SMAP's final album "SMAP 25 YEARS" has sold 268,000 copies on its first day of release, putting it on track to become its best-selling album in a decade.
According to reports, there were long lines at stores of people waiting to buy the group's latest album. Sales were likely boosted by a rush to get it before Christmas, though sales would have been high regardless of the holiday season.
SMAP's last album "Mr.S" was released on September 3, 2014. It has sold 230,000 since its release; "SMAP 25 YEARS" sold more in its first day than "Mr.S" during time on sale.
The album's high first day sales comes as a strong finish to a surprisingly impressive year for the group. Despite no new releases, the group was consistently placing on Oricon's charts, particularly the 2003 hit "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" which became the 3rd best-selling single of all time.
SMAP will be disbanding on December 31, 2016.