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Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Rock’n’Roll Circus” led the album rankings this week

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.