Sales of the rising Johnny’s boy band’s new track decreased by about 23,000 copies from its previous single “NEW ERA” (459,986 copies). But coming on the heels of the six-member group’s debut album 1ST, which sold 472,080 copies in its first week in January, the result indicates that the band’s popularity continues to soar.
STU48’s sixth single, “Hitorigoto de katarukurainara,” sold 194,207 copies in its first week to come in at No. 2 for sales, but the track lacked momentum in other metrics — No. 16 for look-ups, No. 41 for Twitter, for example — and debuts at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100. The new single, however, sold about 35,000 more copies than the girl group’s previous single, which sold 158,931 copies in its first week, indicating the expansion of the group’s core fanbase.
Gen Hoshino bows at No. 7 on the Japan Hot 100 with “Souzou,” his collaboration with the Nintendo Super Mario Brothers 35th anniversary campaign. The song packed with love and respect for the legendary franchise rules downloads with 45,557 first-week units and also tops radio airplay, while coming in at No. 8 for Twitter, No. 14 for video with 1,208,435 views, and No. 38 for streaming with 2,938,176 streams.
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.
The full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Feb. 15 to 21, can be seen here.