The top single for the past week was Nogizaka46’s “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (気づいたら片想い), which sold an impressive 457,837 copies in its first week. That beats what the new SKE48 single did after two weeks and continues Nogizaka46’s streak of continually improving their results. Their previous single sold 395k in its first week, and that was already a huge jump.
At #2 was Korean hip-hop group B.A.P with “No Mercy” selling 40,026.
Nakayama Yuma-kun’s “High Five” took #3, seeing 34,377 copies sold. That’s about what I expected to see, though I continue to hope that Yuma-kun can broaden his fanbase in a way all too few soloists manage.
Speaking of famous solo acts, Hirai Ken-san’s collaboration with Amuro Namie-san, “Grotesque”, took #4 by selling 30,064 copies.
Fukuda Kouhei-san has a new single out! And considering his other single is still in the standings after seventy-six weeks, we might be seeing this one – “Tougegoe” (峠越え) – for a while. It took #6 and sold only 12,855, but a slow start didn’t really stop the other one.
NMB48 took #8 with their “Takane no Ringo” selling an additional 8,904 to bring its two-week total to 415,483.
At #10 in its third week, “Mirai to wa?” from SKE48 sold 7,066 to boost its total to 460,851. They’d better step up their game now that Nogizaka46 has caught up with them. Are they getting equivalent promotion? I don’t really know the internals of the -48 family.
“S.A.K.U.R.A.” from Sandaime J Soul Brothers took #15, now with a two-week total of 113,703.
After five weeks, Kis-My-Ft2’s “Hikari no Signal” finds itself at #19 with its new total at 237,696.
Right behind at #20 was AKB48’s “Mae Shika Mukanee”, which tacked on 2,906 to get its six-week total to 1,136,810.
Taking #21 in its fourth week, “Sakura, Minna de Tabeta” from HKT48 has sold 295,384 copies in total.
As I said earlier, Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Nanbu Semishigure” is still in the top 30. It took #22 and now has a seventy-six week total of 179,390.
Hikawa Kiyoshi-san’s “Otone Nagare Tsuki” popped back up from #58 to #26 in week ten. Its total is now 77,869.
At #29, “Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi kara . . .” from Acid Black Cherry has a four-week total of 68,991.
On the album side, Fukuyama Masaharu-san’s first new studio album in over four years, “HUMAN”, saw 213,096 copies in its first week. While that might not be as high as the results on Fukuyama-san’s previous albums, he remains one of the most successful active solo artists.
Kis-My-Ft2 saw good results in the second week of “Hit! Hit! Hit!” sales. Taking #2, it sold 26,177 copies to bring its total to 244,037.
The soundtrack to the Disney movie Frozen (named Anna to Yuki no Jo-ou – アナと雪の女王 – in Japanese) took #3 in its eighth week, selling a remarkable 26,053 to push its total to 93,863.
Finally, May J.’s “Heartful Song Covers” held onto #6 in its second week. It sold an additional 20,211 – not too far from its first week total – and its total is now 49,586.