SMAP's 2003 single "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" has become the 3rd best selling single of all time in Japan, according to the latest sales figures from Oricon.
Over the past week, "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" has sold 10,000 copies. Since its release in 2003, the single has sold 2,942,000 copies, making it the 3rd best selling single of all time.
Sales of "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" received a significant bump this year. When SMAP announced that it will be disbanding at the end of the year, fans bought the single in mass, first to try to get the group to change its mind, and then to show their support.
The single that was previously the 3rd best selling single of all time was "Tsunami" (2000) by Southern All Stars. It had held that spot for over 15 years.
The best selling single of all time is "Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun" (1975) by Masato Shimon with 4,577,000 copies sold. In 2nd place is "Onna no Michi" (1972) by Shiro Miya with 3,256,000 copies sold.