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BTS' 'Butter' at No. 1 & 'Permission to Dance' at No. 2 on Japan Hot 100

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J-Hope, Jungkook, V, RM, Jin, Suga, and Jimin of BTS perform onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

K-pop dominates the top three on the latest Japan Hot 100, dated July 5 to 11, with BTS’ “Butter” leading the pack. The global hit rules the tally for the fourth week as the septet’s new single “Permission to Dance” bows at No. 2.

“Butter” — which scores its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — logs its eighth week at No. 1 for streaming and video views on the Japan charts, and while the song’s overall point total is on the decline after the same number of weeks on the Japan Hot 100, the figure for streaming has rebounded from last week’s 13,767,047 streams to 14,064,270 streams this week.

The reason behind this increase is the global superstars’ latest single “Permission to Dance,” which dropped digitally on July 9. The brand-new track racked up 39,280 downloads (No. 1) and 8,125,370 streams (No. 6) with only three days during the chart week. Combined with the video metric that hit No. 2, the upbeat English-language track blasted in at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100.

ENHYPEN’s “Given-Taken,” the new K-pop boy band’s Japan debut single, bows at No. 3, fueled by sales. The single CD called “BORDER: Hakanai” that includes “Given-Taken” sold 236,229 copies in its first week to top the physical sales metric this week. ENHYPEN is a seven-member boy band formed through a survival competition program by Belift Lab — a joint venture between South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM and Hybe Corporation, home of BTS — that made its South Korean debut in November.

Meanwhile, NiziU -- another group formed through joint auditions in Japan and South Korea — returns to the top 10 with “Super Summer,” debuting at No. 8. The girl group’s second track to be featured in Coca Cola commercials following “Take a Picture” was powered by downloads (22,101 units, No. 3) and streaming (5,338,736 streams, No. 13).

Japan’s YOASOBI still has three songs in the top 10, with “Sangenshoku” holding at No. 4 after debuting last week. The track rules radio while coming in at No. 2 for downloads and streaming.

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 July 5 to 11, see here.