The massively promoted rivalry between AKB48's Sashihara Rino debut solo single (Soredemo Suki Dayo) and Nogizaka46 2nd single (Oide Shampoo) has finally come to an end after a week of fierce battle. Both singles are released on 2nd May.
Oide Shampoo - Nogizaka46 (156,000 copies - Rank 1)
Soredemo Suki Dayo - Sashihara Rino (124,000 copies - Rank 2)
*Results are for the week of 14th May on the Oricon fiscal calendar.
For the 1st day, Nogizaka46 beats Sashihara Rino by a huge margin with 111,000 copies to 57,000 copies respectively. Nevertheless, from Day 2 to Day 7, Sashihara Rino claims all the #1 spot, beating out Nogizaka46 by a small margin, thus minimising the sales gap by the end of the week.
However, Avex reported that all sales from the theater version of Soredemo Suki Dayo is NOT counted in the Oricon charts. Oricon's policy states that only releases with 4 songs or under (excluding instrumental tracks) will be regarded as a single release. Soredemo Suki Dayo theater version contains 5 songs, thus only Type A to C sales are counted as they only contains 3 songs.
Regardless, both did very well on the charts. Comparing to other AKB48 front members solo releases recently, Sashihara Rino beats Itano Tomomi's 10nen Go no Kimi e, while falling slightly behind Watanabe Mayu's Synchro Tokimeki.
Nogizaka46 2nd single 1st week sales improved from their debut single 1st week sales, allowing them to claim the #1 spot on the Oricon weekly charts for the 1st time. Congratulations to both!
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