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The top single for the past week was Kanjani8’s “Omoidama”, which saw 168,866 copies sold. That seems shockingly low for the group, as I normally expect to see a 2- handle on their numbers. This didn’t happen when “Ai Deshita” closely preceded the “ER” release, so I have no idea what’s going on this time.

INFINITE’s “Last Romeo ~Kimi ga Ireba ii~” took second place with 47,262 sold.

At #3 was “Wake up!” from AAA, which sold 40,708 copies.

“Kimi ni Deaeta kara” from miwa was in at #4, selling 25,025.

Last week’s top single took #6 this week. Sandaime J Soul Brothers’ “R.Y.U.S.E.I.” sold an additional 9,402 copies to boost its two-week total to 171,576.

Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Tougegoe” shot up to #10 from #28 in its fourteenth week, selling 3,855 to bring its total to 71,790. As expected, it’s not going to leave the top 30 without a fight or another Fukuda Kouhei single to take its place.

That pop was nothing compared to the one for NMB48’s “Takane no Ringo”, which went from #112 to #11 in its fifteenth week, selling 3,820 to reach 448,262 copies sold in total.

Jin’s “daze/days” was at #12 with 3,808 copies sold and a three-week total of 52,305.

Taking #16 in its tenth week, “Geragerapo no Uta” from King Cream Soda now boasts a total of 73,121.

After four weeks, Hoshino Gen-san’s “Crazy Crazy/Sakura no Mori” found itself at #23 with a running total of 49,236.

UVERworld took #25 as “Nanoka-me no Ketsui” sold an additional 2,447 in week three and reached a total of 58,315 copies sold.

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I accidentally missed the June list – that’s the trouble with having a monthly post when everything else is weekly. Anyway, I’ve compiled the list for July, and it looks like activity is picking up into the summer. July 2nd in particular seems like a popular day for album releases.

This list has selected single and album releases for the month, not all of them (i.e. releases from groups that I’m interested in tracking or at least recognize). I know I must have missed important ones, so please mention the artist and title in a comment and I’ll update the list.

More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list).

July 2nd

Kis-My-Ft2 – Kis-My-Journey (album)

Kanjani8 – Omoidama

UVERworld – O CHOIR (album)

Hamasaki Ayumi – Colours (album)

AAA – Wake Up

Itano Tomomi – SxWxAxG (album)

Babyraids – Jiko Shokai (album)

miwa – Kimi ni Deaetakara

Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi – All Time Best 2014 (album)

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Oricon was a bit late giving us these numbers (holidays and all), and I took some time digesting them, but there they are.

The top single of the past week was Hey! Say! Jump’s “Ride With Me”, which sold 162,993 copies. This was way lower than I was expecting, considering the song was decent and the promotion effort was there. There might be a seasonal thing going on, though. The group’s worst performing single to date was “Arigatou”, which sold 150k in its first week, and was also a late December release. We’re expecting to get another single from the group in February, which is roughly equivalent to the release of “Super Delicate”, which nabbed 248k in its first week. So, I think I’m going to judge the two singles together. If “AinoArika” in February scores less than 235k, that’s a problem in light of this release’s sales.

The singles at #2, #3, and #4 were all within 10% of each other.

Momoiro Clover Z got #2 with what looks like a limited live single, “Naichaisou Fuyu / Hagane no Ishi” that can’t be compared to their normal singles. They did have a limited distribution single last year at this time, too, though, and the 36,774 copies this one sold far outpaces the 21,509 that the previous one managed.

At #3, Flower’s “Shirayuki Hima” (Snow White – 白雪姫) sold 36,423.

Yuzu’s “Hyouri Ittai” unfortunately got the short end of the tight standings, getting #4 with 33,866 copies sold.

“Feel the love/Merry-go-round” from Hamasaki Ayumi-san only managed #5 in its first week, selling 30,385. She actually made some appearances this time, but it’s a bit late in the game judging from these results.

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The number one single the past week was Kis-My-Ft2’s “My Resistance -タシカナモノ-/運命Girl” (My Resistance -Tashikana Mono-/Unmei Girl), selling 316,313 copies so far to become the best-selling single for the group, surpassing their debut single “Everybody Go”. I think that just about says it all.

At the second spot was the Prince of Enka, Hikawa Kiyoshi-san, whose “しぐれの港” (Shigure no Minami) sold 45,751 copies.

SKE48 got #5, as “Choco no Dorei” added 19,580 in sales in its third week for a total of 605,386.

Kashiwagi Yuki-san’s “Short Cake” had a solid second week at #7, tacking on 11,772 to bring its total to 116,571.

“EXPOSE” from KAT-TUN was at #8 in its second week with sales slightly on the weak side. Its total is now 165,708.

Then I had to go all the way down to #22 to find the next single I was interested in – Nogizaka46‘s “Seifuku no Mannequin”. In its ninth week, its total sales have reached 298,043, within a week of the 300k mark.

Hanging in there, Golden Bombers’ “Dance my Generation” took #29 to get its total to 168,757.

Really, the album story is all about the continuing strength of One Direction and Bruno Mars, but before we get to them . . .

The top album was 2PM’s “Legend of 2PM”, selling 50,838 copies.

Hamasaki Ayumi-san’s “LOVE again” took #2, adding a good 15,564 to bring its two-week total to 68,629.

And then there was One Direction at #4, still hanging out for fourteen weeks and now reaching a grand total of 187,289. If they sell as much next week as they did in this one, they’ll break 200k.

Sonar Pocket’s “Sonapokeism 4 – Kimi to Iu Hana” was at #5 with a two-week total of 51,157.

Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” got #7, now going gold after ten weeks with 106,010 copies sold.

Finally, the third week of Nakashima Mika-san’s “REAL” brought its running total to 73,431.

 

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The number one single last week was “EXPOSE” from KAT-TUN, which scored 154,710 copies sold – right within what has become their consistent range of 150k-160k. I guess consistency is good, though a bit boring.

Kashiwagi Yuki-san’s solo debut met with great success at #2, as “Short Cake” took gold in its first week, selling 104,799.

At #3, SKE48‘s “Choco no Dorei” posted 46,892 in sales in its second week, bringing its total to 585,806.

Dream5’s “COME ON!/Doremifa Sorairo” took #9, selling 11,901 (that one at the end was my contribution).

To my delight (because I like the song much more than their usual stuff), AKB48’s “UZA” continues to hold up, grabbing #17 in its fifteenth week for a running total of 1,254,593.

Nogizaka46‘s “Seifuku no Mannequin” was at #22 with an eight-week total of 294,955.

“ANIMAL” by Generations from EXILE TRIBE fell quite a way in its second week, finding itself at #23, adding 4,355 for a total of 76,581. That’s a fairly soft second week for an EXILE group.

Golden Bombers continue to get results out of “Dance My Generation”. It took #27 in its sixth week to reach 165,943.

“Music” from Sakanaction held in there at #28 for a three-week total of 46,199.

In albums, the top spot was taken by Hamasaki Ayumi-san’s “LOVE again”, which sold 53,065 copies.

Sonar Pocket’s “Sonapokeism 4 – Kimi to Iu Hana” got #2, selling 39,035.

Continuing its resurgence, “Take Me Home” from One Direction added 16,519 in its thirteenth week, which was good enough for the #6 spot and a total of 172,901.

Nakashima Mika-san’s “REAL” took #7 in its second week, adding 16,241 to bring its total to 65,339.

Finally, Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” continued in the top 10 at #8 for a nine-week sum of 96,599 – a stone throw away from gold.