33 Facts About AKB48


At least 35 AKB48's singles have topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with at least 30 singles selling over a million copies each, making the group the highest selling musical act in Japan in terms of singles sold.

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Between 2010 and 2020, AKB48's singles have occupied at least the top two spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart.

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The AKB48 Theater is in the Don Quijote store in Akihabara, Tokyo.

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AKB48 has a system that allows members to "graduate" from the group when they are older and are replaced by trainees who are promoted.

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AKB48 released its first independent-label single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi", in February 2006.

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In October 2006 AKB48 announced auditions for Team B, and 13 girls were chosen out of 12,828 applicants in December.

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In June 2008, AKB48 announced plans to launch a sister group, SKE48, in Sakae, Nagoya.

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AKB48 released its 15th major-label single, "Sakura no Shiori", on February 17,2010.

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AKB48 performed at the Cool Japan forum in Singapore as part of Anime Festival Asia X, and at the Singapore Toy, Games and Comics Convention.

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AKB48 began the "Dareka no Tame ni" project, collecting donations for earthquake and tsunami relief.

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On June 22, Oricon reported that for the first half of 2011 AKB48 topped the album sales charts and had the best- and second-best-selling singles.

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AKB48 won the Grand Prix in the 53rd Japan Record Awards for "Flying Get".

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Oricon announced on January 6,2012, that AKB48 had sold 11,787,000 copies of its CD singles, surpassing girl group Morning Musume's Japanese record for a female group of 11,774,000.

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AKB48 recorded "Sugar Rush" for the 2012 Disney animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, and the group set a Guinness World Record for the most pop singers in a video game.

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In January 2013 AKB48 played its Request Hour Set List Best 100 concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall, announcing future shows at Nippon Budokan and Nissan Stadium.

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AKB48 announced plans for a fifth team, Team 8, with one member from each of Japan's 47 prefectures.

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AKB48 recommended that Team K captain Yui Yokoyama be her successor.

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On May 10, AKB48 was invited to the annual Japan Day festival in New York, their second performance in the city since 2009.

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On January 24,2016, during the final day of the Request Hour 2016 at Tokyo Dome City, AKB48 performed their 43rd single "Kimi wa Melody" which released on March 9,2016.

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AKB48 has sister groups created domestically and overseas, which are collectively referred to as AKB48 Group.

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Alan Swarts of MTV Japan has noted that collectors purchasing multiple copies of AKB48 CDs have inflated the market, and is one of the reasons Japan's music industry has been booming.

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AKB48 has used the general election scheme to determine set lists for an annual Request Hour show.

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Four AKB48 documentaries have been released in theaters since 2011.

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The second, Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On Shojo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru, was released on January 27,2012 and earned $3,984,152 at the Japanese box office.

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Manga AKB49: Ren'ai Kinshi Jorei revolves around AKB48, featuring group members in the story as supporting characters.

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In 2012, AKB48+Me was published for the Nintendo 3DS, which let the players try to become a member of AKB48.

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AKB48's producers have developed several television shows to promote the group.

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In 2010 "Beginner" and "Heavy Rotation" placed first and second, respectively, on the list of Japan's bestselling singles of the year; From 2010 to 2019, AKB48's singles have occupied at least the top two, and sometimes the top four or five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart.

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AKB48 is the highest selling musical act in Japan in terms of singles sold.

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AKB48 is one of the most viewed Japanese artists on YouTube.

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AKB48 holds several Guinness World Records, including being recognized on December 1,2010, as the "largest pop group" when it numbered 48 members.

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The AKB48 Theater is located on the 8th Floor of the Don Quixote Akihabara Building in Kanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo.

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AKB48 Theater is temporarily closed for many reasons, most recently due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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