Sandaime J Soul Brothers & Carly Rae Jepsen Lead Billboard Japan's Year-End Charts

DREAMS COME TRUE tops albums chart. Plus: Fan voting starts for the Billboard Japan Music Awards.

Billboard's sister organization Billboard Japan has revealed its 2015 year-end chart rankings and launched its fan voting campaign for the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2015.

Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE's "R.Y.U.S.E.I." topped the year-end Japan Hot 100, which concurrently combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube views, Gracenote look-up and streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics.

Though "R.Y.U.S.E.I." was released in 2014 and landed at No. 19 on the chart's 2014 year-end rankings, the song became a long-lasting hit through Twitter, YouTube and streaming, helping the song cross over to a wider audience, ultimately leading to increased physical and digital sales.

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DREAMS COME TRUE's DREAMS COME TRUE THE BEST! Watashi No Dorikamu ranked at No. 1 on the year-end Hot Albums chart, which was revamped this June to include digital sales and Gracenote look-up in addition to physical sales. Arashi's Japonism beat out DREAMS COME TRUE THE BEST! Watashi No Dorikamu in pure physical sales, yet combined data revealed DREAMS COME TRUE to be No. 1 and Japonism placed closely behind at No. 2. With numerous streaming services launching within Japan this year, this win proved J-pop's transition into a new phase of music consumption from its heavy reliance on physical sales.

Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious hit "I Really Like You" led the Hot Overseas Chart, while Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" (which spent a record-breaking 13 weeks atop the Hot Overseas Chart) placed at No. 2, with Billboard Japan's Year-End Radio Songs Chart and Billboard's 2015 Year-End Hot 100 chart-topper Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" feat. Bruno Mars following closely at No. 3.

In addition, users are able to get an in-depth look at the growth of tracks and albums during their chart runs on the year-end Hot 100, Hot Albums and Hot Animation chart via their freemium chart analytics service "CHART insight."

With the year-end charts revealed, voting has also commenced for the annual Billboard Japan Music Awards. Fans are able to vote on their favorite song ranking in the year-end Hot 100 via Twitter with the hashtag #BJMA2015 or by singing the song on any of Daiichi Kosho's karaoke systems through Dec. 31. The winner will be announced Jan. 15 and crowned artist of the year at the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2015.

Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 of the Year 2015
1. "R.Y.U.S.E.I."- Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
2. "Sakura"- Arashi
3. "Ai Wo Sakebe"- Arashi
4. "Aozora No Shita, Kimi No Tonari"- Arashi
5. "Dragon Night"- SEKAI NO OWARI
6. "I Really Like You"- Carly Rae Jepsen
7. "Summer Madness"- Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
8. "Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai"- AKB48
9. "Watashi Igai Watashi Jyanaino"- Gesu No Kiwami Otome
10. "Kimi Ga Kureta Natsu"- Leo Ieiri

Billboard JAPAN Hot Albums of the Year 2015
1. DREAMS COME TRUE THE BEST! Watashi No Dorikamu- DREAMS COME TRUE
2. Japonism- Arashi
3. REFLECTION- Mr.Children
4. genic- Namie Amuro
5. Kanjani Eight No Genki Ga Deru CD!!- Kanjani Eight
6. WHITE- Superfly
7. JUMPing CAR- Hey!Say!JUMP
8. KIS-MY-WORLD- Kis-My-Ft2
9. THE BEST!- Naoto Inti Raymi
10. μ's Best Album Best Live! Collection II- μ's

Billboard JAPAN Hot Overseas of the Year 2015
1. "I Really Like You"- Carly Rae Jepsen
2. "Shake It Off"- Taylor Swift
3. "Uptown Funk feat. Bruno Mars"- Mark Ronson
4. "See you Again"- Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
5. "Sugar"- Maroon 5
6. "Happy"- Pharrell Williams
7. "Stay With Me"- Sam Smith
8. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"- Taylor Swift
9. "Break Free feat. Zedd"- Ariana Grande
10. "All About That Bass"- Meghan Trainor

Billboard JAPAN Hot Animation of the Year 2015
1. "Sugar Song To Bitter Step"- UNISON SQUARE GARDEN
2. "Himawari No Yakusoku"- Motohiro Hata
3. "Hello, world!"- BUMP OF CHICKEN
4. "Ima, Hanashitai Dareka Ga Iru"- Nogizaka46
5. "RPG"- SEKAI NO OWARI
6. "Silhouette"- KANA-BOON
7. "Raise your flag"- MAN WITH A MISSION
8. "Angelic Angel"- μ's
9. "OLA!!"- Yuzu
10. "Boku No Kotoba Dewa Nai Kore Wa Bokutachi No Kotoba"- UVERworld

Billboard JAPAN Radio Songs of the Year 2015
1. "Uptown Funk"- Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
2. "I Really Like You"- Carly Rae Jepsen
3. "Stay With Me"- Sam Smith
4. "Shake It Off"- Taylor Swift
5. "All About That Bass"- Meghan Trainor
6. "Aloe"- Southern All Stars
7. "Summertime Love"- Shiggy Jr.
8. "Shut Up and Dance"- Walk The Moon
9. "SUN"- Gen Hoshino
10. "Sugar"- Maroon5


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