Topping the single charts for the first time in a while is Morning Musume with their 52nd single “Help me!!” selling over 93,000 copies. It’s the idol group’s first #1 since 2009 and their combined last three single releases have sold better than any other three consecutive singles since 2004. No denying the changes made during 2012 have been very successful.

In the second spot is SUPER JUNIOR-KRY (a sub-unit featuring three lead vocalists from the main group) with their debut ballad single “Promise You”. And in the third spot is group AAA with their double a-side single “Miss you / Hohoemi no saku basho”.

On the album charts its rock band GLAY with a double original album release “Justice” and “Guilty” taking the top two spots, selling over 57,000 and 56,000 copies respectively.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow.

Singles for January 21st – 27th


Rank   Group/Artist Single Title Released Sold
1 Morning Musume Help me!! Jan 23rd 93,289
2 SUPER JUNIOR-KRY  Promise You Jan 23rd 69,067
3 AAA Miss you / Hohoemi no saku basho Jan 23rd 39,831
4 Sakanaction Music Jan 23rd 35,065
5 Airi Totoki (Hitomi Harada CV) The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Master 013 Jan 23rd 19,870
6 Miho Kohinata (Minami Tsuda CV) The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Master 011 Jan 23rd 19,159
7 Riina Tada (Ruriko Aoki CV) The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Master 012 Jan 23rd 18,481
8 Mizuki Kawashima (Nao Higashiyama CV) The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Master 014 Jan 23rd 16,790
9 Mio Honda (Sayuri Hara CV) The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Master 015 Jan 23rd 15,271
10 baroque Tatoeba kimi to boku Jan 23rd 10,903


Albums for January 21st – 27th


Rank   Group/Artist Album Title Released Sold
1 GLAY Justice Jan 23rd 57,224
2 GLAY Guilty Jan 23rd 56,627
3 One Direction Take me Home Nov 14th 2012 35,209
4 Kazuya Yoshi 18 Jan 23rd 30,043
5 Mongol800 800BEST Jan 23rd 24,082
6 One Direction Up All Night Aug 8th 2012 16,378
7 Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox Dec 12th 2012 15,273
8 Kim Jae Jung (JYJ) I (Korean import) Jan 18th 12,786
9 SID 10th Anniversary BEST Jan 16th 9,845
10 Taylor Swift RED Oct 24th 2012 9,811


Source: Oricon