AKB48 (short for Akihabara48) is a Japanese all-female idol group based in Akihabara, Tokyo, where they have their own theater in Don Quijote. The group, established in 2005, is produced by Akimoto Yasushi and signed under King Records, originally from DefSTAR RECORDS/Sony Music Japan. Currently the group consists of five teams: Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4 and Team 8. In addition, the group also has trainees called Kenkyuusei, and an international transference team, Team Kaigai. They hold the record for highest overall single sales for a female group on the Oricon charts and also hold the Guinness World Record for world's "largest pop group".
The group also has five sub-units: No Sleeves, established in 2008, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7, established in 2009, French Kiss, established in 2010, and Not yet and DiVA, both established in 2011. Many (former) members have debuted as soloists while part of AKB48: Kashiwagi Yuki (still active), Fujita Nana, Ohori Megumi, Itano Tomomi, Maeda Atsuko, Watanabe Mayu, Iwasa Misaki, Takahashi Minami, Matsui Sakiko, Kasai Tomomi and Kuramochi Asuka. Some former AKB48 members debuted as soloists after their graduation: Oshima Mai, Hoshino Michiru, Ono Erena, Hayano Kaoru, Oku Manami, Sato Amina, Masuda Yuka, Goto Moe and Chou Kurena.
- 1 History
- 2 Musical style
- 3 Reception
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Philanthropy
- 6 Performances outside of Japan
- 7 Members
- 8 Sister Groups
- 9 Former Sister Groups
- 10 Rival Groups
- 11 Soloists
- 12 Units
- 13 Terms
- 14 Baragumi and Yurigumi
- 15 Discography
- 16 Stages
- 17 AKB48 Events
- 18 Stages
- 19 Filmography
- 20 Appearance
- 21 Musicals
- 22 Awards
- 23 Number of current members
- 24 See Also
- 25 External Links
Theater Debut and Indies Era
In July 2005, renowned producer Akimoto Yasushi held an audition for a new theater based idol girl group. Of the 7,924 girls that applied, 45 passed the first round of auditions, detailed screening of the application documents. Finally, only 24 girls were chosen to be in the group. In November, the selected girls went through an extensive one month training program.
Itano Tomomi, Kawasaki Nozomi, Kojima Haruna, Komatani Hitomi, Maeda Atsuko, Masuyama Kayano, Minegishi Minami, Nakanishi Rina, Narita Risa, Ohe Tomomi, Oshima Mai, Sato Yukari, Takahashi Minami, Tojima Hana, Usami Yuki, Orii Ayumi, Hoshino Michiru, Urano Kazumi, Watanabe Shiho, and Hirajima Natsumi
A second audition was soon announced, and was held in cooperation with Japanese telecom company NTT DoCoMo. It was the first audition ever where the applicants had to send in their audition video with their mobile phones.
In January 2006, three months before Team K was formed, Akimoto allowed Shinoda Mariko to join the group as part of Team A without passing the second audition. Prior to joining the group, Shinoda was actually working as a waitress in a cafe in the same building and on the same floor as the the AKB48 theater. She could not attend the first audition for the group because she was working at the cafe. Fans petitioned for Shinoda to be able to join the group.
19 of the 11,892 applicants who participated in the second audition were chosen to join AKB48, but in the end only 17 girls joined the group to become Team K in April 2006. They were:
Akimoto Sayaka, Umeda Ayaka, Oshima Yuko, Ohori Megumi, Oku Manami, Ono Erena, Kasai Tomomi, Kobayashi Kana, Sato Natsuki, Noro Kayo, Hayano Kaoru, Masuda Yuka, Matsubara Natsumi, Miyazawa Sae, Imai Yu, Uemura Ayako, and Takada Ayana
AKB48 released its debut single Sakura no Hanabiratachi in February 2006. The single peaked at #10 on Oricon charts and sold 22,011 units in its first week, a surprisingly high rank for a group on an indies label.
In March of 2006, Usami Yuki of Team A became the first girl to graduate from the group.
On April 1, Team K started performing at the AKB48 theater.
Major Label Debut and DefSTAR Records Era
In August 2006 AKB48 signed a major label contract with DefSTAR Records, a part of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Their first single under DefSTAR Records, Aitakatta, was released on October 25, 2006. It reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.
In October, another audition was announced, resulting in the arrival of 13 new members. The third team of AKB48, Team B, was created in December 2006. The selected girls were:
On November 3rd and 4th, 2006, AKB48 performed their first concert AKB48 First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!~ at Nippon Seinenkan in Sendagaya, Shinjuku.
On January 25, 2007 Team A member Orii Ayumi graduated from the group. Six days later, AKB48's fourth single (second under DefSTAR Records) Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru was released. It peaked at #7 on the Oricon charts. There has been speculation that the PV and lyrics of the song are an allusion to Enjo-kosai (援助交際?) - voluntary underage "compensated dating" - though this has
not been confirmed. Their next single, Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou, featured a theme of bullying and suicide in the lyrics and PV. To promote the two singles, AKB48 went on their second concert tour, AKB48 Haru no Chotto dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada daze AKB48!~ which began on March 10, 2007.
AKB48's next single Boku no Taiyou was released on August 8th. It peaked at #2 on the Oricon charts, the highest chart position which the group had achieved up to that point.
On October 2, Team A member Watanabe Shiho graduated from the group. The eight single of the group, Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?, was released on October 31st. It peaked at #6 on the Oricon charts. Another member of Team A, Masuyama Kayano, graduated on November 30.
On New Years Day 2008, AKB48 released their first studio album, Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007. The compilation album included all of the group's singles up until Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?. Team K member Ohori Megumi (who was transferred to SDN48 in 2009) became the first member to have a solo cover on one of AKB48's CD releases. She appeared exclusively on the cover of the Limited Edition of the album. The album reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Album charts. On January 23rd, the group released their next single Romance, Irane.
On January 24, the first episode of their new variety show AKB48 1ji 59fun! started airing. The hosts were Takada Junji and comedy duo Bad Boys. The show's name signified that the show was airing at 01:59am. Only ten episodes later, the show was renamed to AKB48 0ji 59fun! and would air an hour earlier.
In February 2008, AKB48 re-released their first indies single, changing the title to Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008. This would turn out to be their last release under the DefSTAR Records label. A spring concert was initially announced. Fans who bought a copy of the single at the theater would be given a random poster featuring one of the members. If a fan collected all 44 types of the posters, they would be entered in a lottery to win tickets for their spring concert. The concert was later canceled because this violated a Japanese anti-monopoly law.
In August 2008, Team B member Kikuchi Ayaka was fired from the group after a scandal. But after fans requested that the management of AKB48 give her a second chance for her, she auditioned again. Kikuchi was admitted to the group as an kenkyuusei.
On October 2008, the group signed with KING RECORDS under the You, Be Cool! sublabel, and released their 10th single titled Oogoe Diamond featuring Matsui Jurina of the just newly formed SKE48 on the CD cover. In that same month, at the final performance of A4 Revival, original members Ohe Tomomi, Komatani Hitomi, Tojima Hana, Nakanishi Rina and Narita Risa announced their graduation simultaneously. Their graduation took place at AKB48's NHK Shuffle Concert on November 23, 2008.
On October 1, their variety show was renamed again and was now called AKBINGO!. It would become their longest running show of all time.
From August 22-23, 2009, AKB48 and SKE48 performed a concert at the famous Japanese stadium, the Nippon Budokan. At the end of the concert a new formation of AKB48 was announced, shuffling members from all teams. Each team was also assigned a captain; Takahashi Minami was to lead Team A, Akimoto Sayaka was to lead Team K, and Kashiwagi Yuki would become the leader of Team B. Four of the group's oldest members, Ohori Megumi, Noro Kayo, Urano Kazumi, and Sato Yukari were transferred into the newly announced mature group named SDN48 (Saturday Night 48).
In October 21, 2009, AKB48 released the single RIVER which became the first AKB48 single to reach #1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart. It became the second best selling female single of 2009.
In December 31, 2009, AKB48 performed RIVER-Surprise special remix at the 60th NHK Kouhaku uta gassen. 72 members (all of AKB48 including the Kenkyusei, and 3 SKE48 members) were in the performance.
"Majisuka Gakuen" (Majisuka Academy), a drama featuring several members of AKB48, SKE48 and SDN48 started airing from January 8th, 2010 on TV Tokyo.
On March 3, 2010, a full 5 months after they announced that all the teams were to be reshuffled, the first new formation of AKB48's Team K premiered with their new stage titled "RESET."
On August 2010, AKB48 expanded their official shops outside of Japan (namely Asia region) with it being in Hong Kong. They then expanded their locations with it being: Taiwan (April 2011), Singapore (May 2011) and Shanghai (July 2011).
On December 8, 2010, AKB48 celebrated its 5th anniversary in the theater with a special performance by all members, as well as returning graduates. All 9th generation kenkyuusei were also promoted.
On January 22, their first major documentary was released, titled DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued "10 Nengo, Shoujo Tachi wa Ima no Jibun ni Nani o Omou Nodarou?".
In March 2011, it was announced on their blog they have temporarily closed the AKB Theater due to the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami. Many upcoming activities were also postponed, including their concerts at Yokohama Arena from March 25th to the 27th, and the release of their first studio album, Koko ni Ita Koto.
On June 6, 2011, AKB48 made public announcement during this evening’s Himawari H1 Revival Stage the formation of a brand new AKB48 team, bluntly titled Team 4. The Team will consists of the 10 previously promoted kenkyuusei.
On June 11th, 2011, It was announced at a handshake event that Eguchi Aimi, a girl who auditioned for NMB48, would be joining AKB48 as a trainee, she appeared immediately in Playboy Weekly and in advertisements. Producer Akimoto Yasushi stated that she will be “the heroine of the new age”. Eguchi was immediately met with skepticism from many fans and soon Team K member Kikuchi Ayaka leaked on her blog that Eguchi was made of parts of other members through photoshop. On June 20th, Weekly Playboy published an article about Eguchi, stating that she was made up of parts of Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko, Watanabe Mayu, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi, Oshima Yuko and 12th generation Kenkyuusei Sasaki Yukari. There was an official announcement on the June 20, 2011 regarding Aimi.
On July 3rd, AKB48 announced and confirmed that they will be having their ‘24th Single Senbatsu Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) Tournament‘ in September. This will be the second year in a row that they will be choosing their ’senbatsu’ members for their new single, which is due to be released in December. The event will take place on September 20th at the Nippon Bukoukan once again. Moreover, This event will be broadcasting in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
On December 30, 2011, AKB48 won the 53rd Japan Record Award for their song Flying Get.
On January 27, 2012, it was revealed that Hirajima Natsumi and Yonezawa Rumi resigned from AKB48. This was the same day on which their 2nd major documentary, DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on Shoujo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru was released.
On March 25, 2012, it was announced that Maeda Atsuko would be graduating from AKB48. This announcement was widely reported in the Japanese media, including the major Japanese newspapers. A rumor also ran around that a student from University of Tokyo had committed suicide because of this news, though this later proved false. This is one of the biggest surprises in AKB48 history.
On August 24, 2012, AKB48 had another team shuffle since August 2009. It was also announced that "Team 4" which was formed in June of last year, will be discontinued, thus, they are back to 3 teams; Team A, K, and B, like it used to be. Each team was also assigned a new captain; with Shinoda Mariko leading Team A, Oshima Yuko leading Team K, and Umeda Ayaka (who was transferred from Team K) leading Team B. Takahashi Minami, the former Captain of Team A, was appointed as AKB48's General Manager. Several of the members were shuffled temporarily to AKB48's overseas sister groups. Takajo Aki and Nakagawa Haruka were transferred to JKT48. Miyazawa Sae and Suzuki Mariya were transferred to SNH48. Ota Aika was transferred permanently to HKT48. Kitahara Rie and Yokoyama Yui were appointed as dual members to participate in both AKB48 and SKE48/NMB48 activities respectively. These changes are in effect starting November 1st.
The AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai was held on September 18, 2012 at Nippon Budokan. The top 16 members are featured in the group 29th single Eien Pressure.
On December 17, 2012, it was announced that Kasai Tomomi would be graduating from AKB48.
On December 30, 2012, AKB48 won the 54th Japan Record Award for second consecutive year, for their song Manatsu no Sounds Good!
On January 25, 2013, it was announced that AKB48 and their sister groups will be having a concert at Nippon Budokan.
On January 27, 2013, it was announced that AKB48 will be holding a concert at Nissan Stadium. They were the first female group to perform there.
On February 1, another 1st-generation AKB48 member Itano Tomomi made an announcement about her intention to "graduate" from the group sometime within the year 2013. The announcement was made during a stage greeting for their documentary film, DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 No flower without rain Shoujo Tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru?, which was released to cinemas on that day.
On March 26, 2013, AKB48 will be holding their annual “Senbatsu General Election” at Nissan Stadium on June 8! This year’s election will be held during the “AKB48 Super Festival”. The “Super Festival” will be titled “AKB48 Super Festival ~Nissan Stadium, Chicchee! Chicchakunaishi!!~“, and it will consist of 2 parts. The first part will be a live concert which all AKB48 groups appear (will begin at 3:00 pm), and the second part will be the event for the results of the vote count (will begin at 5:30 pm).
On May 22nd, the 31st single Sayonara Crawl was released. It was the first time an A-side song had four center positions (Oshima Yuko, Itano Tomomi, Shimazaki Haruka and Watanabe Mayu). The single sold 1,762,873 copies in its first week and reported 1,955,162 copies at the end of 2013 – this makes Sayonara Crawl their best selling single of all time.
On July 21, Shinoda Mariko graduated from AKB48.
On August 8, it was announced that a new event called "AKB48 Group Draft Meeting" will be held on November 10th at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa. The event will be held to recruit new members by the draft. Just like the drafts in sports, the captains of 10 total teams in AKB48, SKE48 (*leaders for SKE48), NMB48, and HKT48, will appoint new members among the candidates who pass the "AKB48 Group Draft Candidate Audition" (to be held one of these days), after consultations with each group's theater managers.
On August 21, the group released its 32nd single, "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie", which reached number one on the Oricon daily chart. The single contains graduation songs for Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi. The music video involved 3,800 extras, the most for any AKB48 and sister group-related video. Sister group JKT48 also released it's own version of "Koi Suru" on the same day.
On August 22, Akimoto Sayaka graduated from AKB48.
On August 25, Itano Tomomi graduated from AKB48.
On September 18, AKB48 held its annual rock-paper-scissors tournament to determine the lineup for its 34th single. The event was held at the Nippon Budokan. The winner was Matsui Jurina. This was the last time that the rock-paper-scissors tournament would define the line-up for an AKB48 single. Following the event, AKB48 announced the lineup for the group's 33rd single, "Heart Electric", and performed the song, which will be released in October.
On October 5, their music show AKB48 SHOW! started airing. It showed little skits, but for the most part, it showed performance videos. Some of these were recordings from concerts and stages, but also featured a variety of studio performances.
On November 6, it was reported that the title of 34th single would be "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru" to Itteshimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dou Kawatteshimaunoka, Bokunari ni Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue deno Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no youna Mono" (鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの A sort of slightly embarrassing conclusion after several days of my deliberation about 'how will our relationship be changed if I tell you "I dream your smile" on the platanus road), composed by Tetsuro Oda.
On November 10, the first AKB48 Group Draft Meeting was held.
On December 31, Oshima Yuko announced her graduation from AKB48.
On January 22, 2014, AKB48 released their 4th studio album Tsugi no Ashiato.
In 2014, AKB48 will release their 35th overall single "Mae shika Mukanee" (前しか向かねえ?, "Not Fit to Go In Front").
On January 26, it has been announced that AKB48 groups will reshuffle for the third time since in 2012. The shuffle will take place at the "AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri" (AKB48 Group Big Team Shuffle Festival) to be held at Zepp DiverCity TOKYO on February 24. The team shuffle was announced during the encore at the 4th day of the "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 200 2014" held at the Tokyo Dome City Hall on January 26. While the members on stage are still confused, AKB48 group's general director Takahashi Minami said, "We don't know what kind of team shuffle will occur but as different people go on to different teams, AKB48 will be come even bigger and better in 2014. Please look forward to February 24, Zepp DiverCity TOKYO. Thank you."
On February 24, AKB48 group's big team shuffle "AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri" was held at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. One of the biggest surprises was that AKB48's "official rival" group, Nogizaka46 member Ikoma Rina would join team B. Ikoma will continue her activities as a Nogizaka46 member, but will also be in team B as an "exchange student." It was also announed SKE48 Team E member Matsui Rena will also hold a concurrent position in Nogizaka46. Also announced was that they would launch a new "vice captain" system for the whole teams in 48 group in which each team would have both captain and vice captain ("leader" and "vice leader" for SKE48.) When all the announcement for the team shuffle was ended, Takahashi Minami who will continue serving as the whole 48 group's general director, spoke her mind, "I was taking it too lightly. I did not expect the members coming apart this much, and I am shocked. Both members and you fans need some time to think, so I would also like to have some time before comprehending this."
On May 7, AKB48 released their first smartphone app – AKB48 Official Music Game. It was a rhythm game, featuring songs from AKB48 as well as other Japanese sister groups.
On May 21, the 36th single Labrador Retriever was released and sold 1,462,156 copies on its first day, making it the highest first day sales of any AKB48 single until then.
On May 25, during a handshake event held at the Iwate Industry Culture & Convention Center in Takizawa City, members Kawaei Rina, Iriyama Anna and a staff member were attacked by a male person (24) with a handsaw. All three victims suffered light wounds and were taken to hospital; the event, as well as all other group activities on that day, were halted.
On June 2, the AKB48 theater resumed operation. Sister groups SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48 have not suspended their theater performances, but have introduced security measures such as metal detectors, forbidding the use of the theaters' front rows, suspending post-performance high five events, and increasing security guard presence.
Also in June, the 37th single General Election was held. For the first and only time, Watanabe Mayu won, with 159,854 votes. For her win, she was made the center in AKB48's 37th single Kokoro no Placard.
On July 4, AKB48's 4th big documentary, DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The time has come, was released. The documentary featured footage from big members' graduations (Oshima Yuko, Itano Tomomi and Shinoda Mariko), the big Daisokaku Matsuri shuffle, the first Draft Kaigai, Sashihara Rino's 2013 Election win, Watanabe Mayu's 2014 election win, and the failed AKB48 National Olympic Stadium Concert.
On January 21, 2015, the group released its sixth studio album, Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!. On March 4, the group released the single "Green Flash". The group became the first group who sold their 20 consecutive singles in 1 million on the first week. On March 26, member Kawaei Rina announced her graduation from the group in order to continue her acting career on her own, stating that the previous incident and long period of rest brough her to reflect on her future without depending on the group.
On May 10, AKB48 was invited to the annual Japan Day festival in New York, their second performance in the city since 2009. A small away team consisting of members Rina Hirata, Ryoka Oshima, Haruna Kojima, Tomu Mutou, Saho Iwatate and Rina Nozawa performed a total of five songs cheered by a crowd of 5000 attendants. On the same day, the second Draft Kaigai was held, where AKB48 members would choose girls to join AKB48 through auditions.
June 6 saw the announcement of the seventh general election results. The event was broadcast live from Fukuoka Dome on Fuji TV, which reported an average viewer rating of 18.8% with a peak of 23.4%. A record 3.2 million votes were cast, with Rino Sashihara winning the poll for the second time with a record 194,049 votes.
On August 26, the group released the single "Halloween Night"
On November 18, the group released its 7th album, 0 to 1 no Aida. This album marks the 10th anniversary of Japanese group, founded in 2005.
The group's 42nd single Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby sold 813,044 copies on its first day of release. This brought their combined single sales to over 36,158,000 single albums sold, making them the artist with the highest number of single album sales in Japan, surpassing rock group B'z.
Before Takahashi Minami's graduation, she planned special stages to be performed at the AKB48 Theater. 8 special stages were performed between February 16 and February 28; Staff Stage, Okurairi Stage, Ichigochanzu Stage, Dance Senbatsu Stage, The Idol Stage, Chaos Stage, Saturday Night Stage and Itoshi no Nyan Nyan Otanjoubi Omedetou Stage.
Released on March 9th, the 43rd single Kimi wa Melody featured graduated members Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi and Oshima Yuko to honor the group's 10 year anniversary. Takahashi Minami was also still part of this single. Later that month, Takahashi Minami's graduation concert Shuku Takahashi Minami Graduation "148.5cm no Mita Yume" was held. The role of general manager was passed onto Yokoyama Yui.
In June, the 44th single Tsubasa wa Iranai was released with Mukaichi Mion as the center for the first time. The general election was held in the same month and saw Sashihara Rino win for the third time (second consecutive win), and yet another record of 243,011 votes. In June, the hosts for their variety show AKBINGO! (Bad Boys) graduated, and were eventually replaced by another comedy duo, Woman Rush Hour.
In August, AKB48 appeared for the first time at the Tokyo Idol Festival. SKE48, HKT48 and former AKB48 member Ono Erena had appeared in the past, but this marked the first time for the group AKB48. The members that performed were all part of Team 8.
In September, the 7th Rock-Paper-Scissor Tournament was held. This year, the winner would become the center of a new unit. The winner was Team B's Tanabe Miku and the unit was called Jankenmin. Their single, Sakazaka, was released on in December.
In May, AKB48's 48th single Negaigoto no Mochigusare was released and sold 1,305,747 copies in its first week. Furthermore, the 7th Special Stage "Thumbnail" started on May 12. AKB48 received this stage as a gift for having the most members rank in Senbatsu in the General Election 2016.
The general election was held once again in June. The total vote count for Sashihara Rino broke another record with 246,376 votes and marked her fourth win (third consecutive). Watanabe Mayu announced her graduation at the election. The election single, ＃SukiNanda, was released in August and the music video prominently featured both Rino and Mayu.
On July 8, AKB48's 5th official documentary, DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Sonzai suru Riyuu, was released.
In September, the Rock-Paper-Scissor event was held once again and the winner would receive a solo debut. Members could participate in groups or alone, and the winners were Aramaki Misaki and Unjo Hirona. They debuted as fairy w!nk with their first single Tenshi wa Doko ni Iru? on December 13 the same year.
In October, Watanabe Mayu's graduation concert Minna no Yume ga Kanaimasu you ni was held. On November 22, the 50th single 11gatsu no Anklet was released. It served as Watanabe Mayu's graduation single and also contained her graduation song. It was also the last time Minegishi Minami was chosen for senbatsu for a long time.
On October 4, AKB48 released Ano Koro ga Ippai〜AKB48 Music Video Shuu〜. This was a collection of all the music videos from their 32nd up to their 48th single.
On November 29, AKB48 performed at the Mnet Music Awards in Japan and joined Korean idols for a medley performance of Heavy Rotation, Koi Suru Fortune Cookie and PICK ME (Korean survival show "Produce 101" theme song). Yasushi Akimoto announced that AKB48 Group members would participate in the next season of Produce 101 to be broadcast next summer.
At the 12 Year Anniversary Stage, a team shuffle was announced. All the kennin positions for all other 48 Groups were removed, but all Team 8 members received a kennin position, meaning all Team 8 members were now also part of Team A, Team K, Team B or Team 4. The new team captains were Okabe Rin (Team A), Komiyama Haruka (Team K), Takahashi Juri (Team B) and Murayama Yuiri (Team 4). The role of co-captain was also removed.
The year started with another Team 8 concert, as well as "Fresh All Stars Concert" (Zero Position to Mirai) and a 16th Generation solo concert. Okada Nana and Yokoyama Yui also held their first solo concerts. On January 21, the Japanese 48 Groups held the third Draft Kaigai, where members would pick girls from an audition. The chosen members would become Kenkyuusei bound to specific teams. On January 24, AKB48 released their 9th original album Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake wo Shitteiru.
On April 1, AKB48 held their first AKB48 Only concert since 2014. The old team formations performed songs together, and then the new team formations performed songs together to mark the shuffle that took place in December 2017.
On May 30, the 52nd single Teacher Teacher was released. On Day 1, it sold 1,591,164 copies and broke the record set by Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai. Over the next few weeks, it sold 1,812,868 copies, making it AKB48's second-best selling single of all time (first still being Sayonara Crawl with 1,995,800 reported sales).
In June, the tenth and last General Election was held. It was held in Nagoya, and also marked the ten year anniversary of SKE48. The winner was SKE48's Matsui Jurina with a personal record of 194,453 votes. Her winner single, Sentimental Train, was released on September 19. However, Jurina could not participate in the filming of the music video due to health reasons and a CGI sketch version of her was included in the original release of the video. On June 12, the new teams performed new stages for the first time. On June 15, the broadcast of Produce 48 (season 3 of Produce 101) started and over 40 AKB48 Group members participated in the show.
In September, the 9th and last Rock-Paper-Scissor tournament was held. Like in the previous year, the winner would receive a solo debut and members could participate alone or for a team. The winners were Tada Kyoka and Matsuda Yumi. They debuted as Fortune Cherry with their first single Himawari no Nai Sekai on December 19.
AKB48 Team 8 member Honda Hitomi as well as HKT48 members Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako were part of the 12 winners of Produce 48 and would go on a two-and-a-half-year hiatus to focus on IZ*ONE. As a send-off gift, Sakura was made the center of AKB48's 54th single NO WAY MAN. Hitomi and Nako were also front row members for the single, and a B-side of the single featured the Top 16 Produce 48 members (excluding Hitomi, Sakura and Nako).
At the 13 Anniversary Special Stage, Yokoyama Yui announced she would retire in her role as General Manager of AKB48 but would stay in the group. She appointed Mukaichi Mion as her successor. On Christmas Eve, AKB48 released their 6th major documentary, Legend of AKB48: New Chapter.
In January, Yahagi Moeka, Murayama Yuiri and Okabe Rin received their first solo concerts. Moeka became the fastest member to ever receive a solo concert. AKB48 also performed at the AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Bangkok in January, alongside JKT48, BNK48, MNL48, AKB48 Team SH, AKB48 Team TP and SGO48.
In March, the last episode of AKB48 SHOW! aired.
In September, the last episode of AKBINGO! aired. On September 18, AKB48 released their 56th single Sustainable. The center for this single was Yahagi Moeka, making her the member to achieve the quickest A-side center position ever (except for Maeda Atsuko).
From July 7 to December 10, AKB48 held their first AKB48 Zenkoku Tour since 2014. They also performed at the Tokyo Idol Festival 2019, the AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Shanghai and "AKB48 in Taipei ~Are You Ready?~".
At the 14th Anniversary Commemorative Stage, the remaining 1st Generation member Minegishi Minami announced she would graduated at AKB48's Spring Concert 2020.
On February 4, Yahagi Moeka graduated from AKB48.
On March 24, AKB48's 57th single, Shitsuren, Arigatou, was released. It sold 1,414,077 copies and was the highest first-week seller of 2020 at this point. AKB48's Spring Concert was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore, graduations (such as Minegshi Minami's) were put on hold. AKB48 theater performances were also stopped around this time.
On June 6, AKB48 released its third charity single – Hanareteitemo. The song featured every active AKB48 member, as well as Matsui Jurina and some graduates: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Oshima Yuko Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi, Sashihara Rino and Yamamoto Sayaka. The goal was to feature the original Kami 7 members, as well as SKE48's, NMB48's and HKT48's aces. However, Watanabe Mayu had retired from the entertainment industry in June 1, 2020, and did therefore not participate.
In June, the theater started holding "Social Distance" Stages, in which a smaller number of members would perform on stage. In the beginning, there was no live audience, but viewers could stream the theater performances from home. Slowly but surely, members started holding graduation stages again. In September, a limited number of people was admitted back into the theater.
On September 18, most of AKB48's discography finally became available for streaming worldwide. Early releases (singles before Oogoe Diamond) as well as most early stage recordings were not available. The stage recordings did not become available in every region, but most.
The group's style is loosely characterized as "bubblegum pop and synchronized dancing" that appeals to pre-pubescent girls as well as older males who support the group's merchandise. Mari Yamaguchi of Associated Press wrote that the "performances can seem orchestrated. As the girls sing and dance in unison, fans follow a cheering formula" and likened the fan responses to a Kabuki audience. Monica Hesse of The Washington Post described the group's style: "It is as if Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and the entire cast of Twilight were placed into a saucepan and simmered on a low boil until nothing remained but the sweet, cloying essence of fame, and if that fame were then poured into pleated tartan skirts and given pigtails."Andrew Joyce and Kenneth Maxwell of The Wall Street Journal described the music as "sugar-sweet pop tunes and sometimes-suggestive lyrics". During the AKB48 performances, "members perform a revue of simply choreographed routines in front of a roughly 95% male audience. The music is typical Japanese pop: fast-paced numbers with high-pitched, singalong choruses."
The pop group has achieved enormous popularity in Japan, and has been characterized as a social phenomenon. In 2011, the group had record sales in Japan of over $200 million. According to Oricon, AKB48 had sold a total of 11,787,000 singles as of January 6, 2012, breaking the record of "the most singles sold in Japan by a female group". Twelve of its singles have topped the Oricon TOP10 Weekly Singles Chart. In 2010, "Beginner" and "Heavy Rotation" placed, respectively, first and second in the list of Japan's best selling singles for the year, while in 2011 and 2012 AKB48 occupied the top five positions on the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart. Japanese ambassador to the United States, Ichirō Fujisaki, on meeting the group on its visit to Washington, D.C., stated that “AKB” stood for Adorable, Kind and Beautiful.
AKB48 holds several Guinness World Records, including being recognized on December 1, 2010 as the "largest pop group", when it consisted of 48 members. It set the record for "Most Number of Same Product Television Endorsement within 24 Hours" on February 28, 2012, after 90 of its group members appeared in 90 different commercials that were aired in the Kanto, Kansai and Tokai regions of Japan.
On February 1, 2012, Japan Post issued a postage stamp in honor of the group.
Over the years, AKB48 has received criticism for sexually suggestive lyrics, which some felt were unsuitable for its young members. When asked about it by CNN's Anna Coren, AKB48 founder Yasushi Akimoto, who also writes all of AKB48's song lyrics, said that his works were a way of "depicting reality" and were meant to provoke in listeners thought about difficult issues.
The band's risqué music videos have also been a focal point for controversy. Underwear shots, teenage members hugging, kissing, and taking a bath together were complained about. "Heavy Rotation" music video director Mika Ninagawa explained she wanted to appeal to both men and women by creating a creative and fun video, due to the group's rising popularity among girls.
In a TV commercial for the candy brand Puccho, which aired from March 15, 2012, featured AKB48 members in schoolgirl uniforms passing a candy from mouth to mouth. Although the girls held the candy between their teeth, some viewers were offended, and called it "encouraging homosexuality", apart from being simply "unhygienic" and a "bad example to children".
In the second week of January 2013, the group came under fire when an image that showed a boy's hands covering a topless Tomomi Kasai's breasts was intended to be published in Shukan Young Magazine. The image was subsequently pulled from the magazine and from Kasai's upcoming photobook, where it would have been the cover picture. The sale of the magazine was postponed from January 12 to January 21.
In February 2013, member Minami Minegishi appeared in a YouTube video with a shaved head to apologize after it was reported by a tabloid that she had spent a night with a man in violation of her contract. The act of shaving her hair was seen as extreme and drew criticism on how the situation was handled. Labor expert and writer for The Japan Times Hifumi Okunuki argued that a no-dating clause in a labor contract would be in violation of Japanese labor laws.
A few days after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, AKB48's official blog reported that that a sum of more than 617 million yen had been donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. On April 1, the group issued a digital charity single titled "Dareka no Tame ni (What Can I Do for Someone?)", all profit from which was donated to a 2011 earthquake and tsunami relief fund. AKB48's 23rd single "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" was also dedicated to the 2011 tsunami victims, its title song's lyrics having been written with the intention of cheering up the Japanese people who were affected by the March 11 disaster.
In February 2012, the group announced another donation to the Japanese Red Cross, of over 580 million yen. It was reported that to date AKB48 had raised a total of over 1.25 billion yen for the earthquake and tsunami relief.
Performances outside of Japan
AKB48 Team A became an honored guest at the Japan Expo in Paris between July 2 to 5, 2009, and featured an English version of "Ōgoe Diamond" for the first time. AKB48 had their United States debut concert at Webster Hall in New York on September 27, 2009.
On 23 October 2010, the band represented Japan and performed at the 7th Asia Song Festival, organized by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.
In November 2010, AKB48 performed in Russia for the first time. A 12-member team gave a concert on November 20 at the Japanese Pop Culture Festival which took place in Moscow. Also in November 2010, AKB48 performed in the Cool Japan Night in Singapore as part of the Anime Festival Asia X. This is followed by a 2nd performance also in Singapore at the Singapore Toy Games & Comics Convention.
In February 2012, AKB48 performed with JKT48 in Jakarta for the first time as part of "Jakarta Japan Pop Culture Festival 2012"
In April 2013, they performed at the Inaugural Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore.
Names in Bold are Team Captains and Co-Captains.
ALL48 General Manager: Mukaichi Mion
- Iriyama Anna
- Okabe Rin (Team 8) (Captain)
- Okumoto Hinano (Team 8)
- Oguri Yui (Team 8)
- Kato Rena
- Sato Minami (Team 8)
- Shitao Miu (Team 8)
- Shinozaki Ayana
- Suzuki Kurumi
- Taguchi Manaka
- Chiba Erii
- Nishikawa Rei
- Maeda Ayaka
- Michieda Saki
- Miyazaki Miho
- Mukaichi Mion
- Yamane Suzuha
- Yokoyama Yui
- Yoshida Karen (Team 8)
- Ichikawa Manami
- Okada Rina
- Oda Erina (Team 8)
- Kuranoo Narumi (Team 8)
- Kobayashi Ran
- Komiyama Haruka (Captain)
- Shimoguchi Hinana
- Terada Misaki (Team 8)
- Nakano Ikumi (Team 8)
- Nagatomo Ayami
- Hashimoto Haruna (Team 8)
- Harumoto Yuki (Team 8)
- Hidaritomo Ayaka (Team 8)
- Minegishi Minami (Announce Graduation)
- Muto Orin
- Muto Tomu
- Mogi Shinobu
- Yasuda Kana
- Yamada Kyoka (Team 8)
- Yumoto Ami
- Yokoyama Yui (Team 8)
- Iwatate Saho (Captain)
- Otake Hitomi
- Omori Maho
- Oya Shizuka
- Okuhara Hinako (Team 8)
- Kashiwagi Yuki
- Kawahara Misaki (Team 8)
- Kitazawa Saki
- Kubo Satone
- Saito Haruna
- 'Sasaki Yukari
- Sato Akari (Team 8)
- Shimizu Maria (Team 8)
- Takita Kayoko
- Taniguchi Megu
- Nakanishi Chiyori
- Hattori Yuna (Team 8)
- Hiwatashi Yui
- Fukuoka Seina
- Honda Hitomi (Team 8) (IZONE)
- Yamabe Ayu
- Yoshikawa Nanase (Team 8)
- Asai Nanami
- Inagaki Kaori
- Utada Hatsuka (Team 8)
- Onishi Momoka (Team 8)
- Omori Miyuu
- Okada Nana (STU48 Kennin)
- Kawamoto Saya (Announce Graduation)
- Gyoten Yurina (Team 8)
- Kurosu Haruka
- Sakaguchi Nagisa (Team 8)
- Sato Kiara
- Takaoka Kaoru (Team 8)
- Takahashi Ayane (Team 8)
- Takahashi Sayaka (Team 8)
- Tada Kyoka
- Tatsuya Makiho
- Nagano Serika (Team 8)
- Hama Sayuna (Team 8)
- Hirano Hikaru (Team 8)
- Ma Chia-Ling
- Miyazato Rira (Team 8)
- Murayama Yuiri (Captain)
- Yamauchi Mizuki
Hokkaido & Tohoku
- Sakaguchi Nagisa - (Hokkaido) (Team 4)
- Yokoyama Yui - (Aomori) (Team K)
- Nunoya Riru - (Akita)
- Mitomo Mashiro - (Yamagata)
- Sato Akari - (Miyagi) (Team B)
- Hasegawa Momoka -(Fukushima)
- Okabe Rin - (Ibaraki) (Team A)
- Honda Hitomi - (Tochigi) (Team B) (IZ*ONE
- Shimizu Maria - (Gunma) (Team B)
- Takahashi Ayane - (Saitama) (Team 4)
- Yoshikawa Nanase - (Chiba) (Team B)
- Oguri Yui - (Tokyo) (Team A)
- Oda Erina - (Kanagawa) (Team K)
- Sato Shiori - (Niigata) (Team B)
- Hidaritomo Ayaka - (Yamanashi) (Team K)
- Utada Hatsuka - (Aichi) (Team 4)
- Suzuki Yuka - (Shizuoka)
- Hattori Yuna - (Gifu) (Team B)
- Matsumura Miku - (Mie)
- Hashimoto Haruna - (Toyama) (Team K)
- Sakagawa Hiyuka - (Fukui)
- Hirano Hikaru - (Ishikawa) (Team 4)
- Takahashi Sayaka - (Nagano) (Team 4)
- Nagano Serika - (Osaka) (Team 4)
- Fukutome Mitsuho - (Hyogo)
- Onishi Momoka - (Nara) (Team 4)
- Hama Sayuna - (Shiga) (Team 4)
Chugoku & Shikoku
- Tokunaga Remi - (Tottori)
- Okuhara Hinako - (Shimane) (Team B)
- Kamachi Yukina - (Okayama)
- Okumoto Hinano - (Hiroshima) (Team A)
- Shitao Miu - (Yamaguchi) (Team A)
- Harumoto Yuki - (Tokushima) (Team K)
- Gyoten Yurina - (Kagawa) (Team 4)
- Takaoka Kaoru - (Ehime) (Team 4)
- Rissen Airi - (Kochi)
- Yoshida Karen - (Fukuoka) (Team A)
- Kawahara Misaki - (Saga) (Team B)
- Onoue Mizuki - (Nagasaki)
- Kuranoo Narumi - (Kumamoto) (Team K)
- Yamada Kyoka - (Oita) (Team K)
- Uemi Sorano - (Miyazaki)
- Fujizono Rei - (Kagoshima)
- Miyazato Rira - (Okinawa) (Team 4)
- Homma Mai - 16th Generation (Team 4)
- Ishiwata Sena - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team 4)
- Kuramoto Miyuu - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team 4)
- Suenaga Yuzuki - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team K)
- Nagano Megumi - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team K)
- Furukawa Nazuna - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team A)
- Honda Sora - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team A)
- Yoshihashi Yuzuka - 3rd Generation Draftee (Team 4)
- Saeki Mika - 4th Generation (Team B)
- Kuramochi Asuka - 4th Generation (Team K)
- Naruse Risa - 4th Generation (Team K)
- Fujie Reina - 4th Generation (Team A)
- Sato Amina - 4th Generation (Team A)
- Miyazaki Miho - 5th Generation (Team A)
- Kitahara Rie - 5th Generation (Team A)
- Sashihara Rino - 5th Generation (Team B)
- Nito Moeno - 5th Generation (Team B)
- Nakata Chisato - 4th Generation (Team A)
- Takajo Aki - 6th Generation (Team A)
- Kubo Satone - 2nd Generation Draf tee (Team K)
- Nishikawa Rei - 2nd Generation Draftee (Team B)
- Yamabe Ayu - 2nd Generation Draftee (Team B)
- Chiba Erii - 2nd Generation Draftee (Team 4)
- Asai Nanami - 16th Generation
- Inagaki Kaori - 16th Generation
- Umemoto Izumi - 16th Generation
- Kurosu Haruka - 16th Generation
- Sato Minami - 16th Generation
- Shoji Nagisa - 16th Generation
- Suzuki Kurumi - 16th Generation
- Taguchi Manaka - 16th Generation
- Taya Misaki - 16th Generation
- Nagatomo Ayami - 16th Generation
- Harima Nanami - 16th Generation
- Honma Mai - 16th Generation
- Maeda Ayaka - 16th Generation
- Michieda Saki - 16th Generation
- Muto Orin - 16th Generation
- Yasuda Kana - 16th Generation
- Yamauchi Mizuki - 16th Generation
- Yamane Suzuha - 16th Generation
- Usami Yuki (Graduated March 2006)
- Orii Ayumi (Graduated January 2007)
- Hoshino Michiru (Graduated June 2007)
- Masuyama Kayano (Graduated November 2007)
- Tojima Hana (Graduated October 2008)
- Komatani Hitomi (Graduated October 2008)
- Nakanishi Rina (Graduated October 2008)
- Narita Risa (Graduated October 2008)
- Ohe Tomomi (Graduated October 2008)
- Kawasaki Nozomi (Graduated Febuary 2009)
- Oshima Mai (Graduated April 2009)
- Sato Yukari (Transferred to SDN48, April 2010)
- Sashihara Rino (Transferred to HKT48, June 2012)
- Maeda Atsuko (Graduated August 27, 2012)
- Oota Aika (Transferred to HKT48, November 2012)
- Sato Natsuki (Graduated November 30, 2012)
- Nito Moeno (Graduated April 28, 2013)
- Kasai Tomomi (Graduated May 3, 2013)
- Nakatsuka Tomomi (Graduated June 13, 2013)
- Shinoda Mariko (Graduated July 21, 2013)
- Nakamata Shiori (Graduated September 15, 2013)
- Kikuchi Ayaka (Graduated April 21, 2014)
- Katayama Haruka (Graduated September 23, 2014)
- Morikawa Ayaka (Graduated April 14, 2015)
- Matsui Sakiko (Graduated June 26, 2015)
- Kawaei Rina (Graduated August 4, 2015)
- Nishiyama Rena (Graduated December 23, 2015)
- Iwata Karen (Graduated March 15, 2016)
- Takahashi Minami (Graduated on April 8, 2016)
- Hirata Rina (Graduated August 24, 2016)
- Maeda Ami (Graduated August 29, 2016)
- Ogasawara Mayu (Graduated December 22, 2016)
- Shimazaki Haruka (Graduated December 31, 2016)
- Owada Nana (Graduated March 18, 2017)
- Nakamura Mariko (Graduated March 30, 2017)
- Kojima Haruna (Graduated April 19, 2017)
- Hitomi Kotone (Graduated May 21, 2019)
- Tanikawa Hijiri (Graduated May 31, 2019)
- Goto Moe (Graduated August 13, 2019)
- Team K
- Uemura Ayako (Withdrew June 2006)
- Takada Ayana (Graduated June 2007)
- Imai Yu (Graduated June 2007)
- Hayano Kaoru (Graduated April 2009)
- Naruse Risa (Graduated May 2009)
- Noro Kayo (Transferred to SDN48, February 2010)
- Ohori Megumi (Transferred to SDN48, February 2010)
- Ono Erena (Graduated September 2010)
- Yonezawa Rumi (Withdrew January 2012)
- Mitsumune Kaoru (Graduated October 24, 2012)
- Masuda Yuka (Resigned December 17, 2012)
- Nakaya Sayaka (Graduated March 6, 2013)
- Matsubara Natsumi (Graduated June 4, 2013)
- Akimoto Sayaka (Graduated August 22, 2013)
- Itano Tomomi (Graduated August 25, 2013)
- Sato Amina (Graduated January 15th, 2014)
- Oshima Yuko (Graduated June 9, 2014)
- Suzuki Shihori (Graduated May 21, 2015)
- Uchida Mayumi (Graduated August 22, 2015)
- Takajo Aki (Graduated February 23, 2016)
- Nagao Mariya (Graduated May 1, 2016)
- Ishida Haruka (Graduated June 5, 2016)
- Aigasa Moe (Graduated March 21, 2017)
- Yokomichi Yuri (Graduated May 18, 2019)
- Nakano Ikumi (Graduated May 30, 2019)
- Yamada Nanami (Graduated June 22, 2019)
- Terada Misaki (Graduated October 22, 2019)
- Yahagi Moeka (Graduated February 4, 2020)
- Team B
- Watanabe Shiho (Graduated October 2007)
- Kikuchi Ayaka (Fired August 2008; Later joined AKB48 Kenkyuusei)
- Inoue Naru (Graduated September 2008)
- Noguchi Reina (Graduated Febuary 2009)
- Matsuoka Yuki (Graduated Febuary 2009)
- Saotome Miki (Graduated April 2009)
- Saeki Mika (Graduated August 2009)
- Urano Kazumi (Transferred to SDN48, April 2010)
- Kohara Haruka (Transferred to SDN48, April 2010)
- Oku Manami (Graduated April 2011)
- Hirajima Natsumi (Withdrew January 2012)
- Komori Mika (Graduated June 3, 2013)
- Nonaka Misato (Graduated April 22, 2014)
- Hashimoto Hikari (Graduated August 9, 2015)
- Kuramochi Asuka (Graduated August 17, 2015)
- Uchiyama Natsuki (Graduated February 21, 2016)
- Iwasa Misaki (Graduated May 21, 2016)
- Kobayashi Kana (Graduated March 31, 2016)
- Watanabe Miyuki (Graduated August 8, 2016)
- Umeta Ayano (Graduated March 22, 2017)
- Honda Hitomi (Hiatus from December 8, 2017 transferred to IZONE until April 2021)
- Sato Shiori (Graduated June 8, 2019)
- Ota Nao (Graduated December 20, 2019)
- Yamamoto Ruka (Graduated June 28, 2020)
- Team 4
- Mori Anna (Graduated September 2, 2011)
- Takashima Yurina (Graduated December 27, 2014)
- Maeda Mitsuki (Graduated August 9, 2015)
- Tsuchiyasu Mizuki (Graduated June 24, 2015)
- Kobayashi Marina (Graduated August 5, 2015)
- Natori Wakana (Graduated December 20, 2015)
- Nishino Miki (Graduated March 27, 2017)
- Sato Nanami (Graduated September 30, 2019)
- Team 8
- Okubora Chinatsu (Graduated June 18, 2014)
- Moriwaki Yui (Graduated January 26, 2015)
- Fujimura Natsuki (Graduated April 3, 2016)
- Iwasaki Moeka (Graduated April 3, 2016)
- Yamamoto Ai (Graduated May 1, 2016)
- Kita Reina (Graduated October 8, 2016)
- Kondo Moeri (Graduated October 8, 2016)
- Yoshino Miyu (Graduated January 22, 2017)
- Honda Hitomi (Hiatus from December 8, 2017 transferred to IZONE until April 2021)
- Yokomichi Yuri (Graduated May 18, 2019)
- Hitomi Kotone (Graduated May 21, 2019)
- Nakano Ikumi (Graduated May 30, 2019)
- Tanikawa Hijiri (Graduated May 31, 2019)
- Yamada Nanami (Graduated June 22, 2019)
- Ito Kirara (Graduated August 12, 2019)
- Sato Nanami (Graduated September 30, 2019)
- Terada Misaki (Graduated October 22, 2019)
- Ota Nao (Graduated December 20, 2019)
- Yamamoto Ruka (Graduated June 28, 2020)
- Watanabe Marie (Fired November 2007)
- Deguchi Aki (Graduated November 2007, Joined SKE48)
- Nakanishi Yuuka (Joined SKE48 September 2008)
- Katano Yurie (Withdrew September 2008)
- Arima Yuka (Graduated January 19, 2009)
- Hatayama Arisa (Graduated January 19, 2009)
- Muranaka Satomi (Graduated January 19, 2009)
- Suzuki Nae (Graduated January 19, 2009)
- Tomita Mayu (Graduated January 19, 2009)
- Uriya Akane (Graduated April 26, 2009)
- Suzuki Shihori (Graduated September 30, 2009)
- Imai Yurie (Graduated February 1, 2010)
- Ishiguro Atsuki (Graduated June 20th, 2010)
- Kinumoto Momoko (Graduated June 20th, 2010)
- Fujimoto Sara (Graduated June 20th, 2010)
- Takamatsu Eri (Withdrew June 20th, 2010)
- Ueki Asaka (Withdrew July 6th, 2010)
- Sano Yuriko (Graduated September 30, 2010)
- Iwasaki Hitomi (Graduated September 30, 2010)
- Toyoda Saki (Graduated October 23, 2010)
- Okazaki Chinami (Graduated October 27, 2010)
- Kawakami Marina (Graduated December 3, 2010)
- Kanazawa Yuuki (Graduated February 20, 2011)
- Ushikubo Sara (Graduated May 12, 2011)
- Yamaguchi Nau (Graduated June 19, 2011)
- Suzuki Rika (Withdrew March 31, 2012)
- Amemiya Maika (Graduated August 5, 2012)
- Kita Shiori (Graduated August 5, 2012)
- Hasegawa Haruna (Graduated August 5, 2012)
- Moriyama Sakura (Graduated August 5, 2012)
- Watanabe Nene (Graduated August 5, 2012)
- Saeed Yokota Erena (Graduated October 7, 2012)
- Eguchi Aimi (Left May 2013)
- Noguchi Nanami (Graduated March 31, 2017)
- Takahashi Kira (Graduated March 11, 2017)
- Nomura Nao (Resign August 10, 2017)
- Akasaka Misaki
- Abe Kanamu
- Araki Minami
- Araki Rinka
- Iikura Saori
- Ikuta Yuuka
- Ida Yuki
- Isshiki Rena
- Umezawa Mayuka
- Ebisawa Megumi
- Ohno Ayano
- Ogino Yuka
- Kataigi Madoka
- Katsumata Saori
- Kamitani Saya
- Kawaguchi Mami
- Kawamura Maho
- Kikuchi Tomomi
- Kinoshita Suzuka
- Kinoshita Mayu
- Kusakabe Aina
- Kurosawa Ayaka
- Koike Yuuka
- Koizumi Rina
- Saito Rina
- Saeki Mika
- Sawaki Saya
- Shibata Yui
- Suzuki Yumin
- Seiji Rena
- Takagi Mashiro
- Takahashi Kira
- Takeuchi Misaki
- Chida Yumeno
- Chiyoda Yui
- Nakagawa Rina
- Nakamura Yuuka
- Nagasaka Arisa
- Narimatsu Misa
- Nishigata Marina
- Fukui Arisa
- Fujie Momoko
- Matsuura Kaho
- Matsuoka Hana
- Matsumoto Nodoka
- Miyazaki Miki
- Mega Yako
- Yashiro Kana
- Yamauchi Aki
- AKB48 Team SH
- AKB48 Team TP
Former Sister Groups
- SDN48 (disbanded in 2012)
- Itano Tomomi (Former member)
- Kasai Tomomi (Gachi Uma - Former member)
- Maeda Atsuko (Former member)
- Ohori Megumi (Former member)
- Matsui Sakiko (Piano - Former member)
- Iwasa Misaki (Enka - Former member))
- Takahashi Minami(Former member)
- Kuramochi Asuka (Gachi Uma 2 - Former member)
- Watanabe Mayu (Former member)
- Fujita Nana (Former member)
- Sashihara Rino (Former member)
- Outside AKB48
- Within AKB48
Solo Single Units
- 2009 Team Shuffle
- Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle
- AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri
- AKB48 Spring Team Shuffle 2015
Baragumi and Yurigumi
On November 4th, 2006, it was announced that the members of Akihabara48 would be rearranged into two groups: Baragumi ('rose group') and Yurigumi ('lily group'). No more official announcements have been made on this matter since then, and it is widely believed that this idea has been scrapped.
The two groups are as follows (☆ denotes a girl who has graduated, and ☆☆ changed teams, since the announcement was made):
- Team A: Hirajima Natsumi☆, Kojima Haruna☆☆, Komatani Hitomi☆, Masuyama Kayano☆, Minegishi Minami☆☆, Oshima Mai☆, Takahashi Minami, Urano Kazumi☆, Watanabe Shiho☆.
- Team K: Akimoto Sayaka, Imai Yu☆, Kasai Tomomi☆, Kobayashi Kana☆☆, Matsubara Natsumi, Noro Kayo☆, Ohori Megumi☆, Ono Erena☆.
- Team A: Hoshino Michiru☆, Itano Tomomi☆, Kawasaki Nozomi☆, Maeda Atsuko☆, Nakanishi Rina☆, Narita Risa☆, Ohe Tomomi☆, Sato Yukari☆, Shinoda Mariko, Tojima Hana☆.
- Team K: Hayano Kaoru☆, Masuda Yuka☆, Miyazawa Sae☆☆, Oku Manami☆, Oshima Yuko, Sato Natsuki☆, Takada Ayana☆, Umeda Ayaka☆☆.
- [2007.03.07] Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo"
- [2007.03.07] Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta"
- [2007.03.07] Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni"
- [2007.03.07] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo"
- [2007.03.07] Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls"
- [2007.03.07] Team K 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise"
- [2009.08.11] Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei"
- [2009.08.11] Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari"
- [2009.08.11] Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake"
- [2010.08.07] Team K 6th Stage "RESET"
- [2010.08.07] Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
- [2010.09.18] Team A 6th Stage "Mokugekisha"
- [2013.01.01] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Ren'aichuu"
- [2013.01.01] Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru"
- [2013.01.01] Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls"
- [2013.01.01] Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta"
- [2013.01.01] Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive"
- [2013.01.01] Himawari-gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou"
- [2013.01.01] Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage - Yume wo Shinaseru Wake Ikanai
- [2013.01.22] Team 4 1st stage "Boku no Taiyou"
- [2006.02.01] Sakura no Hanabiratachi (桜の花びらたち; Cherry Blossom Petals)
- [2006.06.07] Skirt, Hirari (スカート、ひらり; Skirt, Flutters)
- [2006.10.25] Aitakatta (会いたかった; I Wanted to Meet You)
- [2007.01.31] Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru (制服が邪魔をする; My School Uniform Gets in the Way)
- [2007.04.18] Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou (軽蔑していた愛情; Scorned Love)
- [2007.07.18] Bingo!
- [2007.08.08] Boku no Taiyou (僕の太陽; My Sun)
- [2007.10.31] Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? (夕陽を見ているか?; Do You See the Sunset?)
- [2008.01.23] Romance, Irane (ロマンス、イラネ; No Need for Romance)
- [2008.02.27] Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 (桜の花びらたち2008; Cherry Blossom Petals 2008)
- [2008.10.22] Oogoe Diamond (大声ダイヤモンド; Diamond Shout)
- [2009.03.04] 10nen Zakura (10年桜; 10-Year Cherry Blossoms)
- [2009.06.24] Namida Surprise! (涙サプライズ!; Tearful Surprise!)
- [2009.08.26] Iiwake Maybe (言い訳Maybe; Maybe It's an Excuse)
- [2009.10.21] RIVER
- [2010.02.17] Sakura no Shiori (桜の栞; Cherry Blossom Bookmark)
- [2010.05.26] Ponytail to Shushu (ポニーテールとシュシュ; Ponytail and Scrunchie)
- [2010.08.18] Heavy Rotation (ヘビーローテーション)
- [2010.10.27] Beginner
- [2010.12.08] Chance no Junban (チャンスの順番; My Turn by Chance)
- [2011.02.16] Sakura no Ki ni Narou (桜の木になろう; Let's Become a Cherry Tree)
- [2011.05.25] Everyday, Katyusha (Everyday、カチューシャ; Everyday, Headband)
- [2011.08.24] Flying Get (フライングゲット)
- [2011.10.26] Kaze wa Fuiteiru (風は吹いている; The Wind is Blowing)
- [2011.12.07] Ue Kara Mariko (上からマリコ; Mariko from the Top)
- [2012.02.15] Give Me Five!
- [2012.05.23] Manatsu no Sounds Good! (真夏のSounds Good!; Midsummer's Sounds Good!)
- [2012.08.29] Gingham Check (ギンガムチェック)
- [2012.10.31] UZA
- [2012.12.05] Eien Pressure (永遠プレッシャ; Eternal Pressure)
- [2013.02.20] So long!
- [2013.05.22] Sayonara Crawl (さよならクロール; Goodbye Crawl)
- [2013.08.21] Koi Suru Fortune Cookie (恋するフォーチュンクッキー; In Love With Fortune Cookie)
- [2013.10.30] Heart Ereki (ハート・エレキ; Heart Electric)
- [2013.12.11] Suzukake Nanchara (鈴懸なんちゃら)
- [2014.02.26] Mae Shika Mukanee (前しか向かねえ; I Only Look Forward)
- [2014.05.21] Labrador Retriever (ラブラドール･レトリバー)
- [2014.08.27] Kokoro no Placard (心のプラカード; Heart's Placard)
- [2014.11.28] Kibouteki Refrain (希望的リフレイン; Hopeful Refrain)
- [2015.03.04] Green Flash
- [2015.05.20] Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai (僕たちは戦わない; We Won't Fight)
- [2015.08.26] Halloween Night (ハロウィーン・ナイト)
- [2015.12.09] Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby (唇に Be My Baby; In Lips Be My Baby)
- [2016.03.09] Kimi wa Melody (君はメロディ; You're a Melody)
- [2016.06.01] Tsubasa wa Iranai (翼はいらない; I Don't Need Wings)
- [2016.08.31] LOVE TRIP/Shiawase wo Wakenasai (LOVE TRIP / しあわせを分けなさい; Share Your Happiness)
- [2016.11.16] High Tension (ハイテンション)
- [2017.03.15] Shoot Sign
- [2017.05.31] Negaigoto no Mochigusare (願いごとの持ち腐れ; Useless Wish)
- [2017.08.30] ＃SukiNanda (#好きなんだ; ILikeYou)
- [2017.11.22] 11-gatsu no Anklet (11月のアンクレット; November Anklet)
- [2018.03.14] Jabaja (ジャーバージャ)
- [2018.05.30] Teacher Teacher
- [2018.09.19] Sentimental Train (センチメンタルトレイン)
- [2018.11.28] NO WAY MAN
- [2019.03.13] Jiwaru DAYS (ジワるDAYS)
- [2019.09.18] Sustainable (サステナブル)
- [2020.03.18] Shitsuren, Arigatou (失恋、ありがとう; Thank you for the broken heart)
- [2008.06.13] Baby! Baby! Baby!
- [2011.04.01] Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?- <Haishin Gentei Charity Song> (誰かのために -What can I do for someone?- ＜配信限定チャリティソング＞)
- [2013.03.08] Tenohira ga Kataru Koto (掌が語ること; The Things Palms Can Say)
- [2007.03.21] Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo"
- [2007.03.21] Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta"
- [2007.03.21] Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni"
- [2007.03.21] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo"
- [2007.03.21] Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls"
- [2007.11.28] Team K 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise"
- [2007.11.28] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu"
- [2008.03.26] Team B 1st Stage ~Seishun Girls~
- [2008.04.23] Himawari-gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou"
- [2008.09.26] Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta"
- [2008.10.02] Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake Ikanai"
- [2009.04.03] Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive"
- [2009.09.11] Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru"
- [2010.04.23] Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari"
- [2010.06.12] Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake"
- [2010.06.19] Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei"
- [2013.04.06] Team A 6th Stage "Mokugekisha "
- [2013.04.06] AKB48 Team K 6th stage 「RESET」
- [2013.04.06] Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
- [2013.04.06] Team 4 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou"
- [2007.01.31] First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!~" in Nihon Seinenkan Normal Version (ファーストコンサート「会いたかった～柱はないぜ!～」in 日本青年館ノーマルバージョン)
- [2007.01.31] First Concert "Aitakatta ~Hashira wa Nai ze!~" in Nihon Seinenkan (ファーストコンサート「会いたかった～柱はないぜ!～」in 日本青年館 シャッフルバージョン)
- [2007.07.18] "Haru no Chotto Dake Zenkoku Tour ~Madamada da ze AKB48!~" in Nihon Kouseinenkin Kaikan (「春のちょっとだけ全国ツアー ～まだまだだぜ AKB48!～」in 東京厚生年金会館)
- [2008.07.25] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2008 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリストベスト100 2008)
- [2008.11.20] Live DVD wa Derudaroukedo, Yappari Iki ni Kagiruze! AKB48 Natsu Matsuri (ライブDVDは出るだろうけど、やっぱり生に限るぜ! AKB48夏祭り)
- [2008.12.27] AKB48 Maseka, Kono Concert no Ongen wa Ryuushutsushinai yo ne? AKB48 まさか、このコンサートの音源は流出しないよね?)
- [2009.02.28] Nenwasure Kanshasai Shuffle Sumaze, AKB! SKE mo Yoroshiku ne (年忘れ感謝祭 シャッフルするぜ、AKB! SKEもよろしくね)
- [2009.04.23] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2009 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリストベスト100 2009)
- [2009.08.08] "Kami Kouen Yotei" Shohan no Jijou ni Yori, Kami Kouen ni Naranai Baai mo Arimasuno de, Goryoushou Kudasai.(「神公演予定」* 諸般の事情により、神公演にならない場合もありますので、ご了承ください。)
- [2009.11.01] AKB48 Bunshin no Jutsu Tour (AKB48 分身の術ツアー)
- [2009.11.01] AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri (AKB104選抜メンバー組閣祭り)
- [2009.11.01] AKB48 Bunshin no Jutsu Tour / AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri (AKB48 分身の術ツアー/AKB104選抜メンバー組閣祭り)
- [2010.04.23] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2010 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリストベスト100 2010)
- [2010.06.23] AKB48 Manseki Matsuri Kibou Sanpi Ryouron (AKB48 満席祭り希望 賛否両論)
- [2010.10.02] AKB48 Suprise wa arimasen (AKB48 サプライズはありません)
- [2010.11.28] AKB48 AKB ga yattekita!! (AKB48 AKBがやって来た!!)
- [2011.01.20] AKB48 TeamOgi Matsuri (AKB48 TeamOgi祭)
- [2011.02.06] AKB48 SKE48 LIVE IN ASIA
- [2011.02.26] Tokyo Aki Matsuri (東京秋祭り)
- [2011.03.09] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2011 (AKB48 リクエストアワーセットリスト ベスト 100 2011)
- [2011.10.15] AKB48 Minogashita Kimitachi e ~AKB48 Group Zenkouen~ (AKB48 見逃した君たちへ ～AKB48グループ全公演～)
- [2011.12.28] AKB48 Yoshaa Ikuzo! in Seibu Dome First Concert DVD (AKB48 よっしゃぁ〜行くぞぉ〜! in 西武ドーム 第一公演 DVD)
- [2011.12.28] AKB48 Yoshaa Ikuzo! in Seibu Dome Digest Edition (AKB48 よっしゃぁ〜行くぞぉ〜! in 西武ドーム ダイジェスト盤)
- [2011.12.28] AKB48 Yoshaa Ikuzo! in Seibu Dome Special Box (AKB48 よっしゃぁ〜行くぞぉ〜! in 西武ドーム スペシャルBOX)
- [2012.02.07] AKB ga Ippai ～SUMMER TOUR 2011～
- [2012.03.21] AKB48 in a-nation 2011
- [2012.03.28] AKB48 Kohaku Taiko Utagassen (紅白対抗歌合戦)
- [2012.06.13] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012
- [2012.09.05] Maeda Atsuko Namida no Sotsugyo Sengen! in Saitama Super Arena ~Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho!~
- [2012.11.22] AKB48 National Tour 2012 Nonaka Misato, Ugoku. ~47 Todoufuken de Aimashou~ (AKB48全国ツアー2012 野中美郷、動く。 ～47都道府県で会いましょう～)
- [2012.11.28] AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~ (AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ～1830mの夢～)
- [2013.02.28] Minogashita Kimitachi e 2 ～AKB48 Group Zenkouen～ (見逃した君たちへ 2 ～AKB48グループ全公演～)
- [2013.03.27] AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2012 (AKB48 紅白歌対抗合戦2012)
- [2013.04.24] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2013
- [2013.09.25] AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai "Shirokuro tsukeyou janai ka!" (AKB フェア at 日本武道館)
- [2013.06.05] AKB48 Group Kenkyuusei Concert ~Oshimen Hayai Mono Gachi~
- [2013.10.09] AKB48 Super Festival ~Nissan Stadium, Chicchee! Chicchakunaishi!!~
- [2013.12.18] AKB48 2013 Summer Dome Tour ~Mada Mada Yaranakya Ikenai Koto ga Aru~
- [2013.12.17] AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2013 (AKB48 紅白歌対抗合戦2013)
- [2014.01.23] AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 200 2014
- [2014.03.29] AKB48 National Olympic Stadium Concert
- [2014.06.08] AKB48 Ajinomoto Stadium Concert
- [2014.08.18] AKB48 Group Tokyo Dome Concert 〜Suru na yo? Suru na yo? Zettai Sotsugyou Happyou Suru na yo?
- [2014.12.23] Team 8 National Tour 〜47 no Suteki na Machi e〜
- [2015.01.21] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 1035 2015
- [2015.02.20] AKB48 x JKT48 Concert "Bergandengan Tangan Bersama Kakak"
- [2015.03.25] AKB48 Young Members Nationwide Tour 〜Mirai wa Ima Kara Tsukurareru〜
- [2015.03.26] AKB48 Spring Concert 〜Jikiso Imada Shugyouchu!〜
- [2015.08.01] AKB48 Manatsu no Tandoku Concert in SSA 〜Kawaei-san no Koto ga Suki Deshita〜
- [2015.12.15] AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2015
- [2016.01.26] AKB48 Tandoku Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2016
- [2016.03.26] Shuku Takahashi Minami Graduation "148.5cm no Mita Yume" in Yokohama Stadium
- [2005.12.08 - 2006.03.31] Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA 1st Stage「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2006.04.15 - 2006.08.11] Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームA 2nd Stage「会いたかった」)
- [2006.08.20 - 2007.01.25] Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" (チームA 3rd Stage「誰かのために」)
- [2007.02.25 - 2007.06.26] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チームA 4th Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」)
- [2008.04.20 - 2008.10.11] Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チームA 4th Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」)
- [2008.10.19 - 2010.05.20] Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei" (チームA 5th Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」)
- [2010.07.27 - 2012.10.29] Team A 6th Stage "Mokugekisha" (チームA 6th Stage 「目撃者」)
- [2012.11.03 - ] Waiting Stage
- [2014.03.14 - ] 7th Stage (チームA 7th Stage)
- [2006.04.01 - 2006.07.05] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA K 1st Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2006.11.08 - 2006.12.14] Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo" (チームA K 1st Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」)
- [2006.07.08 - 2006.11.06] Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームK 2nd Stage「青春ガールズ」)
- [2006.12.17 - 2007.06.22] Team K 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise" (チームK 3rd Stage「脳内パラダイス」)
- [2008.05.31 - 2009.04.04] Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" (チームK 4th Stage 「最終ベルが鳴る」)
- [2009.04.11 - 2010.02.21] Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari" (チームK 5th Stage 「逆上がり」)
- [2010.03.12 - 2012.10.24] Team K 6th Stage "RESET" (チームK 6th Stage 「RESET」)
- [2012.11.01 - ] Waiting Stage
- [2014.01.28 - ] 7th Stage (チームK 7th Stage)
- [2007.04.08 - 2007.10.02] Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls" (チームB 1st Stage 「青春ガールズ」)
- [2007.10.07 - 2008.02.21] Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (チームB 2nd Stage 「会いたかった」)
- [2008.03.01 - 2009.02.01] Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive" (チームB 3rd Stage 「パジャマドライブ」)
- [2009.02.08 - 2010.04.17] Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake" (チームB 4th Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」)
- [2010.04.21 - 2012.10.22] Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami" (チームB 5th Stage 「シアターの女神」)
- [2012.11.03 - ] Waiting Stage
- [2014.02.28 - ] 6th Stage (チームB 6th Stage)
- [2007.07.01 - 2007.11.30] Himawari gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (ひまわり組 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2007.12.08 - 2008.04.19] Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage - Yume wo Shinaseru Wake Ikanai (ひまわり組 2nd Stage 「夢を死なせるわけにいかない」)
- [2008.05.22 - 2008.10.07] Team Kenkyusei 1st Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu" (チーム研究生 1st Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」)
- [2009.03.06 - 2010.04.12] Team Kenkyusei 2nd Stage "Idol no Yoake" (チーム研究生 2nd Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」)
- [2010.04.17 - 2010.06.18] Team Kenkyusei 3rd Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei" (チーム研究生 3rd Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」)
- [2010.06.20 - 2011.04.03] Team Kenkyusei 4th Stage "Theater no Megami" (チーム研究生 5th Stage 「シアターの女神」)
- [2012.03.29 - 2012.09.08] Team Kenkyusei 5th Stage "RESET" (チーム研究生 5th Stage 「RESET」)
- [2012.08.19 - ] Team Kenkyusei 6th Stage "Boku no Taiyou" (チーム研究生 1st stage 「僕の太陽」)
- [2013.03.20~2013.10.27] Pajama Drive
- [2009.07.08] AKB48 13th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2010.06.08] AKB48 17th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2011.06.08] AKB48 22nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2012.06.06] AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2013.06.08] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2014.06.07] AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2015.06.06] AKB48 41st Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2016.06.18] AKB48 45th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2017.06.17] AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2018.06.16] AKB48 53rd Single Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo
- [2010.09.21] AKB48 19th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2011.09.20] AKB48 24th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2012.09.18] AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2013.09.18] AKB48 34th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai
- [2014.09.17] AKB48 2014 Janken Tournament
- [2015.09.16] AKB48 2015 Janken Tournament
- [2016.10.10] 2016 Janken Tournament
- [2017.09.24] AKB48 Group Unit Janken Tournament 2017
- [2018.09.23] AKB48 Group Unit Janken Tournament 2018
- [2014.02.24] AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri
- [2010.12.08] AKB48 5th Anniversary
- [2011.12.08] AKB48 6th Anniversary
- [2012.12.08] AKB48 7th Anniversary
- [2013.12.08] AKB48 8th Anniversary
- [2014.12.08] AKB48 9th Anniversary
- [2015.12.08] AKB48 10th Anniversary
- [2016.12.08] AKB48 11th Anniversary
- [2017.12.08] AKB48 12th Anniversary
- [2018.12.08] AKB48 13th Anniversary
- [2019.12.08] AKB48 14th Anniversary
- [2015.12.12] Stage Fighter Selection Special Stage 2015
- [2016.04.01] Team K 2nd Generation 10th Anniversary Celebration Special Stage
- [2016.12.03] Stage Fighter Selection Special Stage 2016
- [2017.03.26] 14th Generation Stage
- [2017.04.08] Team B 3rd Generation 10th Anniversary Celebration Special Stage
- [2017.05.26] 4th Generation 10th Anniversary Stage
- [2017.12.02] Stage Fighter Selection Special Stage 2017
- [2008.07.25] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2008
- [2009.04.23] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2009
- [2010.03.20] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2010
- [2011.01.20] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2011
- [2012.01.19] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2012
- [2013.01.24] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2013
- [2014.01.23] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 200 2014
- [2015.01.21] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 1035 2015
- [2016.01.26] AKB48 Tandoku Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2016
- [2016.01.22] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2016
- [2017.01.21] AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2017
- [2018.01.19] AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2018
- [2019.01.18] AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2019
- [2020.01.19] AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 50 2020
- [2009.07.02] Japan Expo Paris (Paris, France)
- [2009.09.27] AKB48 in Webster Hall (New York, USA)
- [2010.11.20] Japan Pop-Culture Festival 2010 Moscow (Moscow, Russia)
- [2010.12.12] AKB48 in Singapore Meet The Fans Session (Singapore)
- [2011.09.24] Shanghai Japan Week (Shanghai, China)
- [2012.02.25] Jakarta Japan Pop Culture Festival 2012 (Jakarta, Indonesia)
- [2012.03.27] Japan Pop Culture Concert 2012 in Washington D.C. Celebrating 100th anniversary of Cherry Blossom with AKB48 (Washington, USA)
- [2015.02.20] AKB48 and JKT48 Concert Together 〜Holding hands together with the first sister〜 (Jakarta, Indonesia)
- [2015.05.10] AKB48 in New York for Japan Day 2015 (New York, USA)
- [2015.11.07-08] AKB48 Team 8 in Manila for Cool Japan Festival 2015 (Manila, Philippines)
- [2018.07.07] AKB48 Team 8 in Los Angeles for Japan Kawaii Live at the Anime Expo 2018 (Los Angeles, USA)
- [2018.09.09] Jak Japan Matsuri 2018 (Jakarta, Indonesia)
- [2018.12.09] MAYA Music Festival 2018 (Bangkok, Thailand)
- [2019.01.27] AKB48 Group Asia Festival (Bangkok, Thailand)
- [2019.07.27] Japan Expo Malaysia 2019 ([Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
- [2019.08.24] AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Shanghai (Shanghai, China)
- [2019.10.19] AKB48 in Taipei 2019 ～Are You Ready For It?～ (Taipei, Taiwan)
- [2020.02.02] Japan Expo Thailand (Central World, Bangkok)
|1||PARTY ga Hajimaru yo
|2005.12.08 - 2006.03.31||98|
|2006.04.15 - 2006.08.11||70|
|3||Dareka no Tame ni
|2006.08.20 - 2007.01.25||83|
|2007.02.25 - 2007.06.26
2008.04.20 - 2008.10.11
|5||Renai Kinshi Jourei
|2008.10.19 - 2010.05.27
2014.04.25 - 2015.08.23
|2010.07.27 - 2012.10.29
||2012.11.02 - 2014.04.21||42|
|7||M.T ni Sasagu
|2016.02.10 - 2018.05.16||60|
|1||PARTY ga Hajimaru yo
|2006.04.01 - 2006.07.05
2006.04.01 - 2006.07.05
|2006.07.08 - 2006.11.06||77|
|2006.12.17 - 2007.06.22||64|
|4||Saishuu Bell ga Naru
|2008.05.31 - 2009.04.04
2014.02.20 - 2014.04.16
2015.11.30 - 2018.05.15
|2009.04.11 - 2010.02.21||90|
||2010.03.12 - 2012.10.24
2014.05.07 - 2015.08.26
||2012.11.01 - 2014.02.12||95|
|2007.04.08 - 2007.10.02||94|
|2007.10.07 - 2008.02.21||73|
|2008.03.01 - 2009.02.01
2014.04.28 - 2015.08.27
|4||Idol no Yoake
|2009.02.08 - 2010.04.16||166|
|5||Theater no Megami
|2012.11.03 - 2014.04.23
||2012.11.03 - 2014.04.23||41|
|2015.12.26 - 2018.05.28||70|
|1||Boku no Taiyou
|2011.10.10 - 2012.10.25||94|
|2||Te wo Tsnuaginagara
|2013.11.03 - 2014.04.15
|3||Idol no Yoake
|2014.04.24 - 2015.08.24||106|
|4||Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai
|2015.12.03 - 2018.05.18||79|
|1||PARTY ga Hajimaru yo
|2014.08.05 - 2015.08.16
|2015.09.05 - 2017.08.20
|3||Kimi mo 8 (Eito) de Nakou janai ka
|2017.09.02 - 2018.01.08||23|
|4||Sono Shizuku wa, Mirai e to Tsunagaru Niji ni Naru.
|1||Eve wa Adam no Abarabone
|2015.09.13 - 2017.03.07||31|
|2||Seishun wa mada owaranai
|2015.09.18 - 2017.03.17||48|
|3||Dounaru?! Dousuru?! AKB48
|2015.10.16 - 2017.03.05||-|
|4||Boku ga Koko ni Iru Riyuu
|2015.11.08 - 2016.12.27||-|
|2016.11.21 - 2017.04.13||-|
|6||Minerva yo, Kaze wo Okose
|2017.02.28 - 2018.12.20|
|2017.07.20 - 2018.12.25||-|
|9||Sekai wa Yume ni Michite Iru
|2017.08.16 - 2018.12.18||-|
|10||Yabai yo! Tsuite koren no ka?!
|2018.05.04 - 2018.11.17|
|12||Boku no Natsu ga Hajimaru
-  Densen Uta (伝染歌)
- [2011.01.08] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 - The future 1mm ahead (aired on NHK)
- [2011.01.22] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued "10 Nengo, Shoujo Tachi wa Ima no Jibun ni Nani o Omou Nodarou?"
- [2012.01.27] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on Shoujo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru
- [2013.02.01] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 No flower without rain Shoujo Tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru?
- [2014.07.04] DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The time has come Shoujotachi wa, Ima, Sono Senaka ni Nani Omou?
-  DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Sonzai suru Riyuu
-  AKB0048
- [2010.12.23] AKB1/48 "Idol to Koishitara..." (Playstation Portable)
- [2011.10.06] AKB1/48 "Idol to Guam de Koishitara..." (Playstation Portable)
- [2011.10.25] AKB48 Stage Fighter (Smartphone App)
- [2012.08.10] AKB48 Trading Card Game & Collection (AR Card Game)
- [2012.10.05] AKB48+Me (Nintendo 3DS)
- [2012.12.20] AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo (Playstation Portable, Playstation Vita, Playstation 3)
- [2013.01.30] AKB48 no Yabou (Smartphone App, PC)
- [2013.12.21] Sailor Zombie AKB48 Arcade Edition (Arcade)
- [2014.05.07] AKB48 Official Music Game (Smartphone App)
- [2017.04.17] AiKaBu (Smartphone App)
- [2017.10.27] AKB48 Stage Fighter 2 Battle Festival (Smartphone App)
- [2018.04.10] AKB48 Dice Caravan (Smartphone App)
- [2018.07.02] Arcana no Himitsu (Smartphone App)
- [2018.08.16] AKB48 Beat Carnival (Smartphone App)
- [Nippon TV] (2008-10-01 to Present) AKBINGO!
- [Enta!371]（2007.10 - 2009.9) AKB48+10
- [Family Gekijo] AKB48 Nemousu Terebi (AKB48 ネ申テレビ)
- [Nippon TV] (2008-04-07 to 2008-09-29) AKB 0ji 59fun (AKB0時59分)
- [NHK] （2008.11.8-2009.3.31 to present) Suiensa すイエんサー
- [TV Tokyo] （2009.7.10 to present ） ShuukanAKB 週刊AKB
- [Enta!371] （2009.11.18. to present ） AKB1/48
- [bayfm] ON8
- [CBC Radio] AKB48 Konya wa Kaeranai... (AKB48 今夜は帰らない…)
- [Star Radio] AKB48 no Zenryoku de Kikanakya Dame Jyan!! (AKB48の全力で聴かなきゃダメじゃん!!)
- [Bunka Hoso] AKB48 Asu Made Mou Chotto. (AKB48 明日までもうちょっと。)
- [Bunka Hoso] Sakurazuka Yakkun no Sukeban Rengo Kinkyu Shukai (桜塚やっくんのスケバン連合緊急集会)
- [TOKYO FM] COUNTDOWN JAPAN
- [TOKYO FM] AKB48 no Yonpachi After (AKB48のよんぱちアフター)
- Cokyo Koukoku Kikyo (公共広告機構) / Mittsu no R de Chikyu wo Sukue! REDUCE RESUME RECYCLE (3つのRで地球を救え! REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE)
- Recrute (リクルート) / Hana Saku・Project (ハナサク・プロジェクト)
- Tokyo City「TOKYO exercises」
- Yomiuri Newpaper 『読売新聞×AKB48』
- Recochoku 「レコチョクの部屋 AKB編」
The most important awards received by the group
|2009||11th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Asia Recommended Award (Japan)||Won|
|2010||Billboard Japan Music Awards||Top Pop Artists||Won|
|2011||Billboard Japan Music Awards||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Top Pop Artists||Won|
|Hot 100 of the Year||"Everyday, Katyusha"||Won|
|Hot 100 Single Sales of the Year||"Everyday, Katyusha"||Won|
|53rd Japan Record Awards||Grand Prix||"Flying Get"||Won|
|2012||Billboard Japan Music Awards||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Top Pop Artists||Won|
|Hot 100 of the Year||"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"||Won|
|Hot 100 Single Sales of the Year||"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"||Won|
|14th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Asian Artist Japan||"UZA"||Won|
|54th Japan Record Awards||Grand Prix||"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"||Won|
|2013||Billboard Japan Music Awards||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Top Pop Artists||Won|
|Hot 100 of the Year||Won|
|Hot 100 Single Sales of the Year||Won|
|55th Japan Record Awards||Gold Award||"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie"||Won|
The group and its songs have attained the following records:
- Guinness World Record for Largest Pop Group - In November 2010, Guinness named AKB48 as the largest pop group.
- Guinness World Record for Most Number of Pop Singers Featured in a Video Game - In December 2012, AKB48's dating simulation game AKB1/149 Ren'ai Sōsenkyo featured 149 members of the group.
- Guinness World Record for broadcasting the Most Number of Same Product Television Endorsement within 24 Hours - In February 2012, AKB48 broadcast 90 solo member’s CMs for Asahi’s ‘Wonda Coffee Morning Shot’ and defeated the previous Guinness World Record for broadcasting 60 commercials in 24 hours.
- Oricon – Most consecutive number one singles by a female group in Japan
- Oricon – Most number one singles by a female group in Japan, beating the previous record set by Pink Lady.
- Oricon - Most singles sold by a female artist in Japan - In May 2013 after the release of the group's 31st single "Sayonara Crawl", the combined sales figures of all AKB48’s singles have reached 21.852 million since the group’s debut in 2006, exceeding the previous best record of 21.416 million held by J-pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki.
- Oricon - Highest sales of female group single in Japan - In June 2013, the 31st single of the group, "Sayonara Crawl"'s cumulative sales number reached 1,872,000 copies, exceeding the previous best record for a female group's single sales (1,845,000 copies) which SPEED had kept for over 15 years with their 1997 single "White Love". The total cumulative sales of "Sayonara Crawl" marked at 1,955,800.
- Oricon - Highest number of consecutive million-selling single sold in Japan - In October 2013, the group's 33rd single "Heart Ereki" sold 1,021,000 copies on the first day of release, becoming the 14th consecutive million-selling single of the group and beat the previous record of 13 by B'z.
- Oricon - Most million-selling singles sold in Japan - In December 2013, the group's 34th single "Suzukake Nanchara" sold 1,033,000 copies during the first week, scoring their 16th million-selling single and surpassed the record of 15 which B'z had kept for 13 years and 9 months.
- Oricon - 30 million sales in 8 years and 10 months since their debut is the fastest record in history (Broke B'z as it took 14 years and 7 months to reach the number).
- Oricon - Consecutive and total number of million-selling singles
- Oricon - First female artist to have a total of 30 million sales for singles.
Number of current members
(as of April ,21, 2017)
|A||13||2 sister group Kennin members (Miyawaki Sakura, Shiroma Miru)|
1 AKB48 Kennin member (Yamada Nanami)
announced her graduation
announced her graduation
Okada Ayaka announced her graduation
|8||47||Fukuchi Rena announced her graduation-|
|Total||131||AKB48 Kennin members (Yamada Nanami, Nakano Ikumi and Sakaguchi Nagisa) are not counted twice|
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- Official King Records site
- Official DefSTAR records site
- Official Youtube
- Official Youtube
- Japanese Wikipedia: AKB48
- AKB48 Wikia: AKB48 (Japanese)