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Total sales of CDs with just one song by the Japanese all-girl pop group AKB48 have reached 36,158,000 copies, the most ever by a recording artist or group in Japan, music information provider Oricon Inc. said Wednesday.

The feat, bucking the trend of sluggish CD sales as more listeners prefer digital downloading, was announced the day after the group celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special concert at its home theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district.

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