HKT48 blasts in at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 with “3-2” (pronounced “san hiku ni,” meaning “three minus two” in English), the group’s first release since central member Rino Sashihara left.
The single sold 172,981 copies in its first week, taking the top spot, fueled by physical sales (No. 1) while also coming in at No. 12 for look-ups and No. 13 for Twitter mentions on the chart dated April 20 to 26.
While Official HIGE DANdism’s songs take up half of the top 10 this week, the band’s latest single, “Parabola,” drops to No. 9 after peaking at No. 6 last week. Still, the track continues to perform well in a number of metrics, coming in at No. 2 for radio airplay, and No. 7 for streaming and downloads. The piano pop band released the music video for the song Monday (April 27), so it could rise again in the coming weeks.
Two acts with similar origins have entered the top 10 this week: Yorushika’s “Hana ni bourei” at No. 6 and YOASOBI’s “Yoru ni kakeru” at No. 8. Both groups have members who started their careers in the rising J-pop “Internet scene.”
Yorushika’s “Hana ni bourei” is the theme of the upcoming animated movie Nakitai watashi wa neko wo kaburu. The music video featuring clips from the film generated publicity, and the track debuted at No. 6 after coming in at No. 1 for radio, No. 3 for downloads, No. 19 for video views, No. 23 for Twitter, and No. 26 for streaming. Yorushika’s previous releases, “Tada kimi ni hare” and “Dakara boku wa ongaku wo yameta,” are also performing well in streaming, and the group could become this year’s next breakout act.
YOASOBI is a duo that creates music and videos based on stories, and “Yoru ni kakeru” was released last November as its debut single. The track has expanded the unit’s fanbase through streaming and video, and the song comes in at No. 8 for those metrics, No. 29 for downloads and No. 40 for Twitter. The track breaks into the top 10 after six weeks on the chart. YOASOBI is set to release its next single called “Harujion” in May and is also an act to keep an eye on.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups, audio streams from Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, dHits, Uta Pass and Spotify, plus karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING (excluded until further notice).
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated April 20 to 26)
1. [-] 3-2 / HKT48 (172,981 copies / none / none)
2.  I LOVE… / Official HIGE DANdism (1,253 copies / 15,028 downloads / 5,856,967 streams)
3.  Pretender / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 10,781 downloads / 4,928,280 streams)
4.  Gurenge / LiSA (1,032 copies / 15,437 downloads / 3,711,746 streams)
5.  Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 9,948 downloads / 4,254,640 streams)
6. [-] Hana ni bourei / Yorushika (none / 12,839 downloads / 1,517,051 streams)
7.  Shukumei / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 5,465 downloads / 3,181,660 streams)
8.  Yoru ni kakeru / YOASOBI (none / 2,841 downloads / 2,851,740 streams)
9.  Parabola / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 9,716 downloads / 2,922,940 streams)
10.  Yesterday / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 2,452 downloads / 2,953,024 streams)
[ ]: Position last week
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)