Sexy Zone’s “RUN” sprints its way to the top spot on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Aug. 3 to 9, with 254,983 copies sold in its first week. This single is the first release from Top J Records, a new collaborative label by Johnny’s and Universal Music that will expand the boy band’s reach outside of Japan. Sales-wise, “RUN” celebrated the label’s brand-new start by performing much better than the group’s previous single, “Kirin no ko,” which sold 161,590 copies in its first week last October.
Kenshi Yonezu made his entire back catalog available on streaming platforms last week, on the day he dropped his highly anticipated new album STRAY SHEEP. The J-pop hitmaker currently has 21 songs charting on the Japan Hot 100, just one track short of Arashi’s record 22 songs charting simultaneously.
Yonezu’s highest-ranking song this week, “Kanden,” rises again to No. 3, bowing at No. 2 for streaming with 8,446,086 streams. As YOASOBI’s “Yoru ni kakeru” continues to rule this metric, breaking the duo’s personal record again with 10,171,337 streams, whether or not the “Lemon” singer-songwriter can overturn the difference of about 1.7 million weekly streams with his latest single remains to be seen.