Japanese girl group NMB48’s “Tokonoma Seiza Musume” blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated Feb. 18 to 24. The Osaka-based AKB48 sister group’s 20th single leads the latest chart fueled primarily by physical sales points (No. 1) with 213,649 CDs sold in its first week.
back number’s new song “HAPPY BIRTHDAY,” currently being featured as the theme of a romantic drama series, bows at No. 2 this week. The latest track by the pop-rock band was powered by downloads (No. 1) with 89,786 digital sales, debuting on the tally without physical sales points, as the CD single was released Wednesday (Feb. 27).
Aimyon’s “Marigold” overtakes Kenshi Yonezu’s “Lemon” and rises 5-3 on the song chart, leading streaming and video views this week. The release of her highly acclaimed second album, Shunkanteki Sixth Sense, and her recent Nippon Budokan solo concert have more than doubled the views for the track from 3,563,807 times to 7,361,498 times this week, boosting the song back into the top 3.
The breakout mixture rock band King Gnu’s “Hakujitsu” debuts at No. 9 after the skilled foursome with conservatory-trained members left an acute impression on the popular music program Music Station. The theme song for an ongoing legal drama series was digitally released Feb. 21 and reached 21,578 downloads (No. 3) and 961,883 streams (No. 15) in the four days it had during this chart 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 Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Recochoku provided by Gfk Japan, streaming counts based on lyrics displayed on PetitLyrics, and karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated Feb. 18 to 24)
1. [-] Tokonoma Seiza Musume / NMB48 (213,649 copies / none / none)
2. [-] HAPPY BIRTHDAY / back number (none / 89,786 downloads / none)
3.  Marigold / Aimyon (none / 20,643 downloads / 4,149,673 streams)
4.  Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu (5,282 copies / 29,603 downloads / none)
5. [-] Safe and Sound / Roselia (31,445 copies / 9,076 downloads / none)
6.  Konya Konomama / Aimyon (none / 4,788 downloads / 2,523,622 streams)
7. [-] Y.O.L.O!!!!! / Afterglow (18,802 copies / 15,320 downloads / none)
8. [-] By your side / Nine Stars (41,423 copies / none / none)
9. [-] Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 21,578 downloads / 961,883 streams)
10.  Wasted Nights / ONE OK ROCK (none / 4,100 downloads / 1,515,236 streams)
[ ]: Position last week.
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)