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Can I just skip this week? I mean, the record companies clearly did. The top single this week sold only 11,298 copies and my threshold for a mention usually requires that a single looks capable of selling 50k before dropping out of the top 30 (with exceptions made for artists I have a specific interest in). I don’t think the top single – the third solo single from AKB48’s Iwasa Misaki-san (unless I’m missing a single somewhere) – will even mange 20k before falling below #30 (though I think that the fact Iwasa-san debuted as an enka singer is fascinating). The top album was the same as the past two weeks, but I suppose we’ll get to that after I finish up the noteworthy singles.

And there were a lot of lingerers thanks to the void of strong new releases.

At the head of the pack was Golden Bomber’s “101 Kaime no Noroi” at #4. The second week of sales for it were pretty weak – just 8,854 – but that just means that it was heavily front-loaded, which is no surprise. Its total is 166,514.

NMB48’s “Kamonegikkusu” bounced from #19 to #6, selling 5,572 to bring its fifteen week total to 473,437.

The Busaiku team from Kis-My-Ft2 took #7 with their “Tana kara Botamochi” selling 5,539. Its five-week total is at 188,634.

At #8 in its sixty-fourth week, Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Nanbu Semishigure” keeps going strong and now has a total of 130,151.

“Ride With Me” from Hey! Say! Jump got #9 with 5,057 sold and a three-week total of 182,568.

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Hot on the heels of the Christmas releases, here are the first results of the new year.

No surprise at all in the top spot – Golden Bomber took it by a couple of miles with “101 Kaime no Noroi” selling 157,660, which I think is roughly in-line with expectations given the group’s current growth in popularity.

Hey! Say! Jump’s “Ride With Me” took #3 by selling 14,518 additional copies to push its total to 177,511. That’s about a 9% second week, which is all right but not great, and certainly doesn’t suggest that its first week sales could have been any higher.

It might be the case that the Busaiku subunit of Kis-My-Ft2 will overtake HSJ which . . . is difficult to read. On the one hand, KMF2 is the elder group (though it debuted later), but on the other, this is just a subunit of that group. Anyway, “Tana kara Botamochi” gained three spots to take #5 in the first week of 2014. It sold 9.285 more copies to bring its four-week total to 183,095.

SMAP’s “Shareotsu/Hello” held onto #6 for the second week in a row. It sold 8,367 in its third week for a grand total of 239,304. Looks like we will see this one cross platinum before it drops out of the top 30.

Also still hanging out in the top 10, Nogizaka46’s “Barrette” took #8 and not has a six-week total of 481,041.

And here I thought Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Nanbu Semishigure” would be on its way down. Instead, it benefitted both from his Kouhaku performance and the relative vacuum in the rankings and took #9 – the highest it has ever been in its sixty-three week run. It sold an additional 6,500 copies for a total of 124,921.

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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 for the past week was Sexy Zone‘s “Bye Bye Dubai ~See you again~/A My Girl Friend” (バィバィDuバィ ~See you again~/A My Girl Friend), which saw 144,777 copies sold. That beats out their previous single “Real Sexy!/BAD BOYS”, which had a 138,863 copy first week, and it makes this their best result since their début single. The lead song had three things going for it – it’s unexpected and novel, it has a unified theme and a catchy melody, and the group looks like its having fun while performing it. I wonder what sales in Dubai were like . . . .

Generations from EXILE TRIBE took the second spot with “HOT SHOT”, which did very well, grabbing gold in its first week by selling 106,358 copies.

Sound Horizon‘s . . . omigod that’s a long title . . . uh, sorry, I think it should be rendered as “Halloween to Yoru no Monogatari (Hoshi no Kirei na Yoru/Asa made Halloween/Oyasumi Reni)” (ハロウィンと夜の物語(星の綺麗な夜/朝までハロウィン/おやすみレニー)) was at #3. I don’t know if those are three separate songs or three movements to a single song (think Bohemian Rhapsody). Anyway, there were 46,706 copies of this single sold.

Falling to #7 in its second week, NMB48’s “Kamonegikkusu” sold 9,565 copies. That’s . . . dismal – less than 3% of first week sales. The single’s new total is 384,209.

“Gomennasai no Kissing You” from E-girls was at #11, adding 5,593 to its total, bringing it to 78,925 in its second week.

AKB48 held #13 for another week, and “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” can now boast an eight-week total of 1,451,565. It really looks like their strongest single in a while.

At #16, Akanishi Jin-kun’s ”Ai naru hou e” sold an additional 3,753 in week two to get its total to 46,016.

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The top single for the past week was Not Yet‘s “Hirihiri no Hana” (ヒリヒリの花), which struck gold in its first week, selling 107,578 copies.

EXILE’s “No Limit” thankfully managed to beat out “EXILE PRIDE” (though it wouldn’t have if it had come out last week), taking #2 with 75,132 copies out. “EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~” was at #3, selling 22,224 to push its twenty-week total to 938,350. It had better be a great song.

At #7, Shoujo Jidai’s “Galaxy Supernova” saw 11,578 in additional sales for a two-week total of 62,371.

“Time Machine Nante Iranai” from Maeda Atsuko-san went to #8 in its second week, selling 10,166 for a running total of 70,853.

With all the AKB-related releases in the standings, the mothership itself – AKB48 – saw its newest single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” retain #11, now boasting a six-week total of 1,439,517.

Yuzu’s “Tomo ~ Tabidachi no Toki~” was right behind at #12. Its two-week total is 34,933.

The pair that just won’t leave the top 30 actually got a new breath of life this week, as Amano Haruko’s “Shiosai no Memory” jumped all the way from #28 to #17 in its ninth week, and Linked Horizon’s “Jiyuu e no Shingeki” went from #27 to #23 in its twelfth week. The former now has a total of 152,342 and the latter has 217,667.

Nogizaka46’s “Girl’s Rule” might have a chance of crossing over the AKB48 single, after all. It was at #18 this week, and now has a thirteen week total of 447,243.

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