September 25, 2012
Popular idol group SKE48’s 10th single, “Kiss Datte Hidarikiki” (released September 19th), has sold 511,000 copies in its first week, and topped the Oricon weekly chart for October 1st.
This is SKE48’s first single to sell over 500,000 units in the first week. The girls have joined Arashi and AKB48 as the only artists in selling over 500,000 copies in the first week since 2007.
SKE48 has topped the Oricon charts 6 consecutive times since their 5th single, “Banzai Venus” (released March of 2011). For female groups, they are tied in third place with Onyanko Club (also 6 consecutive singles). First and second place belongs to AKB48 (14) and Pink Lady (9) respectively.
The girls have also surpassed their own record of first week sales. Their previous record was set with their 8th single, “Kataomoi Finally“, which sold 496,000 copies. Other female groups who have sold over 500,000 singles in the first week include SPEED, Morning Musume, and AKB48.
Meanwhile, SKE48’s first album, “Kono Hi no Chime wo Wasurenai” (released September 19th), sold 111,000 copies in the first week. It ranked 2nd place after Superfly’s 4th album, “Force” (September 19th / 119,000 copies).