Billboard's sister organization, Billboard Japan, has released its year-end chart rankings, as well as a redesigned take on its charts for readers.
The redesigned chart display gives readers more nuanced information on the way songs are ranked, from Twitter mentions, airplay, physical and digital sales and Gracenote lookup (especially important in Japan, where CD sales remain strong). An expansion of this update is planned for April 2015.
As well, the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2014 is taking votes for its Artist of the Year award, via Twitter and by measuring plays through Daiichi Kosho karaoke systems. Voting for Artist of the Year began Dec. 12 and is set to continue through Dec. 31, with the winner being announced on Jan. 16.