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Note about imprints:
Major releases use both the "You Be Cool" and "KING" imprints up until the release of "So long" on 2013.02.20, when the "KING" imprint is dropped for just "You Be Cool" and the King Record Co. logo.

Most "minor" releases use the "AKS" imprint.

Annotation last modified on 2013-03-18 10:01 UTC.


AKB48 (read "A.K.B. Forty-eight") is a Japanese idol girl group, initially named after the Akihabara (Akiba for short) area of Tokyo where the group's theater is located, and their original roster of 48 members. As of May 2014, the group has expanded to include 140 members whose ages range from early teens to mid-20s. The idea of AKB48's producer Yasushi Akimoto was to create a girl group that, unlike a regular pop group that gives occasional concerts and that is mostly seen on television, would have its own theater and perform there on a daily basis; the fans would always be able to go and see the girls live. This "idols you can meet" concept includes the formation of different teams that are able to rotate performances and to perform simultaneously in events at various locations, as well as the organisation of "handshake" events, where fans can briefly interact with band members. Akimoto has also expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups throughout Japan, and also in China and Indonesia.

The group is one of the highest-earning musical acts in Japan, with 2012 record sales of over US$226 million. It has achieved such popularity in the country that it 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, which places it as the second highest musical act in Japan by number of singles sold, and the most by a girl group. The group's twenty-three latest singles have topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with a record eighteen singles that have sold over a million copies. Its 2013 single "Sayonara Crawl" sold over 1.87 million copies. In 2010, "Beginner" and "Heavy Rotation" placed, respectively, first and second in the list of Japan's best selling singles for that year. In 2011 and 2012, AKB48's singles occupied the top five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart and in 2013, the top four.

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Year Title Rating Releases
2007 チームA 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」 1
2007 チームA 2nd Stage「会いたかった」 1
2007 チームA 3rd Stage「誰かのために」 1
2007 チームK 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」 1
2007 チームK 2nd Stage「青春ガールズ」 1
2007 チームK 3rd Stage「脳内パラダイス」 1
2008 チームK 4th Stage「最終ベルが鳴る」 1
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A 4th Stage ただいま恋愛中 ~studio recordings コレクション~ 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」 1
2014 次の足跡 3
チームB 2nd Stage 「会いたかった」 1

Album + Compilation

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


Year Title Rating Releases
2006 桜の花びらたち 2
2006 スカート、ひらり 1
2006 会いたかった 2
2007 制服が邪魔をする 3
2007 軽蔑していた愛情 2
2007 BINGO! 2
2007 僕の太陽 1
2007 夕陽を見ているか? 3
2008 ロマンス、イラネ 3
2008 桜の花びらたち2008 3
2008 大声ダイヤモンド 2
2009 10年桜 2
2009 涙サプライズ! 2
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
2012 GIVE ME FIVE! 7

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