AKB48 breaks single-day sales records, sells over 655,000 copies
Girl band AKB48 breaks previous one-day records to continue their best-selling streak
by Lauren Pang
Date Published: 02/18/2011
AKB48. Photo courtesy of Supermerlion.com
Powerhouse idol group AKB48 has set a new standard for themselves and others in the Japanese music industry, managing to sell over 655,000 copies of their "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" single on its first day. The first artist to sell over 600,000 CDs in a single day, AKB48 has broken their own record, previously set with their single "Beginner" in October of last year, which sold over 568,000 copies on its first day.
AKB48 has been gaining momentum and popularity since their formation in 2005, with their first single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi," released in 2006. The 48-member group is divided into teams A, K, and B, consisting of 16 members each, and AKB48 holds daily performances in their Akihabara-based theatre from which they started. According to Oricon's Yearly Ranking charts, AKB48 claimed the number one spot for single sales and landed at number three for total sales in 2010.
Despite the poor state of the Japanese economy, the girls have been managing to turn out record-number sales, with "Beginner" single topping one million copies sold in late January. As "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" had over 1.1 million copies ordered in its initial shipment, it is likely that the group and its record label, King Records, will have another platinum hit in their hands.