Charts: SMAP extends #1 streak, Arashi reaches 1 million

SMAP managed to come out on top of the weekly charts with their newest single, “Sotto Kyutto / Superstar.” The song ended its first week with close to 105,000 in sales, overcoming the early lead taken by girl group AKB48’s “Iiwake Maybe.” The girls were not far behind at #2 for the week, with 91,000 copies sold.

For SMAP, “Sotto Kyutto” is their 11th consecutive (22nd overall) #1 single. It is also their 44th consecutive top ten single, which puts them one ahead of B'z. Ayumi Hamasaki is currently the only other artist who has released 44 top ten singles.

Three “K-On!” character singles ranked highly, occupying the #3, #5, and #6 spots. Spitz came in at #7, while abingdon boys school took #8 and Buono! took #10.

On the album charts, Arashi kept the #1 seat with their “All the BEST! 1999-2009,” which sold an additional 233,000 copies for the week. On the daily charts of August 31, in the album’s 13th day on sale, the album reached 1 million in total sales, making it Arashi’s first million-seller. It is also the first album of 2009 to break 1 million.

Acid Black Cherry’s new album charted at #2 with 78,000 copies sold. A pair of best albums by Vocaloid virtual idol Miku Hatsune ranked #4 and #5. Other new releases in the top ten were a drama CD for “Hetalia: Axis Powers” (#6), a best album by capsule (#7), a soundtrack for “PLAYZONE 2009” (#8), and a mini-album by Hiroshi Kamiya (#9).


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