Charts: Arashi, Masaharu Fukuyama
Arashi’s 27th single, “Everything,” took #1 on the charts this week with over 342,000 copies sold. With this, Arashi has the three best first-week single sales of 2009: “Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon” (502,487), “Believe / Kumori Nochi, Kaisei” (501,988), and “Everything” (342,070).
TVXQ’s new single also did well at 182,000 in sales, taking the #2 spot. flumpool, C-ute, Gackt, and John-Hoon also made the top ten with new songs.
In the album charts, Masaharu Fukuyama easily captured #1 with “Zankyo,” his first original album in close to three years. “Zankyo” sold 261,000 copies, far more than the latest from the band SID, who landed at #2 with 71,000 in sales. The rest of the top ten was fairly quiet, with only Toshihide Baba breaking in at #10 with a new album. Unsurprisingly, Michael Jackson’s “King of Pop” compilation surged up to #4.
Meanwhile, Hayao Miyazaki made some news on the DVD charts, as “Gake no Ue no Ponyo” moved a little more than half a million copies in its first week. This is not unusual for Miyazaki, whose movies have now topped the DVD charts seven times. “Ponyo” also happened to be the top grossing film of 2008, taking in roughly 15.4 billion yen at the box office.