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AKB48's Post-Quake Support Song Sells 1 Million on 1st Day

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
"Kaze wa Fuiteiru" is 2nd AKB48 CD to accomplish feat after August's "Flying Get"

The newest single from the AKB48 idol group, titled "Kaze wa Fuiteiru," sold more than one million copies on its first day of release on Wednesday. The song is the group's support song for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

The single sold 1,046,000 copies on its first day of release, making it the second single from the group to accomplish that feat. AKB48's previous single "Flying Get" sold 1,026,000 copies on its first day.

Each of AKB48's singles released this year have gone on to sell more than one million copies total.

AKB48 has been performing live support concerts every month since May in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, two of the prefectures that were the hardest hit by the disaster. The group took out full-page advertisements on Wednesday in all of Japan's morning newspapers to advertise the single.

Sources: Oricon, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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