Distance is the 4th best-selling album in Japan of all time with over 4.46 million copies sold. Moreover, with over 3 million copies sold in its debut week, it has world's biggest one-week album sales of all time.
|November 10, 1999||"Addicted to You"||1||16||1,784,050|
|April 19, 2000||"Wait & See ~Risk~"||1||21||1,662,060|
|June 30, 2000||"For You / Time Limit"||1||13||909,000|
|February 16, 2001||"Can You Keep a Secret?"||1||11||1,485,000|
|Release||Chart||Peak Position||Debut Sales||Sales Total||Chart Run|
|March 28 2001||Oricon Daily Albums Chart||1|
|March 28 2001||Oricon Weekly Albums Chart||1||3,002,720||4,469,135||45|
|March 28 2001||Oricon Yearly Albums Chart||1|
In 2001, Utada Hikaru and Ayumi Hamasaki were the two biggest artists in the country. Each artists' record company began fabricating a "feud" between these extremely popular J-divas. This feud reached its apex when Avex Trax, Ayumi Hamasaki's record label intentionally put her first greatest hits album, A Best, in direct competition with Utada's highly anticipated second album, Distance. Both albums were set for a March 28th release, and quickly tabloids began to document the tension between both artists. Although Ayumi has publicly stated in interviews that she was saddened by this record company-fueled rivalry and Hikaru has never shown ill feelings toward Ayumi, this rivalry has been regarded as one of the biggest rivalries in Japanese music history. Distance recorded the highest first week sales for any album ever released in Japan (and possibly worldwide for a solo artist) with just over 3,002,720 copies sold. A Best debuted right behind it at #2 with 2,870,000 in first week sales, the second highest first-week sales for an album in Japan. Although "A Best" was certainly more aggressively promoted than "Distance," this album was nonetheless the follow-up to the best-selling album in Japan's history, Utada's debut "First Love," and therefore expectations and anticipation may have been more concentrated on it having there been a 2 year hiatus for it. By years end, both albums had sold over 4,000,000 copies and landed at the #1 and #2 position on the Oricon Albums year-end charts. According to Oricon, Distance is the 4th highest-selling Japanese album of all time and the highest selling Japanese album of the 21st century.