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AKB48 (read "A.K.B. Forty-eight") is a Japanese idol girl group. As of November 2013, the group has 89 members. The girls range in age from early teens to mid-20s. Produced by Yasushi Akimoto, it is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2012 record sales of over US$226 million in Japan. It has achieved such popularity in Japan that it has been characterized as a social phenomenon.

As of January 2013, the group's eighteen latest singles topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. In 2010, "Beginner" and "Heavy Rotation" placed, respectively, first and second in the list of Japan's best selling singles for that year. In 2011 and 2012, AKB48's singles occupied the top five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart. As of December 2013, the group has sold over 25.83 million singles, and it holds the record for most singles sold in Japan by a female group with its 2013 single "Sayonara Crawl", which sold for more than 1.87 million copies.

AKB48 is named after Akihabara (Akiba for short), the area in Tokyo where the group's theater is located. The idea of AKB48's producer Yasushi Akimoto was to create a girl group that, unlike a regular pop group, which gives occasional concerts and that is mostly seen on TV, would have its own theater and perform there on a daily basis; the fans would always be able to go and see the girls live. AKB48 still performs at the theater daily, with tickets distributed by lottery. Akimoto has also expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups throughout Japan, and all over Asia.

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The discography of AKB48 consists of 3 studio albums, 12 stage albums, and 25 singles. Since its establishment in 2005, the group has gone through several expansions, graduations, shuffles, and line-up changes, and currently consists of 60 official members divided into Team A, K, B, and 4. With the exception of Team 4 having 12 members, all other teams have 16 members each. The group was created and currently produced by Yasushi Akimoto, who also pens the lyrics for all of their songs.


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"Give Me Five!" (GIVE ME FIVE!?) is the 25th major single by the Japanese girl idol group AKB48. It is also AKB48's fifth sakura-themed single, and their first single of 2012. This single was released in Japan on February 15, 2012.

Give Me Five! is AKB48's fifth sakura-themed single. However, unlike the previous ones, this single's title doesn't contain the word sakura.

The music video for the song Give Me Five! is a 34-minute Japanese television drama-like style video. This video was directed by Shigemichi Sugita, and it stars AKB48 members Atsuko Maeda, Yuko Oshima, Yuki Kashiwagi, Minami Takahashi. Actor Takanori Jinnai also stars in the music video.

Give Me Five sold approximately 967,000 copies on its debut day, thus making it AKB48's 12th single to achieve No.1 on the Oricon charts.


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Sae Miyazawa (宮澤 佐江 Miyazawa Sae?, born August 13, 1990 in Tokyo), is a member of the Japanese idol group AKB48. She has been part of the "Senbatsu" group in the all singles except "Chance no Junban", released as AKB48. She is one of three members of Chocolove from AKB48, which became defunct after Rina Nakanishi's graduation from AKB48. She is also one of four members of DiVA, the latest spin-off unit from AKB48, along with Sayaka Akimoto, Yuka Masuda, and Ayaka Umeda.


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  • 5 December: "Eien Pressure", the 29th major single of AKB48, is released.
  • 31 October: "Uza", the 28th major single of AKB48, is released.
  • 30 October: "Sugar Rush", included in the Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack, is released.
  • 29 August: "Gingham Check", the 27th major single of AKB48, is released.
  • 27 August: Atsuko Maeda gives her last stage performance as a member of AKB48.
  • 15 August: 1830m, the 4th album by AKB48, is released.


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