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BTS's 'Butter' Rises to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

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(L-R) Jimin, J-Hope, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, and V of BTS perform for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

BTS’s "Butter" rises to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated May 24 to 30, racking up points in streaming and video views at a staggering pace to keep a formidable opponent with over 500k first-week CD sales at bay. The global superstars have now dominated the Billboard charts in both the U.S. and Japan.

The South Korean septet’s second all-English single garnered 29,935,364 weekly streams (from 14,021,650 last week) and 15,694,345 views on video (from 7,314,289 last week), both over twice the numbers from the week before. The smooth summer anthem rules those metrics plus Twitter mentions and radio airplay, while also coming in at No. 2 for downloads to rise 2-1 on the Japan song chart without the help of the two physical metrics of the chart’s methodology.

Bowing at No. 2 this week is Hinatazaka46’s “Kimi shika katan,” which sold 503,745 CDs in its first week to lead physical sales and look-ups. Sales of the girl group’s fifth single are on par with its previous one, “Sonnakotonaiyo” (556,724 first-week sales), but the track’s performance in other metrics left something to be desired — No. 3 for Twitter, No. 6 for downloads, No. 30 for radio, No. 70 for video — which resulted in its debut at No. 2 on the Japan song chart.

back number’s “Kaitou” debuts at No. 3. The pop-rock band’s first single since “Emerald” from October — though they collaborated with BTS on “Film Out” — is the theme of an ongoing TV drama and performed well in various metrics in a balanced way: No. 1 for downloads (52,558 units), No. 4 for streaming (8,390,505 streams), and No. 7 for video (1,424,161 views).

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 May 24 to 30, here.