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Postby BlueWater on Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:21 pm

AKB48 is a Japanese female idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto.The group has achieved enormous popularity in Japan. Its ten latest consecutive singles topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.

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AKB48 is named after Akihabara (Akiba for short), the area in Tokyo where, on the 8th floor of a Don Quijote store, the band's own theater is located.AKB48 still performs at the theater every day, although, due to great demand, tickets are now distributed only via a lottery.

AKB48 holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's "largest pop group". Currently, it consists of four teams: Team A, Team K, and Team B with 16 members each and Team 4 with 11 members, summing up to a total of 59 members as of September 2, 2011.

Another concept, first put into action in 2009, is general elections in which fans vote to determine the members who will participate in the recording of AKB48's next single. In the last election, held in June–July 2011, where over a million votes were cast, 40 girls were chosen out of 152 members in AKB48, SKE48, SDN48, and NMB48. In 2010, a new and inventive selection method appeared: the girls competed against each other in a rock-paper-scissors tournament for being on a single. The second tournament took place on September 20, 2011.
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Postby BlueWater on Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:37 pm

In July 2005, Yasushi Akimoto held an audition for a new theater-based idol girl group. Of the 7,924 girls that applied, 45 passed the first round of auditions, detailed screening of the application documents. Finally, only 24 girls were chosen to be in the group.

On December 8, 2005, the group debuted in the theater with only 20 girls, later known as Team A.19 of the 11,892 applicants were chosen to join AKB48, but in the end only 18 girls joined the group to become Team K in April 2006.

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In January 2006, Akimoto let Mariko Shinoda join the group without passing audition, after she won a popularity vote by fans, although she was working as a waitress at the Theater Cafe after she failed to attend the first audition back then.

AKB48 released its debut single "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" in February 2006.On March 1 AKB48 released their first photo book, Micchaku! "AKB48" ~Shashinshuu Vol.1 the DEBUT. On March 31 Yuki Usami graduates, becoming the first member to do so.From April 1, 2006, Team K begins performances at the theater.On June 7 they release their second indies single "Skirt, Hirari", and sang their song first time on TV programs, Music Station and Music Fighter, on June 9, and on the 17th Ayako Uemura graduates.

On January 31, 2007, AKB48's fourth single (second on DefStar Records) "Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru" was released, reaching 7 on Oricon charts. There has been speculation that the PV and lyrics to this song are an allusion to enjo kōsai—voluntary underage prostitution—though this has not been confirmed.

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On March 2, AKB48's second photo book AKB48 JUMP&CRY, which photos were taken by Kishin Shinoyama on February 3, was released.

On December 31, 2007, 43 members of AKB48 appeared on the 58th Annual Kōhaku Uta Gassen for the first time. They sang as part of the Akihabara performance, with Leah Dizon and Shōko Nakagawa following them. They became the largest number of people in a single group to be on stage at one time.

AKB48 released their first studio album on New Year's Day, titled Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007. Their seventh single Romance, Irane is released, reaching number 6 on the Oricon charts.On February 27, 2008, AKB48 released their tenth single, titled "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008".

AKB48 released their 11th single, "10nen Zakura", 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.AKB48 Team A became the honour guest for the Japan Expo in Paris between July 2 to 5, 2009, and featured English-lyric version of "Ōgoe Diamond" first time. AKB48's 12th single, "Namida Surprise!", was released on June 24.

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. Their 16th single, "Ponytail to Chouchou", released on May 26, 2010, sold over 400,000 copies in its first day, and over 513,000 copies in its first week, making it AKB48's biggest selling single in its first week.

The first single of the year, named "Sakura no Ki ni Narō", was released on February 16 ,2011. Upon the first day of release, AKB48 sold 655,000 copies of their single, beating their previous top record (568,000 copies of "Beginner"). The single sold 826,989 copies in its first week, AKB48's highest record.

The first single of the year, named "Sakura no Ki ni Narō", was released on February 16. Upon the first day of release, AKB48 sold 655,000 copies of their single, beating their previous top record (568,000 copies of "Beginner"). The single sold 826,989 copies in its first week, AKB48's highest record.

AKB48 will receive their first television anime series. This anime series is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike, while it is planned and supervised by AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto The group will release their 24th single on 15 February 2012.
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