AKB48

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AKB48 (pronounced "A.K.B. forty-eight") is a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara (Akiba for short) area of Tokyo, where the group's theater is located, and its original roster of 48 members. As of August 2014, the group has expanded to include 140 members aged from their early teens to their mid-20s. AKB48's producer, Yasushi Akimoto, wanted to form a girl group with its own theater (unlike pop groups performing occasional concerts and seen on television) and performing daily so fans could always see them live. This "idols you can meet" concept includes teams which can rotate performances and perform simultaneously at several events and "handshake" events, where fans can meet group members. Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups in Japan, China and Indonesia.

The group is one of the highest-earning musical performers in Japan, with 2013 sales of over $128 million, and has been characterized as a social phenomenon. As of March 2014 the group has sold over 30 million records, including over 28.78 million singles as of May 2014, the second-highest musical act in Japan in the number of singles sold and the highest by a girl group. AKB48's twenty-three latest singles have topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with a record eighteen singles selling over a million copies; the 2013 single, "Sayonara Crawl", sold over 1.87 million. In 2010 "Beginner" and "Heavy Rotation" placed first and second, respectively, on the list of Japan's best-selling singles for the year. In 2011 and 2012, AKB48's singles occupied the top five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart and the top four in 2013.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 チームA 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」 2
2007 チームA 2nd Stage「会いたかった」 2
2007 チームA 3rd Stage「誰かのために」 2
2007 チームK 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」 2
2007 チームK 2nd Stage「青春ガールズ」 2
2007 チームK 3rd Stage「脳内パラダイス」 2
2009 チームA 5th Studio Recording「恋愛禁止条例」 1
2009 チームB 4th Studio Recording「アイドルの夜明け」 1
2009 チームK 5th Studio Recording「逆上がり」 1
2010 チームB 5th Studio Recording「シアターの女神」 1
2010 チームK 6th Studio Recording「RESET」 2
2010 チームA 6th Studio Recording「目撃者」 2
2011 ここにいたこと 3
2012 1830m 3
2013 チームB 1st Stage「青春ガールズ」 2
2013 チームB 2nd Stage「会いたかった」 2
2013 チームK 4th Stage「最終ベルが鳴る」 2
2013 ひまわり組 1st stage「僕の太陽」 1
2013 ひまわり組 2nd Stage「夢を死なせるわけにいかない」 1
2013 チーム4 1st Stage「僕の太陽」 ~studio recordings コレクション~ 1
2014 次の足跡 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 SET LIST~グレイテストソングス 2006-2007~ 3
2010 神曲たち 3
2010 SET LIST ~グレイテストソングス~ 完全盤 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 桜の花びらたち 2
2006 スカート、ひらり 2
2006 会いたかった 3
2007 制服が邪魔をする 3
2007 軽蔑していた愛情 3
2007 BINGO! 2
2007 僕の太陽 2
2007 夕陽を見ているか? 4
2008 ロマンス、イラネ 4
2008 桜の花びらたち2008 3
2008 Baby! Baby! Baby! 6
2008 大声ダイヤモンド 4
2009 10年桜 3
2009 涙サプライズ! 3
2009 言い訳Maybe 3
2009 RIVER 1 2
2010 桜の栞 4
2010 ポニーテールとシュシュ 5
2010 ヘビーローテーション 4
2010 Beginner 5
2010 チャンスの順番 5
2011 桜の木になろう 5
2011 Everyday、カチューシャ 5
2011 フライングゲット 6
2011 風は吹いている 5
2011 上からマリコ 4

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