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After year-long plus climb, Fuyumi Sakamoto bags first number one

Sometimes everything really does come to those who wait – it’s been well over a year since it was first released, and ‘Mata Kimi ni Koishiteiru’ [I am in love with you again] by EMI Music Japan’s Fuyumi Sakamoto continues to be one of the most popular songs in the country, clocking up a series of new chart achievements just this week.

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A song in the ‘enka’ pop ballad style, ‘Mata Kimi ni Koishiteiru’ came out in November 2008 and this week finally reached number one on the RecoChoku Full-length Ringtone Chart, the first time an enka artist has ever topped this chart.

Fuyumi is not just popular on the mobile charts – this week the track made number one on the iTunes Japan combined weekly chart for the first time ever. Also this week, the track’s CD single, released in January 2009, has hit the highest mark in its 51-week chart run, entering the Oricon Weekly Ranking top 5 for the first time. This is the best ever result for Fuyumi in her 24-year career!

The remarkable success of this track began in November 2008 when it was broadcast in an ad for ‘Lichiko’ drinks. It has since grown and grown in popularity, reaching beyond traditional enka fans and crossing into a broader audience who have so far bought over 800,000 downloads and nearly 200,000 CDs.

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