Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE Rises to No. 1 as Christmas Favorites Return to Japan Hot 100

Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
Courtesy of Billboard Japan

Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE

"J.S.B. HAPPINESS" by <a href="/music/sandaime-j-soul-brothers">Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE</a> takes the No. 1 spot on this week's Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated Dec. 11 to 17, selling 105,675 CDs in its first week. The seven-member vocal and dance group comes in at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups, No. 3 for radio airplay, No. 6 for downloads, No. 12 for Twitter mentions, and No. 17 for streaming, accumulating points in a balanced way to take the top spot on the latest Japan Hot 100.

At No. 2 is <a href="/music/Hikaru-Utada">Hikaru Utada</a>'s "Anata," rising from No. 3, where it debuted last week. The song had an overwhelming lead in download points last week and maintains the top spot again this week, and it's also doing well in other metrics such as radio airplay (No. 1), video views (No. 11) and Twitter (No. 17).

This week's most streamed song is veteran pop-rock band <a href="/music/Spitz">Spitz</a>'s "Kaede." This song first came out in 1998, but it's currently being featured in a tea commercial and enjoying chart action again almost 20 years after its release. It lands in the Japan Hot 100 top 10 this week, jumping up to No. 6 from No. 28. It's at No. 2 for downloads and No. 13 for video views and also fares well in Twitter and radio.

Speaking of resurgent hits, "Dancing Hero" by Yoko Oginome discos its way back into the Japan Hot 100 top 10, rising to No. 9 from No. 11. The singer has been invited to perform the song on various TV programs this month, and the hype has kept the song coasting along at No. 2 for video views.

You know it's the holiday season in Japan when you start hearing Tatsuro Yamashita's classic hit "Christmas Eve" everywhere. The ultimate Japanese Christmas song was first released in 1983 and has consistently been a beloved staple of year-end playlists. The song rises to No. 18 from No. 33 on the Japan Hot 100, garnering points mostly through radio (No. 15) and downloads (No. 20), but also doing well in terms of CD sales (No. 31).

A more recent Christmas favorite by the band <a href="/music/back-number">back number</a>, simply called "Christmas Song," comes in at No. 26 on this week's chart, performing better than "Christmas Eve" in downloads (No. 5), radio (No. 11) and Twitter (No. 21).

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.

Watch the "J.S.B. HAPPINESS" music video here:
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Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated Dec. 11 to 17)
1. J.S.B. HAPPINESS / Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
2. Anata / Hikaru Utada
3. Stand by me / SNUPER
4. Heart Shaker / TWICE
5. Shuuden Wo Koete-Christmas Night / A.B.C-Z
6. Kaede / Spitz
7. MIC Drop / BTS
8. Uchiage Hanabi / Daoko X Kenshi Yonezu
9. Dancing Hero / Yoko Oginome 
10. My Friend / EBiSSH
11. Koi Ga Saku Kisetsu / (Game Music)
14. Twintail No Kaze / (Game Music)
15. Kaze Ni Fukaretemo / Keyakizaka46
16. DNA / BTS
17. I LOVE YOU / Chris Hart
18. Christmas Eve / Tatsuro Yamashita 
19. Crystal Snow / BTS
20. Mitsumete Kureru Nara / Toukendanshi Kashu Kiyomitsu


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