It will come as no surprise to anybody that AKB48 have completely dominated the end of year charts and have topped 7 out of 16 categories in the Oricon 44th Yearly Ranking.
The 7 categories that AKB48 came out on top was:
Total sales, by artist – 16,280,000,000 yen (a new record for a female group)
Number of copies sold for singles – Flying Get – 1,587,000 copies (new record for a female group)
Sum of sales for singles – “Everyday, Kachuusha” 2,150,000,000 yen
Sum of sales for singles by artist – 9,590,000,000 yen
Number of copies sold for music blu-ray discs (BDs) – “AKB ga Ippai” 148,000 copies
Sum of sales for music BDs – “AKB ga Ippai” 1,010,000,000 yen
Sum of sales for music BDs by artist” – 1,010,000,000 yen
In addition, AKB48 became the only artist to release 5 different million selling singles in a year. Nobody has ever done that before. Not even their closest rivals Arashi has managed to do that. I’d love for them to go head to head in the charts in 2012 but Johnny’s too scared for that to happen as he would know who would eventually prevail. I’d like to see though how they did in the other 9 categories. I’m sure they weren’t far from being no.1 in them too.
Takamina, Yuko and Mariko were on hand to receive the 7 awards by Oricon. Mariko although happy to receive them is aiming for more next year!!
I’m so happy and proud of AKB48. They thoroughly deserve these awards. Congratulations.