31 May 2014
AKB48 36th Single [Labrador Retriever] First Week Sales
AKB48's newest single [Labrador Retriever] was released on May 21st and finished first in the Oricon Weekly Charts selling 1,662,265 copies.
Being an election-ticket single it sold a lot more than the previous singles (for example [Mae Shika Mukanee]'s first week sales were 1,091,406) but the single could not reach the sales of last year's election-ticket single [Sayonara Crawl] which sold about 100 k more in its first week (1,762,873) despite higher first day sales of [Labrador Retriever].
As usual AKB48 also dominates the Soundscan ranking taking all top 8 spots with the singles different types. The limited types A, K, B and 4 took ranks #1~4 and the regular types A, K, B, 4 ranks #5~8. Total soundscan sales amount to 488,019, so the theater edition sold approx. 1,174,000. copies.