AKB48, Bakemonogatari, Persona 4 Win Gold Disc Awards
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The Japanese Gold Disc Awards announced the latest round of annual winners on Monday. The Record Association of Japan evaluates musical artists and works in Japan every year, and choose a few to recognize for their effect on the record business. Finalists are chosen by how much they have sold of a music video or CD, as well as by digital sales. Once this data is verified by a certified public accountant, finalists are chosen. The time period for the 27th annual contest ran from November 1, 2011 until October 31, 2012.
For the Japanese music category, AKB48 took the award of Artist of the Year, with the idol group selling 1,315,929 albums, 8,192,364 singles, and 699,740 music videos. Additionally, their songs were purchased for download 6,847,861 times. The Artist of the Year award for foreign music went to Australian artist Che'Nelle, who sold 512,210 albums, 18,201 singles, and 3,401,912 digital downloads. Her album “Believe” also won the Album of the Year category.
Other winners include Nogizaka46 and One Direction winning the New Artist of the Year award, Alexandra Stan and Hot Chelle Rae winning the Best 3 New Artists award, and KARA winning Best Asian Artist.