Charts: Amuro finally beat, by Ayumi
After spending six weeks atop the album charts, Namie Amuro has finally been bumped down to #5 by a bunch of new releases. Leading the way is rival pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki with her singles collection “A COMPLETE ~ALL SINGLES~,” the 14th number-one album of her career. It sold an impressive 539,000 copies within its first week, but that’s only the fourth-highest opening of 2008, behind the best albums of Amuro, EXILE, and B'z.
American artists Ne-Yo and Metallica ranked #2 and #3, respectively, while Suga Shikao barely outsold Amuro to land at #4. “FUNKAHOLIC” is his 12th consecutive top-ten album starting with his debut, a streak equaled only by the late Yutaka Ozaki among male solo artists. Meanwhile, Onmyo-Za and Aya Kamiki managed to take the #9 and #10 spots.