NiziU’s “Step and a step” rises 4-1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, selling 318,562 copies in its first week. The breakout girl group’s highly anticipated debut single hits No. 1 for physical sales, look-ups, and radio, thanks to the massive publicity blitz before the release.
The track also performed well in downloads (No. 2), streaming (No. 3), video views (No. 3), and Twitter mentions (No. 23).
The nine-member group’s pre-debut track, “Make you happy,” became a long-running top 10 hit that continues to hold at No. 9 this week, but the track peaked at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, so “Step and a step” becomes NiziU’s first No. 1 hit.
While LiSA’s “Homura” ducks to No. 2 for the second time, the emotional rock ballad continues to maintain momentum, leading downloads for the eighth week, streaming for the seventh, and karaoke for the third, all consecutively. The single adds 11,774 copies to its ever-growing total, sailing past the 200k mark this week (209,410 copies).
King Gnu’s latest release, “Sanmon Shosetsu” (“Pulp Fiction”), jumps 14-4 on the Japan Hot 100. The popular four-man mixture band’s first new single in a while comes in at No. 2 for sales (55,209 copies) and look-ups (the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer), No. 4 for downloads, No. 9 for video, No. 11 for streaming, No. 34 for Twitter, and No. 37 for radio.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and karaoke data.
The full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, is available here.