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SKE48 Debuts at No. 1 as back number Rises to No. 2 on Japan Hot 100

SKE48
Courtesy Billboard Japan

SKE48

SKE48's “Ano koro no kimi wo mitsuketa” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. The Nagoya-based girl group’s 28th single was powered by physical sales, selling 234,600 copies in its first week to come in at No. 1 for the metric, while also coming in at No. 16 for Twitter, No. 19 for look-ups, and No. 72 for radio airplay.

The new single sold about 38,000 more copies than its predecessor, "Koi ochi Flag” (196,556 first-week sales), which shows the girls have been steadily expanding their core fanbase. back number's “Suiheisen” (“Horizon”) continues to edge up the chart, rising a notch to No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 this week after climbing 4-3 the week before. While the track drops to No. 4 for downloads after reaching the top last week, it overtakes BTS' “Permission to Dance” (seven-week streaming champ), ruling the metric for the first time with 8,327,242 weekly streams and powering the track up the Japan Hot 100.

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 Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, head here.