Wednesday, October 27, 2010

AKB48 Set To Break A Record? Part 2


AKB48 Set To Break A Record? Part 2

The media is a buzz over the AKB48 1 million first press shipment, so I thought I would share with you some of the records that could fall this time.

Oricon has announced that if AKB48 sells 1,030,000 copies  of Beginner in the first week , they will become the first opening-week million seller in approximately 11 years since Utada Hikaru's  "Addicted to You", released in November 1999.

The last time a million was achieved was by Akikawa Masafumi 's "Sen no Kaze ni natte" in May 2006. A single that took approximately a full year to clear 1 million sales.

They will also achieve this in a time that has seen in the last ten years the increase in digital sales lowering physical CD sales across the board.

Tower Records representatives have reported to Yomiuri news that compared to the last time (Heavy Rotation) the period for preorders was smaller, but it completely outsold it putting it on the same pre sales levels as  JE's top groups .AKB48 makes a strong rival" and competition for JE`s  with a large number of middle and high school students buying CDs according to a Music Research firm.

AKB48 recently came back from a Korean event on the 23rd and have upcoming concerts in Macau and Singapore and are expected to be headliners for the End-Year Music Shows. According to several public relations representatives for a number of store franchises, “AKB48 seems to be building a lot of expectation.”

UPDATE [News Coverage]

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