In what was a somewhat soft week for releases, the top single was SMAP’s “Yes we are/Koko kara”, which sold 138,968 copies. That’s obviously on the weak side for the group, but they’re not the only ones languishing this week.

Take SEKAI NO OWARI at #2, for instance. Their “Honoo to Mori no Carnival” (炎と森のカーニバル) sold 66,469 compared to 100k and 79k for their previous two singles (with the 79k selling “RPG” released in the beginning of April, too).

After that, there were no significant new releases – all other new releases sold less than 25k.

Nogizaka46’s “Kizuitara Kataomoi” got #3, selling 24,668 in its second week for a total of 482,505. That’s pretty good for a -48 family group – more than 5% of first week sales compared to the usual 2-3%.

Let me just run through all the other members of the -48 family. SKE48’s “Mirai to wa?” took #12, selling 4,732 for a four-week total of 465,583. “Mae Shika Mukanee” from AKB48 was at #18, gaining two spots in the vacuum of releases and pushing its seven-week total to 1,140,117. Right behind #19 in its third week, NMB48’s “Takane no Ringo” now has a total of 418,720 copies sold. HKT48’s “Sakura de Tabeta” took #23 with a five-week total of 297,277. And finally, SKE48 got a second single into the top 30, with “Sansei Kawaii!” going from #93 to #25 by selling just 1,761 copies. Its twenty-one week total is 569,011.

Okay, with all those out of the way . . .

Nakayama Yuma-kun’s “High Five” took #16 in its second week, selling a respectable 3,522 to bring its total to 37,899. That’s a solid 10% second week.


Taking #24 was Fukuda Kouhei-san’s ever-present “Nanbu Semishigure”, which has 181,232 copies sold after 77 weeks. His newer single didn’t merit a mention this time, but if it has the kind of longevity this one did, then I’m sure I’m going to have to make up for leaving it out this week by mentioning it fifty times minimum.

“Hikari no Signal” from Kis-My-Ft2 sold 1,648 to nab #27 in its sixth week. It has 239,344 in total sales to date.

Rounding out the singles, Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE took #29 with “S.A.K.U.R.A.” selling 1,489 copies in its third week. Its total is now 115,192.

On the album side, none of the new releases met my 25k first week threshold. In fact, no new releases even managed half of that.

Fukuyama Masaharu-san held on to the top spot easily, as “HUMAN” sold a strong 43,502 copies in its second week, breaking platinum with a total of 256,598 copes sold.

The soundtrack to the Disney movie “Frozen” was at #2, selling 18,728 more copies in its ninth week to bring its total to 112,591.

May J.’s “Heartful Song Covers” had a great third week – selling 14,351 to take #3 and reach a total of 63,937.

Last but not least, “Hit! Hit! Hit!” from Kis-My-Ft2 saw 10,161 copies sold at #6, breaking platinum in its third week with at total of 254,198.