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A single CD that the Japanese pop group SMAP released in 2003 ranked No. 1 on a Japanese hit chart Friday after fans alarmed by news of the group’s possible breakup launched a campaign to buy it to express their support for the band, the music information provider Oricon Inc. said Saturday.

“Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” (“The Only Flower in the World”), the most popular song by the evergreen male band, returned to the chart in ninth place on Jan. 14, the day after media reported SMAP was on the verge of breaking up, and continued to climb up on Oricon’s daily single ranking to reach the top spot on Friday.

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