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KAT-TUN Debuts Atop Japan Hot 100 as The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber Break In to Top 10

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KAT-TUN

KAT-TUN blasts into No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Sept. 6 to 12, with their new single featuring rapper AK-69 called “We Just Go Hard.”

The 29th single by the veteran Johnny’s boy band is currently being aired as the theme song of two sports-related programs on Japanese TV: Nippon Television’s Going! Sports & News, in which member Kazuya Kamenashi is featured as a caster and reporter, and the network’s live coverage of baseball games.

“We Just Go Hard” sold 134,842 copies in its first week to hit No. 1 for sales and also ruled look-ups. The single performed relatively well in the digital metrics of the chart’s methodology as well, coming in at No. 6 for downloads, No. 3 for Twitter mentions, and No. 15 for radio airplay. While it managed to snag the top spot this week, the difference between the song at No. 2, “Butter” by BTS (which rises again from No. 3) was only 2,000 points, so KAT-TUN won a close race.

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” breaks into the top 10 this week after it debuted on the Japan Hot 100 nine weeks ago. The collaborative single between the breakout Australian rapper and Canadian superstar is the first Western pop single to hit the top 10 since Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me,” which peaked at No. 8 on the chart dated June 3, 2020.

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 Sept. 6 to 12, here.