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AKB48 performing at Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, in July 2010
Background information
Origin Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels AKS Co., Ltd. (Japan)
DefStar Records (Japan)
You, Be Cool!/King Records (Japan)
Gold Typhoon (Taiwan)

Subunits' labels:
Avex Trax
Pony Canyon
Nippon Columbia
EPIC Japan
Associated acts SKE48
Watarirouka Hashiritai
French Kiss
Not Yet
Website AKB48's on YouTube
Team A Details
Team K Details
Team B Details
Team 4 Details
Past members
Former Members

AKB48 is a Japanese idol group[1] produced by Yasushi Akimoto. He searched Akihabara to find members who are innovative, because the area has been energetic recently. They are very popular in Japan. "AKB" name is derived from AKIHABARA (Japanese: 秋葉原).

On 2012-10-31, AKB48 has sold over 20,000,000 records in Japan and becomes the best selling female group in J-POP history. [2]

Concept[change | edit source]

The group debuted in January 2009. There are 47 members in total. They have a specific stage/theater called "AKB48 theater" (AKB48劇場) in Akihabara, and perform there everyday. AKB48 theater is located on the 8th floor of Don Quixote Akihabara (ドン・キホーテ秋葉原店). The reason for this is because Akimoto wanted to change the idea of idols. Idols usually are presented in an unrealistic way in the media, so Akimoto's idea was to show idols as real people whom fans could interact with. Also, there are sister groups such as SKE48, SDN48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48, SNH48 and TPE48. "SKE" name is derived from Sakae (),"NMB" is from Namba (難波), "HKT" is from Hakata (博多), "JKT" is from Jakarta (ジャカルタ), "SNH" is from Shanghai (上海), and "TPE" is from Taipei (台北). Also, "SDN" name is derived from "Saturday Night", so SDN48 consists of members ages 20 or over.

Name[change | edit source]

AKB is a short form for Akihabara. During the first phase of this project, the name "Akihabara 48" was decided. It is popularly thought that the number 48 means the number of members, but instead it refers to the name of the group's President's office; "office48". The office is located in Chiba Prefecture, and in Japanese pronunciation, "Chiba" and "48" sound similar.

Members[change | edit source]

AKB48 consists of 3 teams called "Team A", "Team K", and "Team B". All members belong to one of these teams. Each team holds individual performances at their stage/theatre "AKB gekijou". Each team has more than 20 members.

"Senbatsu Member"[change | edit source]

Due to the large number of members, only a few members are picked by their producer when making media appearances. The members picked are called "senbatsu members". Senbatsu members have "earned" the privilege of representing the group during media appearances, and are usually decided by election.

Election[change | edit source]

There are four big election to decide who sing new song. We can get election post paper when we buy specific CDs or related goods by AKB48.

AKB48 First Election[change | edit source]

It is a first election of AKB48 from June 23th to July 7th 2009 at Akasaka BLITZ (赤坂 BLITZ). Top 21 in this election can get the right to sing 13th single CD "Iiwake Maybe". Atsuko Maeda was ranked number 1 "center".

AKB48 Second Election[change | edit source]

It is a second election of AKB48 from May 25th to June 8th 2010 at JCB Hall (JCBホール). Top 21 in this election can get the right to sing 17th single CD "Heavy Routation". Top 12 called "Media Senbatsu". They can promote new information on media. Yuko Oshima was ranked number 1 "center".

AKB48 Third Election[change | edit source]

It is a third election of AKB48 from May 24th to June 8th 2011 at Nihon Budoukan (日本武道館). Top 21 in this election can get the right to sing 22th single CD "Flying Get". Atsuko Maeda was ranked number 1 "center".

AKB48 Fourth Election[change | edit source]

It is a fourth election of AKB48 from May 22th to June 5th 2012 at Nihon Budoukan (日本武道館). Top 21 in this election can get the right to sing 27th single CD "Gingham Check". Yuko Oshima was ranked number 1 "center".

AKB48 Fifth Election[change | edit source]

It is a latest election of AKB48 from May 21st to June 7th 2013 at Nissan Stadium (日産スタジアム). Top 16 in this election can get the right to sing 32th single CD "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie". Rino Sashihara was ranked number 1 "center".

Discography[change | edit source]

  • Aitakatta
  • Seihuku ga jama wo suru
  • Keibetsu siteita Aizyou
  • BINGO!
  • Boku no Taiyou
  • Yuhi wo miteiruka?
  • Romance irane
  • Sakura no hanabiratachi 2008
  • Baby! Baby! Baby!
  • Oogoe diamond
  • Juunen-Zakura
  • Namida Surprise!
  • Iiwake Maybe
  • Sakura no Siori
  • Ponytail and Chou chou
  • Heavy rotation
  • Beginner
  • Chance no junban
  • Sakura no Ki ni narou
  • Everyday, Katyusya
  • Flying Get
  • Kaze ha huiteiru
  • Ue kara Mariko
  • Manatu no Sounds good!
  • Gingham Check
  • UZA
  • Eien Pressure
  • So Long!
  • Sayonara Crawl
  • Koi Suru Fortune Cookie
  • Heart Electric
  • Suzukake no Ki no Michi de 'Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru' to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono
  • Mae Shika Mukanē

References[change | edit source]