King Gnus “Ichizu” rises a notch to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated January 5, which counts the week from December 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022. The popular four-man band scores its first- ever No. 1 on Japan Hot 100 with its fourth CD single.
That Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie theme rules three measurements of the chart’s methodology this week: physical sales (the CD launched with 47,292 copies), streaming (9,696,001 weekly streams) and video views (2,098,622 weekly views). The number also came in as No. 3 for lookups (the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer) and downloads, No. 14 for radio playback and No. 54 for Twitter reviews, and climbed steadily 4-3- 2-1 on Japan Hot 100 after it bowed on the chart dated December 15th.
“Sakayume”, the coupled number that serves as the closing theme for the same anime movie, jumps 12-3 after becoming number 1 for downloads with 24,637 units.
A number of songs on some of Japan’s most watched live music extravaganzas at the end of the year – the 63rd Japan Record Awards on December 30 and the 72nd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year’s Eve – have risen to the Japan Hot 100. JRA Award for Best New artist went to Macaroni Enpitsu, whose “Nothing” (Japanese title: Nandemonaiyo) re-enters the top 10 at No. 6 after rising 88-38 for downloads. The winner of the JRA Grand Prix, Da-iCE’s “CITRUS,” enters the top 10 for the first time as No. 7, climbs 86-5 for downloads, 32-18 for streaming, 45-10 for video and frames no. 4 to Twitter from outside the top 100.
Fujii Kaze, whose name is stylized in Japanese order, last name first, returns to the top 10 for the first time in 16 weeks with “Kirari” (No. 9), after his surprising live performances on Kohaku made a big impression on viewers. The number went from No. 70 to 7 for downloads, No. 27 to 16 for streaming and hit No. 39 outside the top 100.
According to the pattern of recent long-running hits, when such songs remain at the top of the charts through January and February, they usually come in the top ranks of the year-end, so these are some J-pop titles that you should keep an eye on , when the new year begins.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio playback, Twitter reviews, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote lookups and karaoke data.
For the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart that counts the week off December 27 to January 2, Click here.