In the surprise news of the week, apparently Jin Akanishi‘s single, “Sun Burns Down“, topped two Billboard charts for the week of February 11th, landing at #1 on “Hot Singles Sales” and “Hot Dance Singles Sales“.
Time to flip out, right?
Well, not exactly. Both charts rank artists by physical single sales and digital bundles, and it’s only one of three components that make up the “Hot 100” (the one that matters). To prove the point, both singles charts are not even found on www.billboard.com, but rather at www.billboard.biz, which requires membership to view.
To be honest, it’s far more noteworthy that he’s been on the “Dance/Club Play Songs” chart for seven weeks running with “Test Drive“.
In all honesty though, I feel bad for dumping water on this fire, because the Japanese media haven’t given this hardly any coverage at all. Perhaps they realize it’s not that big of a deal, but considering their current insecurity over K-pop, and that K-pop’s representative girl group is also releasing music in America, you’d think they’d at least mention Jin Akanishi charting alongside them despite little hype, right?
Then again, such is life when the Japanese government doesn’t have a vested interest in his success.