BTS rules this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated Dec. 4 to 10 with “MIC Drop,” selling 453,721 CDs and coming in at No. 1 for physical sales and No. 2 for look-ups. The single also came in at No. 4 for Twitter mentions and No. 24 for video view counts, but its strength in the physical metrics of the chart’s measurement left the competition far behind and helped fuel its rise to the top spot on the latest weekly Japan Hot 100.
BTS also has two other songs charting in the top 20 this week, with “DNA” at No. 10 and “Crystal Snow” at No. 19. What’s remarkable about these two entries is that both have no physical sales points, so the songs were powered only by digital metrics: downloads, streaming, Twitter, and video views. The septet has always had a strong following in Japan - - “Crystal Snow” is sung mostly in Japanese - - but this year’s breakthrough success in the U.S. has lifted their stardom to the next level here as well.
Bowing at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 this week is NGT48’s “Sekai Ha Dokomade Aozora Nanoka?” It sold 202,323 copies in its first week and landed at No. 2 for physical sales, No. 6 for look-ups, No. 9 for Twitter, and No. 19 for radio airplay. The AKB48 sister group based in Niigata Prefecture also showed strength in the physical metrics, but BTS was a tough competitor to beat.
Also debuting on this week’s chart is Japanese songstress Hikaru Utada’s “Anata,” landing at No. 3 propelled by its overwhelming lead in download points (No. 1).
This week’s most tweeted track, keeping BTS’s “DNA” at bay, was TVXQ’s “Reboot,” the Korean duo’s first comeback single after their return from musical hiatus. It hasn’t even been released yet - - it drops Dec. 20 - - but the much-anticipated track by the pair known as Tohoshinki in Japan rises to No. 18 on the Japan Hot 100 just on Twitter points alone.
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
1. MIC Drop / BTS
2. Sekai Ha Doko Made Aozora Nanoka? / NGT48
3. Anata / Hikaru Utada
4. Bokura No Seifuku Christmas / =LOVE
5. Their North Wind And The Sun / E-girls
6. Uchiage Hanabi / DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu
7. I LOVE YOU / Chris Hart
8. Jupiter / Little Glee Monster
9. Kaze Ni Fukaretemo / Keyakizaka46
10. DNA / BTS
11. Dancing Hero / Yoko Oginome
12. LIKEY / TWICE
13. Jinsei Ha Yume Darake / Sheena Ringo
14. Ashita.Mata / [Alexandros]
15. Non Fantasy / LIP×LIP
16. Akai Kajitsu / Kis-My-Ft2
17. Non Fiction / Ken Hirai
18. Reboot / TOHOSHINKI
19. Crystal Snow / TVXQ
20. Don't let me go / Nissy
Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Getty Images Entertainment