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Nogizaka46 Rises to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100, Yuuri Hits New High at No. 2

Nogizaka46 shoots to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 with its 26th single “Boku Ha Boku Wo Suki Ni Naru.”

Nogizaka46 shoots to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 with its 26th single “Boku Ha Boku Wo Suki Ni Naru.”

On the tally dated Jan. 25 to 31, the J-pop girl group comes in at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups — the number of CDs ripped to a computer — with 678,684 copies sold in its first week.

While the popular group continues to show strength in these two physical metrics of the chart’s methodology and the new single’s first-week sales figures are far from mediocre, Nogizaka46 had consistently exceeded the million mark for six singles in a row from “Synchronicity” released in 2018, an impressive streak that has ended with this release. How the group handles this result with their next single is something to keep an eye on.

Meanwhile, Yuuri’s “Dryflower” rises 4-2 on the Japan Hot 100, coming in at No. 1 for streaming (from 11,269,281 to 13,183,218 weekly streams), No. 2 for downloads (from 9,758 to 19,837 weekly units), and No. 3 for video views (from 3,251,274 to 3,619,921 weekly views).

The track was introduced to new audiences on TV recently, and the boost in visibility is reflected in the streaming and download metrics. The rising singer-songwriter is currently enjoying a surge in popularity, with three other songs charting in the top 100.


Likewise, Ado’s “Usse-Wa” climbs three notches to No. 3, leading downloads (from 19,683 to 25,697 units) and video views (from 4,238,334 to 5,336,323 views), while also coming in at No. 4 for streaming (from 7,079,065 to 9,513,125 streams). This track is also taking off on radio, debuting at No. 19 this week on the tally.

Three songs that have long dominated the upper ranks of the Japan Hot 100 — BTS’s “Dynamite,” Yoasobi’s “Yoru Ni Kakeru,” and Lisa’s “Homura” — have fallen this week, with “Dryflower” and “Usse-Wa” rising to take their places. But the total points for the three long-running hits haven’t decreased in a major way, so the results of the newcomers in the following weeks will be a determining factor in how the mid-year and year-end Japan charts play out.

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.

Take a look at the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, dated Jan. 25 to 31, here.