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. However, I only focus on Japan’s artists and songs, even If I enjoy Kpop music from artists like Ailee and Song Ji Eun. Maybe in the Future who knows!
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 was first published on October 26, 1996. The first number one song was "Too Much Heaven" by Bee Gees. As of July 20, 2019, the most successful artist on the chart is AKB48, with 45 number-one singles.
This week, the Japan Billboard has brought us 9 new Japan songs to the charts. I read the letter on the website of BMSG and decided that these songs deserve as much recognition as any others on the Japan music charts. It's not a competition or about making money, but rather about artistic freedom and awareness for a healthy music industry.
Below you will find:
The Billboard place / The song title in English (the same but in Japanese) / the name of the group/artist in English (the same but in Japanese)
CALL 119 - INI
Call 119 we have a song emergency? :P
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 website〉https://ini-official.com/
Forever (永遠) Mr.Children
The theme song for the movie " My Lover Like Cherry Blossoms " (『桜のような僕の恋人』)
Mr.Children band was formed in 1989. Their major debut happened in 1992. The band is a J-rock that consists of 4 members: Kazutoshi Sakurai, Kenichi Tahara, Keisuke Nakagawa, and Hideya Suzuki. They are one of the bestselling artists in Japan and one of the most successful Japanese rock artists, having sold over 75 million records and creating the "Mis-chil Phenomenon" (ミスチル現象) in the mid-1990s in Japan.
Festival (まつり) - Fujii Kaze (藤井風 )
Fujii Kaze (藤井 風) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and musician. Raised in Okayama. He started to practice Piano since early age, and he began uploading covers to YouTube at the age of 12. His channel and Popular songs cover start to gain popularity on Youtube rankings, which caught the eye of the Japan Music Industry.
He released his first studio album, “Help Ever Hurt Never” in 2020, which reached number one on the Billboard Japan Hot Albums chart.
Official APP: http://c-rayon.com/fujiikaze/
Official site: http://fujiikaze.com/
The end is the next traffic light (結末は次のトラフィックライト) - The cause lies in me. ( 原因は自分にある。)
One month after its debut on July 7, 2019, Stardust's new unit has been renewed from "BATTLE STREET" and transformed into a new unit name "The cause is me." As an avant-garde unit that continues to make an impact, like the sound of this name, by positively grasping the word "cause" that means "something, something that causes a certain state / change." Make a leap forward and create a new era of entertainment.
The Band The cause lies in me. ( 原因は自分にある) is a group of 7 male-members Sora Okura, Mitsusaki Koizumi, Masaya Sakuragi, Ryota Nagano, Jun Muto, Kazuto Mokudai and Yoshizawa Kaname.
Official website: https://genjibu.jp/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/genjibu_sdr
Because I'm in love until today(だって今日まで恋煩い) - BMK
BMK (Big Monster Kite) is a five-member Japanese boy group formed in 2020 made their big debut in January 2021 from Victor Entertainment.
The band members: Sota Nakahara, Kyosuke Kometani, Kazuki Misumi, Kennosuke Matsuoka and Takumi Sato. The group has the goal to Help with their songs, which send out energy and courage, in the dark times like the pandemic. Their goal is simple to become big as a Godzilla in the Japan Music Industry.
The subtitle of BMK is "Big Monster Kite". It rises like a “kite” to the extent that it receives a headwind, and aims to become a "monster-class group" without losing adversity!
BMK OFFICIAL WEB SITE：https://bmk-official.com/
BMK OFFICIAL Twitter：https://twitter.com/BMK_info
BMK OFFICIAL Instagram：https://www.instagram.com/bmk__official/
BMK OFFICIAL BLOG：https://ameblo.jp/bmk-official/
BMK OFFICIAL TikTok：https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSJQWv6hb/
BMK OFFICIAL YouTube：https://www.youtube.com/c/BMK_ch
Baka Majime (ばかまじめ) Creepy Nuts×Ayase×Rira Ikuta( 幾田りら)
A HIP HOP unit by the rapper "R-Shitei" who won the third consecutive title in Japan and the world's best DJ "DJ Matsunaga". He made his major debut from Sony Music in 2017, and released his latest work "To us who were once geniuses" in August 2020. In November of the same year, Budokan 2Days was held, and the tickets were sold out immediately.
website : http://creepynuts.com/
Ayase is a Japanese lyricist, composer, arranger, Vocaloid Producer , and singer . He started learn Piano with his grandmother at the age of 4.
Rira Ikuta( 幾田りら)
She is a Japanese singer and a songwriter. She is a member in the unit of YOASOBI.
Futaba (双葉) - Aimyon(あいみょん)
Aimyon is a singer and songwriter from Hyogo Prefecture. She made her Debud in 2016 with the Single “I was alive”. This year, she appeared on NHK General TV "18 Festival", which co-stars with 1000 18-year-old generations, and the song "Futaba" born here will be released on March 24th. This month, April, she will begin her so far largest tour with 28 performances in 14 cities nationwide.
Official website : https://www.aimyong.net/
Shen Dinghua(沈丁花) DISH//
They call their music style dance-rock because the 4 member - Takumi Kitamura, Masaki Yabe, Toi Tachibana, and Daichi Izumi – dance while playing and singing. The band was formed in 2011, although they are a group, they achieve success the four people are also active individually, such as movies, dramas, theatrical performances, and models. In other words, they search for their own artistic freedom while creating masterpieces when coming together.
Official website: https://dish-web.com/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/dish__official/
MIU - Kaho Nakamura (中村佳穂)
A musician born in the Japanese capital of beautiful and elegant arts, Kyoto.
She made a wonderful singing in Belle (animation movie) literally I cannot stop listening to it. In charge of the voice and song of the main character, Suzu / Belle, in the latest film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, "Belle and the Princess of Soba."
She started her musical activities at 20 years old and expanded her artistic expression in Solos, duos, bands and in many other performances. In 2019, she performed in Fuji Rock Festival.
Official website: https://nakamurakaho.com/