The J-pop boy band King & Prince‘s debut single, “Cinderella Girl,” vaults to 31-1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart dated May 21 to 27. The six-member Johnny’s group sold 622,701 CDs in its first week and came in at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups, No. 4 for Twitter mentions, and No. 5 for radio airplay to take the top spot on this week’s Japan Hot 100 powered mainly by the physical metrics of the chart’s methodology.
<a href=”/music/BTS”>BTS</a> became the first Korean act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their new album, Love Yourself: Tear, and became the first Korean group to break into the Hot 100 top 10 with “Fake Love.” The record-breaking boy band continues to grace the Japan songs chart as well with five tracks on the tally, and “Fake Love” in particular jumps 10-5 after coming in at No. 1 for streaming and video views — over 7 million views this week — and No. 3 for Twitter.
J-pop singer-songwriter <a href=”/music/Kenshi-Yonezu”>Kenshi Yonezu</a> continues to lead downloads with his 2016 single “Loser” at No. 1 — currently enjoying renewed interest through its use in a Honda car commercial — and his latest long-running hit “Lemon” at No. 2 for the metric. Yonezu currently has seven songs on the Japan Hot 100, including “Lemon” and “Loser” in the top 10. His songs are fueled largely by download and video view points, which is a different pattern from the aforementioned King & Prince and BTS.
<a href=”/music/Ariana-Grande”>Ariana Grande</a>’s “No Tears Left To Cry” has been climbing steadily in the radio airplay metric and is at No. 1 this week after debuting at No. 57 five weeks ago. The song’s radio exposure has affected its performance in streaming, where it’s currently at No. 15 after debuting at No. 72. <a href=”/music/Ed-Sheeran”>Ed Sheeran</a>’s “Shape Of You” is still going strong in this metric (No. 2), and Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” has the potential of becoming the next big non-Japanese hit song of this year.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and audio streams from Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOK, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Recochoku provided by Gfk Japan, as well as streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated May 21 to 27)
1. Cinderella Girl / King & Prince
2. Ai Wo Ganbatte / Akiko Wada with BOYS AND MEN Kenkyusei
3. Wake Me Up / TWICE
4. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
5. FAKE LOVE / BTS
6. LOSER / Kenshi Yonezu
7. MAMMA MIA! / SF9
8. Syncronicity / Nogizaka 46
9. KABUTO / [Alexandros]
10. OVER / XOX
11. What is Love? / TWICE
12. No Tears Left To Cry / Ariana Grande
13. Don’t Leave Me / BTS
14. CANVAS / COLOR CREATION
15. Nothing but You / Anastasia (CV: Sumire Uesaka), Nao Kamiya (CV: Eriko Matsui), Yuka Nakano (CV: Shino Shimoji), Miku Maekawa (CV: Natsumi Takamori), Shoko Hoshi (CV: Satsumi Matsuda)
16. Doraemon / Gen Hoshino
17. Underdog / EXILE SHOKICHI
18. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO X Kenshi Yonezu
19. Drive / WANIMA
20. Chain / NCT 127