Top 20 Singles of 2012: “Japanese Music = AKB48”

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***48’s total dominance of 2012’s single charts has raised more than a few eyebrows amongst music lovers in Japan, with some voicing concern about the fact non-idol groups now barely feature at all…

The single sales figures for 2012, as compiled by Oricon:

1. 1,820,000 – AKB48 – Manatsu no Sounds good!

2. 1,437,000 – AKB48 – GIVE ME FIVE!

3. 1,303,000 – AKB48 – Gingham Check

3. 1,215,000 – AKB48 – UZA

5. 1,215,000 – AKB48 – Eien Pressure

6. 649,000 – Arashi – Wild at Heart

7. 620,000 – Arashi – Face Down

8. 593,000 – SKE48 – Kataomoi Finally

9. 588,000 – SKE48 – Kiss Datte Hidarisaki

10. 559,000 – SKE48 – Aishiteraburu

11. 559,000 – Arashi – Your Eyes

12. 449,000 – NMB48 – Nagiichi

13. 391,000 – NMB48 – Virginity

14. 376,000 – NMB48 – Junjou U-19

15. 375,000 – Eight Ranger – ER

16. 355,000 – Kis-My-Ft2 – WANNA BEEEE!!!/Shake It Up

17. 353,000 – NMB48 – Kitagawa Kenji

18. 322,000 – Kis-My-Ft2 – We never give up!

19. 320,000 – Kan Johnny∞ – Ai Deshita

20. 305,000 – NEWS – Chanpana

Japan’s collapsing music sales and the industry’s apparent near total reliance on “mass produced” idol groups have been the subject of much debate online, with explanations ranging from the creepy purchasing habits of otaku to the increasing irrelevance of CD sales to actual music…

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