AKB48 (read "A.K.B. Forty-eight") is a Japanese idolgirl group. As of November 2013[update], 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[update], 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.
Koko ni Ita Koto(ここにいたこと?, "We Were Here") is the 3rd album by the Japanese idol group AKB48.
"Koko ni Ita Koto" was released in Japan on June 8, 2011 by King Records. There are 3 versions available: Limited Edition (catalog number KIZC-90117/8), Regular Edition (KIZC-117/8), and Theater Edition (NKCD-6546).
While all the group's albums had been almost entirely collections of previously released material, "Koko ni Ita Koto" took a different approach. Although it featured four 2010 hits, one theatre stage song, and a theme from an early 2011 movie, the rest were new songs.
The album met with great commercial success. It easily topped the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart and, with just one week of sales, placed 2nd in the list of best selling albums of the first half of 2011 in Japan. In the same month, it was already certified Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for shipments of over one million copies.
"Sakura no Shiori" (桜の栞,Cherry Blossom Bookmark?) is the 15th single by Japanese idol group AKB48, released on February 17, 2010. The title track is a school graduation song. The song was used as the theme song to the drama Majisuka Gakuen, starring Atsuko Maeda together with many AKB48, SKE48, and SDN48 members.
In its first week, the song sold 318,000 copies - the biggest opening sales for a female group single since Morning Musume's "Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band)" in July 2001, and AKB48's highest first week sales to date. The song has been certified platinum for physical sales by the RIAJ.