Sakurazaka46’s second single “BAN” sold 405,360 copies in its first week to blast into No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated April 12 to 18. After leading physical sales and look-ups, the group formerly known as Keyakizaka46 logs its second No. 1 on the chart under its new name, performing well in other metrics including downloads (No. 3), Twitter mentions (No. 3), and radio airplay (No. 15).
Sakurazaka46’s previous release called “Nobody’s Fault,” released Dec. 9, 2020, sold 414,024 copies in its first week and is currently at 510,349 copies total. “BAN” is off to a close start, and its sales in the coming weeks is something to keep an eye on.