BTS Leads Japan Hot 100 as LiSA Returns to Top 5
BTS tops this week's Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated July 1 to 7, with "Lights," selling 769,454 CDs in its first week. The K-pop supergroup's 10th Japanese single ruled physical sales, Twitter mentions and look-ups, while also performing well in streaming (No. 5), video views (No. 10), and downloads (No. 13).
Sales-wise, "Lights" sold approximately 240,000 more copies than the group's previous single, "Fake Love," did in its first week (526,274), and is so far the fourth best-selling single of 2019 after AKB48's "Jiwaru Days," "NO WAY MAN," and Nogizaka46's "Sing Out!" Japan is no exception in the boy band's continuing global rise in popularity.
While the usual long-running hits dominate the upper ranks of the tally, LiSA's "Gurenge" returns to No. 5 after two months. The song was powered mainly by downloads (61,343 copies/ No. 1) when it first broke the top 5 on the chart dated May 6, and even after the popular anime singer announced that the song would be released on CD, the figures for downloads held relatively steady and actually gained this week when the CD came out.
This song is a good example of how digital and physical formats don't necessarily compete against each other but rather work hand-in-hand to boost overall sales.
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, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, as well as dHits and Uta Pass, and karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated July 1 to 7)
1.  Lights / BTS (769,454 copies / 10,536 downloads / 1,856,754 streams)
2.  Machigaisagashi / Masaki Suda (none / 20,821 downloads / 3,723,520 streams)
3.  Pretender / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 12,022 downloads / 4,790,102 streams)
4.  Marigold / Aimyon (none / 10,591 downloads / 2,977,438 streams)
5.  Gurenge / LiSA (24,262 copies / 14,060 downloads / none)
6.  Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu (2,315 copies / 16,321 downloads / none)
7.  Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 7,713 downloads / 2,680,931 streams)
8. [-] JUST FINE / GLAY (36,098 copies / none / none)
9.  Paprika / Foorin (2,897 copies / 10,814 downloads / 1,684,145 streams)
10.  Wasurerarenaino / Sakanaction (none / 6,774 downloads / 1,686,630 streams)
[ ]: Position last week.
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)