Kis-My-Ft2 Bows at No. 1 as Dinosaur Jr. Spends Second Week on Japan Hot 100
J-pop boy band Kis-My-Ft2's "Kimi wo Daisuki da" soars to No. 1 on this week's Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Feb. 4 to 10, after selling over 110,000 more copies than its previous single, "Kimi, Boku."
The seven-member Johnny's group led the physical sales metric with 312,064 CDs sold, while also topping look-ups and Twitter mentions.
The multi-national girl group IZ*ONE's Japan debut single, "Suki to Iwasetai," sold 303,745 CDs and came in a close second with a difference of only 8,319 copies. The new 12-member group rockets to No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 this week, falling short of the top spot by just 247.52 overall points.
Dinosaur Jr.'s "Over Your Shoulder" spends its second week on the Japan Hot 100, charting at No. 69 this week. The song led the Billboard Japan Hot Overseas chart and debuted at No. 18 on the Japan Hot 100 last week, after racking up 8,081,572 views on YouTube.
It turns out that the uploaded videos were of a segment from a TV variety show that used this song from 1994 in the background, which were subsequently deleted due to breach of YouTube guidelines. Some related videos remain online, so the song is still accumulating views, but the count falls to 3,203,232 times this week.
A song can rack up view counts on YouTube like this as long as the right holder doesn't prohibit the track itself. Of course, unlicensed videos are quickly deleted, but this particular case shows how the platform's system is working in terms of tracking the usage of songs being uploaded by general users. As long as no rights are being violated, it was one example of how a song could enjoy renewed popularity after creating a buzz online, which then grows in scope after being reported by the media.
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 Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Recochoku provided by Gfk Japan, streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics, and karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated Feb. 4 to 10)
1.  Kimi wo Daisuki da / Kis-My-Ft2 (312,064 copies / none / none)
2.  Suki to Iwasetai / IZ*ONE (303,745 copies / 7,682 downloads / 643,525 streams)
3. [-] Believe again / Saint Snow (73,461 copies / 11,031 downloads / none)
4.  Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu (6,136 copies / 28,319 downloads / none)
5.  Marigold / Aimyon (none / 11,759 downloads / 2,600,045 streams)
6.  Wasted Nights / ONE OK ROCK (none / 10,125 downloads / 1,405,914 streams)
7. [-] Hallo, Freunde! / Hokuto Ijuin (CV: Daichi Kanbara), Kei Tsuzuki (CV: Shunichi Toki), Jun Fuyumi (CV: Takuma Nagatsuka), Asselin BB II (CV: Makoto Furukawa) (40,119 copies / none / none)
8.  Konya Konomama / Aimyon (none / 4,651 downloads / 1,961,906 streams)
9.  U.S.A. / DA PUMP (none / 3,720 downloads / 985,830 streams)
10. [-] ZIPANG / HYDE feat. YOSHIKI (19,007 copies / 5,259 downloads / none)
[ ]: Position last week.
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)