As we start into a new year, we take a look back at Japan’s single sales of 2016. As usual, AKB48 dominates the top once again with “Tsubasa Wa Iranai” topping the charts with 1.5 million copies sold. It received a high number of sales as the single contains voting tickets for their 45th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo (General Elections) held in the middle of the year in which Sashihara Rino became center with a record of nearly 250,000 votes.
AKB48 also dominated the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place with “Kimi Wa Melody”, “LOVE TRIP” and their latest single, “High Tension” respectively, all of which sold more than a million copies each, making AKB48 the only group this year to achieve more than a million copies sold.
Their rival group, Nogizaka46 made a huge impact as well, achieving 5th in this year’s total sales with Hashimoto Nanami’s graduation single, “Sayonara No Imi” with over 910,000 copies sold. This is the highest record of sales in Nogizaka46’s long 4-year history. With Hashimoto Nanami’s graduation concert coming up on 20th February 2017 at Saitama Super Arena, the single sales will definitely increase towards the beginning of 2017.
Nogizaka46’s “Hadashi De Summer” and Fukagawa Mai’s graduation single “Harujion ga Sakukoro” were both in the top 10 as well, having sold over 800,000 copies this year, placing 6th and 8th respectively, only to be separated by Arashi’s “I seek / Daylight” which achieved 7th place.
Overall, it has been a fantastic year for both AKB48 and Nogizaka46, as their rivalry continues into 2017. Will Nogizaka46 finally break into the millions? Will Nogizaka46’s sister group, “Keyakizaka46” be placed in the Top 10 next year? We’ll find out as the year 2017 progresses.
Source: Oricon Style