AKB48 Tops Japan Hot 100 With 1.5 Million Sales, UNISON SQUARE GARDEN Leads Downloads

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<a href="/music/AKB48">AKB48</a>'s 50th single, "Juuichigatsu No Anklet," zooms to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated Nov. 20 to 26, leaving the competition far behind thanks to the massive lead in physical sales points.

The final single for departing member Mayuyu sold a whopping 1,506,108 copies in its first week, more than the group's previous No. 1 hit, "#Sukinanda," which sold 1,459,446 copies. The single fared well overall, coming in at No. 4 for Twitter mentions, No. 3 for look-ups, No. 9 for radio airplay and No. 20 for downloads.

<a href="/music/UNISON-SQUARE-GARDEN">UNISON SQUARE GARDEN</a>'s opening song for the anime series Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, "fake town baby,"  rises to No. 4 on this week's Japan Hot 100 after topping downloads upon the release of its digital version. Last week's No. 1 for downloads was the three-piece band's "Invisible Sensation," which is hanging on at No. 4 this week. Although CD sales for both songs are on the decline, they still maintain steam in the digital metrics.

<a href="/music/DAOKO">DAOKO</a> x <a href="/music/Kenshi-Yonezu">Kenshi Yonezu</a>'s "Uchiage Hanabi" holds steady at No. 1 for streaming again this week. Ever since the streaming chart became public, the song has been at No. 1 for a total of 14 weeks, inconsecutive only because it was thwarted once by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" about a month ago and dropped to No. 2. The song will likely be promoted during the many music programs scheduled at the end of the year and is expected to continue its long run on the streaming chart.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and audio streams from Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOK, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Recochoku provided by Gfk Japan, as well as streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics.

Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated Nov. 20-26)
1. Juuichigatsu No Anklet / AKB48
2. Bokura Kyou Mo Ikiteiru / Johnny's WEST
4. fake town baby / UNISON SQUARE GARDEN
5. Anatato Ikiteyuku / GLAY
6. Ano Hi No Kimi To Ima No Boku Ni / DOBERMAN INFINITY
7. Uchiage Hanabi / Daoko x Kenshi Yonezu
8. Kaze Ni Fukaretemo / Keyakizaka46
9. Dancing Hero / Yoko Oginome 
10. Doors -Yuuki No Kiseki- / Arashi
11. Haiiro To Ao (+ Masaki Suda) / Kenshi Yonezu
12. Flag Wo Tatero / YUKI
13. Sayonara / Sakurako Ohara 
14. Reason!! / 315 STARS
15. DEADHEAT / Tokimeki Sendenbu
16. Reportage / Yu Takahashi
17. Shape Of You / Ed Sheeran
18. Dear Butterfly / MEZZO"
19. Bon Appetit S / Blend.A
20. Outou Seyo / Kanjani 8


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