TWICE Soars to No. 1 as BTS Charts Four, Hideki Saijo Remembered on Japan Hot 100

Courtesy of Billboard Japan

<a href="/music/TWICE">TWICE</a>'s "Wake Me Up" takes the No. 1 spot on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart dated May 14 to 20, with 299,195 physical copies sold in its first week. The song jumps 32-1 after coming in at No. 1 for physical sales, No. 2 for radio airplay, No. 3 for look-ups, No. 6 for video views, No. 7 for Twitter mentions, No. 19 for streaming and No. 31 for downloads, performing well overall in the various metrics of the chart's measurement.

Six of the multinational girl group's songs are currently charting on the Japan Hot 100, powered largely by Twitter, video views and streaming.

<a href="/music/BTS">BTS</a> took home the fan-voted award for <a href="/articles/news/bbma/8456936/bts-wins-top-social-artist-2018-billboard-music-awards">top social artist</a> at the <a href="/articles/news/bbma/8456842/billboard-music-awards-2018-winners-list-bbmas">2018 Billboard Music Awards</a> for the second straight year on Sunday (May 20), and graced the stage as the first K-pop act ever to perform at the ceremony.

The septet's epic <a href="/articles/news/bbma/8456983/bts-social-media-fake-love-performance-2018-bbmas">BBMAs performance of "Fake Love"</a> combined with the release of their new album, Love Yourself: Tear, on Friday (May 18) has catapulted four of their songs onto this week's Japan Hot 100, with three in the top 20: "DNA" at No. 9, "Fake Love" at No. 10, and "Don't Leave Me" at No. 11. The songs gained points mainly through Twitter, streaming and downloads, demonstrating not only the appeal of BTS as a group but also the individual appeal of the songs themselves.

Japanese superstar Hideki Saijo passed away May 16 at the age of 63, leaving behind a legacy of classic pop songs familiar to the majority of the population. The iconic pop singer's music surged in radio, Twitter and downloads, reflecting the enormous reaction to the news of his sudden passing. Three of his songs have entered the Japan Hot 100 boosted by those metrics: "Blue Sky Blue," "Kizudarake No Lola," and his famous Japanese cover of <a href="/music/Village-People">Village People</a>'s "Y.M.C.A." called "Young Man (Y.M.C.A.)," originally released in 1979. 

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 "Wake Me Up" music video here:
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Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated May 14 to 20)
1. Wake Me Up / TWICE
2. BE IN SIGHT / Toukendanshi Formation Of Tsuwamono
3. Teokure Caution / =LOVE
4. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu 
5. Syncronicity / Nogizaka 46
6. LOSER / Kenshi Yonezu
8. Drive / WANIMA
9. DNA / BTS
11. Don't Leave Me / BTS
12. What is Love? / TWICE
13. Doraemon / Gen Hoshino
14. ODD FUTURE / UVERworld
15. YOUNG MAN (Y.M.C.A.) / Hideki Saijo
16. I Love You / Kana Nishino 
17. Glass Wo Ware! / Keyakizaka46
18. No Tears Left To Cry / Ariana Grande
19. Shape Of You / Ed Sheeran
20. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO X Kenshi Yonezu