Billboard JAPAN is a sister organization of the U.S.-based music magazine Billboard. 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, and manages, among others, the web site www.billboard-japan.com and several "Billboard Live"-branded music clubs located in the country.
In February 2008 Hanshin Contents Link, under licence from Billboard, launched the Billboard Japan Hot 100 music chart. As of 2016, the list of charts compiled by Billboard Japan also included an albums chart named Billboard Japan Hot Albums, 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.
Since 2010 Billboard Japan holds an annual awards ceremony called the Billboard Japan Music Awards, which honors artists, both Japanese and foreign, who had achieved best results in Billboard Japan music charts during the previous year.
Billboard Japan charts
- Hot 100 (combined chart)
- Hot Overseas (combined chart for foreign songs)
- Radio Songs (ended in 2017, based on airplay only)
- Streaming Songs (began when Radio Songs ended, based on streaming only)
- Hot Animation (combined chart for animation music)
- Top Singles Sales (based on singles sales only)
- Hot Albums (combined chart)
- Albums sales
- Top Albums Sales (based on albums sales only)
- Top Jazz Albums Sales (based on albums sales only)
- Top Classical Albums Sales (based on albums sales only)
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