The Billboard Japan Hot 100 is a music chart that ranks the best-selling songs in Japan. It is published by Billboard magazine, and a new chart is compiled and published every Thursday. The chart is based on sales of physical singles and digital downloads. These doesn’t mean music outside of Japan stays out of Japan Billboard, very much the opposite.
Although the American music industry has always been a dominant presence in global popular culture, Japanese music has been steadily gaining attention in recent years. J-pop and J-rock are two genres of Japanese music that have become increasingly popular outside of Japan. J-pop has been successful in Korea, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. While the rise in popularity of Japanese music can be partially attributed to the spread of globalization and the internet, there are also specific elements of these genres that have made them appealing to listeners.
However, I only focus on Japan’s artists and songs, even If I enjoy S-Korean music from artists like Ailee and Song Ji Eun. Maybe in the Future who knows!
Because Japanese Music is not only Jpop, but it also has all kind of genres.
This week, the Japan Billboard has brought us 10 new Japan songs to the charts. It's not a competition or about making money, but rather about artistic freedom and awareness for a healthy music industry.
It is a former boyfriend ( 元カレです ) - AKB48
The AKB48 has 5 teams - Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4 and Team 8. the group consists of 98 members, divided among several teams: Team A with 20 members, Team K with 20 members, Team B with 21 members, and Team 4 with 25 members, Team 8 with 42 members, the last of which have 30 members serving concurrently with other AKB48 teams.
Akihabara is the district of Tokyo where the AKB48 theatre has been located since the group debuted in 2015. A common abbreviation for "Akihabara" in Japanese is "Akiba", and taking the first letter of each syllable you get: A, K B. The names of the other groups arose in a similar fashion.
In the beginning, it had 16 members per team, 3 teams in total ( 16 plus 3 = 48), that work in rotation in the theatre, where they performed daily. By rotating, the teams had enough time to rest before the next performance. But as you can see the number 48 meaning lost its importance.
AKB48 has sisters-groups as I mentioned before, one of them is Nogizaka46. But there are many others across Asia :
SKE48: Sakae, Japan. Known for being good dancers. Sometimes called "S Gay E 48" because of the lesbian undertones in some of their songs.
NMB48: Namba, Japan. Known for being interesting on variety shows.
HKT48: Hakata, Japan. Originally the youngest group, but NGT is now the youngest.
NGT48: Niigata, Japan (new group)
Keyakizaka46: ???, Japan (new group, sister group of Nogi46)
JKT48: Jakarta, Indonesia (international group, sings in Indonesian and English). Very popular in their country, to my knowledge.
SNH48: Shanghai, China (international group, sings in Mandarin Chinese). Not very popular in their country, to my knowledge. They have a ton of sponsorships, though.
Rhyme ( 韻波句徒) - CHEHON
A big tune with a unique flow created by sticking to the skill of "speaking while rhyming" since holding the microphone in the early 2000s, and recording the early representative song "Midori", the first mini with the same name as his own name. It was in 2006 that the album was released to the world.
He travelled the world and gained a reputation for his unique perspective. In recent years, he has participated in many MC battles, starting with his appearance in the Freestyle Dungeon. His years of experience and unique style of self-sampling and fighting his own songs has made him a force to be reckoned with in new scenes.
Official website : http://chehon.net/
Trippin - Nissy (西島隆弘/ Takahiro Nishijima)
Takahiro Nishijima (西島 隆弘, born September 30, 1986, in Sapporo, Hokkaido) is a Japanese singer and actor who is the main vocalist of the group AAA. He also performs as a solo singer known as Nissy.
◇ LINE https://lin.ee/N8oLEvg
ETA - 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.
Official website http://reissuerecords.net
OFFICIAL CHANNEL http://www.youtube.com/user/08yakari
Yummy!! – INI
Like the 11-member group J01 formed by Produce Japan 101 season 1 , INI is another 11-member group also formed by the TV show Produce Japan 101 season 2. The INI group is formed by Ikezaki Rihito, Ozaki Takumi, Kimura Masaya, Goto Takeru, Sano Yudai, Xu Fengfan, Takatsuka Hiromu, Tajima Shogo, Nishi Hiroto, Fujimaki Kyosuke, and Matsuda Jin. They debuted on November 3, 2021, under the label Lapone Entertainment.
They won the Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as MAMA) In 2021 as the award for Favorite Asian Artist.
〈INI OFFICIAL SNS〉
Glare ( 眩光 ) - WANIMA
Official website: https://wanima.net/
HOPE - Dai Hirai (平井大)
Website : https://hiraidai.com/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/hirai_dai_official/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/hiraidai
TikTok : https://www.tiktok.com/@hiraidai
I (わたし) - SixTONES
SixTones (ストーンズ) is a Japanese idol boy band formed by Johnny & Associates in 2015, consist of Jesse, Kyomoto Taiga, Matsumura Hokuto, Kochi Yugo, Morimoto Shintaro, and Tanaka Juri. The group was previously a sub-unit of Johnny & Associates' pre-debut trainee group, Johnny's Jr. SixTones made their official debut on January 22, 2020. SixTones' pre-debut songs recorded on Japanese Society for rights of authors, composers and publishers (JASRAC) .
Official web site: https://www.sixtones.jp
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SixTONES_official
Partner - Yuka ( 有華)
Official HP: https://www.yuka-song.com/
Self-revolution (自分革命)- GReeeeN
Official website: http://greeeen.co.jp/
I am sorry for this delay everyone! I was very busy yesterday doing a paper for my master’s degree and I lost the track of time. I am planning on doing the Sunday posts every 2 weeks, If you have any request please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org