Popular idol group AKB48s much anticipated 26th Single “Manatsu no Sounds Good!” is released today on May 23rd. Each copies except Theater Version contains a ballot for fans to vote for their favourite member for the upcoming 4th Senbatsu Elections, which will be held 2 weeks later on June 6th.
Oricon Top 3 May 22nd
#1 – AKB48 – Manatsu no Sounds Good! – 1,170,554 sales
#2 – GLAY – Bible – 28,247 sales
#3 – yuzu – with you – 9,765 sales
*In Japan, sales and pre-orders start rolling out 1 day before actual release day, hence Oricon states that its May 22nd.
With 1.171 million copies sold on the 1st day, this single broke the Oricon records of having the highest first day sales since the establishment of the charts back in 1967.
Current Oricon Top 3 highest first day sales records:
1. Manatsu no Sounds Good! – AKB48 – 1,170,554 Released May 23rd 2012
2. Kaze wa Fuiteiru – AKB48 – 1,045,937 Released Oct 26th 2011
3. Flying Get – AKB48 – 1,025,952 Released Aug 24th 2011
Manatsu no Sounds Good! shall be AKB48s 7th consecutive million-selling single 8th overall.