The song "Flying Get," by the all-girl idol group AKB48, won the top honor in the 53rd Japan Record Awards on Friday night, the first time that AKB48 has received the award.
The award marks the end of another successful year for the AKB48 commercial juggernaut, after all five of the singles it released this year sold over a million copies.
"Flying Get," released on Aug 24, was named after the Japanese online slang for getting an item before it is officially released. "Flying Get" sold 1,587,229 copies and edged out AKB48's 21st single, "Everyday, Katyusha", which sold 1,586,840 copies, as Japan's top-selling CD of the year.
The top 21 nominee performers in AKB48's most recent "general election" poll in June sang the group's 22nd single through tears of joy at Griday night's awards.
Popular group member Atsuko Maeda, 20, gave a tearful speech in which she thanked the group's producer, 55-year-old Yasushi Akimoto. "I'd like to say thank you to all of the fans who have helped support us, and to Mr Akimoto," she said.© Japan Today