King & Prince's 'I Promise' Bows at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

King Prince
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King Prince

J-pop boy band King & Prince’s “I Promise” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Dec. 14 to 20. The rising Johnny’s group’s sixth single sold 578,092 copies in its first week, topping the first-week figures for its previous single “Mazy Night” (531,162 copies). “I Promise” dominates three metrics of the chart’s methodology this week, coming in at No. 1 for physical sales, look-ups, and Twitter mentions.

LiSA’s “Homura” and BTS’s “Dynamite” both hold at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The two songs have been in close competition for weeks now, with the former leading downloads for the tenth week and karaoke for the fifth (both in a row), while the latter tops streaming for the eighth non-consecutive week and video views for the third straight week.

Looking at figures, BTS’s advantage over LiSA in streaming and video is both pretty close, with “Dynamite” at 11,819,614 weekly streams and 4,824,661 views and “Homura” at 11,271,882 streams and 4,290,040 views. With the annual year-end media blitz for musicians coming up, how these and other songs on the list perform in the new year is something to keep an eye on.

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.

Check out the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Dec. 14 to 20, here.