The End of Japanese Music Industry

There has been many great musicians and music produced this year, but in spite of that, in the top 20 annual CD singles sales ranking 2014 released in late November, 95% is occupied by Johnny’s and the AKB-franchise. Does this spell the doom of great Japanese music?

#1: AKB48 –  Labrador Retriever
1.786 million copies
#2: AKB48 – Maeshika Mukanee
1.154 million copies
#3: AKB48 – Suzukake no Ki no Michi de ‘Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru’ to Itteshimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa dou Kawatteshimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nannichika Kangaetauede no yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no you na Mono
1.086 million copies
#4: AKB48 – Kokoro no Placard
1.056 million copies
#5: Arashi – Guts!
604k copies
#6: Arashi – Bittersweet
591k copies
#7: Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka?
563k copies
#8: Nogizaka46 – Kizuitara Kataomoi
547k copies
#9: Nogizaka46 – Natsu no Free & Easy
526k copies
#10: Arashi – Daremo Shiranai
525k copies
#11: SKE48 – Mirai towa?
503k copies
#12: Exile Tribe – The Revolution
491k copies
#13: SKE48 – Bukiyo Taiyo
459k copies
#14: NMB48 – Takane no Ringo
451k copies
#15: NMB48 – Rashikunai
429k copies
#16: Kan Johnny 8 – King of Otoko
389k copies
#17: HKT48 – Sakura, Minna de Tabeta
328k copies
#18: Johnny’s West – Ee janai ka
308k copies
#19: HKT48 – Hikaeme I Love You!
304k copies
#20 Kan Johnny 8 – Itta janai ka/CloveR
302k copies

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