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2011 in Japanese music

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The following is an overview of the year 2011 in Japanese music. It includes notable awards, lists of number-ones, yearly best-sellers, albums released, groups established and disestablished, deaths of notable Japanese music-related people as well as any other relevant Japanese music-related events. For overviews of the year in music from other countries, see 2011 in music.






The following is a list of the 5 best-selling music artists in Japan in 2011 by value of sales, including sales of records and of DVDs and Blu-rays, according to Oricon.[1]

Rank Artist Value
1 AKB48 ¥16.282 billion
2 Arashi ¥15.369 billion
3 Exile ¥5.603 billion
4 Kara ¥4.926 billion
5 Shōjo Jidai ¥4.049 billion


The following is a list of the top 10 best-selling albums in Japan in 2011, according to Oricon.[2]

Rank Album Artist Copies
1 Beautiful World Arashi 907,589
2 Koko ni Ita Koto AKB48 829,645
3 Negai no Tō [ja] Exile 743,242
4 Born This Way Lady Gaga 658,554
5 Girls' Generation Shōjo Jidai 642,054
6 Checkmate! Namie Amuro 484,336
7 Super Girl Kara 450,595
8 Musicman [ja] Keisuke Kuwata 414,725
9 SMAP Aid [ja] SMAP 413,943
10 Ikimonobakari: Members Best Selection Ikimono-gakari 397,459

Albums released[edit]

The following section includes albums by Japanese artists released in Japan in 2011 as well as Japanese-language albums by foreign artists released in the country during this year.

Debuting artists[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oricon announces 2011's yearly ranking for "Artist Total Sales"!". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. December 19, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Oricon announces full list for "2011 Yearly Album Ranking"". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. December 19, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Popular singer Joe Yamanaka dies at 64". Kyodo News. Retrieved January 23, 2020.