The top single for the past week was HKT48’s “Sakura, Minna de Tabeta”, which sold 276,799 copies, which seems respectable.

Acid Black Cherry took #2 with “Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi kara . . .” seeing 57,075 copies sold.

At #3, “Sakura Appare-shon” from Denpa Gumi. inc sold 43,959.

Kis-My-Ft2’s “Hikari no Signal” was at #5 in its second week, selling 17,357 additional copies to bring its total to 220,234. That’s pretty much as-expected given the first week results.

In its third week, AKB48’s “Mae Shika Mukanee” sold 9,032 to take #8. Its total is now 1,124,648.

“Love Story” from EXILE TAKAHIRO took #11 and saw its total boosted by 7,328. After two weeks, it’s sold 61,725 copies.

Taking #16 in its second week, Maeda Atsuko-san’s “Seventh Code” sold 5,105 copies to get its total to 47,889. That’s actually very good considering its first week sales – was there some sort of event? If not, this might be a sign that around 50k will be a solid base.

In its fifth week, Arashi’s “Bittersweet” took #21. It now boasts a total of 577,096 copies sold.

Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Nanbu Semishigure” is still here – it actually gained two spots, taking #22 in its seventy-third week. Its grand total in all that time is 171,558. Honestly, the number of copies sold doesn’t matter anymore – all that matters is when it’s finally going to leave the top 30, and how many weeks it manages to stay in.

Right behind at #23 was “King of Otoko” from Kanjani8, which sold 2,833 and now has a four-week total of 381,987.

Here’s another old-timer: NMB48’s “Kamonegikkusu” took #25 in its twenty-fourth week, tacking on 2,557 to bring its total to 509,210.

Hikawa Kiyoshi-san’s “Otone Nagare Tsuki” stayed at #28. Its seven-week total is 71,751.

Finally, “Takaramonozu/Paradise Live” from μ’s made it back into the top 30, sneaking in to #30 by selling 2,105. Also in its seventh week, its total is 73,491.

The number-one album for the past week was Bump Of Chicken’s “RAY”, which saw 182,003 copies sold. That’s short of expectations – based on their previous albums, I was looking for 220k-250k, with 200k as a minimum.

Surprisingly, that was only barely enough to beat EXILE ATSUSHI’s “Music”, which sold 173,879 copies at #2. That seems remarkable, but I don’t have solid numbers for EXILE ATSUSHI.

Man With a Mission’s “Tales of Purefly” took #3, selling 61,604 copies.

At #4, A.B.C-Z’s “from ABC to Z” sold 39,261. This is their first album, and the number isn’t surprising, though perhaps a tad on the disappointing side. I was hoping for 50k.

“OUTSIDER” from SID sold 32,185 at #5.

In its second week, JUJU’s “DOOR” took #6 and sold an impressive 20,330 (50% of first week sales), pushing its total to 59,983.

Tohoshinki’s “TREE” dropped to #8 in its second week , selling 14,627 copies. That leaves its total at 239,423.