Toppin’ The Charts – January (Week Two)

Posted on Jan 18 2011

With the second edition of Toppin’ The Charts I introduce to you the “Kouhaku Effect”, which heavily determined last weeks standings for Japanese music. What is this effect and will it impact the charts this week? Also, will Korea continue to stick close to their tissue boxes as their favorite drama original soundtracks continue to beat out the competition? Hit the jump to find out!


Considering I had a bit more time to work with some of the smaller details in this week’s feature, I was very happy to fix some technical problems that appeared in the last one. Obviously the newest addition is the fact that you’ll be able to tell how well (or poorly) the song did in comparison to last week. This is pretty common and I had planned to have it originally in the last video, but I was unsure of placement and movement. I also had more of a chance to pay attention to audio levels, which bothered me in the last edition. I was careful to make sure that some songs weren’t louder than others and vice verse so there was a consistent flow. Lastly, I edited the placement of the rank numbers located in the bottom right hand of the screen. It’s not a big difference, but you shouldn’t see any words cut off unlike last time.

As for this week’s charts I’m highly disappointed that AKB48 is also being hoisted up near the top due to the “Kouhaku Effect”. I’m happy however that Kana Uemura’s “The Toilet God” (or “The Toilet Goddess”) has remained at number one considering the song has a bit more meaning and far less fan-service. There was a lot of cute giggles concerning the number one song, but it’s a bit sad that more people didn’t feel the emotion in the song simply due to the translation of the title. Here’s a summary for those interested:

Uemura was not very fond of cleaning toilets, so her grandmother told her that a beautiful goddess lives in the toilet, if she cleaned it every day, this goddess would make her into a beautiful woman. As Uemura grew older, the communication gap between her and her grandmother worsened and the two grew apart. Uemura, feeling resentful, moved away from home with her then boyfriend and rarely came home to visit. Her grandmother later became more ill and was hospitalized two years after Uemura left for Tokyo. Uemura visited her, saying “Grandma, I’m home!” as she used to when she was little, before the two began to fight. Her grandmother could not say much, but made the effort to tell her to go away, and the next morning died in her sleep. Uemura believe she was waiting for her, and feels regret for hurting her grandmother, saying thank you to her at the end of the song. — Source

Despite being a ten minute song it’s obvious why this is making number one. It’s sentimental lyrics, the help of the “Kouhaku Effect”, and the fact it’s inspiring enough to get its own drama is quite impressive. Whether this song remains on the top spot for another week though is subjective considering.

Lastly, for those of you curious about the Chinese charts I have yet to find a solid source. I’ve gotten a few suggestions, but on further research they’re either yearly or they’re not necessarily the most trusted. Once again, if anyone knows of some sort of chart system for China (or Hong Kong) then let me know.


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  • Kate January 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    I AM NOT AMUSED! Girls’ needs to be up there more, not AKB48. Though, I kinda was surprised when I saw a new name up there.

    • Kanashimi January 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      Yeah, SKE48 was the only new thing on the Japanese charts. Still sorta surprised that so many different songs made leaps and falls on the Korean charts.

      All I have to say is Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3

      • Kate January 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        A lot of huge leaps, actually.

        Like I said in the first one, if there’s every a week AKB48 isn’t on the top 10, I’m having a huge party at my house. It’ll be worth it. xD

        Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :3

  • EagleEyes January 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    AKB48 are like porn stars that happen to sing and dance.

    That is all that can really be said. 48 porn stars who sing and dance, and we wonder why they are popular……

    • Jubilee January 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      The Pussycat Dolls did it with 6…just sayin.

    • toyNN January 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Aww be nice EE, they are idols 100%. Calling them porn is a bit much… neko ears and kissing each other and being far more cute than talented and doing gravure photo shoots and one of them did leave the group to do AV…doesn’t make them….wait…uhh…

  • Cerulaine January 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Please no more AKB48! Loved the Korean Chart. ^^

    Also why was exile wearing colored toilet paper in that video? >>

    • EagleEyes January 18, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      I was quite the opposite to you young Ceru, I wasn’t a fan of the amount of slow songs on the Korean side.

      • Kanashimi January 18, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        Yeah, there’s a lot of dramas with slow ballads. I did like seeing Shy Boy, Keep Your Head Down, and High High though.

        • HeikaHaku January 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

          I liked how that one video by Shy Boy seemed to have 50’s style haircuts and clothes. >.>’ (Nice song, though.)

          Anyway, AKB48 – Nice to look at, but there are better girl groups out there.

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