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Published on Feb 14, 2011
It is a new idol group created by Yasushi Akimoto. The group's concept is "Idols you can meet"
The 73 members (as of November 26, 2010) chosen by audition perform daily at their exclusive AKB48 Theater in Tokyo's Akihabara district.
The group's 16th single "Ponytail to Shushu" and their 17th single "Heavy rotation" both recorded initial sales of over 500,000 copies. This consecutive record is unprecedented by any Japanese female artist.
Their 18th single "Beginner", which hit store shelves on October 27, 2010, recorded sales of over 1 million copies!!
These achievements have earned them an appearance on the 61st NHK Red and White Year-end Song Festival! This appearance will be their third on the show, making AKB48 a national idol group in both deed as well as in name.
From the most energetic city Akihabara, AKB48 generates buzz in Japan, and now ready to take on the world!!