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The [It's raining in May] by [ Sakurazaka46] leads Japan Billboard (week 15/52) review music charts

It’s Easter time! and like a Sakura Usagi (rabbit), the 46 flowers from Sakurazaka jumped 34 positions to reach the golden throne at the Japan Billboard Hot100. These massive groups never cease to amaze me with the big jumps and influences they have on the Japan music charts. Even if they don’t reach a position on Global 200 Chart.

These is Sakurazaka46 4th single since they re branded, in 2020. They sold 452,752 copies in the first week and became the single 1st place. They also reached the 6th place on Twitter.

It seems the music industry in Japan is coming back with their concerts in full bloom after May, after the Hiatus the Pandemic originated. A lot of events have been going on preparing for the fan hearts to be filled with love for the songs.

I personally believe as the borders and freedoms go back to normal, the concerts will get massive a lot of intensity and compensating the lost time. It might result in a few accidents or even exhaustion, but it can also be the perfect balance between work and life.

It's raining in May (五月雨よ) Sakurazaka46 (櫻坂46)

A little bit of the lyrics translated:

It’s May rain, and

the love comes afterwards. Even though I

look up, I'm

expecting a rainbow somewhere

. May rain, when will

the sad "someday" come?

I have an un-spreadable umbrella To

go see you right now ... I believe in love for

eternity that never ceases”

Personal Japan billboard Review:

This song and the video footage somehow it brings me back to the “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie” (恋するフォーチュンクッキー) by AKB48 in 2013. The soft tone voice and the slow hand movement it seems to be representing the group calming season being at the end with the appearance in May magazines issues, according with the official website. If you are looking for a softer version of their songs, this is the one!

The clothes remind me disco music, maybe it’s the sparkle effect! However, they look elegant but modest and becoming more mature as the seasons go by.

Don’t forget to check out the top 10 at the end of this post!

Who are Sakurazaka46 (櫻坂46)?

Sakurazaka46 (櫻坂46, Sakurazaka Forty-six), formerly Keyakizaka46 (欅坂46, Keyakizaka Forty-six), is a Japanese idol girl group produced by Yasushi Akimoto before suffering the rebrand to the current name. A sister group was created as part of the Sakamichi Series on August 21, 2015, becoming 's first sister group. In October 2020, the group will be renamed after their concert.

Sakurazaka46 is named after Sakurazaka Street within Roppongi Hills in Minato, Tokyo. This week, they show you how to be billboard Japan music leader.

Official website :


Who are on the second and third position that might steal the throne?

The second and third hasn’t change since last week making them a threat or a wall of resistance to any music and group, or band, wishing to reach the throne.

2nd position

The song that took Aimer to the number one spot for more than one month - 残響散歌 (Zankyosanka) from TV animation "Kimetsu no Yaiba" Yukaku Hen opening theme. Record label sign currently with Sacra Music. Sacra Music is a Japanese record label subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The record label was established on April 1, 2017, specializing in anison music. Aimer returned with the Zankyosanka back to the TOP 3 position showing the super and strength of this song, with 1050 copies sold and 6280 downloads.

3rd position

Snow Man dropped to the third position after conquering the leader position last week.

Snow Man is a Japanese idol boy band formed by Johnny & Associates in 2012. Today, the male idol group labels are under MENT Recording. The agency was created through an agreement between Avex Entertainment and Johnny & Associates. This move between labels was done to Snow Man and Kis-My-Ft2. The single sold 35,219 this week, for a cumulative total of 844,301. 

New Song – Japan music charts Highlight (Full list Friday)

Move The Soul - JO1

I love the Purple Hair!

The J01 music’s are clearly evolving their Pop into something more related to Hip-hop. They clearly practice a lot their dance moves. By watching their Practice video, I can clearly see their group in sync even if there is a moment or two a small percentage of members seem to be a little tired(?), I mean they do the move but use a lower intensity comparing with the others. But the seams the Project 101 is working in Japan perfectly.

The music of this group is a bit different from the "standard" Japanese pop music, but I enjoy it. Their first single, 'PROTOSTAR', was released on March 4th, 2020.

The eleven-member Japanese boy group formed by the top contestants of the programme Produce 101 Japan, owned by LAPONE ENTERTAINMENT.

LAPONE Entertainment (LAPONEエンタテインメント) is a Japanese entertainment company. It was founded on May 29, 2019, as a joint venture between the South Korean company CJ E&M and the Japanese company Yoshimoto Kogyo.

The company currently manages the Japanese boy groups JO1 and INI.

The MTV VMA Japan awarded J01 the "star on the rise" award in 2020.


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[JAPAN HOT 100] Billboard Japan Top Chart (13 APR 2022) 1st place [Last week position 34] "May rain yo" Sakurazaka 46 (452,752 sheets, 2,839DL, 3,636,327 playback)

2nd place [Last week position 3] "Zankyosanka" Aimer (746 sheets, 5,163DL, 6,342,630 playback)

3rd place [Last week position 1] "Brother Beat" Snow Man (35,219 sheets ・-・-)

4th place [Last week position 4] "CALL 119" INI (-・-・ 7,935,861 playback)

5th place [Last week position 2] "Chameleon" King Gnu (794 Sheets / 5,692DL / 6,162,196 playback)

6th place [Last week position 6] "Cinderella Boy" Saucy Dog (-・-・ 6,912,945 playback)

7th place [NEW] "Still Life" BIGBANG (-・ 11,626DL ・ 4,269,560)

8th place [Last week position 5] "Betergius" Yuri (-・ 2,058DL ・ 6,552,053 reproduction)

9th place [Last week position 12] "W / X / Y" Tani Yuuki (-・ 2,812DL ・ 6,930,279 reproduction)

10th place [Last week position 7] "Dried flower" Yuri (-・-・ 5,262,070 playback)


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