AKB48's 'Sentimental Train' Sells 1.6 Million CDs to Top Japan Hot 100, Namie Amuro Charts 12 Songs

Namie Amuro
Courtesy of Billboard Japan

Namie Amuro

AKB48's "Sentimental Train" ascends to No. 1 on this week's Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Sept. 17 to 23, after the CD sold 1,614,316 copies in its first week. The latest million-seller by the J-pop girl group came in at No. 1 for physical sales and Twitter mentions, No. 3 for look-ups, No. 20 for radio airplay and No. 31 for downloads.

As a comparison, "Sentimental Train" performed better than "Ja-Ba-Ja" -- another AKB48 million-selling single released this year -- in first-week physical sales figures and the Twitter/radio/look-up positions of the chart's metrics, demonstrating that the latest single drew a great deal of interest before its release.

Namie Amuro's retirement launched nine of her past hits into last week's Japan Hot 100, and even after the hype surrounding her final days in the limelight has settled down somewhat, her absence appears to be hitting fans hard. This week, the J-pop icon charts three more songs for a total of 12 tracks in the top 100, the highest being her 2016 hit "Hero" at No. 8 and leading downloads again: It led the metric last fall when she announced her retirement.

DA PUMP's No. 2-peaking hit "U.S.A." rises 4-3, still ruling streaming and video views for the 13th week and 15th week in a row, respectively.

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 AKB48's "Sentimental Train" music video here:

Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated Sept. 17 to 23)
1. Sentimental Train / AKB48
2. Kessen No Toki / Toukendanshi team Bakumatsu with Tomoegata Naginata 
3. U.S.A. / DA PUMP
4. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
5. Idea / Gen Hoshino
6. Ai No Katachi feat. HIDE (GReeeeN) / MISIA
7. Ambivalent / Keyakizaka46
8. Hero / Namie Amuro
10. Arigato / Yu Takahashi
11. Daifuseikai / back number
12. Jikochu De Iko! / Nogizaka46
13. Träumerei / YUKI
14. Bedtime Story / Kana Nishino
15. Ikiro / NEWS
16. Akatsuki No Chinkonka / Linked Horizon
17. KOKYAKU Manzokudo Ichii / Yabai T-Shirts Yasan
18. Black Bird / Aimer
19. Marigold / Aimyon
20. Harebare / Kobukuro