Billboard Japan is a sister organization of the U.S.-based music magazine Billboard.[1] It is operated by the Japanese Osaka-based company Hanshin Contents Link (a subsidiary of Hanshin Electric Railway), holding an exclusive licence from Billboard's parent company to the Billboard brand name in Japan,[2][3][4][5] and manages, among others, the website www.billboard-japan.com and several "Billboard Live"-branded music clubs located in the country.[6]

In February 2008, Hanshin Contents Link, under licence from Billboard, launched the Billboard Japan Hot 100 music chart.[7][8] As of 2016, the list of charts compiled by Billboard Japan also includes an albums chart named Billboard Japan Hot Albums,[9] sales-only-based charts Top Singles Sales, Top Albums Sales, Top Jazz Albums Sales, and Top Classical Albums Sales, a radio-airplay chart named Radio Songs, an animation music chart named Hot Animation, and a chart for foreign songs named Hot Overseas.[10]

Since 2010, Billboard Japan holds an annual awards ceremony called the Billboard Japan Music Awards, which honors domestic and international artists who achieved the best results on Billboard Japan's music charts during the previous year.

Charts

Singles and tracks

Chart title Chart type Number
of
positions
Description
Japan Hot 100 physical sales +
digital sales +
streaming +
airplay +
video playback +
tweets +
CD reading on PC
100
  • Charts for comprehensive released songs
  • First launched on March 3, 2008[11]
Hot Animation 20
Hot Overseas 20
  • Charts for internationally released songs by Western artists
  • First launched on December 9, 2013
Top Singles Sales physical sales 100
  • Chart for top-selling physical singles sales
  • One of the component charts of the Japan Hot 100
Download Songs digital sales 100
  • Chart for top-selling digital song sales
  • One of the component charts of the Japan Hot 100
  • Launched on October 9, 2017 after Radio Songs Chart became defunct[13]
Streaming Songs streaming 100
  • Chart for top-streaming songs
  • One of the component charts of the Japan Hot 100
  • Launched on October 9, 2017 after Radio Songs Chart became defunct[13]
Top User Generated Songs video playback 20
  • Chart for top-user-generated views songs from YouTube views
  • One of the component charts of the Japan Hot 100
  • Launched on December 7, 2020[14]
Heatseekers Songs digital sales +
streaming +
airplay +
video playback
20
  • Chart for songs from new artists that have never attained the top 20 of the Japan Hot 100.
  • Launched on December 7, 2020[14]
TikTok Weekly Top 20 usage and viewer from TikTok 20
  • Chart for songs used in video-focused social networking service TikTok
  • Launched on December 8, 2021[15]

Albums

Chart title Chart type Number
of
positions
Description
Hot Albums physical sales +
digital sales +
Look Up
100
  • Charts for comprehensive released albums (include extended plays)
  • Launched on June 4, 2015, replaced from Top Albums[16]
Top Albums Sales physical sales 100
  • Chart for top-selling physical album sales
  • One of the component charts of the Hot Albums
Download Albums digital sales 100
  • Chart for top-selling digital album sales
  • Launched on October 9, 2017[13]
  • One of the component charts of the Hot Albums

Artists

Chart title Number
of
positions
Description
Artist 100 100
  • Chart for the artists who earned points at Japan Hot 100 and Hot Albums
  • Launched on December 7, 2020[14]
Hot 100 Lyricists 100
  • Chart for the lyricists who earned points at Japan Hot 100
  • Launched on December 7, 2020[14]
Hot 100 Composers 100
  • Chart for the composers who earned points at Japan Hot 100
  • Launched on December 7, 2020[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Billboard Japan Unveils Chart Redesign, Opens Voting for Artist of the Year Ahead of Music Awards 2014". Billboard. 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Hanshin Contents Link, the operator of Billboard Japan":
    "Billboard 8 January – 26 March 2011". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 9– 8 January – 26 March 2011. ISSN 0006-2510.
    "Billboard Japan Music Awards Name Exile Artist of The Year". Billboard. 1 March 2011. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
    "Crisis Management: Music Biz Offers Support to Japan after Quake". Billboard. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
    "Billboard 8 January – 26 March 2011". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 5 8 January – 26 March 2011. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ "'Billboard Live' Venues To Roll Out In Japan". Billboard. 14 September 2006. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Billboard 18 August 2007". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 34– 18 August 2007. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "阪神、ビルボードと提携 ライブハウスを来夏開業" (in Japanese). 14 September 2006. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Billboard Brings Music to Japanese Ears". Direct Marketing News. 4 October 2006. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  7. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Finds Global Audience". Billboard. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  8. ^ "日本版ビルボードチャート始まる オンエア数も加味" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  9. ^ Mariko Okada (6 February 2016). "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Adds YouTube Views & Lyric Data to Chart Formula". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Charts | Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Billboard Japan Chartsビジネス開始のお知らせ" [Announcement regarding the beginning of business with the Billboard Japan Charts]. Kyodo News (in Japanese). 2008-02-28. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  12. ^ "ビルボードジャパン新チャート提供開始のお知らせ" [Announcement regarding the beginning the Billboard Japan Charts]. Kyodo News (in Japanese). 2010-12-01. Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  13. ^ a b c "【ビルボード】ダウンロード&ストリーミング・チャートがローンチ、記念すべき1週目の1位は?". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. Billboard Japan. October 4, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d e "ビルボード・ジャパン、2020年12月2日発表分より5つの新チャートを発表". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. Billboard Japan. December 2, 2020. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  15. ^ "Billboard JAPAN、新たな楽曲人気チャート"TikTok Weekly Top 20"を発表開始". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. December 8, 2021. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "新チャート"Hot Albums" 第1回を制したのはSuperfly『WHITE』! μ'sは惜しくも2位に" [Superfly's White appears at #1 on the new "Hot Albums" Charts, followed by μ's at #2]. Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2019-11-12.