AKB48’s “Beginner” gets a “Million” in just 15 days!!
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The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced that AKB48’s 18th single “Beginner“, which was released on October 27th, has earned the certification of “Million” on November 10th.

This is the first time that any AKB48 song has ever reached the “Million” mark, and it has been three years and two months since any single CD has been certified as “Million” by the RIAJ. The last to accomplish this feat was “Sen no Kaze ni Natte” (released in August 2007) by Akikawa Masafumi.

As we reported earlier, “Beginner” sold 827,000 copies in the first week, and it’s the best record among all female group for the sales in the first week of release.

For 2010, only Arashi’s album, “Boku no Miteiru Fukei“, and AKB48’s single, “Beginner”, are certified as “Million” for now.


This is the preview of the new single:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqf9wnCBAaU




Well, yes..the song is very...powerful!
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Yeah, this is a pretty amazing achievement considering the current market for CD sales!

Not only is "Beginner" the first single to hit the million sales mark since 2007, it looks like only the third single to reach a million copies sold since 2002!

The only others in that time frame are:

Ayumi Hamasaki - "H" (2002)
SMAP - "Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana" (2003)
Masafumi Akikawa - "Sen no kaze ni natte" (2007)

Congrats to AKB48 on this BIG single!

What was the secret to these sales? Did they package the single with the song's unique video on a DVD?

- Steve
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MHtrStevie wrote:

Yeah, this is a pretty amazing achievement considering the current market for CD sales!

Not only is "Beginner" the first single to hit the million sales mark since 2007, it looks like only the third single to reach a million copies sold since 2002!

The only others in that time frame are:

Ayumi Hamasaki - "H" (2002)
SMAP - "Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana" (2003)
Masafumi Akikawa - "Sen no kaze ni natte" (2007)

Congrats to AKB48 on this BIG single!

What was the secret to these sales? Did they package the single with the song's unique video on a DVD?

- Steve


I actually heard that the video of the song isn't very great. But the song is definitely amazing!
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Posted 11/12/10
I saw some pictures of them
wearing bikini..
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@BonBonNana: Heh heh heh... well, that's why I did use the word "unique" for the video. It's very different from other idol videos, and it definitely got my attention when I saw it... whether it's "good" or not is probably up to each viewer...

"Beginner" is definitely my favorite of their songs I've heard to date, and there are actually more fun facts about this single's debut:

The biggest debut for a single by a female group in J-POP history (beating SPEED's "All My True Love")
The biggest debut for a single by a female artist (either solo or group) in the 21st Century!
The third biggest debut for a single by a female artist in J-POP history (behind only Hikaru Utada's "Addicted to You" and Namie Amuro's "Can You Celebrate?")

...and thanks to "Beginner", AKB48 also became the first female artists ever to have three consecutive singles debut with over 500,000 copies sold (Hikaru Utada and Ayumi Hamasaki only had two in a row).

Very, very impressive... I had to play a full block of those three singles (Pony Tail to shuu shuu, Heavy Rotation and Beginner) on my show last week to honor this accomplishment!

- Steve
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mitchy196 wrote:

I saw some pictures of them
wearing bikini..


ah yeah, they had a pv in bikini..

this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwXtaahxjls


MHtrStevie wrote:

@BonBonNana: Heh heh heh... well, that's why I did use the word "unique" for the video. It's very different from other idol videos, and it definitely got my attention when I saw it... whether it's "good" or not is probably up to each viewer...

"Beginner" is definitely my favorite of their songs I've heard to date, and there are actually more fun facts about this single's debut:

The biggest debut for a single by a female group in J-POP history (beating SPEED's "All My True Love")
The biggest debut for a single by a female artist (either solo or group) in the 21st Century!
The third biggest debut for a single by a female artist in J-POP history (behind only Hikaru Utada's "Addicted to You" and Namie Amuro's "Can You Celebrate?")

...and thanks to "Beginner", AKB48 also became the first female artists ever to have three consecutive singles debut with over 500,000 copies sold (Hikaru Utada and Ayumi Hamasaki only had two in a row).

Very, very impressive... I had to play a full block of those three singles (Pony Tail to shuu shuu, Heavy Rotation and Beginner) on my show last week to honor this accomplishment!

- Steve


Well, I didn't like Heavy Rotation, maybe it's because I'm a girl =D But Pony Tail to shuu shuu is amazing too, summer songs are always cool x3

I love these two the most.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUCoMByWzI0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKQlKygAMrg
Posted 6/21/11
Awesome song.
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