Mayu Watanabe Takes Early Lead for 2016! AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Election Preliminary Results!
Mayu Watanabe received a late birthday present when preliminary results for AKB48’s 45th Single Senbatsu Election were announced on June 1, 2016 at the AKB48 Theater. Watanabe, who’s birthday celebration live (her actual birthday is March 26) was held that day was present for the announcement of the rankings which aired live to the other theaters, where members and fans alike held their breath to find out the results.
The preliminary results were also distributed as breaking news in Akihabara, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shinbashi and other parts of Tokyo. Voting for AKB48’s 45th Single Senbatsu Election started on May 31, 2016, the “flying get” day for “Tsubasa wa Iranai”.
With the ranking announcement, it was also unveiled that the group who wins the most seats, in other words, the “majority party”, will get some special rewards in the form of a) a new setlist that starts on October 30, 2016; b) a “Thank you” festival for fans to attend; c) LINE stamps. The top 16 members (“Senbatsu”), in addition to being in the A-side track, will also be singing the theme song for “Toki wo Kakeru Shojo”, a new drama that starts in July on Nippon TV. The 45th single that is scheduled to release in August will be a double A-side single.
In other news, “Tsubasa wa Iranai”, AKB48’s 44th single that went on sale on June 1, 2016, sold 2.3 million copies on the first day, easily grabbing the #1 spot on the Oricon charts.
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