The Oricon Albums Chart is the Japanese music industry standard
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charts prior to the establishment of the Oricon Albums Chart on October 5, 1987. The Oricon Albums Chart's rankings are based on physical albums' sales. Oricon did not include download sales until its establishment of the Digital Albums Chart on November 19, 2016. In November 2018, Oricon began to include streaming in its album rankings, introducing a combined album chart based on
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. Charts are published every Tuesday in Oricon Style and on Oricon's official website. Every Monday, Oricon receives data from outlets, but data on merchandise sold through certain channels does not make it into the charts. For example, the debut single of
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are therefore not completely accurate. Before data was collected electronically, the charts were compiled on the basis of faxes that were sent from record shops.

Best-selling albums of all time

See also

* List of Oricon number-one albums * Oricon Singles Chart * List of best-selling singles in Japan * List of best-selling albums in Japan


External links

Oricon website
* * {{Japan Albums Japanese record charts Oricon