The top single for the past week was Nogizaka46’s “Barrette” (バレッタ ) which scored an impressive 395,127 copies sold. They’re actually catching up to SKE48!

Tohoshinki took number two with “Very Merry Xmas”, selling 116,655 copies of this seasonal offering.

Perfume’s “Sweet Refrain” took #3 with 57,702 sold.

At #4, GLAY’s “Diamond Skin/Niji no Pocket/Crazy Dance” sold 37,517 copies officially, but they also have significant sales from their site not counted by Oricon.

In its second week, SKE48’s “Sansei Kawaii!” saw 34,475 additional copies sold at #6, bringing its total to 483,478.

I can’t resist mentioning mascot Funasshi’s Official Theme Song, which took #8 by selling 23,501. For now it looks like it won’t sell more than 50k, but who knows?

“Snow Dome no Yakusoku/Luv Sick” from Kis-My-Ft2 got #14 in its third week. It has now passed the 300k mark with 301,192 copies sold.

Taking #19 in its second week, Acid Black Cherry’s “Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~” sold 9,085 to push its total to 68,799.

Just barely hanging in there, AKB48’s “Heart Ereki” fell to #30, securing a five-week total of 1,257,222. It’s going to need one of those infamous -48 family boosts to have the longevity in the standings of its predecessor.

On the album side, KAT-TUN took #1 with “Kusabi” selling a solid 168,209 copies. I generally think of 150k as KAT-TUN’s mark, so this beats that out by a bit. It surpasses the number they got on their previous four singles as well as their last album.

So . . . why has Coup D’Etat from G-Dragon suddenly popped up to #2 in its eleventh week after being at #225, selling more than three times what they sold in the prior ten weeks? That’s 75,965 new copies sold to bring the total to 99,607.

One Direction got #3, with “Midnight Memories” selling 67,902. Considering how their previous album kept popping up, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot more of this one in the top 10.

At #5, KARA’s “Best Girls” sold 42,101 copies.

Porno Graffitti’s “15th Anniversary All Time Singles” had an excellent second week, selling 36,382 copies at #6 to bring its total to 121,706.

Taking #9, Matsutoya Yumi-san’s “Pop Classico” also did well in week two, tacking on 18,052. Its new total is 78,528.

Finally, Lady Gaga held in there for week four, as “Artpop” sold 15,253 copies in week ten, bringing its tally to 116,499.