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On June 22, Oricon reported that for the first half of 2011 AKB48 topped the album sales charts and had the best- and second-best-selling singles ("Everyday, Kachūsha" and "Sakura no Ki ni Narō").

On New Year's Day 2008 AKB48 released its first album, Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007, a collection of the group's singles and live song lists.

The group's seventh major-label single (its ninth overall), "Romance, Irane", was released on January 23 On February 27 the group released its eighth major-label single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008", a reprise of its Team A debut single.

AKB48 released its first independent-label single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi", in February 2006.

It entered Oricon's weekly Top 10 chart, with first-week sales of 22,011 (a rarity for an indie-label group).

The top eighty candidates were ranked in five groups of sixteen.

At a May 25, 2014 handshake event at the Iwate Industry Culture and Convention Center in Takizawa, Iwate, group members Rina Kawaei, Anna Iriyama and a staff member were attacked by a 24-year-old man with a handsaw.

Its sales exceeded those of the previous single, with over 400,000 copies sold on its first day and over 513,000 in its first week.

AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe appeared on the cover of the December issue of the idol magazine UP to boy with Airi Suzuki from the Japanese girl group Cute, the first gravure collaboration between Hello! project, collecting donations for earthquake and tsunami relief.

In its first week the single topped the Oricon chart with over 300,000 copies sold, the most by a Japanese female artist in seven years.

AKB48's 16th single, "Ponytail to Chouchou", was released on May 26, 2010.

AKB48 has a system that allows members to "graduate" from the group when they are older and are replaced by trainees who are promoted.