Beginner

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Single by AKB48
Type A Cover

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Single by AKB48
Type B Cover

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Single by AKB48
Theater Edition Cover

Released: October 27, 2010
Genre: J-Pop
Format: CD Single, CD+DVD
Label: You, Be Cool!/KING RECORDS
Producer: Akimoto Yasushi
Limited Edition Covers

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Single by AKB48
Limited Edition A Cover

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Single by AKB48
Limited Edition B Cover

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Beginner

Beginner is the 18th major single (20th overall) released by AKB48. It was released in five versions: a limited type-A CD+DVD edition, a regular type-A CD+DVD edition, a limited type-B CD+DVD edition, a regular type-B CD+DVD edition, and a limited CD-only theater edition. The limited type-A and type-B editions came with an alternate cover, and a ticket to attend a handshaking event. All four type-A and type-B editions came with a serial number to vote for a song to be performed at AKB48's Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2011 concert in January 2011. Beginner was the best-selling single of 2010. The RIAJ has certified the title track Platinum for full song downloads of over 250,000.

Motto:

「今回のAKBは、かなり、ヤバイ!」

("Konkai no AKB wa, Kanari, YABAI!")

Translation: "AKB this time is, considerably, amazing!"

Tracklist

  1. Beginner / Senbatsu
  2. Boku Dake no value (僕だけのvalue) / Undergirls
  3. Kimi ni Tsuite (君について) / MINT
  4. Beginner (Off vocal ver.)
  5. Boku Dake no value (僕だけのvalue) (Off vocal ver.)
  6. Kimi ni Tsuite (君について) (Off vocal ver.)

  1. Beginner Music Clip
  2. Boku Dake no value Music Clip
  3. Kimi ni Tsuite Music Clip
  4. Beginner Formation Clip (Oshima Yuko Center ver.) (Beginnerフォーメーション映像(大島優子センターver.))
  5. Beginner Formation Clip (Shinoda Mariko Center ver.) (Beginnerフォーメーション映像(篠田麻里子センターver.))
  6. Beginner Formation Clip (Matsui Jurina and Watanabe Mayu Center ver.) (Beginnerフォーメーション映像(松井珠理奈・渡辺麻友センターver.))

  1. Beginner / Senbatsu
  2. Boku Dake no value (僕だけのvalue) / Undergirls
  3. Nakeru Basho (泣ける場所) / DIVA
  4. Beginner (Off vocal ver.)
  5. Boku Dake no value (僕だけのvalue) (Off vocal ver.)
  6. Nakeru Basho (泣ける場所) (Off vocal ver.)

  1. Beginner Music Clip
  2. Boku Dake no value Music Clip
  3. Nakeru Basho Music Clip
  4. Beginner Formation Clip (Maeda Atsuko Center ver.) (Beginnerフォーメーション映像(前田敦子センターver.))
  5. Beginner Formation Clip (Itano Tomomi Center ver.) (Beginnerフォーメーション映像(板野友美センターver.))
  6. Beginner Formation Clip (Takahashi Minami Center ver.) (Beginnerフォーメーション映像(高橋みなみセンターver.))

  1. Beginner / Senbatsu
  2. Boku Dake no value (僕だけのvalue) / Undergirls
  3. Kimi ni Tsuite (君について) / MINT
  4. Nakeru Basho (泣ける場所) / DIVA


AKB48 Promoting Single

Selected Members

Beginner

Senbatsu (16 Members (Maeda Atsuko Center)

Boku Dake no value

Undergirls (22 Members) (Ota Aika and Takayanagi Akane Center)

Kimi ni Tsuite

MINT (5 Members) (Maeda Atsuko Center)

Nakeru Basho

DIVA (17 Members) (Akimoto Sayaka Center)

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- #1
568,095
#1
112,151
#1
61,863
#1
26,077
#1
23,109
#1
22,025
#1 826,989
#1
12,146
3
10,340
3
11,496
2
6,106
2
5,684
#1
6,896
#1
6,565
2 63,504
#1
3,604
14 9 6 6 6 3
4,247
6 25,452
3
2,315
16 16 15 11 11 8 16 14,308
15 14 20 15 17 8 10 15 9,861
13 26 24 17 14 14 11 17 7,065
9 25 19 14 11 9 12 15 7,104
7 22 23 14 10 9 5 13 7,001
9 14 14 7 7 6 6 11 7,501
8 7 5 6 6 3
1,459
4 5 8,505
4 4 4 3
1,437
4 4 4 4 10,502
4 10 7 7 6 4 4 6 7,444
4 21 17 15 16 9 7 12 5,935
x x x x x x x 21 5,323
x x x x x x x 20 3,925
x x x x x x x 39 3,000
x x x x x x x 29 2,961
x x x x x x x 61 1,048
21 x x x x 39 37 51 2,152
30 x x x x 44 36 60 1,618
42 x x x x 35 44 56 1,155
40 x x x 49 43 49 58 863
39 48 40 36 43 39 38 42 1,226
34 42 49 39 36 37 32 40 1,241

Total Reported Sales: 1,040,670*
Total Sales in 2010: 954,283
Total Sales in 2011: 86,387*
Total of weeks charting inside Top 200: 23 (still charting)

  • 5th consecutive single to debut at #1 in the Weekly Oricon rankings.
  • Beginner shipped a total of 1,030,000 copies of its first press edition. highest number for AKB48 so far
  • Beginner's first day sales was the highest first day sales ever since Oricon started to report daily sales.
  • Highest first week sales for AKB48, as well as highest first week sales ever for a female idol group single. (previous single with this record was SPEED's "ALL MY TRUE LOVE" released almost 12 years ago.)
  • In the female artist category, it places as the 3rd best first-week seller single, behind Namie Amuro's "CAN YOU CELEBRATE?" (828k) (with only a 2,000 copies difference) and Utada Hikaru's "Addicted To You" with over 1 million sales.
  • Beginner was the best selling single in 2010 in Japan, with over 950,000 copies sold.
  • First million-selling single since Akikawa Masafumi's "Sen no Kaze ni Natte" in August 2007 (released May 2006)
  • First million-selling single by a female artist since Nakajima Miyuki's "Chijou no Hoshi / Headlight Taillight" in March 2003 (released July 2000)
  • First million-selling single by a female group since Morning Musume's "Koi no Dance Site" in February 2000 (released January 2000)
  • Japan's 243rd million-selling single ever.
Achievements
  • Beginner - 7th Music Video to reach 20,000,000 views on YouTube

TV Performances

  • [2010.10.20] AKBINGO!
  • [2010.10.27] AKBINGO!
  • [2010.10.27] Music Station
  • [2010.10.30] Music Fair
  • [2010.10.30] Count Down TV
  • [2010.10.31] CDTV
  • [2010.10.31] Shin Domoto Kyuodai
  • [2010.10.31] Music Japan
  • [2010.11.03] AKBINGO!
  • [2010.12.24] Music Station Super Live 2010
  • [2010.12.30] 52nd Japan Record Awards
  • [2010.12.31] 61st Kohaku Uta Gassen (Medley)
  • [2011.06.07] SMAPxSMAP (Medley)

Beginner Music Clip Censoring Controversy

One of the Censored Scenes of the PV
In Image: Maeda Atsuko

Beginner's Music Clip was premiered during the Janken Senbatsu Tournament. As described by fans who attended the event, the PV featured a survival video game plot, where all the girls were connected to a virtual reality where they fought against each other killing themselves with different irealist weapons such as gigant Chupa Chup.

Near the end of the PV, only Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko are left. While fighting against the Stone Recordes, Stone stabs Maeda's hand against a wall, making it impossible for her to move. Oshima fires at the arm that's holding Maeda. Oshima smiles for just two seconds and is killed from the Stone Recordes.

When she regains consciousness, her hand starts to hurt and blood comes out of it while she screams in pain for several seconds. In this situation, Maeda decides to cut her whole arm to keep fighting, and, for some unexplained reason, her real self is disconnected from the virtual reality game while still playing (meaning she was still alive in the game).

When she cuts her whole arm off, she changes her arm to a sword and stabs the Stone Recordes. At the end, Matsui Jurina appeared to help Maeda.

This PV was aired again in the Tokyo Aki Matsuri, where a KING RECORDS Representative said, "Maybe this will be the last time we'll show the PV to an open public," claiming that the PV is "too strong visually" and that Dance Shot and Making of footage was going to be used to make a new version to use on TV and to include in the DVD of the Single.

This created a controversy in the AKB48 fandom. Many complained that they wanted to see the real PV, and some days later AKB48's KING RECORDS official website updated with a notice that the original PV was going to be released only through Recochuku. They also officially confirmed that the version included in the DVD of the single was going to be the censored clip. This was the first time a an AKB48 music clip was censored. Akimoto Yasushi commented, "I thought we made an splendid creation," and later explained that it was 100% a KING RECORDS decision to censor the PV.

Trivia

Videos


AKB48
Members
Team A

Iriyama Anna | Okabe Rin (Captain) | Okumoto Hinano | Oguri Yui | Kato Rena | Sato Minami | Shitao Miu | 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 K

Ichikawa Manami | Okada Rina | Oda Erina | Kuranoo Narumi | Kobayashi Ran | Komiyama Haruka (Captain) | Shimoguchi Hinana | Nagatomo Ayami | Hashimoto Haruna | Harumoto Yuki | Hidaritomo Ayaka | Minegishi Minami | Muto Orin | Muto Tomu | Mogi Shinobu | Yasuda Kana | Yamada Kyoka | Yumoto Ami | Yokoyama Yui

Team B

Iwatate Saho (Captain) | Otake Hitomi | Omori Maho | Oya Shizuka | Okuhara Hinako | Kashiwagi Yuki | Kawahara Misaki | Kitazawa Saki | Kubo Satone | Saito Haruna | Sasaki Yukari | Sato Akari | Shimizu Maria | Takita Kayoko | Taniguchi Megu | Nakanishi Chiyori | Hattori Yuna | Fukuoka Seina | Honda Hitomi | Yamabe Ayu | Yoshikawa Nanase

Team 4

Asai Nanami | Inagaki Kaori | Utada Hatsuka | Omori Miyuu | Okada Nana | Onishi Momoka | Kawamoto Saya | Gyouten Yurina | Kurosu Haruka | Sakaguchi Nagisa | Sato Kiara | Takaoka Kaoru | Takahashi Ayane | Takahashi Sayaka | Tatsuya Makiho | Tada Kyoka | Nagano Serika | Hama Sayuna | Hirano Hikaru | Ma Chia-Ling | Miyazato Rira | Murayama Yuiri (Captain) | Yamauchi Mizuki

Team 8

Hokkaido & Tohoku : Sakaguchi Nagisa | Yokoyama Yui | Nunoya Riru | Inoue Miyuu | Mitomo Mashiro | Sato Akari | Hasegawa Momoka | Kanto: Okabe Rin | Honda Hitomi | Shimizu Maria | Takahashi Ayane | Yoshikawa Nanase | Oguri Yui | Oda Erina | Shiobara Karin | Hidaritomo Ayaka | Chubu: Utada Hatsuka | Suzuki Yuka | Hattori Yuna | Matsumura Miku | Hashimoto Haruna | Sakagawa Hiyuka | Hirano Hikaru | Takahashi Sayaka | Kansai: Nagano Serika | | Fukutome Mitsuho | Onishi Momoka | Hama Sayuna | Chugoku & Shikoku: Tokunaga Remi | Okuhara Hinako | Kamachi Yukina | Okumoto Hinano | Shitao Miu | Harumoto Yuki | Gyoten Yurina | Takaoka Kaoru | Rissen Airi | Kyushu: Yoshida Karen | Kawahara Misaki | Onoue Mizuki | Kuranoo Narumi | Yamada Kyoka | Uemi Sorano | Fujizono Rei | Miyazato Rira

Kenkyuusei
Kenkyuusei

Homma Mai | Ishiwata Sena | Kuramoto Miyuu | Suenaga Yuzuki | Nagano Megumi | Furukawa Nazuna | Honda Sora | Yoshihashi Yuzuka

Discography
Indie Singles 1. Sakura no Hanabiratachi | 2. Skirt, Hirari
Major Singles 1. Aitakatta | 2. Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru | 3. Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou | 4. Bingo! | 5. Boku no Taiyou | 6. Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? | 7. Romance, Irane | 8. Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 | 9. Baby! Baby! Baby! | 10. Oogoe Diamond | 11. 10nen Zakura | 12. Namida Surprise! | 13. Iiwake Maybe | 14. RIVER | 15. Sakura no Shiori | 16. Ponytail to Shushu | 17. Heavy Rotation | 18. Beginner | 19. Chance no Junban | 20. Sakura no Ki ni Narou | 21. Everyday, Katyusha | 22. Flying Get | 23. Kaze wa Fuiteiru | 24. Ue Kara Mariko | 25. GIVE ME FIVE! | 26. Manatsu no Sounds Good! | 27. Gingham Check | 28. UZA | 29. Eien Pressure | 30. So long! | 31. Sayonara Crawl | 32. Koi Suru Fortune Cookie | 33. Heart Ereki | 34. Suzukake Nanchara | 35. Mae Shika Mukanee | 36. Labrador Retriever | 37. Kokoro no Placard | 38. Kibouteki Refrain | 39. Green Flash | 40. Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai | 41. Halloween Night | 42. Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby | 43. Kimi wa Melody | 44. Tsubasa wa Iranai | 45. LOVE TRIP/Shiawase wo Wakenasai | 46. High Tension | 47. Shoot Sign | 48.Negaigoto no Mochigusare | 49. #SukiNanda | 50.11-gatsu no Anklet | 51. TBA
Best Albums 1. Set List ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~ | 2. Kamikyokutachi | 3. Koko ni Ita Koto | 4. 1830m | 5. Tsugi no Ashiato | 6. Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! | 7. Zero to Ichi no Aida | 8. Thumbnail | 9. TBA
Stage Albums
Team A 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" | 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" | 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" | 4th Stage "Tadaima Ren'aichuu" | 5th Stage "Ren'ai Kinshi Jourei" | 6th Stage "Mokugekisha" | 7th Stage "M'T. ni Sasagu"
Team K 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" | 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" | 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise" | 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" | 5th Stage "Saka Agari" | 6th Stage "RESET"
Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls" | 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" | 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive" | 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake" | 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
Himawari-gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" | 2nd Stage "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai"
Team 4 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" | 2nd Stage "Idol no Yoake"
Concerts
DVDs 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42
Filmography
Movies Densen Uta | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 No flower without rain | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The Time Has Come
Dramas Majisuka Gakuen | Majisuka Gakuen 2 | Sakura Kara no Tegami | Majisuka Gakuen 3 | So Long! | Sailor Zombie | Majisuka Gakuen 4 | Majisuka Gakuen 5 | Cabasuka Gakuen | Crow's Blood | Tofu Pro Wrestling
Anime AKB0048
Events
Sousenkyo 1st Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 13th Single "Kamisama ni Chikatte Gachi Desu"
2nd Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 17th Single "Kaasan ni Chikatte, Gachi Desu"
3rd Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 22nd Single "Kotoshi mo Gachi Desu"
4th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 27th Single "Fan ga Erabu 64 Giseki"
5th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 32nd Single "Yume wa Hitori ja Mirarenai"
6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 37th Single "Yume no Genzaichi ~Rival wa Doko da~"
7th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 41st Single
8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 45th Single
9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 49 Single
Janken Taikai

1st Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 19th Single
2nd Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 24th Single
3rd Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 29th Single
4th Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 34th Single
5th Senbatsu Janken Taikai - Solo Debut + 38th Single

Group Draft Meeting

AKB48 Group Draft Meeting 2013
AKB48 Group Draft Meeting 2015

Units & Other Groups
Soloists Matsui Sakiko (Piano) | Iwasa Misaki (Enka) | Watanabe Mayu | Kashiwagi Yuki | Takahashi Minami | Itano Tomomi | Sashihara Rino | Kuramochi Asuka (Gachi Uma 2) | Kasai Tomomi (Gachi Uma - Former member) | Maeda Atsuko (Former member) | Oshima Mai (Former member) | Hoshino Michiru (Former member) | Oku Manami (Former member) | Ohori Megumi (Former member) | Ono Erena (Former member) | Hayano Kaoru (Former member)
Units No Sleeves | Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 | French Kiss | Not yet | DiVA
One-Shot Units NO NAME | YM7 | YJ7 | Ojarumaru Sisters | Team KISHIN from AKB48 | Sukeban Girls | Team Dragon from AKB48 | Honegumi from AKB48 | ICE from AKB48 | Crayon Friends from AKB48 | AKBIdoling!!! | Queen & Elizabeth | Natto Angels | Natto Angels Z | Okashina Sisters | Team Z | BABY GAMBA | Mini Skirt | Porrima from AKB48 | Team Surprise | Team BS
Sister Groups SKE48 | SDN48 (Disbanded) | NMB48 | HKT48 | JKT48 | TPE48 | SNH48
Rival Group Nogizaka46
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