1995 Sakai song tops iTunes chart

Kyodo News

Noriko Sakai’s 1995 single “Aoi Usagi” (“Blue Rabbit”) was the most downloaded song Tuesday on the iTunes music site following her arrest over the weekend for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

Sakai’s recording label Victor Entertainment withdrew her CDs from stores and suspended downloads of her songs on Sunday, the day after the 38-year-old was arrested, but iTunes users are probably obtaining it from compilation albums.

The site does not provide download counts but said it is rare for an old song to rank higher than new releases.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Sakai’s songs “Kagami no Doresu” (“The Dress in the Mirror”) and “Sekaiju no Dare Yori Kitto” (“More than Anyone in the World”) were in 17th and 18th place on the list of top 100 downloads.

Sakai has been major news since her husband’s arrest Aug. 3 for alleged amphetamine possession and her subsequent disappearance.