Oricon was a bit late giving us these numbers (holidays and all), and I took some time digesting them, but there they are.
The top single of the past week was Hey! Say! Jump’s “Ride With Me”, which sold 162,993 copies. This was way lower than I was expecting, considering the song was decent and the promotion effort was there. There might be a seasonal thing going on, though. The group’s worst performing single to date was “Arigatou”, which sold 150k in its first week, and was also a late December release. We’re expecting to get another single from the group in February, which is roughly equivalent to the release of “Super Delicate”, which nabbed 248k in its first week. So, I think I’m going to judge the two singles together. If “AinoArika” in February scores less than 235k, that’s a problem in light of this release’s sales.
The singles at #2, #3, and #4 were all within 10% of each other.
Momoiro Clover Z got #2 with what looks like a limited live single, “Naichaisou Fuyu / Hagane no Ishi” that can’t be compared to their normal singles. They did have a limited distribution single last year at this time, too, though, and the 36,774 copies this one sold far outpaces the 21,509 that the previous one managed.
At #3, Flower’s “Shirayuki Hima” (Snow White – 白雪姫) sold 36,423.
Yuzu’s “Hyouri Ittai” unfortunately got the short end of the tight standings, getting #4 with 33,866 copies sold.
“Feel the love/Merry-go-round” from Hamasaki Ayumi-san only managed #5 in its first week, selling 30,385. She actually made some appearances this time, but it’s a bit late in the game judging from these results.
SMAP took #6 with their “Shareotsu/Hello” seeing a respectable 23,272 copies sold in its second week to bring its total to 230,937.
Moving one spot up in the standings in its fifth week to #7, Nogizaka46’s “Barrette” sold 16,579 to get its total to 474,193. We might see 500k on this one before it leaves the top 30. It did manage to cross above the AKB single, too.
The Busaiku sub-unit of Kis-My-Ft2 (still a bit reluctant to call them that) saw “Tana kara Botamochi” get a very strong third week – stronger than many second weeks for Johnny’s groups. It sold 14,831 at #8 to push its total to 173,810.
At #10, AKB48’s most recent single tacked on 10,729 in its third week – once again underselling the Busaiku single. Its total is 1,066,665.
UVERworld’s “Nano-second” had a strong second week at #14, selling 7,297 for a total of 62,408.
“Nanbu Semishigure” from Fukuda Kouhei-san seems to finally be on its way down after its recent boom. It went from #13 to #16 and now boasts a 62-week total of 118,421.
Kanjani8’s “Kokoro Sora Moyou” took #17 and now has a four-week total of 219,812.
Taking #18 in its sixth week, “Sansei Kawaii!” from SKE48 sold 4,471 to bring its total to 546,945.
“Snow Dome no Yakusoku/Luv Sick” from Kis-My-Ft2 climbed from #27 to #19 in its seventh week, and now has 319,575 in sales.
AKB48’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” held #21, adding 3,920 copies worth of icing on a 1,491,119 copy nineteen-week old cookie. Umm . . . that didn’t turn out right, did it?
Close behind at #24, NMB48’s “Kamonegikkusu” bounced back up in its thirteenth week. It’s sold 463,708.
A bunch of other singles also bounced up. Yuzu’s “Ame nochi Hareruya/Mamotte agetai” went from #35 to #25 in its seventh week with a running total of 55,175. Linked Horizon’s “Jiyuu e no Shingeki” climbed from #46 to #28 and now has a twenty-five week total of 236,540. Even Southern All Stars’ “Peace & Hi-lite” managed to get back in, jumping from #29 to #44 after accumulating a twenty-one week total of 344,725.
On the album side, Sandaime J Soul Brothers took the top spot with “The Best/Blue Impact”, which managed a strong 146,538 in sales.
Kobukuro’s “One Song From Two Hearts” got #4 with 23,394 copies sold, a good result in its second week which bring its total to 122,792.
At #10, RADWIMPS’ “Batsu to Maru to Tsumi to” sold an additional 11,007 copies to bring its three-week total to 106,026.