On January 9th, it was announced that AKB48 member Kojima Haruna topped the weekly book ranking of Oricon with her first solo photobook titled "Kojiharu".
Her photobook sold 61,000 copies in its first week and therefore earned the first place in the weekly ranking for books in general, photobooks, and mooks. It also broke the record of fellow member Sashihara Rino's photobook "Sashiko" by 4,000 copies and became highest selling female solo photobook in history.
Moreover it's not very common for a photobook to top the general ranking for books. In fact, it's only the second time this was ever achieved in the history of Oricon. The first person who managed to top the book ranking with her photobook was former member Maeda Atsuko in 2012 (Oricon only began publishing the sales charts for books in 2008).
"Kojiharu" is comprised of many beautiful and daring pictures as well as a long interview. The publisher explained that one reason for the success of Kojima's photobook is the fact that she has so many fans among women. According to their data, more than half of the buyers of this photobook have been women so far. Kojima herself was very surprised and happy about topping the Oricon ranking.
NHK's public relations gave their comments about Yuko Oshima's announcement of her graduation from AKB48 at the live broadcast of the 64th Kouhaku Uta Gassen on the 31st.
NHK's public relations representative looked surprised and commented, "We at NHK were not informed about this", after AKB48's performance when a reporter asked for comments.
Yuko Oshima suddenly announced her graduation from AKB48 in between songs of their medley.
"This will be my last time performing at the Kouhaku Uta Gassen like this", as they performed AKB's trademark song "Heavy Rotation" with Oshima as the center. Minami Takahashi and Rino Sashihara were in tears during the performance, but Oshima kept smiling throughout the performance. She did seem to have watery eyes during the final pose of the song.
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On December 17 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, AKB48 group's annual event "Dai 3-kai AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" was held, and the white team won the singing battle.
"AKB48 Kohaku Taiko Uta Gassen" was first held back in December 2011, and this year, a total of 129 members from the AKB48 group attended the event.
Yokoyama Yui served as the captain for the white team, while Watanabe Mayu was the captain for the red team.
For the opening, WORLD ORDER made an appearance, and they danced to AKB48's "UZA" as the exhibition performance.
The event showed many rare collaborations, such as staff member Kitagawa Kenji and Kojima Haruna's performance of "Futari wa Dekiteru", and Watanabe Mayu's performance of Nogizaka46's song "Kimi no Na wa Kibou" with a secret guest Ikuta Erina (of Nogizaka46). Also, AKB48 group's general director Takahashi Minami collaborated with OJS48, a unit consisting of "Ojisan (old man)" who were all former police officers, and they performed OJS48's song "Shinkokyu" together.
There was also a surprise announcement that AKB48 group would hold their first live concert at the National Olympic Stadium for 2 days on March 29 and 30. The 29th will be AKB48's sole live concert, and the AKB48 whole groups will appear on the 30th's concert.
Takahashi Minami commented with teary eyes, "Honestly, we've always wanted to hold it there. I am truly happy!"
Check out photos from the AKB48 Kohaku Taiko Uta Gassen below.
This concert will be broadcast on TV next month ^-^