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The Band of a New Age

Lotte Hanlin

on 7 November 2012

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The Band of a New Age AKB48 AKB48 2006–2008: Major debut -DefStar Records period 2008–2009: Switch to King Records-first Oricon number one 2011: Another five number ones and overseas expansion 2010: Another Great Year 2011~ big year for the group 2012~ What a run In the beginning... Their first single under DefStar Records, "Aitakatta", was released on October 25, 2006, and it debuted at the 12th position on the Oricon weekly single charts. In the first 6 weeks of its release, "Aitakatta" sold a total of 25,544 copies In August 2008, they changed their record label from DefStar Records to King Records. In the same month, Ayaka Kikuchi was fired from the group. She was then rehired after she passed a later audition. AKB48 released their 15th single, "Sakura no Shiori", on February 17, 2010. The single topped the Oricon chart and sold over 300,000 copies in its first week, which is the best record in seven years of Japanese female artists. The first single of the year, "Sakura no Ki Ni Naru", was released on February 16. On the first day of release, AKB48 sold 655,000 copies of their single, beating their previous top record, 568,000 copies of "Beginner". "Sakura no Ki Ni Naru" sold 942,479 copies in its first week, AKB48's highest record. It was also announced that the group will hold a senbatsu election to determine the participating members for their 22nd single. On April 1, they also released a single, "Dareka no Tame Ni” Through the Recochoku website as a digital download, and will donate all profits for earthquake and tsunami relief. “Dareka no Tame Ni” was originally recorded on a live album released in 2007. AKB48 made their first anime television series called AKB0048. 9 members of AKB48 and its sister groups were selected to voice the main anime characters after a public audition. These voice cast members later formed a sub-group named "NO NAME", and they sang the opening and ending theme song of the anime.
It was said that AKB48 will be performing at the Tokyo Dome for the first time. Performing at the Tokyo Dome has been one of the main goals of the group since its creation. The performance took place on August 24 to 26.
In a shock announcement, Atsuko Maeda revealed that she would graduate from AKB48 on March 25. This announcement was widely reported in the Japanese media, including the major Japanese newspapers. A rumor also ran around that a student from University of Tokyo had committed suicide because of this news, though this later proved false. 2005–2006: Creation and independent releases In July 2005, Yasushi Akimoto held an audition for a new theatre-based idol girl group. Of the 7,924 girls that applied, 24 girls were chosen to become members of the group. On December 8 2005, the group debuted in the theatre with only 20 members, who are later known as Team A. Out of the 12,000 applicants, 19 were chosen to join AKB48, but in the end only 18 girls joined the group to form Team K in April 2006. AKB48 released its debut single "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" in February 2006. This single made it to the TOP10 Oricon weekly charts and sold 22,011 units in its debut week, a rarity for a group on an indie label. On March 1, AKB48 released their first photo book entitled Micchaku! "AKB48" Vol.1 the DEBUT. On March 31, member Yuki Usami graduates, thus becoming the first member to do so.
Team K started performing at the AKB48 Theater on April 1. AKB48~ Sakura no Hanabiratachi (AKB48~ Cherry Blossoms) In October 2006, a new audition was announced to form Team B, resulting in the arrival of 13 new members in December 2006. On November 3 and 4, AKB48 performed in their first concert entitled AKB48 First Concert: Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!" at Nippon Seinenkan in Shinjuku. The first-ever change to the lineup of AKB48's three teams was made in December 2006
AKB48's fourth single "Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru" was released on January 31, 2007. It debuted at the 7th position on Oricon TOP10 charts AKB48 released their first studio album, titled Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007, on New Year's Day of 2008Their seventh single, entitled "Romance, Irane" is released on January 23, 2008.It reached number 6 on the Oricon TOP10 charts On October 22, 2008, the single "Ōgoe Diamond" was released. This single debuted in the number three position on the Oricon TOP10 weekly charts, becoming AKB48's first single to reach a top three position on the chart. This is the first single to be released under King Record's You Be Cool label.
AKB48 released their 11th single, "10nen Sakura", on March 4, 2009. The single reached number three on the Oricon charts in the first week and eventually became the first single for them to sell over 100,000 copies on the Oricon charts In October 2009, their three singles "10nen Sakura", "Namida Surprise!" and "Iiwake Maybe" were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Yashushi Akimoto On April 27, 2010, it was said that AKB48 would be attending and performing in the United States at Anime Expo, the nation's largest anime convention, as the official guests of honour.
AKB48 performed at a concert on July 1, 2010, at the Nokia Theatre. On 23 October, the band represented Japan and performed at the 7th Asia Song Festival, organized by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.
On October 27, 2010 AKB48's 18th single "Beginner" was released. In only the first week, the 18th single sold 826,989 copies making it the highest first week sales for AKB48, as well as highest first week sales ever for a female idol group single. In November 2010, AKB48 performed in Russia for the first time. A 12-member team gave a concert on November 20 at the Japanese Pop Culture Festival in Moscow. Also in November, AKB48 performed in the Cool Japan Night in Singapore as part of the Anime Festival Asia. This is followed by a 2nd performance also in Singapore at the Singapore Toy Games & Comics Convention On March 12, 2011 it was announced on their blog that the AKB Theater would close due to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and all public events were cancelled until further notice. Two days later, it was announced on their blog that their concert Takamina Ni tsuite ikimasu, to be held on March 25–27 at Yokohama Arena, would be cancelled.

Bank accounts had been opened to raise donations for earthquake and tsunami relief, as part of their project, named "Dareka no Tame Ni". Under this project, they used the Yokohama Arena for their 2-day charity events starting on 26 March 2011 instead. 12 of their main members attended Okinawa International Movie Festival on the same day for the same purpose.

Three days later, it was announced that ¥500 million will be donated by AKB48 and their sister groups: SKE48, SDN48 and NMB48, and their producer Yasushi Akimoto to these bank accounts. On the same day, the postponement of the release of their new album, Koko Ni Ita Koto” was announced. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the album were donated to the victims of this disaster. 2011~ Sakura no Ki Ni Naru Nogizaka46 Goe Diamond In an announcement made on 28 June 2011, AKB48's producer Yasushi Akimoto revealed that he will be creating a group to become AKB48's "official rival". The group will be called Nogizaka46 and will debut with around 20 members. Yasushi Akimoto revealed that he teamed up with Sony Music Japan to produce this new group, whose auditions for members will start later this year.

Two trainees, Maria Abe and Anna Iriyama, were added to Team 4 as official members on 23 July 2011. At the same time, the captain of Team 4 was also revealed to be member Mina Oba.

On September 20, 2011, the 2nd AKB48 rock-paper-scissors CD single lineup selection tournament was held Later, it was said that Atsuko (Acchan) will officially step down after the AKB48's Tokyo Dome concert on 27 August 2012.
On April 23, the third overseas AKB48 sister group was announced. This group, named SNH48, is based in Shanghai, China.
On August 24 2012, the first day of the long-awaited Tokyo Dome concert series, a teams' rearrangement was announced. Team 4 has been dissolved and its members were transferred to Teams A, K, and B.
During October it was announced that AKB48 will be singing the ending theme "Sugar Rush" for the upcoming and worldwide release Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph. Acchan By Lotte THANK YOU!
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