The big news this week is how AKB48 broke the record for first week single sales. Their single 「Everyday, Kachuusha」sold 1,334,000 copies in its first week, topping the record of 1,208,000 set by Mr. Children's 「Namonaki Uta」 back in 1996.「Everyday, Kachuusha」is the eighth straight AKB48 single to debut at #1. I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Never underestimate the power of the Otaku horde!!
With record labels churning out singles faster than Takahashi Minami can say "it’s all thanks to all of our fans," the rest of this week's countdown is a jumble of new, first week singles trying not to meet the same fate as their one-and-done counterparts from the previous weeks. In the summertime, you can really tell if a single is any good by whether or not it lasts more than one week on the charts. This week, just 13 of the top 30 have been around for more than one week. Jan Keung Suk's 「Let Me Cry」 and Shoujou Jidai's 「Mr. Taxi」 are the only singles that have managed to hang on for more than a month.
With 17 new singles on the charts this week, we'll see who manages to have any staying power.
All the new hits will be added to the AntiOccident Radio Station - the best way to listen to the latest J-Pop hits!
We'll also have downloads of Kuraki Mai's new single 「Mou Ichidou」(debuting at #7 on this week's charts) later on in the week.
View the entire Oricon Singles Ranking for 6.06.11 (Japanese)