Blasting in at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated July 16 to 22 is “Gyakuten Lovers” by KEN?Tackey, the duo consisting of Johnny’s boy band members Ken Miyake of V6 and Hideaki Takizawa of Tackey & Tsubasa.
As the name of the duo suggests, this upbeat pop number is currently being used in Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) commercials. The CD sold 93,139 copies in its first week. The single debuts at No. 1 on the Japan Hot 100 powered by the physical metrics of the chart’s methodology (No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups), while also performing relatively well in Twitter mentions (No. 3) and radio airplay (No. 20).
DA PUMP‘s “U.S.A.” continues to rule downloads, streaming and video views to log its third week at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100. It also racked up points in a balanced way in other metrics — No. 5 for look-ups, No. 11 for Twitter, No. 20 for physical sales, and No. 24 for radio — and the difference between “U.S.A.” and this week’s No. 1 song was a mere 2,000 points. The viral dance number has successfully lifted the dance and vocal group back into the mainstream, and the song still has every chance of rising to the top of the Japan song chart.
Tatsuro Yamashita‘s “Mirai no Theme” drops 6-10 this week but continues to lead radio airplay. It managed to stay in the top 10 thanks to its strength in radio and downloads (No. 12), and needs a boost in the digital metrics for it to hold onto the upper ranks of the chart.
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.
Watch KEN?Tackey’s “Gyakuten Lovers” music video here:
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated July 16 to 22)
1. Gyakuten Lovers / KEN?Tackey
2. U.S.A. / DA PUMP
3. Date No Hi Wa Nido Kurai Shower Shite Dekaketai / Camellia Factory
4. HARD HIT / THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE
5. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
6. Dance The Night Away / TWICE
7. Mosquito Bite / [ALEXANDROS]
8. Uta Yell / Yuzu
9. Ikinari Punchline / SKE48
10. Mirai no Theme / Tatsuro Yamashita
11. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu
12. L.O.V.E. / Kis-My-Ft2
13. Tomorrow / AAA
14. MESSAGE / Bank Band with Salyu
15. With Love / Kyoko Igarashi (CV: Atsumi Tanezaki), Yuuki Otokura (CV: Yuki Nakashima), Yukari Mizumoto (CV: Akane Fujita), Kirari Moroboshi (CV: Rei Matsuzaki), Yuki Himekawa (CV: Mako Morino)
16. Stage Bye Stage / Uzuki Shimamura (CV: Ayaka Ohashi), Rin Shibuya (CV: Ayaka Fukuhara), Mio Honda (CV: Sayuri Hara)
17. BATTLE BATTLE BATTLE / Hypnosismic (Fling Posse/Matenro)
18. UNION!! / 765 MILLION ALLSTARS
19. LOSER / Kenshi Yonezu
20. Parade / Shiina Natsukawa