AKB48 is a girl group that has achieved enormous popularity in Japan, to the point of being characterized as a social phenomenon. The group has 64 members, ranging in age from early teens to mid-20s. Produced by Yasushi Akimoto, it is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2011 record sales of over $200 million in Japan alone.
In 2011 AKB48 occupied the whole top 5 of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart. The band has sold over ten million records. More precisely, with 11,787,000 CD single sales by January 6, 2012 according to Oricon, AKB48 holds the record for most singles sold in Japan by a female group.
AKB48's music video