The top single for the past week was EXILE TRIBE’s “The Revolution” which sold 321,879 copies. Now, I hate to be suspicious or anything, but that’s around three times what the group normally manages on a single, so either this is a whopper of a song (I haven’t heard it), or I have to suspect something fishy is going on. I probably wouldn’t be as suspicious if not for that blatantly manipulated single from EXILE last year. If you know the story behind this single, please provide details in the comments.
Facing the opposite situation, Golden Bomber did worse than they normally do on their New Year’s singles, though we haven’t seen a single from them released on a date other than January 1st since November 2011. “Roller no Kizudarake” (ローラの傷だらけ) sold 42,845 copies to take #2.
At #3, “Get Away/The Jolly Roger” from VAMPS sold 35,777.
Tackey & Tsubasa got #4 with “Dakinatsu” (抱夏－ダキナツ－) seeing 29,246 sold.
S/mileage was at #5 with their new single “Aa Susukino/Chikyu wa Kyo mo Ai o Hagukumu” (嗚呼 すすきの/地球は今日も愛を育む) selling 28,051.
The second week of sales for Kis-My-Ft2’s “Another Future” brought it to #6 with a very strong 26,997 copies sold for a total of 241,679.
“A-ha-ha! ~Chouzetsu Bakushou Ondo~” from Super Girls took #18, tacking on 6,984 to bring its two-week total to 48,369.
Taking #23 in its third week, “ER2” from Eight Ranger – the alter-ego of Kanjani8 – sold an additional 5,084 and now has a total of 231,889.
Nogizaka46’s “Natsu no Free & Easy” was at #24 in its seventh week, selling 4,810 to get its total to 486,343.
That was just barely enough to beat sister group SKE48, which sold 4,620 at #25. However, SKE48 is only in week four, and has sold 414,155 so far.
Last but not least, ONE OK ROCK took #30 with “Mighty Long Fall/Decision” selling 3,510 and reaching a four-week total of 72,081
On the album side, Dreams Come True topped the charts with “ATTACK25”, which sold 90,375 – totally in-line with the two previous albums I have numbers for from 2010 and 2011, so nice consistency after the long gap between album releases.
At #2, Yamashita Tomohisa-kun’s “Asobi” sold 25,151. Since this is a mini-album, it can’t be compared to any of Yamapi’s other numbers.
NMB48 took #4 with the second week of sales for “Sekai no Chuushin wa Osaka ya ~Namba Jichiku~”. It added 13,890 to bring its total to 339,139.
Taking #5 in week three, Nakamori Akina-san’s “All Time Best -Original-” saw 13,595 copies sold and a fresh total of 56,749.
The Frozen soundtrack got #8 and now has a twenty-eight week total of 943,677.
In its third week, GReeeeN’s “Ima kara Oyayubi ga Kieru Tejinashima-su.” took #9 by selling 6,891. It’s total is now 52,608.
Finally, taking #10 was “THE BEST” by Shoujo Jidai, which now has a five-week total of 137,640 copies sold.