Charts: Kanjani8 takes top three
For the first time ever, a single artist has captured the top three spots on one of Oricon’s weekly sales charts. On December 23-25, Kanjani8 released an unprecedented three singles on consecutive days, and all of them eclipsed the competition.
Including Kanjani8, 8 artists have held the top two spots on the singles chart, and 19 have held the top two on the albums chart.
Their “GIFT ~Shiro~
,” the first to go on sale, led the way at 117,000 copies sold. It was followed by “GIFT ~Aka~
” and “GIFT ~Midori~
,” each of which sold about 114,000 copies. Besides them, the only other new singles in the top ten were from voice actress Minori Chihara
(#5) and hip-hop artist SEEDA
On this week’s albums chart, Ikimono Gakari
took #1 with “Hajimari no Uta
,” selling over 200,000 copies. flumpool
ranked second, with about 90,000 copies of their new release “What's flumpool!?
” Every Little Thing
’s new best album came in at #4, while UNICORN
’s live album managed to make the #10 spot.
Also noteworthy was EXILE
’s “Aisubeki Mirai e
” at #5, which has now passed 1 million in sales in the four weeks since its release. This is their sixth million-seller. Of the albums released this year, they are the third to reach 1 million, joining the company of Arashi
’s “All the BEST! 1999-2009
” and GReeeeN
’s “Shio, Kosho