“Seiiki” by Masaharu Fukuyama takes the No. 1 spot on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart dated Sept. 11 to 17, just barely coming out on top during a rare, relatively slow week in terms of overall physical sales.
The heartthrob singer-songwriter and actor recently walked the red carpet in Venice as the star of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder. His latest single, currently being used as the theme song for the picaresque TV drama series Kurokawa No Techo, sold 57,982 copies in its first week and came in at No. 1 for physical sales, No. 2 for look-ups, No. 4 for radio airplay, and No. 15 for Twitter mentions, garnering enough points to keep the long-lasting “Uchiage Hanabi” by <a href=”/artist/6745279/daoko/chart”>DAOKO</a> x <a href=”/artist/6677778/kenshi-yonezu/chart”>Kenshi Yonezu</a> at bay.
Meanwhile, “Uchiage Hanabi” continues to coast along at No. 2 for the third consecutive week, still leading in downloads, streaming and video views for the fifth week in a row.
Because of the overall lack of steam in the physical sales metric this week, songs faring well in digital areas have risen across the board. In particular, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” rises up a notch to No. 4 from No. 5, maintaining its strength in streaming (No. 2) and surpassing 2 million video views for the fifth consecutive week. His album ÷ (Divide) is still being steadily downloaded (No. 8) as well, and both the song and album have become one of this year’s longest-lasting hits in the Japanese market overall, domestic and non-domestic artists combined.
The song at No. 1 for radio airplay this week is “Reborn” by the legendary singer-songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita. It’s the theme song for the feature film The Miracles of the Namiya General Store, and the CD single contains Yamashita’s version and the version sung by actress Mugi Kadowaki as her character in the movie. The song comes in at No. 7 for physical sales, No. 14 for downloads, No. 15 for look-ups, and combined with the points for radio airplay, jumps up to No. 5 on the Japan Hot 100.
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 provided by Gfk Japan, as well as streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated September 11 to 17)
1. “Seiiki” / Masaharu Fukuyama
2. “Uchiage Hanabi” / Daoko X Kenshi Yonezu
3. “Family Song” / Gen Hoshino
4. “Shape of You” / Ed Sheeran
5. “REBORN” / Tatsuro Yamashita
6. “Ashita He” / Little Glee Monster
7. “WanteD! WanteD!” / Mrs.GREEN APPLE
8. “Kiseki No Hito” / Kanjani 8
9. “Look What You Made Me Do” / Taylor Swift
10. “Peace Sign” / Kenshi Yonezu
11. “HANABI” / Mr.Children
12. “himawari” / Mr.Children
13. “Cut To The Feeling” / Carly Rae Jepsen
14. “Sweet Witches’ Night 6 Nin Me Ha Daare?” / Kanako Mimura (Yuka Otsubo), Airi Totoki (Hitomi Harada), Nono Morikubo (Karin Takahashi), Noriko Shiina (Chiyo Tomaru), Shizuku Oikawa (Yuri Noguchi)
15. “RAIN” / SEKAI NO OWARI
16. “TT” / TWICE
17. “Koi” / Gen Hoshino
18. “Nigemizu” / Nogizaka46
19. “Forevermore” / Hikaru Utada
20. “Mr. Kaito” / Sukimaswitch