AKB48 “Now Japan’s Best Selling Female Group Ever”

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AKB48 is now apparently Japan’s best selling female group ever, after Sayonara Crawl’s release took them to nearly 22 million singles sold.

According to Oricon, with a total of 21.85 million singles sold AKB48 is now Japan’s best selling female “artist” ever, beating Ayumi Hamasaki’s record of 21.46 million.

AKB48’s latest single “Sayonara Crawl” also reportedly shipped 1.76 million copies in its first week, another record-breaking performance – beating their previous record of 1.62 million last year with “Manatsu no Sounds Good!”.

Sayonara Crawl in all its glory:

Whilst AKB otaku, the group’s owners and their mysterious backers are all doubtless celebrating this achievement, online there seems not to be much enthusiasm for Japan’s music industry having been reduced to an idol marketing machine, and plenty of controversy over the role their infamous handshaking event tickets and voting system have played in securing such a record:

“Japan has gone mad…”

“It’s a religion.”

“The success of their ticket marketing is amazing really.”

“Of that 1.76 million, 1.7 million probably ended up in the trash.”

“If they were lucky about 50,000 of those discs were actually listened to.”

“This is discs shipped, not necessarily the same thing as discs sold. I thought someone shipped 2 million copies last year actually though…”

“These are handshaking event tickets with bonus CDs, not music singles.”

“Don’t know whether to applaud them for keeping the economy going or condemn them for filling our landfills in the process.”

“They are surely accelerating the destruction of the music industry though…”

“All those singles sold and not a single actual hit song.”

“As long as it isn’t the government buying them. It is legal, just ordinary people buying them after all.”

“AKB must be the only group to keep churning out million selling hit singles nobody has actually ever heard of. If you consider an average of 15 copies sold per fan that would be, in effect, real sales of only 70,000 – that sounds more believable.”


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    Avatar of Hayate
    Comment by Hayate
    21:07 29/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    22 million copies sold...
    i wont be surprised if all the disk is shipped to 22 houses

    Comment by Anonymous

    OMG i am SOOOO happy there now best selling group in japan and i could care less if its about hand shaking events the sales numbers speak for themselfs so keep on hatin it only makes us real akb fans more stronger. they have sold more cds then any one of us could ever hope to. we dont fave there talent off course but stll ppl hating them for having success. thats pretty sad you hate yourselfs so much you take it out on talented ppl like akb. this is the best news ever on sankaku!

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    Comment by VZ
    22:11 29/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    >Best selling group ever.

    >Buyers don't actually care about about the music, they just want to handshake the girls.

    Ah, blind consumerism at its finest.

    Avatar of Hayate
    Comment by Hayate
    01:38 30/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    capitalism ho!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >with mayonnaise

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >with my penis

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its good for you

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    their songs are not that bad, its the fans and system who ruin everything.

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    Comment by Wierd Guy
    02:59 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    YKZ48 backed up by the yakuza

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah...
    I'm forgeted...
    You right!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The largest CD sales since AOL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Has everyone already forgotten the Yakuza ties?

    The entire group is a money laundering scheme! Nearly all these sales are fake figures, it's fraud!

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    Comment by KingFisher
    07:35 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    here is the thing. I highly doubt most of the sales were probably for the actual music. The copies only sold because of how cute one of the girl's is. I won't go as far as to say their music is bad anymore, because what is good and bad music is subjective. However, when the main motivation of buying a cd is for the cute girl and not for their music itself is I think insulting the to artist and makes the popularity of artist a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, they weren't already Japan's best-selling everything? Then why do people care about them so damn much?

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    Comment by Dia
    21:54 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm impressed by Ayu's feat of being able to beat all the other idols groups asides from AKB. GJ!

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    Comment by cpc65
    06:44 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can they actually sing without heavy duty sound mixing and editing?

    Comment by Dark Mage
    07:17 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A fool and his money are easily parted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    2 million copies, heh, the way I see it, 2 million fans wanna get the chance to bang Rino.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    wahh, its not 2...but 22 million, 22 MILLIOOOON...

    DAMN, 22 MILLION FANS WANNA MATE WITH EM, REALLY!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ayumi Hamasaki is still no.1 for real sales :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 16/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The music is shit they just want the dick-shake. Get it? Handshake? Dick-Shake?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    “All those singles sold and not a single actual hit song.”

    - to think i thought there are only stupid posters in sankaku. Japan it seems, also has it's fair share of moronic ones.

    looks like someone is not tracking of the oricon charts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad indeed.
    Its a shame that other records from REAL musicians are now forgotten. What about Mr Children? AKB beat Mr Children recors... that phrase alone its a bad signal on Japan music industry.

    But... If the government its really supporting AKB then this will go on, ORICON will protect the group at all cost, even if that means the degradation of Japanese Music Industry.

    And yes, the number of real fans are very low. Other asian artist with lowest salles actually have much more real fans than AKB.

    Japan... What happened to you?!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The sixth quote in the article is incorrect ... the 1.76 million copies is the number sold and not just the number shipped to retailers (which was actually something like 2.3 million)

    The fourth quote is probably correct though ... the majority will probably just be thrown away ...

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    Comment by Gradius
    06:08 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yakuza are firing fireworks everyday now!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    .. 22 millions sold, actually less than 100k religious fans who buy a few thousand copies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    time's changing.Imagine in the future,you could choose which singers/actors/performers you wanted to vote off and end their careers instantly(if there's such a thing,i could simply voted off the Kardashians)!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually this is just singles. Although I can't stand Hamasaki, she still holds the record if albums are considered.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    People forget that this is the single that contains the voting codes for the Senbatsu Sousenkyo (which by far is more important than handshaking events to casual fans as well).
    Apparently, as I've heard from an SKE fan, there is some shit going down with SKE, their fans are mad at management so they decided to vote as many SKE members into the top64 as they can.... which means they're buying this CDs like crazy.
    Saying this, the first results, with Sashihara Rino as #1 for now, are weird as hell.

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    Comment by fxc2
    23:52 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what does that make in sales, like 200 yen per girl?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like 400~500 million per girl. Of course their management pockets most of it. Young spoiled girls wouldn't know they're being exploited.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone missed the joke... duhhhhhhh

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still haven't listened to a single AKB song, don't even know where I should start... not even interested investing time meh

    You read this here first psssh:
    Best selling female group (Japan): AKB48
    Best selling female group (USA): Justin Bieber

    So they cracked Ayumi's records, wow. Then again, it's group vs single artist, which you can't compare. On the other hand, Ayumi has been active since the 90s I believe... AKB surfaced when? Maybe 2009? Also, seeing a post of 1 guy buying a couple hundred AKB CDs shows that the title of "best selling artist" aren't worth shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should just sell handshaking tickets at the same prices of the CDs. Better for the environment and would yield them the same cash flow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since they bamboozle their fans into buying 1,000s of copies of their CDs each, it doesn't take much of a fan base to look wildly popular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    “These are handshaking event tickets with bonus CDs, not music singles.”
    If AKB decides to just sell tickets at a slightly higher price, many consumers would go for it because disposing the CDs is a hassle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad indeed.
    Its a shame that other records from REAL musicians are now forgotten. What about Mr Children? AKB beat Mr Children recors... that phrase alone its a bad signal on Japan music industry.

    But... If the government its really supporting AKB then this will go on, ORICON will protect the group at all cost, even if that means the degradation of Japanese Music Industry.

    And yes, the number of real fans are very low. Other asian artist with lowest salles actually have much more real fans than AKB.

    Japan... What happened to you?!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    somehow the song sounds really familiar

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    Comment by Shuubi
    00:51 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is because most of their songs sound almost exactly the same. I hear them a lot here in commercials and on TV and sometimes I cant even distinguish them.
    Sometimes I wonder if the fans can because we all know its not the music they're popular for.

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    Comment by Rene
    00:30 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    When were they not selling?

    What weren't they selling?

    How many of their fans weren't buying?

    Questions that should REALLY be looked into.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    they were not that selling circa 2006-2008. sales picked up by 2009 3rd quarter when RIVER was launched

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    Comment by Myballz
    00:36 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The question is do these fans actually listen to their music?

    Its a possibility they know all the lyrics to AKB48 songs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. I listen to their music. Not every song, as they delve into multiple genres and I'm not interested in all of them.

    It would be hard to know all the lyrics as, if sister groups and sub groups are counted, they have over 800 songs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course we listen to them. 31 singles plus more than 400+ stage songs

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where are Eco terrorists? Shouldn't they hunt otaku who buy millions of cds and dump it for handshake events?

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    Comment by david
    02:21 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone talks shit about akb48 but still listens to it...

    I dont know about the group itself, but i loved the anime !

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    As P.T. Barnum said back in the old days..."there is a sucker born every minute"

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    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    21:07 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not a surprise really, YKZ48 otakus spend fortunes on their CDs for a simple handshake.

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/05/27/idol-otaku-spends-110000-on-5500-akb48-cds/

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    Comment by Kaarme
    21:27 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought it was for a semen handshake, not a simple handshake...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 31/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you mean that loli group from hello project that had a semen handshake, not AKB. :)

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    Comment by Te+raboy~kun
    21:25 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    QUEEN! ELIZABETH!




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