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JO1 Rules Japan Hot 100 as Four Songs Debut in Top 10

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Four songs debut in the top 10 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated April 26 to May 2, with JO1 leading the pack. The 11-member boy band’s new single, “Born To Be Wild,” rules the tally with 289,433 copies sold in its first week. The track leads physical sales and look-ups, hitting No. 1 on the Japan Hot 100 powered by these two physical metrics of the chart’s methodology, while also coming in at No. 2 for Twitter mentions, No. 43 for video views, and No. 53 for downloads. Sales dipped slightly from the group’s previous single, “Stargazer” (313,504 copies in its first week), but the new global group continues to sustain its high appeal.

Singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino’s new single called “Fushigi” ruled downloads this week with 41,578 units to bow at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100. The new theme of an ongoing TV drama also comes in at No. 3 for radio airplay, No. 8 for Twitter, and No. 21 for streaming.

Breakout singer Ado’s new single called “Odo” (the kanji character meaning “dance”) debuts at No. 4. The follow-up to her No. 1 smash “Usse-wa” — which remains a fixture in the top 10 at No. 9 this week — ruled video this week with 4,181,925 views and also came in at No. 2 for downloads (24,696 units), No. 3 for Twitter, No. 12 for streaming, and No. 58 for radio.

Juice=Juice’s “Down Town” — a cover of a J-pop classic by Sugar Babe, a legendary ‘70s band led by veteran artist Tatsuro Yamashita — hits No. 8 on the Japan Hot 100 this week. The seven-member Hello! Project girl group’s previous single “Pop Music” also bowed in the top 10 at No. 8, but “Down Town” is out-performing its predecessor in the radio metric, coming in at No. 4 whereas “Pop Music” started out at No. 79. The radio-friendly modern cover of a beloved classic could further expand the group’s reach.

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.

See the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated April 26 to May 2, here.