Tuesday, August 30, 2011

AKB48: Records And More Records

AKB48: Records And More Records

AKB48 “Flying Get” has continued the AKB48 rewriting of history .With “Flying Get” AKB48 has broken or tied a wide range of industry records. So let’s look at the numbers.

“Flying Get” sold 1.354 million copies in a week after selling 1.025 million in a single day.  The single week total was the best opening week sales in Oricon chart history.
AKB48 also holds the second spot with “Everyday, Kachuusha“.

For singles that have sold one million in their first week, AKB48 holds the top two spots out selling the likes of Mr. Children and Utada Hikaru.

Since AKB48 has released “RIVER”, the group has had nine consecutive number one singles putting them in a tie with Pink Lady who has held that position for 33 years.

AKB48 with it`s three one million sellers in a row they have now tied Pink Lady for the top spot for million sales singles in a row.

With AKB48 scheduled to have more releases in the future it is only a matter of time before they pass Pink Lady and the standards set by Onyanko Club. While many fans from other agencies may dislike this group and their accomplishments, AKB48 without question when all is said and done and their final release is out, will be known as the greatest female idol unit in the history of the genre.

It is because of AKB48 that the fresh faces of this genre are rising up at a pace last seen in the 80`s .If AKB48 had remained at 20-25,000 sales a release ,there was a good chance that this genre on the female side could have slipped into nothing more then a cult followed ,dusty shelf memory in time .

As much as some rival fans may be against the success of AKB48, the industry needs and has welcomed their achievements. Just as Morning Musume opened the door for the arrival of AKB48 .AKB48 is opening the door for the arrival of the  fresh faces .It will be  these new next generation idols that PIH has been presenting to you  ,that will be the ones who will carry the genre to it`s next great accomplishments.

Congratulations to AKB48 and your fans.

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