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K-ON's Ho-kago Tea Time II Tops Album Chart With 127,000 (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
AKB48's "Beginner" sets female group record on weekly singles chart with 827,000 copies

Ho-kago Tea Time II, the first full album from the band of the same name in the K-ON!! anime series, sold 127,000 copies to debut at the top of Oricon's album chart for the October 25-31 week. It is the second album in a row from Ho-kago Tea Time to top the chart.

The earlier two-CD mini-album Ho-kago Tea Time became the first anime character CD release to rank #1 on the same chart when it sold 67,000 copies in July of 2009. It eventually sold a total of 129,000 copies.

The first 10-track CD in the two-CD Ho-kago Tea Time II album includes songs which already ranked on the weekly singles chart such as "Pure Pure Heart" (#4) and "Go-han ha Okazu" (#3), as well as previously unreleased songs such as "Tenshi ni Fureta yo!" The second CD, "Cassette Mix," recreates the 12-song tape that the Ho-kago no Tea Time band records onscreen in episode #23 of the anime. Plus, the limited first edition of the album bundled an actual, pink cassette tape, complete with a "deluxe case," with the same "Cassette Mix" on it.

K-ON!! was the second television anime series based on kakifly's K-On! four-panel comedy manga about a group of high school girls who form a band. Voices actresses Aki Toyosaki (Yui Hirasawa), Yōko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama), Satomi Satou (Ritsu Tainaka), Minako Kotobuki (Tsumugi Kotobuki), and Ayana Taketatsu (Azusa Nakano) performed as their respective characters in the anime's soundtrack and best-selling CD releases. Both the manga and the anime ended in September.

Bandai Entertainment announced at Anime Expo in July that it licensed the first K-On! television series, and Yen Press licensed the original manga.

Source: Oricon

Update: AKB48's 18th single "Beginner" sold 827,000 copies in its first week to set an all-time record for a female group, topping Speed's 1998 single "All My True Love" (601,000 copies). "Beginner" is AKB48's fifth consecutive single to rank #1. Among all singles ever performed by both female groups and individual female artists, "Beginner" is #3 in first-week sales below Hikaru Utada's 1999 single "Addicted to You" (1,068,000) and Namie Amuro's 1997 single "Can You Celebrate?" (828,000). Nevertheless, "Beginner" is the top-selling single in first-week sales in this century; Utada's "Can You Keep a Secret?" sold 784,000 copies in its first week in 2001. AKB48 is also the first female musical act with three consecutive singles that each sold over 500,000 copies; Utada and Ayumi Hamasaki each had two in a row. Source: Oricon via Tokyograph

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