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