SKE48’s “Sansei Kawaii!” (賛成カワイイ!) was the top single for the past week, selling 449,003 copies. That’s less than any of their singles since the start of 2012 and significantly less than what they sold in the first week on their past three singles. I’m sure there’s probably a reason for this, though I’m not sure what it might be.

On the flip side, E-girls came close to matching the phenomenal result they had on their previous single, which was released only a month and a half ago. Taking #2, “Kurukuru” sold 69,087 copies compared to 73k for “Gomennasai no Kissing You”, and that’s still around double what they tended to sell before their breakthrouth.

Also having a very good first week, Acid Black Cherry’s “Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~” saw 59,714 copies sold at #3.

At #4, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku’s “Mikakunin Chugakusei X” looks quite strong with 46,045 sold.

“Pinky Santa” from BOYFRIEND took #5 by selling 35,198 copies.

Taking #6, 9nine’s “Re:” sold 30,934.

Kis-My-Ft2’s “Snow Dome no Yakusoku/Luv Sick” sold 21,921 copies to take #8, bringing its total to 290,303. That’s an average second week for them.

The EXILE single that shall not be named took #15. Yes, it’s back again.

AKB48’s “Heart Ereki” managed to gain a spot even though it was a pretty strong week for new releases. It took #19 in its fourth week and now boasts a total of 1,252,472.

Kalafina passed the 50k mark in the third week of sales for “Kimi no Gin no Niwa”, which took #26 with 4,191 copies sold to bring its total to 50,388.

The top album for the week was “Pornograffitti 15th Anniversary All Time Singles” from Porno Graffitti, which sold 85,324 copies to win the accolade, leading a Japanese reconquest of the album rankings.

Matsutoya Yumi-san’s “Pop Classico” took #2, selling 60,476.

Nakajima Miyuki-san’s “Jyuu-ni Hitoe ~Singles 4~” got #3 with 35,665 copies sold.

At #4, Hikawa Kiyoshi-san’s “Enka Meikyoku Collection 19 ~Manten no Hitomi~” sold 29,002 copies. Someone needs to recommend to Kiyoshi-san that he stop naming his albums “Enka Meikyoku Collection” – once you’ve got to #19, you’ve got to figure it kills the excitement of a new album somewhat. A more original name might be called for.

Two Western luminaries remained in the top 10. Avril Lavigne’s eponymous album took #7 by selling an additional 20,353 to bring its three-week total to 92,556. Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” tacked on an additional 14,916 copies at #8 to get above 100k to 101,246 – also in its third week.