Hey! Say! JUMP's 'White Love' is No. 1 on Japan Hot 100, as Back Number Shoots to No. 2

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The No. 1 spot on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated Dec. 18 to 24 goes to <a href="/music/hey-say-jump">Hey! Say! JUMP</a>'s "White Love," after the nine-member Johnny's boy band sold 296,319 CDs in its first week and came in at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups.

The race for second place this week was a close one, with <a href="/music/back-number">back number</a>'s movie theme song "Mabataki" coming out on top over <a href="/music/TVXQ">TVXQ</a>'s comeback single "Reboot," with a difference of only 100 points between the two. The former did better in downloads, radio airplay and look-ups, while the latter succeeded in physical sales and Twitter.

Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori -- three former members of the disbanded boy band <a href="/music/SMAP">SMAP</a> -- suddenly dropped a new song called "72" on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) as the group Atarashii Chizu. The name means "new map" and is also the name of their official fan site. Although the song was released on the final day of this chart week, it shot to No. 3 for downloads and No. 4 for Twitter and bows at No. 11 on the Japan Hot 100, demonstrating the enduring popularity of the three artists that is likely to continue well into the new year.

The two resurgent hits mentioned in last week's Japan Hot 100 chart news are still telling newcomers to get off their lawns from their respective positions in the top 10. While <a href="/music/Spitz">Spitz</a>'s "Kaede" drops a few notches to No. 9, Yoko Oginome's "Dancing Hero" rises to No. 7.

Video views for the latter have shot up to 6 million times from last week's 2.2 million, boosted by the veteran singer's appearances on TV. The song came in at No. 1 for video and has also improved in downloads (No. 6) and streaming (No. 3).

Recognition for this year's best-performing Christmas standard during the relevant chart week goes to <a href="/music/Tatsuro-Yamashita">Tatsuro Yamashita</a>'s "Christmas Eve," which rises to No. 12 on the Japan Hot 100. It came in at No. 2 for radio airplay, No. 10 for streaming, No. 12 for video and No. 15 for downloads this week, winning over back number's "Christmas Song," which came out on top last year at this time.

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 Dec. 18 to 24)
1. White Love / Hey! Say! JUMP
2. Mabataki / back number
3. Reboot / TVXQ
4. Awaken the power / Saint Aqours Snow
5. Anata / Hikaru Utada
6. Band Wagon / Last Idol
7. Dancing Hero / Yoko Oginome
8. J.S.B. HAPPINESS / Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
9. Kaede / Spitz
10. Uchiage Hanabi / Daoko X Kenshi Yonezu
11. 72 / Atarashii Chizu
12. Christmas Eve / Tatsuro Yamashita
13. Heart Shaker / TWICE
14. Christmas Song / back number
15. Ningen Dakara Kanashiinda / THE ALFEE
16. TT / TWICE
17. DNA / BTS
18. All I Want For Christmas Is You / Mariah Carey
19. Kaze Ni Fukaretemo / Keyakizaka46
20. Let it snow! / DEAN FUJIOKA