Hey! Say! JUMP’s “Mae Wo Muke,” the theme song of a current TV series starring the group’s member Ryosuke Yamada, blasts in at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart dated Feb. 12 to 18. The single sold 261,950 copies in its first week and came at No. 1 for physical sales and look-ups, No. 9 for Twitter mentions, and No. 34 for radio airplay to take the top spot on this week’s Japan songs chart.
Bowing at No. 2 is another drama theme song, “Lemon” by Kenshi Yonezu. The song was released Feb. 12 as a digital single and shot to No. 1 in downloads, as well as coming in at No. 5 for Twitter and No. 8 for radio. The difference between this week’s top 2 songs was a mere 1729.27 points, meaning if “Mae Wo Muke” hadn’t ruled look-ups, the positions would have been reversed.
The No. 3 song this week was another chart debut, “Ultra Blast” by STARISH. The song is from the upcoming feature film of the Uta no Prince-sama franchise originating from a dating simulation video game. The single sold 127,954 copies in its first week and came in at No. 1 for Twitter and No. 2 for physical sales and look-ups. Dedicated fans managed to build hype on the social network platform, but song lacked momentum in radio and video views, resulting in its position on this week’s Japan Hot 100.
ONE OK ROCK’s “Change,” released digitally Feb. 16, debuted at No. 6 this week after coming in at No. 2 for downloads and No. 5 for streaming. Suchmos’s “808,” released Feb. 15, also bowed at No. 13, after coming in at No. 2 for radio and No. 8 for downloads. These two chart debuts have the potential to continue collecting points in various metrics and climb further up the Japan Hot 100 in the coming weeks.
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 Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOK, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Recochoku provided by Gfk Japan, as well as streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 20 (dated Feb. 12 to 18)
1. Mae Wo Muke / Hey! Say! JUMP
2. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
3. Ultra Blast / STARISH
4. Candy Pop / TWICE
5. Best My Friend / MAG!C PRINCE
6. Change / ONE OK ROCK
7. Walkure Ha Uragiranai / Walkure
8. Sazanka / END OF THE WORLD
9. Sayonara Elegy / Masaki Suda
10. Heart Up / Ayaka & Daichi Miura
11. WiSH VOYAGE / IDOLiSH7
12. Angel / RYUJI IMAICHI
13. 808 / Suchmos
14. Song for you / 100%
15. GOUKA! GOUKAI!? PHANTOM THIEF! / HELLO, HAPPY WORLD!
16. Hope / Namie Amuro
17. Doushite Koi Shite Konna / Misako Uno (AAA)
18. Love Me, Love You / Mrs.GREEN APPLE
19. yours / PrizmaX
20. Arpeggio (Through The Wondrous Tunnel) / Kenji Ozawa
Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Taro Mizutani