Hey! Say! JUMP Rules Japan Hot 100 as New Girl Group NiziU Leads Albums Chart

Hey! Say! JUMP’s “Last Mermaid…” blasts in at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated June 29 to July 5, extending the streak of Johnny’s boy bands leading the song chart.

The title song of the eight-member group’s 27th single leads physical sales and look-ups, while also faring relatively well in radio airplay (No. 19) and Twitter mentions (No. 10).

With 212,003 copies sold in its first week, the single is on par with its predecessor, “I am / Muah Muah” from March (215,692 copies), indicating that the dedicated support from the group’s solid fanbase has pushed the group to the top of the chart once again.

NiziU — the new Japanese girl group formed through the Nizi Project auditions by Sony Music and South Korea’s JYP Entertainment — released its “pre-debut” four-track digital mini-album called Make you happy on June 30. All four songs performed well in downloads and streaming, breaking into the top 20 on the Japan Hot 100.

The title song led streaming (11,584,293 streams) and video views (18,882,658 views), hit No. 2 for downloads (25,439 units) and Twitter, and came in at No. 5 for radio airplay, debuting at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100.

Had the four-song set been marketed as a “single,” the figures show that the overall point total would have overtaken the established Johnny’s boy band’s latest release to give the young group — the average age of the nine members is 16.8 — its first Billboard Japan Hot 100 No. 1. But as it stands, Make you happy is calculated as a mini-album, and as such, leads the Hot Albums tally for this week.

YOASOBI’s “Yoru ni kakeru” and Eito’s “Kousui” have each been pushed down a notch to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, but both are still going strong in downloads, streaming and video.

In particular, the music videos for both tunes have exceeded 10 million views this week — the former marked 18,829,193 views and the latter, 11,049,601 views — meaning the top three songs for video are on another level in terms of weekly views. Notably, “Yoru ni kakeru” has exceeded 10 million views for seven consecutive weeks from the week dated May 18, and continues to maintain enough momentum to lead the song chart again.

The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups, audio streams from Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, RecMusic provided by Gfk Japan, dHits, Uta Pass and Spotify, plus karaoke data from Daiichikosho and XING.

Billboard Japan Hot 100 Top 10 (dated June 29 to July 5)
1. [-] Last Mermaid… / Hey! Say! JUMP (212,003 copies / none / none)
2. [-] Make you happy / NiziU (none / 25,439 downloads / 11,584,293 streams)
3. [2] Yoru ni kakeru / YOASOBI (none / 17,308 downloads / 9,637,915 streams)
4. [3] Kousui / Eito (none / 23,258 downloads / 8,210,653 streams)
5. [6] Gurenge / LiSA (2,431 copies / 15,062 downloads / 3,929,104 streams)
6. [8] Pretender / Official HIGE DANdism (none / 7,880 downloads / 4,453,986 streams)
7. [7] Hadaka no kokoro / Aimyon (1,328 copies / 16,263 downloads / 4,613,752 streams)
8. [17] How You Like That / BLACKPINK (none / 5,936 downloads / 4,964,997 streams)
9. [9] I LOVE… / Official HIGE DANdism (698 copies / 6,228 downloads / 4,372,272 streams)
10. [11] Hakujitsu / King Gnu (none / 8,268 downloads / 4,052,580 streams)

[ ]: Position last week
( ): Physical sales / downloads / streams (Top 50 only)

Kanye West Shares Photos of His Children Before Encouraging Voter Registration

While Kanye West is seemingly gearing up for a 2020 presidential campaign after announcing his political run on the Fourth of July, the rapper took some time on Thursday (July 9) to gush over his kids.

Ye tweeted four no-caption photos, one of each of his children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

The rapper followed up his affectionate snaps with a minute-and-a-half video encouraging his fans to register to vote, alongside his campaign hashtag #2020Vision.

Watch it below.


Watch EXILE ATSUSHI Cover Classic Ballad ‘Kanpai’ for Musician Aid Japan Project

Japanese singer EXILE ATSUSHI of the popular J-pop group EXILE recently contributed his platform and smooth vocals to a cause to support musicians who have lost their source of income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Musician Aid Japan Project, launched by the artist in collaboration with singer-songwriter AI, also aims to deliver live music to fans who are unable to see their favorite artists perform live.

The first video for the project features ATSUSHI’s rendition of the classic J-pop ballad “Kanpai” by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, recorded remotely with the Japanese guitarist Tsuyoshi Kon. Watch below:

The project will continue to release videos, some free of charge and others for a fixed monthly fee, featuring special sessions by musicians and performers. All proceeds from the YouTube channel will be divided equally among the participating musicians.

Justin Bieber & Shawn Mendes’ Fans Think They’re Getting Their Dream Collab After Seeing These Videos

Once upon a time Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Tori Kelly riffed off ’round the piano together. But manager Scooter Braun left fans hanging when he posted rare videos of the crew’s candid caroling.

“I miss the random jam sessions. #tbt #blessedtowitness,” Braun captioned the black-and-white clips of his artists singing off the cuff while the “Señorita” hitmaker fiddled with the keys. Beliebers and the Mendes Army flooded the comment section with their hopes of a happily ever after (read: official Bieber and Mendes collaboration).

Braun definitely has the magic touch to make it happen after he finessed “Stuck with U,” the long-awaited collab between Bieber and his other artist Ariana Grande that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May.

Watch Bieber, Mendes and Kelly stunt their singing skills below.

Karol G Reveals New Song ‘Ay DiOs Mío’ Is the ‘Story of How I Met’ Anuel: Exclusive

Love has turned out to be an endless source of inspiration for Karol G. The Colombian star’s newest single, “Ay DiOs Mío,” which she co-wrote with Venezuelan Danny Ocean, morphed into a tale of how she met her fiancé, rapper Anuel.

“I sat down with Danny and he came up with the idea of ‘She wrote me,’” Karol told Billboard during an exclusive Zoom interview ahead of the single’s release July 9, during which she sang the first line of the song.

“I said, ‘What? No. Not ‘she wrote me.’ In this song I’ll tell the story of how I met Ema [short for Emmanuel, Anuel’s real name]. The song starts from the moment Ema first wrote me a DM on Instagram and how he sent me DMs in Instagram and WhatsApp, until the day we met and went out. And when we went out, in the middle of dancing, and whether I’d go home with him or not.”

“Ay DiOs Mío [Oh My God],” produced by longtime collaborator Ovy On The Drums, is reminiscent of “Tusa,” Karol G’s smash hit with Nicki Minaj, in the use of a slow intro that then breaks into a slow, sensual reggaetón.

Working with Danny Ocean, however, was a departure for an artist used to writing alone. “But that’s the way you grow and evolve,” adds Karol G. Evolving, she says, has been front of mind since the COVID-19 epidemic and lockdown.

“There is so much pressure that you start losing your way,” she says. “Trying so hard to fit in was making me lose myself, doing a million things at the same time but with no direction. … Understanding myself has been the most important thing during these times, and I can tell you with absolute conviction that I’m Carolina again, the one who did music at home 14 years ago, and it’s connected to the entire concept of my [upcoming] album.”

One thing that hasn’t changed during lockdown is her feelings for Anuel, whom she’s been dating for nearly two years.

“Two well-invested years. We have a great time. Even more in these times,” she says with a smile. “Instead of saying ‘We’re sick of each other,’ we’ve come closer together. We finished his album, and seeing that process was great. And now we’re working on mine. We really don’t give much opinions on what the other does because we have very different identities and we don’t want to interfere. But we’re part of the process.”

Karol G’s new album is slated for the fall. In the meantime, you can watch her full interview with Billboard above.

The Rolling Stones Reissue 1973 Classic LP ‘Goats Head Soup,’ Drop ‘Criss Cross’ Music Video

The Rolling Stones’ fans can’t get enough of Goats Head Soup, the U.K. rockers’ classic 1973 album that hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, so they’re serving it up again.

The Stones will reissue the LP as multiple-disc standard and deluxe CD and vinyl sets on Sept. 4 via Polydor/Interscope/UME. The rereleased special packages all feature 10 bonus tracks with alternate versions, outtakes and at least three previously unreleased tracks, including “All The Rage” and “Scarlet” featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page on the guitar and Blind Faith’s Rick Grech on the bass. With the announcement today (July 9), the Mick Jagger-led troupe dropped the first never-before-heard track, “Criss Cross,” on all streaming services along with the music video.

The box set editions of Goats Head Soup also include the Brussels Affair 15-track live album from their memorable 1973 Belgium show, the “Dancing With Mr. D,” “Silver Train” and “Angie” videos, and an exclusive 100-page photo essay book with words by music writers Ian McCann, Nick Kent and Daryl Easlea.

Goats Head Soup was released with plenty of fanfare. Despite what you may read today, the kids weren’t entirely absorbed by glam rock, metal, prog and Philly soul back in 1973, and they bought the album in their thousands, sending it to No. 1 in the USA and in the UK, their fifth consecutive British chart-topper,” McCann penned.

Watch the never-before-seen “Criss Cross” music video below, and pre-order the multi-format and deluxe editions of Goats Head Soup here.

Alvaro Diaz & Cazzu Are Mischievous Partners in Crime in New ‘Deportivo’ Video: Exclusive

Alvaro Diaz and Cazzu have joined forces to bring to life the story of a dangerous yet loving relationship in the new “Deportivo” video premiering on Billboard today (July 9).

Though this is not the pair’s first collaborative effort, Diaz tells Billboard that he’s always been a fan of Cazzu and was in search of the perfect song for a collaboration.

“I proposed this song to her and she immediately said yes,” the Puerto Rican artist, part of the NEON16 management roster, says. “In less than a month, she added her vocals. We were excited to do the video but then the pandemic hit. I started thinking of ways to make it work, we couldn’t let this win us.”

With lyrics such as “God, please take care of her, don’t let her get in trouble” and “she’s not a princess but I’ll build her a castle,” the infectious trap is about a man who’s in love with a girl that’s no good for him.

“It’s about a girl who’s not normal but she’s still your girl and no one can touch her or criticize her,” Diaz elaborates. “You’re willing to do whatever you want for her and to protect her.”

In the music video, Diaz and Cazzu, portrayed by a model wearing a tablet with the singer’s face on it, are mischievous partners-in-crime. Diaz is clearly in love as Cazzu is doing her thing—robbing banks and breaking into cars, amongst other things.

“I told Cazzu I had this crazy idea for the video and she loved it,” he says. “She did her shots in Argentina and I filmed mine in Puerto Rico. Everything came out neat.”

In addition to “Deportivo,” Diaz says he’s whipping up an important project dubbed Diaz Antes that will include his two EP’s as well as more music.

Watch the video for “Deportivo” below.