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Hey! Say! JUMP's 'I am' Bows at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100, aiko Surges After Streaming Catalog

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Hey! Say! JUMP

J-pop boy band Hey! Say! JUMP's "I am" blasts in at No. 1 on this week's Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Feb. 24 to March 1. The track led physical sales and look-ups, selling 215,692 copies in its first week.

Official HIGE DANdism's "I LOVE…" holds at No. 2, with figures for streaming (from 7,088,189 to 7,146,456 streams), video views (from 5,627,248 to 6,361,458 plays), and karaoke increasing from the week before. Other metrics for the song have fallen slightly, so it remains to be seen whether this track can hold its current position in the following weeks.

Popular J-pop singer-songwriter aiko made her entire catalog available for streaming last week, launching four of her songs, both old and new, into this week's tally: Her new single, "Aozora," broke into the top 10 at No. 6; her massive hit from 1999 "Kabutomushi" hit No. 12; another hit from 2000 called "Boyfriend" is at No. 89; and "Straw" is at No. 93.

Her previous single "Straw" was released in May 2018 and hit No. 6 on the chart dated May 14 of that year, after the release of the CD single. At the time, the song led radio airplay and came in at No. 5 for physical sales and look-ups, while also faring well in downloads (No. 19) and Twitter mentions (No. 27). The performance of her current single, "Aozora," isn't too far off from the initial results for "Straw," so the song's performance in the coming weeks with streaming added to the mix is something to keep an eye on.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups, audio streams from Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, dHits, Uta Pass and Spotify, plus karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.

Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated Feb. 24 to March 1)
1. [-] I am / Hey! Say! JUMP (215,692 copies / none / none)
2. [2] I LOVE… / Official HIGE DANdism (4,356 copies / 32,118 downloads / 7,146,456 streams)
3. [3] Pretender / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 12,426 downloads / 5,761,525 streams)
4. [5] Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 14,829 downloads / 6,165,804 streams)
5. [4] Gurenge / LiSA (2,698 copies / 23,777 downloads / 4,791,109 streams)
6. [-] Aozora / aiko (22,197 copies / 6,274 downloads / 1,234,994 streams)
7. [1] Sonnakotonaiyo / Hinatazaka46 (31,512 copies / 5,151 downloads / none)
8. [26] ON / BTS (none / none / 2,301,891 streams)
9. [10] Shukumei / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 5,600 downloads / 3,626,712 streams)
10. [11] Yesterday / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 3,812 downloads / 3,553,030 streams)

[ ]: Position last week
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)


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