Through hours of stressful preparations by this year's AKB48 Single Senbatsu eligible members, voting has come and gone! Even after allegations of voting fraud, which were quickly denied, the results were announced on June 17th for the top 16 "angels" to record and perform the 49th Senbatsu single which is to be released this August.
Last year's chart topping single, Negaigoto no Mochigusare (願いごとの持ち腐れ) sold more than 1.3 million copies in its first week.
It'll be interesting to see if this year's Senbatsu can top last year's with a single that is off the charts!
With over 3 million votes tallied this year, Rino Sashihara (指原 莉乃) retained the top spot in what some might say is the most exciting election so far this year (and yes, we do know about France's new president and the UK's prime minister!). For 24-year-old Sashihara of HKT48, AKB's sister group out of Fukuoka, this is her third year in a row at the top! The results were announced in Okinawa this past Saturday.
Winners of the rest of the top 15 spots:
1. Watanabe Mayu
2. Matsui Jurina
3. Miyawaki Sakura
4. Ogino Yuka
5. Suda Akari
6. Yokoyama Yui
7. Sousa Sarina
8. Okada Nana
9. Kitahara Rie
10. Takahashi Juri
11. Shiroma Miru
12. Homemade Hinata
13. Furuhata Nao
14. Takayanagi Akane
15. Yoshida Akari
No word yet on what the song's theme will be, or the title; for that we'll have to wait until August. For now, you can put those posters of your very own favorite AKB48 member back in the closet, that is at least until next year!
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