Arashi's 'Find the Answer' Blasts to Top of Japan Hot 100; Kenshi Yonezu Holds No. 2
<a href="/music/Arashi">Arashi</a>'s new single, "Find the Answer," bows at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart dated Feb. 19 to 25, after selling 414,494 CDs in its first week. It's the theme song of an ongoing TV series starring member Jun Matsumoto and came in at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups, No. 5 for Twitter mentions, and No. 39 for radio airplay.
Holding steady at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 is <a href="/music/Kenshi Yonezu">Kenshi Yonezu</a>'s eighth single, "Lemon," ruling downloads for the second week in a row and rising 8-5 for radio. The official music video was released this week, and the physical single will go on sale March 14, so the song is slated to stick around at the top ranks of the Japan songs chart for the foreseeable future.
<a href="/music/Gen-Hoshino">Gen Hoshino</a>'s single "Doraemon" -- still unreleased for this chart week -- has been receiving media exposure lately, and he also recently released the <a href="/articles/news/international/8215545/watch-gen-hoshino-music-video-doraemon-japan">music video</a> for song from the animated movie. The song returns to the top 10 on the Japan Hot 100 from last week's No. 50 on the strength of only three metrics: Twitter (No. 1), video views (No. 4) and radio (No. 6). The single dropped Wednesday (Feb. 28), so it's expected to jump up the chart next week.
Masaki Suda's "Sayonara Elegy" rises 9-4 this week, performing well in all the metrics: downloads (No. 4), physical sales (No. 12), look-ups (No. 6), radio (No. 14), Twitter (No. 18) and video views (No. 2).
One notable entry on this week's Japan Hot 100 is Seiya Matsumuro's "Kitto Ai Wa Fukouhei." The second single by the newcomer managed by Office Augusta -- home of such Japanese big-names as Masayoshi Yamazaki, Motohiro Hata and <a href="/music/Sukima-Switch">Sukima Switch</a> -- logged a third week at No. 1 for radio after debuting at No. 5 and rises 35-16 on the Japan songs 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 Feb. 19 to 25)
1. Find the Answer / Arashi
2. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
3. Teion Yakedo / Camellia Factory
4. Sayonara Elegy / Masaki Suda
5. Acacia / EXILE THE SECOND
6. Ref:rain / Aimer
7. Sazanka / END OF THE WORLD
8. Candy Pop / TWICE
9. Change / ONE OK ROCK
10. Doraemon / Gen Hoshino
11. BREAKING THE ROAD / GANG PARADE
12. Katte Ni My Soul / Dish//
13. Mae Wo Muke / Hey! Say! JUMP
14. Mountain Top / RADWIMPS
15. Ultra Blast / STARISH
16. Kitto Ai Ha Fukouhei / Seiya Matsumuro
17. 808 / Suchmos
18. Heart Up / Ayaka & Daichi Miura
19. THE GENESIS / Eden
20. Sono Sen Ha Suiheisen / Quruli