J-pop boy band Johnny’s WEST’s “Hoshi no ame” exploded to number 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated August 10.
The band’s 19th single sold 251,678 CDs in its first week to top sales, while topping searches, which count the number of times a CD is ripped on a computer. These two physical measurements of the chart’s methodology propelled the track to the peak position – the song arrives at No. 30 for radio and No. 35 for Twitter mentions.
At No. 2 in sales this week is “Su, sukijanai!” from ≠ME, the fourth single from the 12-member girl group. When it launched with over 110,000 copies in its first week, the track couldn’t rack up enough points in other areas – #43 for searches, #15 for Twitter and #67 for radio – and bowed to No. 6 on the Japan Hot 100 this week.
GENERATIONS From EXILE TRIBE EXILE TRIBE’s new song titled “Chikara no kagiri” sold 62,083 CDs to rank 3rd in sales. The theme song of the ongoing Fuji TV drama series Teppachi! racked up points in a balanced fashion — No. 12 for downloads (4,828 units) for example — and debuted at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100.
Teen’s A play The anime movie’s theme “Shinjidai (Uta from ONE PIECE FILM RED)” climbs 7-3 on the Japan Hot 100, after the highly anticipated film was released in Japanese theaters on August 6. The track soared in a number of metrics, for example 3-1 for downloads (from 7,760 to 15,406 units), 8-2 for streaming (from 6,032,422 to 8,181,013 weekly streams) and 13-6 for video (from 1,192,634 to 1,554,590 weekly views). Other tracks from the “Usse-wa” singer are featured in the film’s soundtrack, so their performance on the Japanese song charts is something to watch in the coming weeks.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, Twitter, YouTube, and GYAO mentions! video views, Gracenote searches and karaoke data.
For the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, including the week of August 1 to 7, see here.