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Billboard Japan Hot 100: May 2022 songs and artists [review]

Another month over, And the Japan music charts, did it Surprise you?

Let’s recap on post, the May Billboard Top Chart in Japan. While doing this post, I also check the Global Top 200 Chart to verify if Japan’s music is making an impact on the world.

Are the Japanese billboard leaders conquering the world step by step?

Short answer, the May Japan Billboard leaders didn’t make it to the Global Top 200 Chart. However, as the days pass by, in April, March’s Leaders marked presence on the Global Chart.

May Leaders: Naniwa Boys, Enphyn (Korean), Official HIGE DANdism and Kenshin Yonezu.

During May, we had one Billboard Japan Hot 100 non-leader reaching and marking presence in the Global 200. Gen Hoshino stayed between the 70 and the 190 even went in a roller coaster due to the exist and the re-entry on the Billboard.

[Comedy] by Gen Hoshino.

Gen Hoshino is a Japanese singer, songwriter, musician actor and writer. Indeed, a man of many labours. From 2000 until 2015, was part of the band Sakerock, in total the band released 10 albums. As a Solo artist, he has been active since 2010 with his first physical single being released in 2011.

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Anyway, let’s remember who the Japan Billboard leading songs were, did any reach the Global 200?

On the first week, we had the cold but sweet [Answer] by Naniwa Boys. We thought we had the answer for the billboard promise during that week. However they didn’t make it on the Billboard Global chart.

Who are Naniwa Boys ( なにわ男子)?

Naniwa Boys, or Naniwa Dashi, is a 7-member male idol group from the record company is J Storm. The group was formed in 2018. They were the first group in 4 years to be formed by Kansai Johnny's Jr. They were unveiled with the performance "Fall in LOVE ~ I'm in love with Autumn Kanju ~". On November 12, 2021, the debut single " Hatsushin LOVE " was released.

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On the second week, we have the summer vibes from ENHYPEN (엔하이픈) 'Tamed-Dashed' (Japanese version). I didn’t saw them on the Global chart, so if they were there, they gave a soft wave. However, being a summer vibe song might make them reach the top on the next months.

Who are ENHYPEN (엔하이픈)?

Like the Japanese groups – J01, INI and OWV – The ENHYPEN are the result of a TV show that sought talent in South Korea. 7 Kpop group members of the survival show I-LAND under BE: LIFT Lab, a joint label created by HYBE and CJ E&M Entertainment. The group consists of Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, Jungwon, and Ni-ki. ENHYPEN is a mix of an en dash and a hyphen that connects different words to create new meaning, members of ENHYPEN will connect, discover each other, and grow together.








On the third week, the Japan Billboard got nuts and gave us the ultimate month position fighter, [mixed nuts] by Official Hige Dandism ( Official髭男dism). Official Hige Dandism's "Mixed Nuts" is the opening theme song of the TV anime "SPY x FAMILY", also available on Netflix. Main Plot: an undercover spy, Lord Forger aka Twilight marries a beautiful city hall worker Yor, and together they adopt a daughter, Anya, and a dog.

And they marked presence all month at the Global 200 Chart, and currently at the 92 position, which make them awesome!!

Who are Official Hige Dandism ( Official髭男dism)?

The band was formed in 2012. Their first album was released in 2015 making their debut that same year. In April 2018, he made his major debut with Major 1st Single "No Doubt".

With music rooted in various genres, including black music, it continues to gain support from all generations.

Since the members are all responsible for the creative work, there is no group leader position.

On April 22, 2015, the first mini album was released and officially debuted.

In February 2016, went to Tokyo to start activities.

On April 11, 2018, the first single " Undoubted " was officially released and entered the Billboard Japan Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks. This single is also the theme song of Fuji TV's nine-month drama " Credit Fraud Master JP ".

On October 18, 2018, the second mini-album "Stand by You EP" was officially released.

On May 15, 2019, the second single " Pretender " was officially released, and it was also the theme song for the movie " Credit Fraudster JP: Hong Kong Romance ".

On July 31, 2019, the third single " Fate " was officially released.

On October 10, 2019, the first mainstream release album " Traveler " was officially released.

On December 31, 2019, he appeared in the 70th NHK Red and White Song Battle, making his debut in Red and White , singing "Pretender".

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And finally, on the fourth week, after so much romance the heart stop and he had to [M87 (M八七) ] by Kenshi YONEZU( 米津玄師). It’s the theme song "Shin Ultraman”, a part of the Japanese alien superhero “Ultraman”. In more modern terms, Ultraman is avenger’s saga but in Japan and has decades of existence before you knew Bruce banner was Hulk.

The song also made presence at the 69 positions before dropping to the 132 position, this week, at the Global 200 chart.

Who is Kenshi Yonezu (米津玄師 ) ?

Born March 10, 1991, in Tokushima Prefecture, also known as Hachi in many released works.

From 2009, he started posting original songs to Nico Nico Douga and released works such as "Matryoshka", "Panda Hero", and "Yuinde Kaiite Rasetsu Toku". In the VOCALOID scene, he has an outstanding track record of opening a presence with addictive rock sound and attracting attention from all over the world, In addition, he also worked on illustrations and videos himself, and released two albums "Hanataba to Suisou" and "OFFICIAL ORANGE" in 2010.

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Did you like them, or did you hate them?

Do you believe it was fair? Do you believe other groups or music’s tells which ones? Tell us on comment or in the website forum.

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