Happy New Year 2017! AKB48 Daily has now listed its 2016's top 10 news stories of AKB48 group and Saka46 series, from our Japanese national idol group AKB48 first.
AKB48's 45th single "LOVE TRIP / Shiawase wo Wakenasai" has sold 1,177,769 copies, combined all other single's sales, total singles' sales of AKB48 reached over 40 million records.
2. Rise of 46 series
Nogizaka46 had a great progress in 2016, their latest single sold over 900,000 copies, and their top member Nishino Nanase's photobook was best selling (87,209 copies) photobook of the year, another member Ikuta Erika's photobook's sales over 76,000 copies (3rd place in topsellers ranking). Moreover, Nogizaka46 released their own mobile game "NOGIKOI" in April 2016 with over two million downloads. Nogizaka46 really matches up their official rival: AKB48.
On the other hand, Nogizaka46's first sister group Keyakizaka46 becomes very popular since their debut single "Silent Majority" release in April 2016, their singles sales surpasses AKB48's sister group's, and their center Hirate Yurina has already became most promising new star in Japanese idol industry.
3. New road for sister groups' TOPs
NMB48 member Yamamoto Sayaka made her solo debut in 2016, she released her album "Rainbow" in October 2016. For another sister group SKE48, their top member Matsui Jurina have signed a new talent agency "IRVING".
4. NMB48 under New Management
In 2016, NMB48 changed their CD distribution to SONY's forTUNE music, and changed their talent agency to Showtitle, those arrangements will make NMB48 more independent from AKS and Kyoraku's management.
5. Popular members left AKB48 group
2016 was not an easy year for AKB48 group fans, popular members Takahashi Minami, Watanabe Miyuki and Shimazaki Haruka left AKB48 group, top member Kojima Haruna is going to graduate. For AKB48 group's next generation, future stars Owada Nana and Yabushita Shu announced they will graduate from the group as well.
Nogizaka46's 1st generation member Fukagawa Mai left the group in June 2016, core member Hashimoto Nanami also announces she will graduate from the group in February 2017.
6. AKB48's new strategy on China
There was disputes between AKB48 and their Chinese sister group SNH48, and AKB48 group's management AKS decides to remove SNH48 from their web site, and setup their new sister group AKB48 China for China market, with new partners China Investment Financial Holdings Fund Management and Greenland Holding Group.
7. NGT48 debut
AKB48's Niigata group NGT48 opened their own Theater in January 2016. In 2016, NGT48 had their TV show on Nippon TV with another group HKT48, had their TV series "Higurashi When They Cry", and NGT48 also participated in AKB48's 43rd single with their original work "Max Toki 315-go".
8. SHOWROOM LIVE, A new platform for Members
AKB48 group/46 series producer Akimoto Yasushi launched a lot of new projects in 2016, and one of his project SHOWROOM LIVE provides a new video streaming platform for AKB48 group and 46 series, and it is not only for the official events, but also gives members to promotes themselves through their own Showroom.
Note: SHOWROOM LIVE is a public video streaming platform and virtual LIVE space for Japanese idols and talent, not for AKB48 group and 46 series only.
9. Majisuka Gakuen Changes its New Style
AKB48 group's TV drama Majisuka Gakuen had its sequel "Cabasuka Gakuen" in 2016. The style was changed from school fighting story into hostness club's story.
10. Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko back for 10th Anniverary Single
AKB48 celebrated their 10th anniversary with 43rd single "Kimi was Melody" released, for this meaningful single, original Kami Seven members including Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko were back and participated Music Video shooting.
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