Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Rock’n’Roll Circus” led the album rankings this week with over 205,000 copies sold. This is her tenth original album to top the charts, a feat last accomplished by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 2003. The last female solo artist to do it was Yumi Matsutoya in 1988.
UVERworld ranked #2, while new releases from school food punishment and Kuranosuke Shiraishi occupied #9 and #10, respectively.
On the singles chart, Perfume failed to get another #1 single, as their double A-side “Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite” fell short against BUMP OF CHICKEN’s “HAPPY,” which sold 97,000 copies. Others in the top ten were Garnet Crow (#4), Angela Aki (#6), Kou Shibasaki (#8), and Tatsuro Yamashita (#9).
One single, Fuyumi Sakamoto’s “Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru / Asia no Kaizoku,” climbed the charts to #3, becoming her first song ever in the top three. The single was actually released in January 2009, but it took a commercial tie-in to finally launch the song high enough in the rankings.