Japan music: Singles & Albums 2011 Top 10
Oricon just released the top ranking singles and albums from the first half of 2011.
In the Singles department
The top seeds were fairly expected yet yielded impressive sales numbers. Top seller in the singles list is the killer hit “Everyday, Katyusha.” from AKB48 with 1.5 million singles sold, which is impressing knowing the single has only been out for 1 month. Second place was also dedicated for the girls from AKB48 with “Become A Cherry Tree”, good for almost 1.1 million copies sold. Third place was for the boys group Storm with their hit single “Lotus”, good for 624 865 copies sold.
In the Album department
Sales weren’t going as high as the singles. Reasons for this could be the fact of the unsteady economy mainly due to the disasters that struck Japan a couple of months ago. Singles are cheaper and always deliver you that “one song you really cared about” experience, whereas albums tend to have 2 or 3 songs you really like for a much higher price tag.
Number 1 in Albums: Exile with “Tower of Wishes (Limited Edition)”. Exile is a j-pop boy’s band who gained huge popularity by delivering the audience quality voice skills combined with solid lyrics. Their album is a well mixed variety of romance and general pop music in a well delivered English/Japanese voice package. Released in March this year, sold 702 058 copies.
Number 2, no surprise here… AKB48 with their latest album “It Was Here”. AKB48 is a girls group who razed the j-pop landscape and rebuild it. Success of the album is due to a solid group with amazing voice potential, a top notch production house and one of world’s best marketing hidden behind it. The new album sold already 601 985 copies since it’s release in June this year.
Third in the ranking was Namie Amuro with “Checkmate! (Best Of)”. Namie is a Japanese allround artist focussing on a fairly niché market, her music is a blend of Japanese/English pop songs, equally dual lingual hip hop tracks and western style house/dubstep blended with pop/hip hop vocals. Overall a very original concept with potential to make it overseas as well.
Strangely enough we see Lady Gaga’s album, even after her visit to Japan and all of her love expressions towards the people, still not making the top 10 in Japan. Furthermore noticeable is the fact that Avril Lavigne is the only western singer who made an appeal large enough to rock herself into the Japanese top 10 rankings of the first half of 2011.
Single name(Artist) – Number sold
- Everyday, Katyusha (AKB48) – 1 499 026
- Become a cherry tree (AKB48) – 1 076 916
- Lotus (Storm) – 624 865
- Why? (TVXQ) – 284 410
- Venus banzai (SKE48) – 270 208
- Let’s try again (Amuse team!) – 262 091
- TWL/Yellow pansy street (About Jani) – 252 634
- Eternal (Akanishi Jin) – 241 630
- Weekend not yet (Not yet) – 237 813
- Dear J (Itano Tomomi) – 215 466
Album name (Artist) – Number sold
- Tower of wishes (Exile) – 702 058
- It was here (AKB48) – 601 985
- Checkmate! (Namie Amuro) – 442 876
- Musicman (Keisuke Kuwata) – 403 757
- Summary 1 (Aiko) – 362 189
- Members Best Of (Creatures of clues) – 339 314
- Cosmonaut (Bump of chicken) – 337 706
- Summary II (Aiko) – 335 429
- Goodbye lullaby (Avril Lavigne) – 330 200
- Girl’s generation (Girls) – 325 658
Notice: most track names are translated from Japanese, and are not guaranteed to exactly replicate the Japanese meaning of the word when read in English.