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  1. Christian
    Jun 14 - 7:42 pm

    The name of the girl who came in second at the election is not Ushihara, it’s Sashihara, the last year’s winner.

    I think the calculation quite strange, simply multiplying the votes with the price for the Labrador Retriever CD.

    First of all, you can be eligible to vote also without buying the CD, for example every fanclub member has one vote. When using there smartphone app, you also gain a vote.

    Secondly, the guy just added up for the ranks 80 to 1. However, also members that didn’t rank got votes. And actually, it is easy to get the amount of votes, cause it is published every year. There were 2,689,427 which is about 412,000 more than the calculated one of 2,277,635.

    Additionally, also the selling numbers for the single “Labrador Retriever” is published on Oricon and by now was sold 1,764,489 times.

    Everyone knows that AKB48 makes a huge amount of money, but keep your facts straight.

    • Philip Brasor & Masako Tsubuku
      Jun 19 - 9:56 am

      Thank you for the information, but the point of the post is not how much money AKB makes but rather how the use of the premium system can be abused by some people.

  2. Nell
    Jun 21 - 9:42 pm

    1,764,489 copies – i wonder how many of those will see at least one spin in a CD player.

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