Charts: Another hit for Mr.Children

Mr.Children has turned out another hit with their 31st single, “Tabidachi no Uta,” which serves as the theme song for the movie “Koizora.” The song sits at the top of the charts this week after selling 238,000 copies. With this, they have sold 27 consecutive #1 singles, stemming back to their 1994 hit “innocent world.”

GLAY’s “Ashes.EP” sold 79,000 copies to reach #2, becoming their 31st top ten single. Aqua Timez ranked two spots behind them with “Chiisana Tenohira,” marking their fifth time in the top ten.

Meanwhile, new Hello! Project group Buono! reached #5 with their first single, “Honto no Jibun.” Other acts in the top ten were Every Little Thing, FUNKY MONKEY BABYS, Mami Kawada, and AKB48.

The albums chart was dominated by the Backstreet Boys’ “Unbreakable” for the second week in a row. The last Western boy band to do this was O-ZONE in 2005.

SEAMO’s “Round About” was far behind with only 56,000 in sales, but it still managed a #2 showing. Masayoshi Yamazaki occupied the next two spots with two simultaneously-released cover albums. The only other new Japanese album in the top ten was Chihiro Onitsuka’s “LAS VEGAS,” which ranked 6th.


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