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Contents

CD Information

Artist
AKB48
Single
Beginner
Release Date
2010.10.27
Label/Catalog Number/Price
Label: You,Be Cool!/KING RECORDS
KIZM-90063~4 (Limited Edition Type-A-, CD+DVD) / ¥1,524
KIZM-63~4 (Regular Edition Type-A, CD+DVD) / ¥1,524
KIZM-90065~6 (Limited Edition Type-B, CD+DVD) / ¥1,524
KIZM-65~6 (Regular Edition Type-B, CD+DVD) / ¥1,524
NMAX-1098 (Theater Edition, CD) / ¥0,952

Regular Edition Details

CD
  1. Beginner / Senbatsu
  2. Boku Dake no value (僕だけのvalue) / Undergirls
  3. Beginner (off-vocal)
  4. Boku Dake no value (off-vocal)
    • (Type-A Exclusive track) Kimi ni Tsuite (off-vocal)
    • (Type-B Exclusive track) Nakeru Basho (off-vocal)
DVD
  1. Beginner Music Video
  2. Boku Dake no value Music Video
    • (Type-A Exclusive track) Beginner Formation Video (Oshima Yuko Center ver.)
    • (Type-B Exclusive track) Beginner Formation Video (Maeda Atsuko Center ver.)
    • (Type-A Exclusive track) Beginner Formation Video (Shinoda Mariko Center ver.)
    • (Type-B Exclusive track) Beginner Formation Video (Itano Tomomi Center ver.)

Theater Edition Details

CD
  1. Beginner
  2. Boku Dake no value
  3. Kimi ni Tsuite
  4. Nakeru Basho

Included Members

"Beginner"

Senbatsu (選抜) (16 Members) (Maeda Atsuko Center)

"Boku Dake no value"

Undergirls (アンダーガールズ) (22 Members) (Ota Aika & Takayanagi Akane Centers)

"Kimi ni Tsuite"

MINT (5 Members) (Maeda Atsuko Center)

"Nakeru Basho"

DIVA (17 Members) (Akimoto Sayaka Center)

General Information

Beginner is AKB48's 18th Single, 20 overall and 9th single since their change to KING RECORDS.

This single was announced at the Surprise wa Arimasen live during the encore section of 2nd concert, and the Type-A edition also features the song from the winning unit of the AmebaPigg Unit Battle; Kimi ni Tsuite by MINT. The single also includes a new song by the Undergirls and another track by a new vocal-unit named "DIVA".

Oricon Chart Positions

Date Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Sales Releases
10.10.25 -- *1
568,095
*1
112,151
*1
61,863
*1
26,077
*1
23,109
*1
22,025
**1 826,989
10.11.01 *1
12,146
*3
10,340
*3
11,496
*2
6,106
*2
5,684
*1
6,896
*1
6,565
**2 *63,504
10.11.08 *1
3,604
14 *9 *6 *6 *6 *3
4,247
**6 *25,452
10.11.15 *3
2,315
16 16 15 11 11 *8 *16 *14,308
10.11.22 15 14 20 15 17 *8 10 *15 **9,861
10.11.29 13 26 24 17 14 14 11 *17 **7,065
10.12.06 *9 25 19 14 11 *9 12 *15 **7,104 Chance no Junban single
10.12.13 *7 22 23 14 10 *9 *5 *13 **7,001
10.12.20 *9 14 14 *7 *7 *6 *6 *11 **7,501
10.12.27 *8 *7 *5 *6 *6 *3
1,459
*4 **5 **8,505
11.01.03 *4 *4 *4 *3
1,437
*4 *4 *4 **4 *10,502
11.01.10 *4 10 *7 *7 *6 *4 *4 **6 **7,444
11.01.17 *4 21 17 15 16 *9 *7 *12 **5,935
11.01.24 *7 31 31 22 21 15 13 *21 **5,323
11.01.31 12 27 23 23 20 15 14 *20 **3,925
11.02.07 14 44 47 40 34 25 28 *39 **3,000
11.02.14 18 33 35 34 29 27 24 *29 **2,961 Sakura no Ki ni Narou single
11.02.21 21 ** ** ** ** 39 37 *51 **2,152
11.02.28 30 ** ** ** ** 44 36 *60 **1,618
11.03.07 42 ** ** ** ** 35 44 *56 **1,155
11.03.14 40 ** ** ** 49 43 49 *58 ***,863
11.03.21 39 48 40 36 43 39 38 *42 **1,226
11.03.28 34 42 49 39 36 37 32 *40 **1,241
11.04.04 25 ** ** ** ** ** 44 *61 **1,048
11.04.11 38 ** ** ** ** 47 40 *59 ***,875
11.04.18 40 ** ** ** ** ** ** *71 ***,847
11.04.25 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *85 ***,923
11.05.02 ** ** 42 ** ** ** ** *60 **1,104
11.05.09 40 ** ** ** ** ** ** *95 ***,704
11.05.16 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *93 ***,596
11.05.23 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *94 ***,878 Everyday, Katyusha single
11.05.30 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 110 ***,686
11.06.06 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 101 ***,673 Koko ni Ita koto album
11.06.13 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 131 ***,447
11.06.20 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 151 ***,430
11.06.27 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 142 ***,402
11.07.04 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 163 ***,334
11.07.11 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 197 ***,248
OUT 3 weeks
11.08.08 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 189 ***,306
11.08.15 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 171 ***,349
11.08.22 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 179 ***,477 Flying Get single
11.08.29 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 195 ***,349
OUT 2 weeks
11.09.19 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 184 ***,397
OUT 2 weeks
11.10.10 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 188 ***,248
11.10.17 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 195 ***,230
11.10.24 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 176 ***,290 Kaze wa Fuiteiru single
11.10.31 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 158 ***,323
OUT 6 weeks Ue Kara Mariko single
11.12.19 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 188 ***,330
11.12.26 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 192 ***,259
12.01.02 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 155 ***,372
12.01.09 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 144 ***,356
12.01.16 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 181 ***,246

Total Reported Sales: 1,039,352*
Total Sales in 2010: 954,283
Total Sales in 2011: 83,516
Total of weeks charting inside Top 200: 52

Recochoku Chart-Run

Category Weekly Peaks
Chaku-Uta (tune) **3 - *12 - *13 - **5 - **8 - *13 - *26 - *28 - *34
Chaku-Uta (full) *** - **1 - **2 - **2 - **3 - *17 - *22 - *15

Beginner Music Clip Censoring Controversy

One of the Censored Scenes of the PV

Beginner's Music Clip was premiered during the Janken Senbatsu Tournament and as described by fans who attended the event, the pv featured a survive video game plot, where all the girls were connected to a virtual reality where they fought against each other killing themselves with different irealist weapons such as gigant Chupa Chup.

Close to the end of the PV, only Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko are left. While fighting against the Stone Recordes, Stone stabs Maeda's hand against a wall, making it impossible for her to move. Oshima fired at the arm thats holding Maeda. Oshima smiled for just 2 seconds and was killed from the Stone Recordes.

In that situation Maeda is in, she decides to cut her whole arm to keep fighting and for some unexplained reason, her real self is disconnected from the virtual reality game while still playing (meaning she was still alive in the game) and when she get conscious again, her hand starts to hurt and blood comes out of it while she screams in pain for at least 20 seconds.

When she cuts her whole arm off, she changed her arm to a sword and stabs the Stone Recordes. At the end, Matsui Jurina appeared to help Maeda

This PV was aired again in the Tokyo Aki Matsuri, where a KING RECORDS Representative said that "maybe this will be the last time we'll show the pv to an open public". claiming that the pv is "too strong visually" and that Dance Shot and Making off Footage was going to be used to make a new version to use on TV and to include in the DVD of the Single.

This created a lot of fuss in the AKB48 fandom, complaining that they wanted to see the real pv. and some days later, AKB's KING RECORDS official website updated with a notice that the original pv was going to be released only through Recochuku, and officially confirming that the version included in the DVD of the Single was going to be the Censored clip.

This was the first time an AKB48 music clip was censored. Akimoto Yasushi commented that "I thought we made an splendid creation" and later explained that it was 100% a KING RECORDS decision to Censor the PV.

Trivia

  • First KING RECORDS single to have Limited Editions. The National Handshaking Events tickets are now included in these editions.
  • This is also the first AKB48 single to have 5 editions.
  • The Senbatsu of this single was nearly identical to the Senbatsu chosen during the 2nd Senbatsu Election except for the exclusion of Akimoto Sayaka (17#) for Sashihara Rino (19#).
  • This is the first AKB48 single to sell 1,000,000 copies.
    • First million-selling single since Akikawa Masafumi's "Sen no Kaze ni Natte" in August 2007 (released May 2006)
    • First million-selling single by a female artist since Nakajima Miyuki's "Chijou no Hoshi / Headlight Taillight" in March 2003 (released July 2000)
    • First million-selling single by a female group since Morning Musume's "Koi no Dance Site" in February 2000 (released January 2000)
  • Japan's 243rd million-selling single ever.
  • Beginner's first day sales was the highest first day sales since Oricon started to report daily sales. It was the best selling single in 2010 in Japan.
  • Motto: 「今回のAKBは、かなり、ヤバイ!」 ("Konkai no AKB wa, Kanari, YABAI!" / "AKB this time is, considerably, amazing!")


AKB48 Singles Chronology
Heavy Rotation
(2010)
Beginner
(2010)
Chance no Junban
(2010)

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