King & Prince’s second single “Memorial” tops the Billboard Japan Hot 100 this week with 372,139 copies sold. The group’s debut single “Cinderella Girl” hit No. 1 in May after leading physical sales and look-ups; “Memorial” adds Twitter mentions to the mix while also scoring high radio airplay points (No. 15), demonstrating that the new Johnny’s boy band has been steadily expanding its fanbase between releases.  

J-pop singer LiSA’s latest song “ADAMAS,” the opening theme of the new animated series Sword Art Online Alicization, was released digitally Oct. 8 ahead of the CD release of the “double-A” single coupled with “Akai Wana (who loves it?)” in December. The track was downloaded 45,237 times during the chart week and comes in at No. 1 for the metric, leaving two long-charting hits - - “U.S.A.” by DA PUMP and “Lemon” by Kenshi Yonezu - - far behind. 

“ADAMAS” also racked up points through Twitter mentions (No. 10) and shot to No. 4 on the Japan Hot 100 this week. 

Speaking of long-charting hits, DA PUMP’s “U.S.A.” returns to No. 2 yet again and logs its 18th consecutive week at No. 1 for video views and 16th for streaming. The view count for the music video dipped below the 8 million mark last week to around 7.6 million views, but held steady this week at 7.5 million. 

Yonezu’s “Lemon” also rises a notch to No. 3, boosted by increased Twitter mentions (from No. 8 last week to No. 3 this week) by fans anticipating his upcoming new single. The song is currently at No. 2 for downloads and video views and No. 3 for look-ups, which counts the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer. 

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 Oct. 8 to 14)

1. Memorial / King & Prince

2. U.S.A. / DA PUMP

3. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu


5. Jikochu De Iko! / Nogizaka46

6. Kemono Yuku Hosomichi / Ringo Shiina & Hiroji Miyamoto

7. Illumination / End of the World (SEKAI NO OWARI)


9. Gifts / Superfly

10. Reach for the STARS / NINE STARS

11. Kimi, Boku. / Kis-My-Ft2

12. Ai No Katachi feat. HIDE (GReeeeN) / MISIA

13. Memoria / GFRIEND

14. Toriko / Nissy (Takahiro Nishijima)

15. Idea / Gen Hoshino

16. Red Swan / YOSHIKI feat. HYDE

17. my 10plate / Ryunosuke Tsunashi (CV: Takuya Sato)

18. Marigold / Aimyon

19. Bedtime Story / Kana Nishino

20. Yume Fanfare / LIP×LIP 

Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo