The top single of the past week was Kanjani8’s “King of Otoko!”, which became the group’s most successful single by selling 352,888 copies – narrowly beating the first week of the group’s previous best – “Musekinin Hero”. That’s quite a comeback after a pair of soft singles.

Arashi’s “Bittersweet” took number two, selling 42,896 copies to bring its two-week total to 554,592. That’s lower than what I’d usually expect for an Arashi single’s second week, and this one didn’t knock it out of the ballpark in the first week. On the other hand, it’s better than what we saw on “Endless Game”,  so I think we’re just looking at average results here.

At #3, “Aoi Ryu” (青い龍) from EXILE ATSUSHI sold 35,085 copies.

“Otona nano yo!” from Berryz Koubou took #4 by selling 30,229.

Kobukuro’s “Ima, Sakihokoru Hana Tachi Yo” sold 19,277 at #7.

Kanjani8’s new single has had significant coattail affects on their previous two singles – the ones that didn’t do so well. I don’t know if this is event-driven or whether people just didn’t know about “Hibiki” and “Kokoro Sora Moyou” until they went to the store to buy “King of Otoko!”. Anyway, “Hibiki” took #9 in its sixth week, selling 16,140 to finally get above the platinum mark with 257,223 sold in total. “Kokoro Sora Moyou” got #11 with 13,150 sold in its twelfth week to push its total to 254,981. In other words, Kanjani8 saw three of their singles crack platinum in the Oricon standings in the same week. That has to be some kind of strange record/coincidence, right?

There were only three other singles of note (having cracked 50k or being capable of doing so).

“Takaramonozu/Paradise Live” from μ’s took #20 in its fourth week, pushing its total to 64,691.

At #24 in its third week, Hey! Say! JUMP’s “AinoArika/Aisureba Motto Happy Life” now has a total of 226,681. Doesn’t look like it’ll crack platinum before falling out of the top 30. Maybe they should release another single called “Prince of Otoko!” to give it a boost.

Finally, there’s still Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Nanbu Semishigure”, which took #28, selling 4,220 in its seventieth week, bringing its grand total to 158,957. I want to say that it’s finally on its way out of the top 30, but the last time I suggested that, it popped right back up.

On to the albums, we had a tight and controversial race for the top spot. Now, Oricon gives it to Sexy Zone’s “Sexy Second” with 121,643 copies sold, but as much as I absolutely love the album, have listened to it repeatedly and think it’s one of the best Johnny’s albums I’ve heard in a while, they beat the total for Yuzu’s “Shinsekai” (113,892) with versions that were not available to the public. There were three generally available editions – regular, LE-A, and LE-B (and I am in awe of the two-hour Dubai video on LE-A) – and using Soundscan, it’s pretty clear that those three editions fell short of Yuzu, though not clear by how much. I prefer to talk about net revenue, anyway (because otherwise someone can set the price of an album arbitrarily low to boost sales), and I estimate Yuzu’s revenue to be at least 285 million yen, while SZ’s is at least 260 million (from the three versions). Nothing to sniff at, either way.

I still think “Sexy Second” is an excellent showcase for SZ, though, and will try to find the time to review it.

I spent so much time on the top two because there’s still very little else going on in albumland.

Kato Miriya-san’s “LOVELAND” got #3, selling 29,104.

At #4, Ieiri Leo-san’s “a boy” fell short of her début album, though that’s entirely expected. It sold 24,299 copies compared to 32k on her first album.

Other than that, the album side is so thin that One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” is still hanging around in its thirteenth week, selling an additional 11,118 at #6, bringing its total to 182,438.