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LiSA's 'Homura' Logs Seventh Week at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

Courtesy Billboard Japan


LiSA’s “Homura” kicks off the new year at No. 1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Dec. 28, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021, logging its seventh week at the top of the tally.

The COVID-19 pandemic kept people at home for the most part during the year-end holidays in Japan, boosting general viewership ratings of terrestrial television programs. This in turn has elevated songs by artists who made appearances on music specials and other programs during this period on the Billboard Japan charts.

LiSA’s “Homura” leads the pack, ruling downloads, look-ups (the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer), and karaoke this week, while also excelling in other metrics including streaming, Twitter mentions, and video views (all at No. 2), plus radio airplay (No. 3) and physical sales (No. 4).

BTS’s “Dynamite” follows closely at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, leading streaming for the fourth week in a row (ten weeks total), and video for the fifth straight week.

Rising duo YOASOBI performed live on TV for the first time on the annual New Year’s Eve music extravaganza Kohaku Uta Gassen. Their breakout No. 1 hit “Yoru ni kakeru” rose 6-3 this week, coming in at No. 3 for downloads (doubling from 10,255 to 22,716 weekly units) and video (increasing from 2,717,172 to 3,084,823 weekly views), and No. 4 for streaming (from 8,221,479 to 8,326,267 weekly streams). The pair released their first EP The Book this week, which is expected to keep them afloat on the charts for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, up-and-coming girl group NiziU’s “Make you happy” rises 11-8 and singer-songwriter Aimyon’s “Hadaka no kokoro” climbs 16-10, both returning to the top 10. Other notable resurgences include Eito’s viral hit “Kousui” (17-11), Official HIGE DANdism’s long-running No. 1 hit “I LOVE…” (21-13), and Arashi’s “Kite” (36-15), all by acts that performed on Kohaku at the end of 2020. These tracks are fueled mainly by downloads and streaming, an annual phenomenon that usually lasts several weeks into the new year, with a number of songs staying at the top of the charts beyond that time frame.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and karaoke data.

See the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, here.