Charts: Tsuyoshi Domoto’s solo project sells big

KinKi Kids member Tsuyoshi Domoto had a big week on the charts, with his simultaneously released single and album both faring very well against the competition. “Sora ~ Utsukushii Ware no Sora” took #1 on the singles chart with 44,000 in sales, while “Bigaku ~ my beautiful sky” ranked in at #3 on the albums chart with 58,000 in sales. These are his first releases since changing his solo project name to Tsuyoshi (剛紫).

Behind Tsuyoshi on the singles chart were the latest releases from BREAKERZ and alan, respectively. Also in the top ten were Hideaki Tokunaga (#6), Shion (#8), and Ai Kawashima (#10).

The #1 album of the week was Shonannokaze’s “Shonannokaze ~JOKER~,” which sold 84,000 copies. At #4, after Tsuyoshi, was Yumi Matsutoya’s latest effort, which is her 35th original album to break the top ten. This extends her record among female artists.

Also in the top ten were actress Meisa Kuroki with her debut album “hellcat” (#9) and indie band Kariyushi58 (#10).

Outside the top ten, Ayaka once again drew attention, as her albums continued to climb the rankings. After her marriage announcement two weeks ago, her second album jumped from #278 to #84, and this week it rose to #43. Likewise, her debut album re-entered the charts at #148 last week, and it is now at #72.

Meanwhile, Hikaru Utada’s “This Is The One” remained at #1 in foreign albums for the 4th consecutive week, totaling 177,000 in sales so far. Arashi also continued their streak, as “ARASHI AROUND ASIA 2008 in Tokyo” was the #1 overall DVD for the 3rd straight week, which has never been achieved by a music DVD ever since Oricon started tracking DVD sales in April 1999.


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