Atsuko Maeda Wins AKB48 Popularity Contest

Atsuko Maeda Wins AKB48 Popularity Contest
Yomiuri Shimbun: AKB総選挙、前田敦子さんがトップに
June 10, 2011

The all-female 58-member Japanese pop idol group AKB48 held a fan vote to determine the singers for its next single at the Japanese Martial Arts Center in Chiyoda, Tokyo on June 9th. Atsuko Maeda (age 19) won the most votes (139,892).

This is the group’s third annual popularity contest. Ballots were included with the group’s 21st single, “Everyday, Katyusha”, which was released one week ago and has already sold a record-setting 1,334,000 copies. Owners of that single and other paying members of AKB48’s website could choose from 150 candidates in AKB48 and its sister groups.

The new single will be released in August will feature the top 21 vote-getters; the 22nd through 40th-place singers will record the B-side together.

Atsuko Maeda



アイドルグループ、AKB48の新曲を歌うメンバーをファン投票で決める「AKB48 22ndシングル 選抜総選挙」の開票イベントが9日、東京・千代田区の日本武道館で開かれ、前田敦子さん(19)が13万9892票を獲得し、トップとなった。


(2011年6月9日20時38分 読売新聞)

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