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Sakurazaka46’s ‘Shoninyokkyu’ Rises to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

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Sakurazaka46’s “Shoninyokkyu” hits No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated Oct. 25, ending Ado’s consecutive reign atop the list at four weeks.

The girl group’s seventh single — the title means “esteem needs” —  features second-gen member Hikaru Morita in center position of the choreography, and is the last song including first-gen member Mizuho Habu, who is set to leave the group in November.

The song launched with 545,944 CDs, surpassing the group’s own record set by the previous single (“Start Over!,” 523,606 first-week copies) to rule physical sales. Streaming for the new single also surpassed its predecessor by 25 percent, racking up 7,882,683 streams to hit No. 5 for the metric. The track is at No. 13 for downloads (3,343 units) and No. 51 for radio.

Ado’s “Show” slips to No. 2 after holding at No. 1 for four straight weeks. But the song racked up 14,227,857 weekly streams (up approximately 1.17 percent from the previous week) to hold at No. 1 for the metric, while also continuing to rule downloads and video views. It also rises 18-14 for karaoke. Ado collaborated with Universal Studios Japan for its Halloween event “Halloween Horror Nights” for this track, featured as the theme for the event’s dance show “Zombie de Dance” continuing through Nov. 5. With Halloween less than a week away, the song still could return to the top spot on the Japan Hot 100.

MAZZEL’s “Carnival” debuts at No. 4. The rising boy band’s second single hits No. 2 for sales with 52,448 copies sold, surpassing its debut single “Vivid,” which launched with 43,340 copies. The eight-member group also hits No. 4 for downloads with 9,289 first-week units — also performing much better than its predecessor (2,682 units) — and is at No. 3 for radio.

Fujii Kaze’s “Hana” rises 11-7 this week, breaking into the top 10 on the Japan Hot 100. The theme of the new TV series Ichiban Sukina Hana that premiered Oct. 12 moved 55-12 for streaming after points for the track increased by about 111 percent from the previous week. Points for video also jumped 77-21 with a 71 percent increase.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, video views and karaoke data.

See the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, tallying the week from Oct. 16 to 22, here. For more on Japanese music and charts, visit Billboard Japan’s English Twitter account.

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