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Well, Johnny’s WEST sure hit it out of the ballpark with their debut single “Ee ja nai ka”, didn’t they? It was the top single this past week, and sold 262,154 copies – passing the platinum mark. That’s at the top end of my expectations and even with any mitigating circumstances, I think the agency has to be pleased. Of course, with the group named directly for the agency, I think they went full-force with the promotions.

“Never Let You Go” by Generations from EXILE TRIBE took the second spot, selling 86,442.

At #3, it was “Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki” from μ’s with 65,930 copies sold.

CNBLUE’s “Truth” came in at #4, with 35,602.

SCANDAL’s “Departure” was #5, and sold 30,953.

In its seventh week, “Sakura, Minna de Tabeta” from HKT48 popped back up from #24 to #7, selling 17,738 to bring its total to 318,188.

Taking #8, Dream5’s “Break Out/Youkai Taisou Daiichi” saw 16,640 copies sold.

Nogizaka46’s “Kizuitara Kataomoi” finally scored double platinum, tacking on 11,427 at #11 to push its four-week total to 506,666.

Fukuda Kouhei-san’s long-lived single is finally out of the top 30, so I guess I’ll start covering his new one. “Tougegoe” took #15 in its fourth week, selling 7,808 for a total of 37,772. I think it’ll manage 50k before leaving the top 30 (assuming it leaves the top 30 before returning for fifty weeks).

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The top single for the past week was Morning Musume’s “Toki wo Koe, Sora wo Koe/Password is 0” (時空を超え 宇宙を超え/Password is 0) , which saw 119,409 copies sold. I’d normally think 時空 would be read jikuu (space-time) and 宇宙uchuu (universe), but Wikipedia says different. Anyway, this is a significant drop from the results on the group’s previous two singles – both of which scored in the 140k range in their first week.

SMAP’s “Yes we are/Koko kara” took #4, selling an additional 13,417 copies to bring its two-week total to 152,385. That’s a solid second week for the group after a lackluster first week.

At #7, “Kizuitara Kataomoi” from Nogizaka46 sold 12,734 in its third week and now boasts a total of 495,239 copies sold. It will probably pass 500k next week.

Taking #8 in its second week, Sekai no Owari’s “Honoo to Mori no Carnival” saw a very strong 11,575 copies sold and its total is now 78,044.

“Mirai to wa?” from SKE48 was at #11, selling 8,354 for a five-week total of 473, 937.

There were a lot of new releases populating the middle section of the top 30.

Going all the way to #24, we find HKT48’s “Sakura, Minna de Tabeta” at a six-week total of 300,450.

At #29 was “Takane no Ringo” from NMB48, which now has 420,835 copies sold after four weeks.

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The top single for the past week was Kis-My-Ft2’s “Hikari no Signal” (光のシグナル), which saw 202,877 copies sold. That seems to be a low number – I don’t have the first week numbers for all the group’s singles, but it’s at the bottom end of their range.

At #2, C-ute’s “Kokoro no Sakebi no Uta ni Shitemita/Love take it all” sold an impressive 62,405 copies. That’s in-line with their previous two singles, each of which beat all of their previous singles by a mile.

EXILE TAKAHIRO’s “Love Story” took #3, selling 54,397.

Maeda Atsuko-san only managed to get #4 with “Seventh Code”, selling 42,784 compared to 60k for her previous single – a far cry from the 177k and 136k for her début and second singles. So, we’re still not sure about the baseline for AKB members who go solo.

So here’s my question for the week: who’s DISH// and why have they picked a name designed to make file systems choke? I checked out their Wikipedia page, and it looks like the group is a male version of Momoiro Clover, which sounds pretty good. The fact that their “Freak Show” took #5 and sold 34,328 isn’t bad, either.

“Mae Shika Mukanee” from AKB48 got #6, selling 24,210 for a total of 1,115,616 after two weeks. That’s a 2% second week, which is becoming standard for AKB. At the same time, I’m wondering whether it might not be more interesting to judge singles by their second week, putting more weight on those results than the ones for the first week. There’s just too much effort to boost first week results – and not just from AKB – to give much credence to those numbers.

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The top single for the past week was Arashi’s “Bittersweet”, which sold 511,696 copies. That’s better than their previous single, but right in the middle of their range for the past five years.

SUPER☆GIRLS sold 39,604 copies of “Sorairo no Kiseki” to bring it to #2.

At #3, Funky Kato’s “My VOICE” saw 38,002 copies sold.

“Faith” from miwa took #4 by selling 33,215 copies.

T.M.Revolution’s collaboration with SCANDAL on the Sengoku Basara single “Count ZERO/Runners high”, didn’t go quite as well as T.M. Revolution normally does on his own – it sold 30,178 at #5.

The second week of sales for Hey! Say! JUMP’s “AinoArika/Aisureba Motto Happy Life” were on the disappointing side – 14,672 sold at #11 to bring the single’s total to 222,141. That’s 7% of first week sales.

Taking #13 in its third week, “Takaramonozu/Paradise Live” from μ’s sold 11,535 copies to boost its total to 59,190. That’s some impressive staying power.

Tohoshinki’s “Hide & Seek/Something” does not have that kind of persistence. Only in its second week, it dropped to #16, selling 6,754 copies to bring its total to 114,167.

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The top single for the past week was “AinoArika/Aisureba Motto Happy Life” from Hey! Say! JUMP, which sold 207,469 copies. While that’s a lot better than the 162,993 that “Ride With Me” scored in its first week, it’s still a lot lower than the 235k level that would have kept HSJ from a declining sales trend. I’m still miffed that neither “Ride With Me” nor “AinoArika” got play on Shounen Club – I thought both songs were far superior to “Come On-A My House”. I’m not sure what the promotion efforts beyond SC were, but it’s pretty clear that they were not adequate.

Tohoshinki took #2 with “Hide & Seek/Something” selling 107,413 – nothing out-of-the-ordinary for the group.

At #3, Itano Tomomi-san’s “little” sold 34,037.

“Takaramonozu/Paradise Live” from μ’s got #10 by selling 10,730 in a strong second week to bring its total to 47,655.

Amuro Namie-san’s “TSUKI” was at #11, selling 9,252 to bring its two-week total to 51,273.

Also in its second week, “Otone Nagare Tsuki” from Hikawa Kiyoshi-san sold 8,651 at #13, now with a total of 54,963 copies sold.

Morning Musume’s “Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa” had a weak second week at #16 – selling 7,890 or about 5% of first week sales. Its total is now 157,251.

“Snow Magic Fantasy” from SEKAI NO OWARI took #18, selling 5,816 for a three-week total of 122,094.

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