Two important idol-related numbers to talk about today! The 48 groups are just about closing up the last few threads before the new year begins:
First are the results of NMB48’s fan votes deciding the fates of Shimada Rena and Matsuda Shiori. Needless to say, both members have won the majority vote: Shimada Rena winning 7,622 of 9,783 votes cast, and Matsuda winning 8,377 of another 9783 votes. They will both most likely resume activities at the start of 2012.
Next up, of course, is the first day sales number of the last AKB48 single of the year, ‘Ue kara Mariko’, which boasts a substantial 959,280 copies sold. Easily charting number 1, it’s a very certain prediction that this will sell over a million before the end of the week, keeping its momentum. I’m personally a fan of this release(leagues ahead of Chance no Junban), so this is all good news to me. Will this be the last bit of AKB48 news for 2011?