The popular group Arashi's new single "Believe/Kumori nochi, Kaisei" debuted at Oricon Daily Ranking's top spot on March 3rd. It had record sales of 215,000, and only in its release date it made it to 2009's 4th best selling single, behind Akimoto Junko's "Ai no mama de..." (sales to date 336,000 since Jan 2008), Kat-tun's "ONE DROP" (sales to date 315,000 since Feb 2009), Shuchishin's "Yowamushi Santa" (sales to date 231,000 since Dec 2008).
Arashi/Yano Kenta starring Satoshi Ohno's "Believe/Kumori nochi, Kaisei" are both theme songs of the movie "Yatterman" (airing March 7th) starring member Sakurai Sho and TV Asahi Drama "Uta no Oniisan" starring Leader, Ohno Satoshi. Right now, it is only 121,000 copies away from 2009's most popular single Akimoto Junko's "Ai no mama de...," so depending on the sales from now on, it may break "Ai no mama de..."'s record sales and become this year's top selling single in just one week's time.
*translations credits to urasora
*article credits to asianfanatics.net
"Believe / Kumori Nochi, Kaisei" (Believe／曇りのち、快晴 ) is the twenty fifth single from the Japanese boy band Arashi released on March 4, 2009. It was released in three editions: a normal edition containing a bonus track and karaoke versions of all the songs released in the single, and two limited edition both containing a DVD with a music video of one of the A-side tracks. It is the first single from the group in 2009, their fifth double A-side release and the first to feature a solo A-side.
The single sold 501,988 in its 1st week, surpassing "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e"'s first week record of 467,288 as well as the first to break half a million in its opening week since KAT-TUN's "Real Face" of 754,000 in April 2006. It officially has the highest 1st week sales of 2009, making "Believe/Kumori Nochi, Kaisei" the best selling single of the year at this point in time.
It's the group's 2nd best selling 1st week sales figures attained since their debut single A・RA・SHI (557,000).*article excerpt from:wikipedia.org