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Kanjani Eight Debuts at No. 1 on Japan Hot 100, Awesome City Club Scores First Top 10

Kanjani Eight’s “Kimitomitaisekai” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, selling 218,927 copies in its first week.

Kanjani Eight’s “Kimitomitaisekai” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, selling 218,927 copies in its first week.

The track is the theme of the television series Familiar Wife (starring Kanjani member Tadayoshi Ohkura), which is a Japanese remake of a South Korean romantic fantasy drama.

On the tally dated Feb. 8 to 14, the now five-member group’s 45th single was powered by the physical metrics of the chart’s methodology, leading sales and look-ups this week. The track also came in at No. 5 for Twitter mentions, No. 33 for video views, and No. 87 for radio airplay.

While the sales figures for “Kimitomitaisekai” dropped by about 115,000 copies from the group’s previous single “Re:live” (334,392 copies), Twitter mentions for the current track went up, reflecting the influence of segments on a number of TV programs documenting the members’ individual and collective efforts that went into creating this track during an unprecedented year.

Yuuri performed on the popular live music program Music Station recently, breathing new life into his hit song “Dryflower,” which holds at No. 2 for the third straight week on the Japan Hot 100. The track increased figure-wise in all metrics the song is currently charting, including downloads (from 17,027 to 23,211 weekly units), streaming (from 12,726,444 to 13,714,586 weekly streams), and video (from 3,975,470 to 4,453,918 weekly views), keeping Ado’s “Usse-wa” at bay.

Meanwhile, J-pop group Awesome City Club scores its first-ever top 10 with “Wasurena,” a song accompanying the movie Hanataba mitaina Koi wo shita (“Loved Like a Bouquet of Flowers”), a love story starring Kasumi Arimura and Masaki Suda. Since being released on Jan. 27, the track has steadily climbed 54-20-10 on the Japan Hot 100, with points for streaming and radio fueling the ascension.

The trio released its third studio album Grower on Feb. 10, which also helped lift the album’s first track into the top 10. The pop group breaks into the mainstream with this bittersweet ballad that takes full advantage of the dramatic quality of their characteristic male-female twin vocals.

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.

See the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Feb. 8 to 14, here.