Loving, SixTONES and YOASOBI topped Billboard Japan’s mid-year charts – Billboard


Loving, SixTONES, and YOASOBI topped their respective categories on Billboard Japan’s 2022 Mid-Year Charts, rounding up the weeks from November 29, 2021 to May 29, 2022.

On the lists just released, Aimer’s “Zankyosanka” is the No. 1 song on the Japan Hot 100, while Johnny’s boy band SixTONES’ TOWN is the No. 1 album for the first half of this year. YOASOBI returns as the top artist for the charting period.


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Aimer’s ‘Zankyosanka’ Is Featured As The Opening Of The Phenomenally Popular Anime Series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaibaentertainment district story arc. The song was released digitally on December 6, 2021, the day after the anime premiered on television, and launched to #1 for radio airplay, downloads, and video views. It continued to top the Japan Hot 100 for a total of nine weeks, topping the mid-year tally with an overwhelming lead.

“I’m so happy that so many people listened to this song,” the singer said of her accomplishment. “I would like to continue to pursue music and continue to stand on stages that I have never experienced before, and also to deliver songs to every person who listens to me for as long as I can continue to sing.”

At No. 2 on the mid-year list is Yuuri’s “Betelgeuse” and King Gnu’s “Ichizu” comes in at No. 3. The former is the highly acclaimed drama series theme. VERY RICHand the latter is the theme of the hit animated film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie.

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SixTONES – pronounced “Stones” – topped Japan’s mid-year hot albums chart for the second time in their career after their debut album 1ST topped last year’s mid-year tally. The six-member group’s second album TOWN sold 562,717 copies during the counting period to govern physical sales and searches, which counts the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer.

“We are so happy to learn that our album TOWN reached No. 1. Thank you very much,” says SixTONES member Jesse. “TOWN is an album based on concepts such as “city” and “time”, and we think it’s an interesting package filled with the appeal of the band that is different from our debut album. It’s a great honor to have the music we worked so hard on as SixTONES recognized in this way, and it also reminded us to keep working even harder from now on. We will continue to do our best to bring the music of SixTONES to even more people in the future!

Teen’s Kyogen arrives at No. 2 and at Nogizaka46 time passes at No. 3 on the Mid-Year Albums Chart.


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YOASOBI also returns as the top artist on the mid-year Japan Artist 100 chart, compiled from the results of the Japan Hot 100 and Hot Albums charts. The breakout duo continues to enjoy longtime popularity with hits like “Gunjo” (No. 11 on the mid-year song chart), “Yoru ni kakeru” (No. 14) and “Kaibutsu (#15), and his two EPs titled THE BOOK (#24 on the Mid-Year Albums Chart) and THE BOOK 2 (#4) are still at the top of the charts. With a total of eight songs and two EPs on the mid-year charts, strength in streaming (#1) and downloads (#3), as well as strong performance in video views (#6), karaoke (#6), CD sales (#12), and Twitter mentions (#18), the pair have become top performer again after being crowned in last year’s mid-year countdown.

I’m thrilled,” says producer Ayase. “Last year we were top of the mid-year chart, but we finished second on the year-end list, which was really disappointing. Over the past six months, ‘Mr.’ was our only new release, so I’m surprised and happy at the same time. There weren’t too many opportunities for people to meet YOASOBI compared to before, so I’m really happy that so many people listened to us in these circumstances.

Singer ikura adds, “I am also surprised and happy. When I look at the charts, THE BOOK and THE BOOK 2 are still there, and I really feel like a lot of people have been listening to them for a long time. It makes me so happy.”

Yuuri comes in at No. 2 with five songs charting on the Japan Hot 100, and BTS follows at No. 3 with hits like “Butter” (No. 9 on the mid-year chart) and “Dynamite” (No. 12). ) still going strong.

The first half of the year was characterized by long-running hits benefiting from the synergy of high-profile links, as well as a rush of newcomers, including Macaroni Enpitsu’s “Nandemonaiyo” (No. 5), “Cinderella Boy” by Saucy Dog (#7) and “W/X/Y” by Tani Yuuki (#17), whose songs were unlinked but catapulted to virality via TikTok, then garnering streams and downloads on major platforms. This year’s half-year results are fascinating in that they visualize the rapid expansion of a market inaccessible by existing strategies.

Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 Mid-Year Chart 2022

1. “Zankyosanka” / Loving
2. “Betelgeuse” / Yuuri
3. “Ichizu” / King Wildebeest
4. “Dry Flower” / Yuuri
5. “Nandemonaiyo” / Macaroni Empitsu
6. “Sakayume” / King Wildebeest
7. “Cinderella Boy” / Saucy Dog
8. “Suiheisen” / back number
9. “Butter” / BTS
10. “Cry Baby” / Official HIGE DANDism

Billboard JAPAN Hot Albums Mid-Year Ranking 2022

2. Kyogen / Teen
3. time passes / Nogizaka46
6. WRONG MODE / Hikaru Utada
8. Mixed Juice / Johnny’s WEST
9. Mr.Children 2015-2021 & NOW / Mister children
ten. Mr. Children 2011-2015 / Mister children

Billboard JAPAN Artist 100 Mid-Year Chart 2022

2. Yuuri
4. King Wildebeest
5. Official HIGE Dandism
6. Teen
8. back number
9. Aimyon
10. Viewfinder


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