AKB48 Set a New Record

AKB48, Flying Get

Further strengthening their position as the dominant force in J-pop, female aidoru group AKB48 have seen their latest single sell more than a million copies on its first day of release. “Flying Get” shot straight to the top of the Oricon daily rankings with some 1,026,000 copies sold on August 23. According to Oricon it’s the first time a single has broken the million barrier on day one, though they’ve only been running a daily chart since 2009. The previous highest sales figure was by “Everyday Kachuusha” in May, also an AKB48 release. That single set a new record for weekly sales with 1,334,000 copies sold. “Flying Get” is the group’s fourth million-selling single.