AKB48 reacher number 1 again… And where is Morning Musume?

Yes Yes! Idol Group AKB48 reaches number 1 again with their newest single ‘Sakura no Shiori’

I was surprised that this song soared to number 1 in just a matter of hours because first of all, I didn’t like my first reaction to the song. I feel like it’s an old school boring song. But fortunately it charted very well (BETTER THAN MORNING MUSUME).

Well, the song has its story. It’s about graduation. Perfect for the time of graduation since March is the time for graduation in Japan.

The MV I have to say is better than Morning Musume’s MV. The girls roaming around Tokyo, eating food, having fun. Something like a typical day (except for the fact that they are wearing Kimonos). I read from Helloblog that it was directed by a well known Japanese Director.

Maybe there is something wrong with TSUNKU that H!P isn’t being received that well by fans recently. What the heck! He’s making songs about girls dressing up, make-up, standing out. That’s totally pointless. I know the song is quite catchy, but still if you know the lyrics, you’ll know it’s pointless.

The first week rankings and sales of the song is way better than any H!P groups for the past year and recently. It also surpasses KAT-TUN’s recent single release.

What TSUNKU! needs to do is take this thing seriously. I feel like he’s slacking of because maybe right now all he wants is money. He’s been releasing songs for the sake of releasing it and doesn’t even care how people will react to the song.

If I was Tsunku, I would be worried by now because of how well fan receive AKB48.

I just hope that the latest Berryz single (WHICH BTW I REALLY LOVE) can chart well.

It’s the only meaningful song that H!P has released since Aruiteru?! (IF you think something was released that has a better and meaningful lyrics than after Aruiteru, feel free to comment).

One Response

  1. AKB’s newest single has a few things going for it: it is a graduation single during graduation season and it also has the dueling B-sides, which means of course wota are going to buy more copies of a particular version to support their favorite girl. Note that sales dropped to 30-some-thousand today.

    Many of AKB’s successes have been built on seasonal or special event singles. 10nen Sakura, this single, and Namida Surprise (I still don’t understand why Asia loves birthday songs so much) are all centered around events and as such gain sales from that fact alone.

    That does not, however, discount their other recent successes.

    Nor does it discount Morning Musume’s success in existing for twelve years and still maintaining sales levels the majority of other artists only dream of. (Four singles in last year’s top 200, right?) MM was pulling sales like this back during the Ambitious! era and obviously it wasn’t the end of the group then. It’s just bigger news now because some people feel the need to compare them to “the latest big thing.”

    There is nothing wrong with Tsunku. This has been the sales level and what’s been going on for years. The “boom” happened, now it is done, and MM has gone from being a fad to an established musical group whose alumni are going on to do great things every day. As long as girls continue to graduate and appear in the limelight afterwards, MM will retain a certain amount of value and a certain number of fans and watchers.

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