23. 花よ踊れ 中森明菜 5621 copies
Can’t help feeling a little disappointed, but I guess this means that it is her best selling single since「Days」, which is also an ending theme. I believe that the exposure from the drama is not high because it is not rating very well. The fact that Akina has not appeared on TV variety programs to sing the song might have some effect too. On a brighter note, it’s her highest charting single since 「The Heat」, and it’s not easy for singers in their 25th year to have good results, so I guess we should all rejoice!
There is also still the PV to look forward to, which could lead to more promotion. Like most Japanese fans, I also wonder if Akina will appear on the last episode of 「プリマダム」, which is going to be acted live and screened on the 21st June. It is a definitely going to be a talking point as the day draws nearer, and if Akina is not going to die in the series soon, then maybe there is a chance. However, since she does have stage fright and is not primarily an actress, it may not eventuate. Still, it would be nice if she came back as a spirit to watch Kuroki or her son dance, and then proceed to sing the ending theme song live!!