of 443,346.

“Manten no Hitomi” went to #23 in the past week and Hikawa Kiyoshi-san saw 3,198 more copies of his most recent single sold. Its four-week total is 62,000.

Linked Horizon’s “Jiyuu e no Shingeki” beat out Amano Haruko’s “Shiosai no Memory” this time. They took #27 and #28 respectively. “Jiyuu e no Shingeki” has an eleven-week total of 214,874 while “Shiosai no Memory” can boast 148,391 after eight weeks.

On the album side, AAA’s “Eighth Wonder” got the top spot with 46,006 copies sold.

Without much competition, Nishino Kana-san’s two compilation albums, “Love Collection ~mint~” and “Love Collection ~pink~”, actually gained a spot – moving to #2 and #3 respectively. In their third week, they sold 26,770 and 25,292, bringing their totals to 225,987 and 221,815.

“Tsumabiku Utagoe” from Kobukuro’s Kobuchi Kentaro-san was at #4 with 22,494 sold.

At #5, Spitz’s “Chisana Ikimono” added a decent 17,721 in its second week, pushing its total to 94,364.