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Gen Hoshino's 'Fushigi' Rules Japan Hot 100

Gen Hoshino
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Gen Hoshino

Gen Hoshino’s “Fushigi” hits No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated June 21 to 27, boosted from last week’s No. 17 by sales but also by collecting points in a balanced fashion.

The latest track by the J-pop superstar sold 136,665 copies to come in at No. 2 for the metric, while also coming in at No. 5 for downloads (9,968 copies), No. 15 for streaming (5,132,165 weekly streams), and No. 18 for video views (928,717 views). While the song didn’t particularly stand out in these categories that usually power tracks to the top of the tally, it also racked up points in radio airplay (No. 1), look-ups (No. 2), and Twitter mentions (No. 3), which stacked up to a difference of 462 points between BTS’ “Butter” at No. 2.

“Butter” logs its third consecutive week (fourth total) at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, still leading streaming, video and Twitter. But the lack of points in the two physical metrics (sales and look-ups) affected the outcome this week in Japan, even as the track continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100.

Kenshi Yonezu’s “Pale Blue” drops to No. 3 for similar reasons as BTS’ “Butter,” maintaining momentum in the digital front -- leading downloads (26,790 units) again and coming in at No. 8 for streaming (7,263,538 streams), both down figure-wise but not significantly so -- but lacking strength in the physical, for example falling from 161,252 CDs to 17,200 this week.

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.

For the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated June 21 to 27, click here.