AKB48

AKB48 (pronounced A.K.B. Forty-eight) is a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara (Akiba for short) area in Tokyo, where the group's theater is located. The group has expanded since then to include over 130 members as of December 2015. aged from their early teens to their mid-20s. AKB48's producer, Yasushi Akimoto, wanted to form a girl group with its own theater (unlike pop groups performing occasional concerts and seen on television) and performing daily so fans could always see them live. This "idols you can meet" concept includes teams which can rotate performances and perform simultaneously at several events and "handshake" events, where fans can meet group members. Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups in China, Japan and Indonesia, with upcoming groups announced for the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

The group is one of the highest-earning musical performers in Japan, with 2013 sales of over $128 million, and has been characterized as a social phenomenon. As of December 2015 the group has sold over 41 million records, including over 36 million singles and over 5 millon albums. As of September 2016, the group has sold over 40 million singles. AKB48 is the highest selling musical act in Japan in terms of singles sold and the highest by a girl group. AKB48's thirty-two latest singles have topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with a record twenty-seven singles selling over a million copies. Their highest selling single, "Tsubasa wa Iranai", sold over 2.5 million in 2016 according to Billboard / Soundscan. In 2010, "Beginner" and "Heavy Rotation" placed first and second, respectively, on the list of Japan's best-selling singles for the year. From 2011 to 2016, AKB48's singles have occupied the top four or five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart.

 

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
AKB48 - ギンガムチェック 2012 CD, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
AKB48 - Halloween Night 2015 CD, Maxi-Single, DVD
AKB48 - 上からマリコ 2011 CD, Single
AKB48 - ジャーバージャ 2018 CD, Single, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Limited Edition
AKB48 - 上からマリコ 2011 CD, Single
AKB48 - 10年桜 2009 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Single
AKB48 - さよならクロール 2013 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Maxi-Single, Special Edition
AKB48 - Love Trip / しあわせを分けなさい 2016 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Single, Special Edition
AKB48 - 大声ダイヤモンド 2008 CD, Single, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, All Media, Stereo
AKB48 - So Long (Type B) CD, DVD, DVD-Video
AKB48 - Love Trip / しあわせを分けなさい 2016 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Single, Special Edition
AKB48 - Team K 4th Stage 最終ベルが鳴る ~ Studio Recordings コレクション~ CD, Compilation, Reissue, Special Edition
AKB48 - 真夏のSounds Good! 2012 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition
AKB48 - "Gingham Check" 2012 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - 永遠プレッシャー 2012 CD, Single
No Image AKB48 - ハロウィン・ナイト 2015 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - 0と1の間 2015 CD, Compilation, Limited Edition
AKB48 - 僕たちは戦わない 2015 CD, Single, DVD, DVD-Video, All Media
AKB48 - 軽蔑していた愛情 2007 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - さよならクロール 2013 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition, Special Edition
AKB48 - Everyday、カチューシャ [劇場盤] 2011 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - シュートサイン 2017 CD, Single, DVD, DVD-Video, All Media
No Image AKB48 - さよならクロール 2013 CD, EP, DVD, DVD-Video
AKB48 - 桜の木になろう 2011 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - 恋するフォーチュンクッキー [劇場盤] 2013 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - Halloween Night 2015 Vinyl, 12", Single
AKB48 - 翼はいらない 2016 CD, Single
AKB48 - サムネイル 2017 CD, Album
AKB48 - Love Trip / しあわせを分けなさい 2016 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Single, Special Edition
AKB48 - ジワるDays 2019 CD, DVD, All Media, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition
AKB48 - AKBがいっぱい 2011 DVDr, Promo
AKB48 - 恋するフォーチュンクッキー 2016 Vinyl, 12"
AKB48 - 会いたかった 2006 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - 桜の木になろう 2011 CD, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition, DVD, DVD-Video
AKB48 - UZA 2012 CD, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
No Image AKB48 - No Way Man 2018 CD, Maxi-Single, Stereo
AKB48 - Team B 2nd Stage 会いたかった ~Studio Recordings コレクション~ 2013 CD, Compilation, Reissue, Special Edition
AKB48 - 次の足跡 2014 CD, Album
AKB48 - 前しか向かねえ [劇場盤] 2014 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - 10年桜 2009 CD, Single, Promo
AKB48 - 制服が邪魔をする 2007 CD, Maxi-Single, Promo
No Image AKB48 - Teacher Teacher 2018 CD, Single
AKB48 - 軽蔑していた愛情 2007 CD, DVD, NTSC, All Media, Single, Limited Edition
AKB48 - River 2009 CD, Maxi-Single, Special Edition
AKB48 - 心のプラカード [劇場盤] 2014 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - 桜の木になろう 2011 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - Green Flash 2015 CD, Maxi-Single
AKB48 - So Long! 2013 CD, Maxi-Single, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, All Media, Limited Edition
AKB48 - センチメンタルトレイン 2018 CD, DVD, All Media, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition
AKB48 - Give Me Five! 2012 CD, Single, DVD, All Media, Limited Edition

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