The inevitable happened a couple of days ago – AKB48 with Manatsu no Sounds Good finally overtook Morning Musume’s Love Machine record of being the best selling idol single of all time. Although the group have threatened to break this record several times, they seemed to come up a little bit short each time but not this time round. 1.61m copies of Manatsu was sold during the first week which in itself set a new record. Speed’s White Love currently holds the best selling single by a girl group with 1.845m copies sold and AKB48 could very well break that record by next week.
There’s the argument that Morning Musume didn’t have any gimmicks with Love Machine and AKB48’s sales have been vastly boosted by the voting ticket for the senbatsu election. That’s a valid argument I suppose but the fact that we’re in a recession and CD sales are in decline this is still a huge accomplishment for AKB48. Even sales for Not yet and WH7’s new singles has been affected with many fans abandoning buying their singles to seek more election votes. Both singles are considerably down on sales compared to what they usually shift. WH7 seems to have suffered the most.