Billboard's sister organization Billboard Japan unveiled its 2017 year-end charts Friday (Dec. 8) and Gen Hoshino’s long-running hit “Koi” is the No. 1 song of the year on the Japan Hot 100. The No. 1 album of the year on the Hot Albums chart is Namie Amuro’s Finally.
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.
“Koi” was released Oct. 5, 2016 and finished at No. 3 on last year’s year-end tally, but its reign over the Billboard Japan Hot 100 continued well into this year, powered by its strength in downloads and video view counts. The song finished at No. 1 in five metrics of the chart’s methodology - - downloads, video views, radio airplay, look-ups and Twitter mentions - - and was unrivaled in its performance on the Japan Hot 100 2017 year-end list.
Coming in at No. 2 on Billboard Japan’s year-end ranking is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” The former 12-week No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 breaks precedents by finishing in the top five of the Japanese year-end chart that is usually dominated by domestic artists. The song lands at No. 2 fueled by its outstanding performance in streaming and video views.
DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu’s “Uchiage Hanabi” finished at No. 3 on the 2017 ranking. The darling of the Japanese internet gained points through streaming (No. 3), downloads (No. 4), and video views (No. 7).
Keyakizaka46 landed three songs in the year-end top 10: “Fukyouwaon," “Silent Majority,” and “Futari Saison.” The Japanese girl group became the breakthrough artist of 2017 by expanding its fanbase through music videos and the members’ social network presence, and the group’s CDs are still selling six months after being released.
Meanwhile, the No. 1 album on Billboard Japan’s Hot Albums year-end tally is Japanese songstress Namie Amuro’s massive greatest hits album Finally. It was released Nov. 8 and sold over a million copies in its first week, becoming the first album in 13 years since Mr. Children’s Shifukunooto in 2004 to surpass a million copies in its first week of sales according to SoundScan. It takes the top spot on the year-end album list after charting only three times on the weekly tally.
Amuro commented on her year-end achievement, expressing her gratitude to her loyal fans. “Each song on this album was crafted with care, and I’m delighted that many people are listening to it,” she said. “Thank you so very much.”
The album at No. 2 is the disbanded boy band SMAP’s SMAP 25 YEARS and at No. 3 is back number’s Encore. Two long-running hit albums from last year have finished in the top three.
Billboard Japan began providing charts dedicated to downloads and streaming this year. Hoshino’s “Koi” was the most downloaded song of the year and Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was the most streamed. The most downloaded album of the year was veteran band Mr. Children’s Mr.Children 1992-2002 Thanksgiving 25.
2017 saw a marked increase in streaming as the preferred method of audio and video consumption in Japan, and its pervasive effect on other media platforms resulted in long-running hits on the Japan charts.
1. Koi / Gen Hoshino
2. Shape Of You / Ed Sheeran
3. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu
4. Fukyouwaon / Keyakizaka46
5. Futari Saison / Keyakizaka46
6. TT / TWICE
7. Influencer / Nogizaka46
8. PPAP / Piko-Taro
9. Zen Zen Zense / RADWIMPS
10. Silent Majority / Keyakizaka46
1. Finally / Namie Amuro
2. SMAP 25 YEARS / SMAP
3. Encore / back number
4. 「untitled」 / Arashi
5. Ambitions / ONE OK ROCK
6. Thumbnail / AKB48
7. Mr.Children 1992-2002 Thanksgiving 25 / Mr.Children
8. THE JSB WORLD / Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
9. Yuzu Iroha 1997-2017 / Yuzu
10. Mr.Children 2003-2015 Thanksgiving 25 / Mr.Children
1. Shape Of You / Ed Sheeran
2. Dirty Work / Austin Mahone
3. What Do You Mean? / Justin Bieber
4. Closer / The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
5. 24K Magic / Bruno Mars
6. Something Just Like This / The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
7. Uptown Funk! / Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
8. Beauty and the Beast / Ariana Grande and John Legend
9. See You Again / Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
10. Stay / Zedd and Alessia Cara
1. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu
2. Zen Zen Zense / RADWIMPS
3. Peace Sign / Kenshi Yonezu
4. RAIN / SEKAI NO OWARI
5. orion / Kenshi Yonezu
6. Youkoso Japari Park He / Doubutsu Biscuits x PPP
7. OVER THE TOP / Hey!Say!JUMP
8. Bagutte Iijan / HKT48
9. Togetsukyō ～Kimi Omou～ / Mai Kuraki
10. Catch the Moment / LiSA
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Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo