Billboard Japan and TikTok’s weekly hybrid program Next Fire presented a four-hour special June 12, featuring performances by some of today’s hottest rising J-pop acts -- Awesome City Club, sui, Hitsujibungaku, Faky, Hentai Shinshi Club and Mom -- streamed live from Billboard Live Yokohama.
Since launching in October, Next Fire has focused on a different breaking act each month, based on Billboard Japan’s Japan Heatseekers Songs chart. The four-hour special showcased a variety of acts based on their presence on Billboard Japan’s charts and TikTok during the first half of 2021 and future potential.
The virtual event also featured videos of special performances by global hitmakers including Anne-Marie from the U.K., Aurora from Norway, and Olivia Rodrigo from the U.S., interspersed with throwback videos of past Next Fire concerts. Hosted by Next Fire regular Shuichiro -- a TikTok creator boasting over 2 million followers -- and Faky member Hina, the program garnered 214,642 views over the course of the evening.