Hey! Say! JUMP’s “Lucky-Unlucky” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated May 20 to 26, leading two metrics of the chart’s measurement: physical sales and look-ups. The eight-member Johnny’s boy band’s first new single in 9 months sold 199,377 copies in its first week - about 30,000 less than “COSMIC HUMAN,” which topped the chart in August 2018 with 231,635 CDs sold.
Official Hige dandism’s “Pretender” rises a notch to No. 2 this week, seeing marked increases in digital metrics such as downloads (from 22,333 to 22,449 units), streaming (from 2,831,825 to 3,750,297 streams), and video views (from 1,596,947 to 2,030,790 views). In particular, the song overtook Aimyon’s long-running streaming favorite “Marigold” to rule the metric this week.
The popularity of “Pretender” has boosted two older songs by the four-man band back into the Japan Hot 100, with “No Doubt” returning to No. 20 and former top 10 song “Stand By You” charting at No. 63. The band also currently has 5 songs charting on the streaming top 100, indicating that listeners are delving into the pop rockers’ past catalog with “Pretender” as the starting point.
Nogizaka46 released its new single “Sing Out!” digitally before the CD drops this week, selling 17,729 units and coming in at No. 3 for downloads. It’s off to a better start than “Kaerimichi wa Toomawari Shitakunaru,” the girl group’s previous single, which launched at No. 7 for the metric. “Kaerimichi” sold over a million CDs in its first week, so we’ll find out next week how the group’s latest single fares in comparison.
This week’s tally marks the halfway point for 2019, and we’ll unveil the Billboard Japan mid-year tally on Friday, June 7. Kenshi Yonezu and Aimyon have so far been unrivaled in performance, but a number of songs that could challenge their strongholds have been popping up, so we invite you to continue enjoying the Billboard Japan charts as an indicator reflecting what’s currently hot in popular music in Japan.
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 Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, as well as dHits and Uta Pass, and karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated May 20 to 26)
1. [-] Lucky-Unlucky / Hey! Say! JUMP (199,377 copies / none / none)
2.  Pretender / Official Hige dandism (2,636 copies / 22,449 downloads / 3,750,297 streams)
3.  Machigaisagashi / Masaki Suda (none / 74,204 downloads / none)
4.  Marigold / Aimyon (none / 11,879 downloads / 3,367,163 streams)
5.  Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu (2,101 copies / 14,831 downloads / none)
6.  Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 10,768 downloads / 2,795,098 streams)
7.  Harunohi / Aimyon (896 copies / 10,734 downloads / 2,178,384 streams)
8.  FANCY / TWICE (none / none / 1,793,647 streams)
9. [-] Sing Out! / Nogizaka46 (none / 17,729 downloads / 725,142 streams)
10.  Kuroi Hitsuji / Keyakizaka46 (15,182 copies / 4,433 downloads / 733,965 streams)
[ ]: Position last week.
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)
Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo