What is AKB48

They are the female idol group representative of Japan.
Lyricist Yasushi Akimoto serves as the overall producer.
An idol group that began its activities in December 2005. The concept is “Idols You Can Meet”.
The unique point about the AKB48 Project is that the process of the idols growing can be shared with the fans.
An exclusive "AKB48 Theater" is held for the girls in Akihabara, Tokyo, where there are daily performances with dance and song.
The members are selected through a nationwide audition and are currently divided into 5 teams
(Team A, K, B, 4, 8) and understudies.
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart:

28 songs consecutively at NO.1

CD Single Sales Total: 36.158 Million Copies

All 28 of the most recent singles of AKB48 have reached no.1 on the Oricon weekly singles chart.
Of those, 23 have sold more than one million copies.
Single CD Sales
July, 2005 The first generation of the Akihabara 48 project is launched.
December, 2005 The first generation group members debut as Team A at the AKB Theater.
October, 2006 Release of their major debut single, "Aitakatta".
March, 2007 AKB48's first national tour to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
July, 2007 The group achieves their 500th theatre performance.
December, 2007 First appearance on the NHK Red and White Singing Contest.
January, 2008 First album release.
October, 2008 Debut of sister group, SKE48.
July, 2009 First Selection General Election introduced.
September, 2009 AKB48 held their first stand-alone overseas performance in Webster Hall in New York.
November, 2010 Recognised as the Largest Pop Group in the World by the Guinness Book of World Records
January, 2011 Debut of sister group, NMB48 on New Year's Day.
December, 2012 Japan Record Award
November, 2013 The 'AKB48 group draft' held for the first time
August, 2015 The AKB48 Theater holds a special commemorative performance for its 10th anniversary.
December, 2015 Perform as singers in the red team in the "66th NHK Red and White Song Battle".
Their 8th appearance in 7 consecutive years.
As of February 2016, there are 554 members in all the groups. Yasushi Akimoto is expanding the AKB48 concept to several sister groups.
Sister groups in Japan include SKE48 in Nagoya, NMB48 in Osaka, HKT48 in Hakata, and NGT48 in Niigata.
Sister groups abroad start with JKT48 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and announcements of TPE48 in Taipei, Taiwan, MNL48 in Manila, Philippines, and BNK48 in Bangkok, Thailand, have been made in 2016.
“Senbatsu Members” selected from all members including those of sister groups in Japan perform the title song when new CD singles are released.
Through a partnership between Hallo Hallo Entertainment and AKS CO., LTD, the foundation of MNL48 was finally made official. The new Philippine-based sister group will follow a structure similar to that used by AKB48. Members will be selected through a nationwide search with the final formation to be declared via general elections. MNL48 is set to be born this year!