The top single for the past week was AKB48’s “Kokoro no Placard” (心のプラカード), which sold 1,005,774 copies. That’s the lowest first week sales figure for the group since “Sakura no Ki ni Narō” in 2011, which was the last single where they didn’t break into seven digits, but it’s still above a million. Can’t really muster much concern when the number’s that big.

V6 got the second slot with “Namida no Ato ga Kieru Koro”, which sold 61,083. That seems fairly strong, but I don’t have prior numbers for the group with me (and in this case, no numbers on Wikipedia).

At #4, “Eiyuu no Uta” from The ALFEE sold 32,493.

Taking #5 was Kuraki Mai-san’s “Muteki na Heart”, selling 25,990 copies.

Right behind, “Mamma Mia” from KARA sold 25,702, but the gap between #6 and #7 was an even closer shave, as SID’s “Enamel” saw 25,638 copies sold.

The second week of sales for Golden Bomber’s “Roller no Kizudarake” got it to #12 with an additional 14,785 in sales, pushing its total to 57,630. That’s a very strong second week after a lackluster first week.

“Another Future” from Kis-My-Ft2 sold 8,794 at #15 in week three, and now has a total of 250,473 – breaking platinum.

Week five for “Bukiyou Taiyou” saw the SKE48 single at #21, as it sold 6,594 to bring its total to 420,749.

Nogizaka46 is still in there with “Natsu no Free & Easy” at #26 in its eighth week. Its running total is 491,162, with a chance to break double platinum in three weeks.

Wait . . . where was last week’s top single, EXILE TRIBE’s “The Revolution”? If you recall, I smelled something fishy about the number, and sure enough, it ended all the way down at #37, selling 3,527 copies or only 1% of first week sales, suggesting that the first week was, indeed, artificially inflated. I still don’t know the method, but there’s no way a single in the top spot in its first week should drop out of the top 30 in the second week without something very strange afoot.

And that strange happening is likely tied to the album side, as we see the top album is EXILE TRIBE’s “EXILE TRIBE REVOLUTION”, which sold 251,255 this week. Should I trust this number? I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt until we see how it does in the second week. Perhaps there was some sort of discount on the single for purchasers of the album? Anyway, the ground rule is that I’m looking for 10% in the second week, or around 25k, though for idol groups this can be as low as 6% on albums, or 15k. If week two is lower than 15k on this album, I’ll probably call a foul on it, too. Otherwise, it’s clear.

Dreams Come True got #2 in the second week of sales for “Attack25”, which sold a very strong 28,020 copies for a total of 118,395.

At #3 was Ariana Grande’s “My Everything”, which saw 26,067 copies sold.

Nakamori Akina-san’s “All Time Best -Original-”got #10 with 9,749 copies sold and a four-week total of 66,498.

Alas, the Frozen Soundtrack finally left the top 10 in its twenty-ninth week, ending up at #14. Its total is at 949,908.