J-pop boy band Matsuri nine. scores its first Billboard Japan Hot 100 No. 1 this week with “Uchoten Shooter,” the third major-label single by the seven-member Nagoya-based group.
The song debuts at No. 1 on the chart dated March 18 to 24 powered by physical sales, with 95,051 CDs sold in its first week.
After inching its way up the tally for weeks, singer-songwriter Aimyon‘s “Marigold” rises a notch to No. 2 on the chart, the highest position yet for the long-running hit. The folky mid-tempo love song maintained around the same figures for downloads, streaming, and video views from the week before, and is now positioned to take the top spot.
back number‘s “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” rises 6-3 on the Japan Hot 100, leading downloads and look-ups. The band recently made numerous media appearances promoting its new album, MAGIC, which boosted downloads for the latest single from last week’s 47,720 units to this week’s 55,847 units.
BUMP OF CHICKEN‘s “Aurora” stays at No. 5, where it debuted last week, slipping to No. 2 for downloads but still going strong with 41,879 units sold. The song also jumped 35-1 for radio airplay.
Mixture rock band King Gnu‘s “Hakujitsu” rises 8-6, with numbers for downloads, streaming, and video views increasing from last week. Though still outside the top 100, the band’s breakout hit has also entered the karaoke metric and looks like it will stay in the top 10 for a while yet.
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 Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics, and karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated March 18 to 24)
1. [-] Uchoten Shooter / Matsuri nine. (95,051 copies / none / none)
2.  Marigold / Aimyon (none / 18,958 downloads / 3,676,570 streams)
3.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY / back number (2,573 copies / 55,847 downloads / none)
4.  Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu (3,787 copies / 26,087 downloads / none)
5.  Aurora / BUMP OF CHICKEN (none / 41,879 downloads / none)
6.  Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 19,167 downloads / 2,482,098 streams)
7.  Kuroi Hitsuji / Keyakizaka46 (22,129 copies / 3,280 downloads / 946,201 streams)
8. [-] Are you ready? / BiS (47,503 copies / none / none)
9. [-] Itsuka Dokokade / Maneki Kecak (46,580 copies / none / none)
10.  Yes we are / Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE (15,138 copies / 4,694 downloads / 1,033,900 streams)
[ ]: Position last week.
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)