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BOYS AND MEN Bows at No. 1 as Mr. Children Returns to Japan Hot 100

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J-pop boy band BOYS AND MEN‘s “Shinka Riron” debuts at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart dated May 7 to 13 after selling 143,108 CDs in its first week. The 10-member regional group based in Japan’s Tokai area was boosted mainly by its strength in physical sales (No. 1).

Returning to No. 2 on this week’s Japan Hot 100 is Kenshi Yonezu‘s “Lemon,” rising 4-2 after ruling downloads, look-ups and video views again.

BABYMETAL, currently touring the U.S., debuts at No. 6 with their new song, “Distortion,” after coming in at No. 2 for downloads and No. 9 for Twitter mentions.

The top song for streaming this week is Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE‘s “Koi To Ai.” The lead single from their new album, FUTURE, debuts at No. 9 on the Japan Hot 100 fueled by Twitter (No. 5) and video views (No. 10).

Fans of the Japanese pop-rock band Mr. Children rejoiced last week when the veteran foursome finally made their back catalog of 25 years worth of hit songs available for download and streaming. This move has affected this week’s chart metrics in a major way, with 10 Mr. Children songs in the top 100 for downloads and 13 for streaming. The Japan Hot 100 sees “Hanabi” (2008) at No. 48, “Himawari” (2017) at No. 84, and the band’s smash hit single from 1994, “Tomorrow Never Knows,” at No. 90 this week.

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 May 7 to 13)
1. Shinka Riron / BOYS AND MEN
2. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
3. Syncronicity / Nogizaka 46
4. Nakenaize…Kyoukan Sagi / Angerme
5. Hayaokuri Calendar / HKT48
6. Distortion / BABYMETAL
7. ODD FUTURE / UVERworld
8. To see the future / Llenn Starring Tomori Kusunoki
9. Koi To Ai / Sandaime J Soul Brothers From EXILE TRIBE
10. Don’t Leave Me / BTS
11. What is Love? / TWICE
12. Kono Michi Wo / Kazumasa Oda 
13. Update / miwa
14. Doraemon / Gen Hoshino
15. I Love You / Kana Nishino 
16. KISS is my life. / SingTuyo
17. Glass Wo Ware! / Keyakizaka46
18. Eclipse / Shouta Aoi
19. Play A Love Song / Hikaru Utada
20. Fiction / sumika



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