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Japan Highlights Global Chart Debuts With New Songs by Joji, Bump of Chicken & King Gnu

Joji
Damien Maloney

Joji

Acts from Brazil, Colombia, Germany, and more also enter.

Thirty songs debut on Billboard's latest global charts, the recently-launched Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. surveys (dated Oct. 10).

While the U.S. and U.K. produced a combined 16 of those arrivals, three acts from Japan yield nine debuts, led by “Acacia” by Bump of Chicken. The track launches on both charts, while over-indexing significantly on the Global Excl. U.S. ranking.

Fueled by its inclusion in a promotional video for a new Pokémon feature, “Acacia” enters at No. 57 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart and No. 170 on the Global 200. The video targets international fans with subtitles in nine language, with almost all of the song’s global streams and sales in the tracking week from outside the U.S.

Meanwhile, King Gnu debuts with “Hakujitsu” at No. 192 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart with 4.8 million global streams and 6,000 worldwide sales (in territories outside the U.S.), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

And then there’s Joji: the 28-year-old YouTube prank-comedian turned singer-songwriter-auteur who moved from Japan to the U.S. a decade ago to embark on his entertainment career. This week, that trans-national journey sparks his latest chart success.

Following the Sept. 25 release of his sophomore LP Nectar, he lands seven debuts on the Global 200.  Not only does that mark the most entrances of any artist this week, it places him in a three-way tie with Machine Gun Kelly and Pop Smoke for the most songs on the Oct. 10-dated chart.

Album opener “Ew” brings Joji his highest debut, at No. 114, followed by “Gimme Love” (No. 123), “Your Man” (No. 125), “Daylight” with Diplo (No. 126), “Modus” (No. 143), “Tick Tock” (No. 163), and “Pretty Boy” with Lil Yachty (No. 193).

Notably, while Joji debuts seven entries on the Global 200, he is absent from the Global Excl. U.S. chart. This is in stark contrast to most Asian-born acts who have so far over-indexed on the latter list. Joji’s musical makeup has more in common with western pop, R&B, and hip-hop than the more traditional J-pop and rock that backed the debuts by Bump of Chicken and King Gnu.

Joji’s success on the Global 200 is complemented by career-high peaks on the latest Billboard 200 (No. 3) and the Artist 100 (No. 4).

South America and Europe are also represented with new songs on the global charts. Colombia’s Camilo starts “Vida De Rico” at No. 26 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart and No. 45 on the Global 200. The song adds to his stack of global hits, extending his reach to five total entries on the Excl. U.S. ranking and three on the Global 200. His highest-ranking song on the latest lists is “Tattoo,” a collaboration with Rauw Alejandro that ranks Nos. 24 and 36, respectively.

Loredana and Delara, from Sweden and Norway, respectively, and Bonez MC (Germany) debut songs at Nos. 170 and 179 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart.

Plus, Brazil’s Niack debuts on the Global 200at No. 186 with “Oh Juliana,” as the song spends a fourth week on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, climbing three spots to No. 89).

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