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SKE48 Debuts at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100, With Departing Member Jurina Matsui’s Last Single

Courtesy of Billboard Japan


SKE48’s “Koiochi Flag” debuts at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Feb. 1 to 7.

The J-pop girl group’s 27th single, and the final one for departing member Jurina Matsui, led physical sales with 196,556 copies sold in its first week.

It manages to top the Japan Hot 100 powered by this metric — the track comes in at No. 14 for look-ups, No. 16 for Twitter mentions, and No. 76 for radio airplay — though first-week figures have gone down considerably from the Nagoya-based group’s previous single, which sold 342,134 copies.

Yuuri’s “Dryflower” holds at No. 2, leading streaming for the third straight week (down slightly from 13,183,218 to 12,726,444 weekly streams), and holding at No. 2 for downloads (likewise from 19,837 to 17,027 weekly units) and No. 3 for video views (slight increase from 3,619,921 to 3,975,470 weekly views).

Notably, the ballad tops the karaoke metric for the first time, putting an end to Lisa’s eleven- week streak at No. 1 with “Homura.”

Ado’s “Usse-wa” also holds at No. 3. The track leads downloads for the third week in a row with 26,007 units (from 25,697 last week), video for the second with 5,612,753 views (5,336,323 last week), and rises 4-3 for streaming with 10,196,172 streams (9,513,125 last week).

Points for five metrics besides Twitter increased, and the total point difference between “Usse-wa” and “Dryflower” is now down to 386 this week.

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.

Check out the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Feb. 1 to 7, here.