AKB48's last million-seller single, Beginner, took around two months to reach a million sales. their new Single, Sakura no Ki ni Narou did it in just two and a half weeks! The charts update only to the nearest week however which is why this is kinda late.
First week sales: 942,479
Second week sales: 55,484
Third week sales: 24,519
Congratulations to AKB48 for another spectacular achievement!
On the 5th of March, more than 22.5k fans(the most ever for an AKB handshake event) turned up for the first of eight Sakura no Ki ni Narou handshake events at the immense Saitama Super Arena. that's more than the arena could hold! (it's capacity is only 20k or so). It's a wonder how they managed to fit all of them in there!
Saiama Super Arena's exterior
It was there that Oshima Yuko announced to everyone that Sakura no Ki ni Narou officially surpassed the 1 million mark for sales. A total of 16 members, essentially the Sakura no Ki ni Narou senbatsu without Kasai Tomomi, Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, but with the addition of Yokoyama Yui, 9th gen kenkyuusei Oba Mina and 11th gen kenkyuusei Suzuki Shihori, had participated in the stage event.
Sakura no Ki ni Narou also holds the record of being the fastest ever Single in Japan to sell a million!