Ballade Best – Oricon Weekly Chart Debut

In the official chart to be released tomorrow, 「Ballade Best」 hits the 13th spot according to this news update from the Oricon site:

13位は、デビュー25周年を迎えた、中森明菜の『バラード・ベスト -25th ANNIVERSARY SELECTION-』(初登場赤丸付、1.6万枚)

Due to a lack of promotion, it has not sold as well as 「歌姫ベスト」, but I think the sales are still really encouraging, and there is a high possibility that it will hit over  2.0 万枚. I think 13th is a good position and I am happier with that than 11th, which would have been more painful. Let’s hope that her TV promotion on the Karaoke show will bring more attention to this album, while we await newer material from her.


Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

13 thoughts on “Ballade Best – Oricon Weekly Chart Debut

  1. wah! still good still good! thanks Jamez for keeping tab on this. number 13 is lucky number for me too! =)

  2. I was hoping for another Top 10 entry – I think the last time she had back-to-back Top 10 entries was way back in the mid-90’s. #13 is still great though. At the end of the day, it’s the quality of the music that really matters to me.

  3. I guessed so. It all depends on promotion and whether Universal is happy to splurge more on promotion. There was no much done for this or Destination, so the sales were not so strong for the first week.

    Akina mentioned in her newsletter that it is going to be a busy year for her. Without a concert in sight, I wonder what she will be busy with? Anyone care to dream …

  4. movie! tv series! book! new album! new single! marriage! make baby!

    and lastly, have tea with me. wah so busy!!

  5. I think she should have a world tour, by starting from New York. Akina ~ Live from New York!

    Use this opportunity to promote back to Japan.


  6. just think european films are more artistic i a way, ppl there might be more able to appreciate asian actresses with great talent.. stupid thinking, lol

  7. no no , not stupid thinking.

    I just curious. Europe does have a better market for asian independent film with more artistic quality in it.

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