List of Oricon number-one albums of 2008

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The highest-selling albums and mini-albums in Japan are ranked in the Oricon Weekly Chart, published by Oricon Style magazine.[1] The data are compiled by Oricon based on each album's weekly physical sales. Thirty-seven albums reached the peak of the chart in 2008.

R&B singer Namie Amuro's Best Fiction had the longest chart run of 2008. The album remained at the top of the charts from its issue date of August 11 to September 15.[2] Amuro became the first solo female artist in 28 years to have an album chart number one for six consecutive weeks after Saki Kubota (久保田早紀 Kubota Saki?), who had an album at number one for seven consecutive weeks in 1980.[3] Pop singer Mariya Takeuchi's greatest hits album Expressions stayed atop the charts for three consecutive weeks, making her the first artist over 50 years of age to accomplish this.[2] Other artists who had extended runs on the chart include Kobukuro, Kumi Koda, Exile, Madonna, Superfly, Greeeen, and Mr. Children; each spent two straight weeks on the chart.

Korean pop singer BoA's Japanese album The Face debuted at number one, making her the second artist after Ayumi Hamasaki to have six consecutive number-one studio albums since her debut.[4] American pop singer Madonna's Hard Candy became the singer's first album in 18 years to debut at number one on the Oricon chart.[5] With the release of their second album, Game, girl group Perfume became the second technopop group (after Yellow Magic Orchestra) to have a number-one album on the charts.[6]

B'z The Best "Ultra Pleasure" was hard rock duo B'z's 22nd number-one album, surpassing Yumi Matsutoya for having the most number-one albums.[7] Their record increased to 23 number-one albums with the release of B'z The Best "Ultra Treasure".[8] Rock singer Yui's B-side album My Short Stories debuted atop the charts, making her the second female artist after Seiko Matsuda to have a B-side album debut at the top.[9]

The best-selling album overall of 2008 was R&B group Exile's Exile Love, released in late 2007, which sold over 1,470,000 copies. The second-best-selling album was Amuro's Best Fiction, which sold more than 1,447,000 copies, followed by pop folk band Kobukuro's 5296, with nearly 1,405,000 albums sold. The fourth- and fifth-best-selling albums were Exile Catchy Best and Heart Station by Exile and pop singer Hikaru Utada respectively. Exile Catchy Best sold over 1,222,000 copies, while Heart Station sold a little over 997,000 copies.[10]

Chart history[edit]

Pop singer BoA became the second artist to have six consecutive number-one albums.
Hard rock duo B'z currently hold the record for most number-one albums.
Issue dateAlbumArtistReference
January 145296Kobukuro[11]
January 21[12]
January 28Sōshi Sōai 2 (沿志奏逢2?)Bank Band[13]
February 4Zard Request Best: Beautiful MemoryZard[14]
February 11KingdomKumi Koda[15]
February 18[16]
February 25Award Supernova: Loves BestM-Flo[17]
March 3Complete Singles Collection '97-'08The Brilliant Green[18]
March 10The FaceBoA[19]
March 17World World WorldAsian Kung-Fu Generation[20]
March 24Single BestKou Shibasaki[21]
March 31Heart StationHikaru Utada[22]
April 7Exile Catchy BestExile[23]
April 14[24]
April 21I Loved YesterdayYui[25]
April 28GamePerfume[6]
May 5Dream "A" LiveArashi[26]
May 12Hard CandyMadonna[27]
May 19[27]
May 26SuperflySuperfly[28]
June 2[29]
June 9MihimariseMihimaru GT[30]
June 16KAT-TUN III: Queen of PiratesKAT-TUN[31]
June 2320th Anniversary All Singles Complete Best Just Movin' On: All the S-hitKyosuke Himuro[32]
June 30B'z The Best "Ultra Pleasure"B'z[7]
July 7Ā, Domo. Ohisashiburi Desu.Greeeen[33]
July 14[34]
July 21Panic FancyOrange Range[35]
July 28ZushiKimaguren (キマグレン?)[36]
August 4Exile Entertainment BestExile[37]
August 11Best FictionNamie Amuro[38]
August 18[2]
August 25[39]
September 1[40]
September 8[41]
September 15[3]
September 22A Complete: All SinglesAyumi Hamasaki[42]
September 29B'z The Best "Ultra Treasure"B'z[8]
October 6Super.Modern.Artistic.PerformanceSMAP[43]
October 13ExpressionsMariya Takeuchi[44]
October 20[2]
October 27[2]
November 3We Love Hexagon (We Love ♥ ヘキサゴン?)Hexagon All Stars[45]
November 10Porno Graffitti Best AcePorno Graffitti[46]
November 17Best DestinyMiliyah Kato[47]
November 24My Short StoriesYui[48]
December 1ColorNEWS[49]
December 8VoiceMika Nakashima[50]
December 15Exile Ballad BestExile[51]
December 22Supermarket FantasyMr. Children[52]
December 29[53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e (Japanese) "Mariya Takeuchi ranks in first place for three weeks in a row - a first time record for an artist above the age of 50.". Oricon. October 21, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b (Japanese) "Namie Amuro carries on weight! Sixth consecutive week in top place - a record after Dream Comes True since 14 years and 8 months". Oricon. September 9, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ (Japanese) "BoA achieves a record now second only after Ayumi Hamasaki.". Livedoor. March 4, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ (Japanese) ""Thank you, Prime Minister Kimura": Queen Madonna dings no.1 since about 18 years". Oricon. May 6, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b (Japanese) "Perfume in first place. A striking record after 25 years since YMO.". Oricon. April 22, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b (Japanese) "B'z sets a tie-breaking record with its 22nd album in first place - achieves a grand dominance of six major Oricon historical rankings". Oricon. June 24, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b (Japanese) "B'z renews its own record with the 23rd album winning first place.". Oricon. September 23, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
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  28. ^ (Japanese) "Striking record: Superfly wins the weekly first". Livedoor. May 20, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
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  40. ^ (Japanese) "Namie Amuro's best hangs on to first place in the fourth week - approaches 1.2 million of sales". Oricon. August 26, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  41. ^ (Japanese) "Amuro's album still in first place after five weeks, a first time in 24 years record since Akina for a female soloist". Oricon. September 2, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  42. ^ (Japanese) "Ayumi Hamasaki: ultimate best kicks off first place with 540k sales". Oricon. September 16, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  43. ^ (Japanese) "SMAP accumulates 10 million in album sales". Oricon. September 30, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  44. ^ (Japanese) "Mariya Takeuchi sets a record of winning first place furthest from debut for a female singer". Oricon. October 7, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  45. ^ (Japanese) "Hexagon production finally charts no.1 for the first time - a duo of variety show after 18 years". Oricon. October 28, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  46. ^ (Japanese) "Porno Graffitti dominates no.1 and 2 with "Ace" and "Joker"". Barks. November 5, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2009. 
  47. ^ (Japanese) "加藤ミリヤ、デビュー5年目で初の首位獲得!". Oricon. November 11, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  48. ^ (Japanese) "Yui becomes a second charting no.1 with a B-side tune, first time after 24 years since Seiko Matsuda". Oricon. November 18, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2009. 
  49. ^ "Charts: UVERworld's first #1". Tokyograph. November 26, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  50. ^ (Japanese) "Mika Nakashima charts no.1 with album 'Voice'". Excite. December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  51. ^ (Japanese) "Exile: Third No.1 album within a single year - a record after 20 years for male since BOΦWY". Oricon. December 9, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
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  53. ^ (Japanese) "Mr.Children shows off its presence with the second consecutive week in first place". Excite. December 24, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009.