YOASOBI’s ‘Idol’ Extends Record to 20 Weeks Atop Japan Hot 100

YOASOBI’s “Idol” has now logged its 20th week atop the Billboard Japan Hot 100, holding the position consecutively since it first debuted on the chart dated April 19.

On the latest list dated Aug. 30, the Oshi no Ko opener falls 2-3 for downloads with 9,271 units sold and 18-20 for radio airplay, but still dominates streaming (12,393,052 streams), video views, and karaoke. The duo has been busy with festival performances over the summer and maintains momentum, adding another week to its unprecedented stay at the summit.

Soaring 39-2 on the Japan Hot 100 is Nogizaka46‘s “Ohitorisama Tengoku,” released Aug. 23. The girl group’s 33rd single sold 713,642 copies in its first week, off to a much better start than the previous one, “Hito wa Yume wo Nido Miru,” which launched with 663,277 copies. The new single was mostly powered by physical sales (No. 1) and comes in at No. 20 for downloads (2,651 units), No. 26 for radio, No. 74 for streaming, and No. 35 for video.

Three of the four debuts this week on the top 10 are by new groups born from “iCON Z,” the biggest audition in the history of LDH, home of EXILE and many other popular bands. WOLF HOWL HARMONY’s “Sweet Rain” bows at No. 3, THE JET BOY BANGERZ’ “Jettin’” at No. 4, and KID PHENOMENON’s “Wheelie” at No. 5.

There was a difference of over 1,373 points between “Sweet Rain” and “Jettin’,” with the former selling 73,524 copies to come in at No. 5 for sales while also ruling radio. “Sweet Rain” also came in at No. 32 for downloads (1,804 units), No. 84 for streaming, and No. 45 for video. Meanwhile, “Jettin’” sold the most CDs of the three new bands, launching with 91,271 copies. The track comes in No. 3 for sales, while “Wheelie” sold 84,185 copies to come in at No. 4 for the metric. Both tracks ended up bowing in their respective positions below “Sweet Rain” on the Japan Hot 100 due to lack in points in the digital metrics.

The fourth debut on the top ten this week is the Japanese version of “UNFORGIVEN” by LE SSERAFIM at No. 6, featuring Nile Rodgers and breakout J-pop songstress Ado.

IMP.’s “CRUISIN’” jumps 53-8 this week after being released digitally Aug. 18. The TOBE act’s debut single is off to a great start, ruling downloads (21,801 units) and coming in at No. 2 for radio and No. 5 for video.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, video views and karaoke data.

See the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, tallying the week from Aug. 21 to 27, here. For more on Japanese music and charts, visit Billboard Japan’s English Twitter account.

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