I really didn’t expect AKB48 to sell over a million copies on the first day of release for Flying Get especially as this single didn’t have a gimmick of sorts attached to it but this is what has happened. The official figure is 1,025,952 copies sold. The records keep on being broken for the unstoppable juggernaut that is AKB48. It’s an incredible achievement by anybody’s standards and tops even the first day sales for Everyday Kachuusha which was 942,475 and that was a senbatsu election single. I did think the only way they’d be able to top 1 million on the first day would be probably next year’s senbatsu election single. I did do a double take at first when I saw today’s figure but then a big grin broke across my face. If strong sales continue for the rest of the week could we see this single eventully overtake Morning Musume’s record for Love Machine which is 1.6 million. I hope so.
Congratulations to all of AKB48. I’m so proud of all of you. You couldn’t really have asked for this to happen to a nicer bunch of girls who work so hard to please us the fans.
EDIT: In the midst of all this jubilation from fans around the world, AKB48’s producer Aki-P has been acting all weird and said on TV Tokyo today that he’s actually looking forward to the day when AKB will lose it’s popularity. What the hell is wrong with this guy? Shouldn’t he be happy that his charges are doing so well and lining his pockets with so much money. I’m starting to lose my patience with him.