Thursday, November 18, 2010

Arashi latest single "Hatenai Sora"

Arashi set a couple records this week with their latest single "Hatenai Sora," selling 572,000 copies. This easily put them in first place on the weekly charts, while popular electropop group Perfume settled for #2 with their new song "Nee."

Except for AKB48's "Beginner" at #6, the top ten consisted entirely of new singles. J Soul Brothers charted at #3, followed by Yusuke and Korean group KARA. Idol groups Berryz Koubou and Momoiro Clover were #7 and #8 respectively, while Ken Hirai and Alice Nine took the last two spots.

On the album charts, Ikimono Gakari's compilation album "Ikimono Bakari ~Members BEST Selection~" held onto the #1 spot for the second week in a row, adding 207,000 more copies sold. Its sales total after those two weeks is roughly 664,000, surpassing Kana Nishino to become this year's #1 female-vocal album. Overall, it is #2 behind Arashi's "Boku no Miteiru Fuukei."

New releases from Kiyoshi Hikawa and Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi landed at #2 and #3, while Ken Hirai also released a B-side collection to reach #5. The Cro-Magnons had the only other new album in the top ten, placing 7th.

On the DVD charts, Mr.Children's documentary "Mr.Children / Split the Difference" sold 115,000 copies in its first week to take the top spot in the overall rankings. In terms of the music DVD rankings, they now have 8 consecutive number-ones, setting a new record.

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