‘Katchyusha’ Sells More on First Day than ‘SakuranoKi’ Sold on First Week

As well as AKB has been doing in the past year, I never expect them to sell more than their previous hit. It’s easy to say, “Of course they sold well”, but we know this isn’t always going to be the case. Maybe it’s to keep myself from being disappointed or maybe it’s just because sales numbers aren’t end-all-be-all, but I figure every super idol group has to plateau somewhere in sales or popularity and start the gradual decline, even if the songs are as great as ever; So every time I see an announcement like this, it rocks my socks.

‘Everyday, Katchyusha’ sold a staggering 942,745 copies on its opening day. Their last single ‘Sakura no Ki ni Narou’, which held AKB’s record for the most ever sold in the first week, sold 942,479; falling a bit short of ‘Katchyusha’s first day sales.  And to think that this time last year, I was convinced that AKB wouldn’t be able to break a million.

It’s rare, but at times like this I love being wrong.


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  1. AKB’s meteoric rise continues. At this point I don’t think any number of first day or first week sales could surprise me. I’m not sure exactly what it is that AKB are doing but they’re clearly doing it very well indeed.

  2. In an era where people can digitally purchase or pirate their music, its amazing that any artist is still capable of pulling off numbers like that, especially on day one. Assuming, of course, these were only physical copies sold.

  3. bluedarkness12

    In reality, they actual sold more since Oricon doesnt count all of theater cd sales for some odd reason and also doesnt really count digital download. If you include those, its still too much they sold in one day lol

  4. Well this reall is a case of the numbers speaking for themselves 942,745 in a day, what else needs to be said.

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