Charts: women on top, Hamasaki extends streak to 17

On the singles chart this week, Ayumi Hamasaki took the #1 spot with her latest, “talkin' 2 myself,” which sold roughly 70,000 copies. This is her 17th consecutive (29th total) chart-topper, as well as her 40th top ten debut. However, this still puts her in second place to B'z (39 number ones) and Southern All Stars (42 top tens).

Korean band TVXQ (Tohoshinki) came in second with “SHINE / Ride on,” their 7th consecutive top ten appearance. Another Korean group, SS501, ranked 9th with “Distance ~ Kimi to no Kyori.”

Meanwhile, the “Oshiri Kajiri Mushi” fad continues, with the song actually moving up the charts, from #8 last week to #6 this week.

In album sales, Angela Aki’s second release, “TODAY,” moved 89,000 copies to take the #1 spot. Kiyoshi Hikawa’s “Enka Meikyoku Collection 7” sold slightly less than half of that to chart at #2.

Music group AAA ranked 8th with “AROUND,” their first album to enter the top ten. Idol Shoko Nakagawa also set a record high for herself, managing #11 with her “Shokotan Cover 2.”

Finally, on the DVD charts, the Ryoko Shinohara-starring “Unfair the movie” sold 28,000 to capture the overall #1, while Kaela Kimura’s “LIVE Scratch” recording of her Nippon Budokan concert ranked first among music DVDs.


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