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The best-selling music artists in Japan
Japan
include Japanese artists with claims of 15 million or more record sales. Japan
Japan
is the largest physical music market in the world and the second largest overall behind the United States, and the biggest in Asia, according to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[1][2] Sources that provide the sales an artist or record company claim via press release, rather than certified or reported by reliable third parties such as Oricon, are denoted by a "†".

Contents

1 Oricon
Oricon
Charts 2 Artists by sales

2.1 50 million or more records 2.2 30 million to 50 million records 2.3 20 million to 30 million records 2.4 5 million to 20 million records

3 Best-selling artist sales by year 4 Notes 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Oricon
Oricon
Charts[edit] Oricon
Oricon
provides accumulated physical sales of all entries on its singles and albums charts (started in 1968 and 1970, respectively).[3] Note that Oricon
Oricon
does not count sales of the records that did not enter or fell off of the charts, unlike Nielsen SoundScan. Therefore, it generally shows fewer numbers than reported sales via record labels, and may not reflect the real sales obtained by these artists. In addition, it excludes recording artists like Michiya Mihashi,[4] Yujiro Ishihara, Hibari Misora, and Hachiro Kasuga
Hachiro Kasuga
who had garnered most of commercial success before Oricon
Oricon
was established in the late 1960s. The best-selling artists by number of singles sold are AKB48
AKB48
(40.4 million)[5] in first place, B'z
B'z
(35.8 million) in second place,[6] Mr. Children (28.45 million) in third place,[7] and Southern All Stars (25.179 million) in fourth place.[8] Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki
holds the record for being the best selling solo artist and being the only solo artist to sell more than 50 million in total.[9] The list excludes sales of albums or singles recorded by artists in collaboration with others as part of a singular artist or group's total. Artists by sales[edit] 50 million or more records[edit]

B'z

Mr. Children

AKB48

Ayumi Hamasaki

Artist Sales Genres Years active

B'z 100 million[10] 82.62 million[11][12] Hard rock
Hard rock
/ Pop rock / Blues rock 1988–present

Mr. Children 59.55 million[11][12] Pop rock / Power pop
Power pop
/ Progressive rock 1989–1997, 1998–present

AKB48 53.04 million[12] Pop / Electropop / Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Bubblegum 2005–present

Ayumi Hamasaki 50.67 million[13] Pop / Dance
Dance
/ Electronica / Rock 1998–present

30 million to 50 million records[edit]

L'Arc-en-Ciel

Hikaru Utada

Namie Amuro

SMAP

X Japan

Artist Sales Genres Years active

Southern All Stars 48.97 million[14][12] Pop rock / Soft rock / Folk rock
Folk rock
/ Blues rock 1975–present

Dreams Come True 44.90 million[12] Pop / new wave / R&B 1988–present

L'Arc-en-Ciel 40 million†[15] Alternative rock
Alternative rock
/ Pop rock / Post-punk 1991–present

Tomoyasu Hotei 40 million†[16] Rock 1988–present

Yumi Matsutoya[note 1] 39.59 million[12] Pop / Rock / Jazz
Jazz
/ Folk / Kayōkyoku 1968–present

Namie Amuro 38.91 million[17] [better source needed] R&B / Hip hop / Pop / EDM 1992–2018

Glay 38.76 million[12] Pop rock / Power pop
Power pop
/ Progressive rock 1988–present

Zard 37.63 million[12] Pop rock 1991–2007

SMAP 37.20 million[12] Pop / R&B / Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Electropop 1991–2016

Hikaru Utada 36.22 million[18] Pop / R&B / Rock / Electronica / Experimental 1998–2010; 2016–present

Arashi 33.43 million[19] Pop / Pop rock / R&B / Hip hop 1999–present

Chage and Aska 31.40 million Folk rock
Folk rock
/ Pop rock 1979–2009, 2013–present

X Japan 30 million†[20] Heavy metal 1982–1997 2007–present

Seiko Matsuda 30 million† Pop / Kayōkyoku 1980–present

20 million to 30 million records[edit]

Akina Nakamori

Masaharu Fukuyama

Exile

Every Little Thing

Morning Musume

Artist Sales Genres Years active

Globe 28.94 million[18] Synthpop
Synthpop
/ Eurobeat
Eurobeat
/ Trance 1995–present

KinKi Kids 26.06 million[18] Pop 1993–present

Akina Nakamori 25.37 million Pop / Kayōkyoku 1982–present

Tube 24.55 million Pop rock / Power pop
Power pop
/ Surf rock
Surf rock
/ Blues rock 1985–present

Masaharu Fukuyama 24.10 million[21] Rock / Pop 1990–present

Exile 23.44 million[18] Pop / Dance
Dance
/ R&B / House 2001–present

Every Little Thing 22.72 million[18] Pop rock / Power pop
Power pop
/ Soft rock 1996–present

Maki Ohguro 22.67 million[18] Pop / New wave 1989–present

Morning Musume 22.47 million Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Electropop / Teen pop / Bubblegum 1997–present

Miyuki Nakajima 21.96 million Folk / Rock / Kayōkyoku / Enka 1975–present

TRF 21.71 million Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Eurobeat
Eurobeat
/ R&B 1993–present

Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi 21.64 million[21] Rock / Folk 1977–present

Noriyuki Makihara 21 million[21] Pop 1990–present

Spitz 20.68 million Alternative rock
Alternative rock
/ Power pop 1987–present

5 million to 20 million records[edit]

Misia

Mariah Carey

Puffy AmiYumi

Nogizaka46

Chemistry

Artist Sales Genres Years active

Misia 20 million[22] Pop / Soul
Soul
/ R&B / Dance 1998–present

Speed 19.55 million Pop / Dance
Dance
/ R&B / Hip hop 1996–2003, 2008–present

Hiroshi Itsuki 19.24 million[23] Enka
Enka
/ Pop 1965–present

Kome Kome Club 18.66 million Pop / Soul
Soul
/ Funk 1982–1997, 2006–present

Toshinobu Kubota 16.33 million R&B / Pop / Soul
Soul
/ Neo soul 1981–present

Kyosuke Himuro 16.25 million Rock / Pop 1978–present

Momoe Yamaguchi 16.22 million Pop 1973–1980

Dragon Ash 16 million Alternative Rock
Alternative Rock
/ Hip hop / Nu metal
Nu metal
/ Punk rock 1996–Present

Yōsui Inoue 15.809 million Rock / Folk 1969–present

Hiromi Gō 15.805 million Pop / Kayōkyoku / R&B 1972–present

Kenji Sawada 15.71 million[18] Pop / Rock 1969–present

Mai Kuraki 15.5 million Pop / R&B 1999–present

The Checkers 15.38 million Rock 'n' roll
Rock 'n' roll
/ Pop rock / Rockabilly
Rockabilly
/ Doo-wop 1981–1992

Miki Imai 15.31 million Pop 1986–present

Mariah Carey 15 million[11] Pop / Soul
Soul
/ R&B / Dance 1988–present

Judy and Mary 15 million Pop rock / Punk rock
Punk rock
/ Art punk / Alternative rock 1992–2001

Puffy AmiYumi 15 million Dance rock / Pop rock / Pop punk
Pop punk
/ Power pop 1995–Present

Shizuka Kudo 15 million[24] Pop / Kayōkyoku 1987–Present

Koda Kumi 15 million†[25] Pop / Soul
Soul
/ R&B / Dance 2000–present

Kanjani8 13 million Pop / Enka 2004–present

Nogizaka46 12.9 million Pop / Electropop / Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Bubblegum 2011–present

Tomomi Kahara 12 million Pop / Pop Rock 1995–2006, 2013–present

Orange Range 11 million Pop / Rock / Hiphop 2001–present

Luna Sea 10+ million† Rock / Progressive Rock
Progressive Rock
/ Alternative Rock
Alternative Rock
/ Hard Rock 1989–2000, 2010–present

Chemistry 10 million Pop / Soul
Soul
/ R&B / Dance 2001–present

SKE48 8.5 million Pop / Electropop / Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Bubblegum 2008–present

NMB48 7.7 million Pop / Electropop / Dance-pop
Dance-pop
/ Bubblegum 2011–present

BoA 7.7 million Pop / R&B / Dance
Dance
/ K-Pop 2000–present

Whitney Houston 7.6 million R&B / Pop / Soul
Soul
/ Gospel 1977–2012

Ketsumeishi 7.6 million Hiphop
Hiphop
/ Reggae
Reggae
/ R&B 1993–present

Avril Lavigne 7 million Pop punk
Pop punk
/ Pop Rock / Alternative Rock
Alternative Rock
/ Post Grunge 1999–present

Otsuka Ai 6.6 million Pop 2003–present

The Beatles 6 million Pop / Rock 1960–1970

Gackt 5.7 million Rock 1993–present

Def Tech 5 million Music of Hawaii
Music of Hawaii
/ Hiphop 2002–2007, 2010–present

Rip Slyme 5 million Hiphop
Hiphop
/ Pop 1994–present

YUI 5 million Pop / Pop Rock 2004–present

Backstreet Boys 5 million Pop / Dance
Dance
Pop 1993–present

Linkin Park 5 million Alternative Rock
Alternative Rock
/ Nu Metal
Nu Metal
/ Rap Rock 1996–present

Britney Spears 5 million Pop / Dance 1998–present

Best-selling artist sales by year[edit]

Year Artist Album Sales Single Sales Total Sales

1999 Hikaru Utada 7,365,830 5,383,770 12,749,600

2000 Ayumi Hamasaki 5,267,350 3,914,920 9,182,270

2001 Ayumi Hamasaki 5,311,950 5,067,910 10,379,860

2002 Hikaru Utada 3,526,780 2,410,990 5,667,770

2003 Ayumi Hamasaki 2,774,474 1,056,148 3,830,622

2004 Hikaru Utada 3,537,845 365,206 3,903,051

2005 Orange Range 3,479,539 2,242,257 5,721,796

2006 Koda Kumi 2,411,470 1,281,022 3,692,492

2007 Koda Kumi 1,318,072 534,035 1,852,107

2008 Exile 4,363,967 678,458 5,042,425

2009 Arashi 1,432,781 2,213,423 3,646,204

2010 Arashi 1,395,807 3,778,313 5,174,120

2011 AKB48 829,645 6,871,281 7,700,926

2012 AKB48 1,029,954 6,954,599 7,984,553

2013 AKB48 0 5,961,213 5,961,213

2014 AKB48 1,041,355 6,241,987 7,283,342

2015 AKB48 1,468,279 5,062,100 6,530,379

2016 AKB48 0 5,413,328 5,413,328

2017 AKB48 632,615 4,715,415 5,348,030

Notes[edit]

^ Includes releases under her maiden name, Yumi Arai.

See also[edit]

List of best-selling singles in Japan List of best-selling albums in Japan

References[edit]

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AKB48
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Oricon
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Further reading[edit]

Okamoto, Satoshi (2011). Single Chart Book: Complete Edition 1968-2010 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon
Oricon
Entertainment. ISBN 4-87131-088-4.  Okamoto, Satoshi (2006). オリコン・アルバム・チャートブック(完全版): 1970~2005 [Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005] (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon
Oricon
Entertainment. ISBN 978-4-87131-077-2. 

External links[edit]

Yamachan Land (Japanese) — Japanese chart archives of selected best-selling artists (last upda

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