Soundscan Charts for the Week of 12/10-12/16

Alright, as requested by many of our readers, starting with the new Oricon year we’re also going to be posting the Japanese Soundscan charts that are released each week. While a physical chart like Oricon, Soundscan breaks down the sales of any one particular release by version and shows you exactly how much each of these versions have sold in a Top 20 format (for both Singles and Albums).

Of note, this chart doesn’t include copies sold by Avex’s Mu-mo shop, Pony Canyon’s shop, AKB48’s Chara-Ani, GLAY’s G-Direct (though Oricon doesn’t count these guys either), and the like. As such, it’s not necessarily as complete of a chart as Oricon, but it does provide an interesting look into what those who use conventional methods to purchase music within Japan are buying.  Plus, there are rare moments where a release can sell a higher amount of copies on Soundscan as well (Mr.Children’s “Ashioto ~Be Strong” and Nishino Kana’s “with LOVE” are good examples on the current charts).

Also of note is that because it’s version-based, one variant of a particular release can top a week’s Soundscan chart and not actually be the highest selling release overall (counting all charting versions) on Soundscan that week. As such, rather than just telling you about who topped the Soundscan chart one week, I might have to give a bit more background about how the chart shaped up.

So, now that I’ve given you all of the basic information you need to read the Soundscan chart, let’s take a look at this week’s and see how things played out.

This week found the Soundscan Singles chart topped by popular LDH/avex group Sandaime J Soul Brothers and their new single “O.R.I.O.N.”, with the CD+DVD version of that particular release selling an estimated 50,148 copies, more than double that of its nearest opponent.  Even so, “O.R.I.O.N.” actually wasn’t the top-selling single on Soundscan’s chart this week; that honor goes to SKE48 and their “12-Gatsu no Kangaroo”, which occupied the #2-#5 spots on the chart and sold a total of 87,840 copies between its four versions (whereas “O.R.I.O.N.” only sold 60,723 between its two versions).

Meanwhile, the Album Chart found its top two positions dominated by KinKi Kids’ “M Album”, whose combined versions (CD+DVD and CD-Only) sold 119,313 copies this past week.

Soundscan Weekly Singles Chart

  1. [-] Sandaime J Soul Brothers – O.R.I.O.N. (CD+DVD) – 50,148
  2. [-] SKE48 – 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (CD+DVD/Limited Edition Type-A) – 24,303
  3. [-] SKE48 – 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (CD+DVD/Limited Edition Type-C) – 22,977
  4. [-] SKE48 – 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (CD+DVD/Limited Edition Type-B) – 21,578
  5. [-] SKE48 – 12-Gatsu no Kangaroo (CD+DVD/Limited Edition Type-D) – 18,982
  6. [-] LiSA – Shirushi (CD+DVD/Limited Anime Edition) – 15,024
  7. [-] LiSA – Shirushi (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 11,023
  8. [-] Sandaime J Soul Brothers – O.R.I.O.N. (CD-Only) – 10,575
  9. [-] SID – White tree (Limited Edition A) – 8,826
  10. [-] VIXX – Error (Regular Edition) – 8,189
  11. [9] Kanjani8 – Gamushara Koushinkyoku (Regular Edition) – 8,084 (90,827)
  12. [↓11] Kanjani8 – Gamushara Koushinkyoku (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 6,695 (114,860)
  13. [↓8] Mr.Children – Ashioto ~Be Strong – 6,600 (159,729)
  14. [↓11] Tomatsu Haruka – courage (CD+DVD/Limited Anime Edition) – 6,337 (21,715)
  15. [-] Team Syachihoko – Shampoo Hat (Regular Edition) – 6,305
  16. [-] 9mm Parabellum Bullet – Seimei no Waltz (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 6,125
  17. [-] Hirai Ken – Soredemo Shitai / Onnaji Samishisa (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 5,888
  18. [-] Team Syachihoko – Shampoo Hat (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 5,158
  19. [-] SID – White tree (Limited Edition B) – 4,372
  20. [-] VIXX – Error (Limited Edition A) – 4,351

Soundscan Weekly Album Chart

  1. [-] KinKi Kids – M Album (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 67,660
  2. [-] KinKi Kids – M Album (Regular Edition) – 51,653
  3. [-] hide – Co Gal (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 29,194
  4. [↓2] JUJU – Request II – 23,803 (60,445)
  5. [-] Various Artists – Hikaru Utada no Uta -13 Kumi no Ongakuka ni Yoru 13 no Kaishaku ni Tsuite- – 20,312
  6. [↓5] EXILE ATSUSHI – Love Ballade (CD+DVD) – 10,972 (50,335)
  7. [-] MASOCHISTIC ONO BAND – Masochistic Over Beat – 10,083
  8. [-] Yanagi Nagi – Polyomino (2CD+Blu-ray/Limited Edition) – 9,700
  9. [-] DIR EN GREY – ARCHE (CD+Blu-ray/Deluxe Edition) – 8,502
  10. [↓7] Otaki Eiichi – Best Always (Limited Edition) – 8,488 (39,748)
  11. [↓3] Nishino Kana – with LOVE (CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 7,895 (154,971)
  12. [-] DIR EN GREY – ARCHE (CD+DVD/Deluxe Edition) – 7,624
  13. [↓7] EXILE ATSUSHI – Love Ballade (Regular Edition) – 7,452 (21,775)
  14. [↓2] Nishino Kana – with LOVE (Regular Edition) – 6,475 (65,115)
  15. [3] Chris Hart – Christmas Hearts – 6,326 (45,158)
  16. [↓6] BIGBANG – THE BEST OF BIGBANG 2006-2014 (3CD+2DVD) – 5,602 (52,508)
  17. [-] DIR EN GREY – ARCHE (Limited Edition) – 5,368
  18. [-] the dresscodes – 1 (Limited Edition) – 5,048
  19. [↓2] HoneyWorks – Bokujya Dame Desuka? -“Kokuhaku Jikko Iinkai” Character Song Shu- (CD+DVD+Comic/Limited Edition) – 4,628 (36,980)
  20. [-] aobozu – Kokono (2CD+DVD/Limited Edition) – 4,230

(via phileweb)

  • Comments

    • I’m so glad you’re doing this now!

    • Beyonse

      wow at some of these numbers…smh

    • pondloso

      well i like this so much

    • Gggggg

      Weak sales nowadays

    • Ryusei

      dam kana has 190k on oricon but on soundscan she has 220k quite a difference

      • guest

        right? why is there’s such a difference? what soundscan counts that oricon doesn’t??

        • light

          heard that Oricon does not count sales to overseas address? Perhaps soundscan include them.

          • guest

            don’t think neither counts them.

    • WD79

      Thanks for doing this, Ryu!

    • Kira

      I’m curious, how can a release sell more copies on Soundscan compared to Oricon?

      • Ryusenkai

        It has to do with music store coverage, if I had to hedge a bet, since that’s really the only place where Soundscan could have more reach than Oricon. That’s just an educated guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was pretty accurate in the end.

    • mee-KE-le

      Thanks for this.
      Anyway, I miss your monthly staff selections post. I always find it extremely useful.

      • Ryusenkai

        November’s is running a bit late, but it should still be up this week, so don’t worry, you’ll be getting one (plus my own Top 10s for the year in a week or so). :)

    • Guest

      Will arama do a 2014 year-end ranking as well?
      I’ve only seen the albums one so far though
      http://i.imgur.com/LNyWojk.jpg

      • Ryusenkai

        I’ve been keeping my eyes out for it – I found the Albums ranking as well, but didn’t want to post anything before I got the Singles ranking as well. No point or sense in splitting those two.

        • Guest

          Oooh, can’t wait!