K-pop boy band <a href="/music/got7">GOT7</a> takes the No. 1 spot on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated June 18-24 with their latest single, "THE New Era." The group's single sold 70,756 CDs in its first week of sales, while the song that bowed at No. 2, "Summer Love" by the Tokai-local regional J-pop boy band <a href="/music/MAGC-PRINCE">MAG!C PRINCE</a>, sold 84,954 copies. GOT7 covered this difference with points from look-ups (No. 22) and Twitter mentions (No. 3) to lead this week's chart.
DA PUMP's "U.S.A." is still performing well in the digital metrics of the chart's measurement, coming in at No. 1 for video views, No. 2 for streaming, and No. 3 for downloads this week. Due to slow overall physical sales during this chart week, the J-pop vocal and dance group's viral single returns to No. 3 on the Japan Hot 100.
K-pop girl group <a href="/music/BLACKPINK">BLACKPINK</a>'s sophomore EP, Square Up, and its lead single, "DDU-DU DDU-DU," made history on the U.S. Billboard charts, bowing at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 55 on the Hot 100 respectively -- the highest chartings to date by an all-female K-pop group.
"DDU-DU DDU-DU" jumps 27-7 on the Japan Hot 100 this week, coming in at No. 1 for streaming, No. 2 for video views, No. 19 for Twitter, and No. 32 for downloads. The strength in streaming and video views indicates that the song has caught the attention of a wider audience while also appealing to the four-member group's ardent fanbase.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is currently underway, and team Japan has been doing unexpectedly well, boosting interest in the televised broadcasts. <a href="/music/Suchmos">Suchmos</a>' "VOLT-AGE," NHK's World Cup theme song, shoots up 35-8 on the Japan Hot 100, fueled mostly by increased radio airplay (No. 1). Other songs such as "Catharsist" by <a href="/music/RADWIMPS">RADWIMPS</a>, "Blue" by <a href="/music/NEWS">NEWS</a>, and "Awakening" by EXILE -- which are currently being used as the World Cup broadcast theme songs for different TV stations -- are expected to climb the charts in the coming weeks.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and audio streams from Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOK, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Recochoku provided by Gfk Japan, as well as streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics.
Watch GOT7's "THE New Era" music video here:
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Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated June 18 to 24)
1. THE New Era / GOT7
2. SUMMER LOVE / MAG!C PRINCE
3. U.S.A. / DA PUMP
4. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
5. Tatakau Senshi Tachi He Ai Wo Komete / Southern All Stars
6. Echo / DEAN FUJIOKA
7. DDU-DU DDU-DU / BLACKPINK
8. VOLT-AGE / Suchmos
9. Hatsukoi / Hikaru Utada
10. Date / Soma Saito
11. LOSER / Kenshi Yonezu
12. Nanatsuiro REALiZE / IDOLiSH7
13. GOLDEN ENCORE! / BRBRookies!
14. Katarushisuto / RADWIMPS
15. Cinderella Girl / King & Prince
16. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu
17. FAKE LOVE / BTS
18. I WANT YOU BACK / TWICE
19. F.L.Y. BOYS F.L.Y. GIRLS / GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE
20. BBoom BBoom / MOMOLAND