NMB48’s 24th single “Koi nanka No thank you!” sold 146,941 copies in its first week to lead sales this week, but couldn’t add enough points in other metrics to overtake LiSA’s mega-hit movie theme. The J-pop girl group bows at No. 2.
Billboard Japan and TikTok launched a new project called NEXT FIRE in October to highlight the hottest next-gen J-pop acts on a monthly basis through its hybrid weekly programs. The featured artist for November, Yuuri, is enjoying marked uptick in streaming since he live-streamed a performance of his latest single “Dryflower” on Nov. 6, reaching 7,721,082 streams this week to give the singer-songwriter his first-ever top 10 hit on the Japan Hot 100. His viral indie hit “Kakurenbo” (“Hide-and-seek”) — a track that went on to become a TikTok phenomenon and scored him a major label contract this summer — also jumped from No. 47 to No. 37 this week fueled by streaming.
TikTok has lately been a driving force in launching the careers of previously unknown acts in Japan, including Eito and YOASOBI, and Yuuri appears to be on track to become the next household name in J-pop.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and karaoke data.
Take a look at the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Nov. 16 to 22, here.