Arashi Rules, TVXQ at No. 2 on Billboard Japan Hot 100

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Arashi shoots to No. 1 on this week's Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated July 23 to 29 with "Natsu Hayate," the theme song for ABC TV's broadcast of this summer's national high school baseball championships.

The latest release by the five-member boy band sold 492,298 CDs in its first week, coming in at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups, which counts the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer. It's also at No. 2 for Twitter mentions, indicating that the single performed well in the metrics that reflect the activities of avid fans of the extremely popular Johnny's group.

TVXQ -- or Tohoshinki, as the Korean duo is called in Japan -- jumps to No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 with "Road." The single sold 89,444 copies in its first week and came in at No. 2 for physical sales and No. 5 for look-ups. Although the single bested "Natsu Hayate" in Twitter mentions (No. 1), it wasn't enough to bridge the gap between physical sales points this week.

DA PUMP's "U.S.A." slips a notch to No. 3 on the Japan Hot 100, but continues to lead the streaming and video view metrics. In particular, the music video has consistently racked up over 7 million views per week for four weeks in a row and doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon.

Maaya Sakamoto released a new single called "Gyakko" linked to the popular smartphone game Fate/Grand Order, and all three songs included in the release have bowed in the Japan Hot 100. The title track, which gets the points for physical sales and look-ups, is at No. 4 while "Kuuhaku" (No. 29) and "Shikisai" (No. 37) break into the top 40 fueled only by download and Twitter points. Looking at downloads, "Gyakko" is at No. 2, "Kuuhaku" is at No. 8, and "Shikisai" is at No. 13, and this suggests that the Japanese voice actress and singer has broadened her fanbase beyond those who bought her CDs in the past.

Meanwhile, the most-downloaded song this week is BUMP OF CHICKEN's "Bouen No March," the commercial song for the video game Yokai Watch World. This song breaks into the top 5 powered by download and radio airplay (No. 4) points alone, as no CD has been released.

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 July 23 to 29) 
1. Natsu Hayate /  Arashi
2. Road / TVXQ (Tohoshinki)
3. U.S.A. / DA PUMP
4. Gyakko / Maaya Sakamoto
5. Bouen No March / BUMP OF CHICKEN
6. R / Roselia
7. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu 
8. Uta Yell / Yuzu
9. Sounen JUMP / Southern All Stars
10. CALL ME / BOYFRIEND
11. Breath / PornoGraffitti
12. Dance The Night Away / TWICE
13. Mirai No Theme / Tatsuro Yamashita
14. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu
15. HANABI / Mr.Children
16. Heads or Tails / EXILE
17. Heading to Over / OLDCODEX
18. DDU-DU DDU-DU / BLACKPINK
19. Gyakuten Lovers / KEN☆Tackey
20. Ambivalent / Keyakizaka46