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Misia The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) is an industry trade group composed of Japanese corporations involved the music industry. It was founded in 1942 as the Japan Phonogram Record Cultural Association, and adopted its current name in 1969. In 1989, the Recording Industry Association of Japan introduced the music recording certification systems. It is awarded based on shipment figures of compact disc or cassette tape which was reported by record labels.

The RIAJ Digital Track chart (RIAJ有 料音楽配信チャート) is chart ranks the best selling digital singles in Japan, based on chaku-uta full downloads. It began in April 2009. Prior to this (August 2006-March 2009) the RIAJ released a monthly chaku-uta chart, but this has been discontinued.

The RIAJ has been digitally certifying songs since August 2006, though certified the backlog of songs released prior to this.

Digital sales are much larger than physical sales in Japan right now. Many songs in the last few years have been certified as selling multi-million copies, as opposed to the physical charts which have had very few, if any.


What the hell is this chaku shit?
There are three digital formats in Japan: Chaku-uta (着うた(R)) (ringtones), Chaku-uta Full (着うたフル(R)) (full-length songs downloaded on cellphones) and PC downloads (PC配信). The name is a shortened version of Chakushin Melody (着信メロディー Ringtone (lit. "arrival melody")) and Uta (うた Song). The song downloads are called full-length ringtones since the ringtone service was well established before downloading music on your cellphone was. Chaku-uta Full started in 2004 by KDDI, and spread from there.

Okay then. What's the biggest market?
The Chaku-uta market, though eventually it seems the Chaku-uta Full market will win out. There are so many ringtone downloads that they don't even give out gold certifications, or even platinum certifications. PC downloaded songs never really get beyond the gold certification, and the highest one has ever been certified is double platinum (500k).

What services count for the Chaku-uta Full weekly chart?
Originally only Dwango, Mora, Mu-Mo, music.jp and Recochoku. Other services were added in 2010: Axel Mark, Daiichikosho, Digimerce, Hudson, Konami Digital Entertainment, NTT Communications, Mediado, Music Airport, Oricon Me, Scoop Music and Yamaha Music Media.

Does iTunes count?
Yes and no. iTunes doesn't count for the weekly chart as it's a PC download (not a cellphone download), but it counts to the PC download certifications.

What are the certification thresholds?
There are five main ones: Gold (ゴールド) (100,000), Platinum (プラチナ) (250,000), Double Platinum (ダブル・プラチナ) (500,000), Triple Platinum (トリプル・プラチナ) (750,000) and Million (ミリオン). After million, each song is certified for each subsequent million it sells (2 million, 3 million, etc). Ringtone certifications begin at double platinum.

Where is my favourite Johnny's group?!
Because Johnny's and a couple other record labels don't release their songs for digital download, for whatever fiscal reason. It's like how Sony don't release things on iTunes, since they have their own music download place. They occasionally do (such as Tokio's Sorafune, and Akanishi Jin's Eternal).

Why did this song chart before it was even physically released?
Sometimes things are released digitally earlier than the physical version, or later.


The weekly RIAJ cellphone download chart (updated Fridays)
http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/weekly_chart/

The monthly ringtone/cellphone download/PC download certifications (updated on the 20th of each month, or around about)
http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/chart/index.html

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Apr 16 11 6:45 AM

RIAJ Thread (certifications/digital charts)|| March digi certifications

Most Successful Digital Songs
(as of April 2011)

Chaku-Uta
(ringtones)
4 million
O-Zone - Koi no Maiahi (Dragostea Din Tei)

3 million
AI - Story
Aoyama Thelma feat. SoulJa - Soba ni Iru ne
Greeeen - Ai Uta
Greeeen - Kiseki
Kobukuro - Tsubomi

2 million
Ayaka - Jewelry Day
Ayaka - Mikazuki
Ayaka x Kobukuro - Winding Road
Bennie K - Dreamland
DJ Ozma - Age Age Every Knight
Exile - Futatsu no Kuchibiru
Kobukuro - Sakura
Koda Kumi - Koi no Tsubomi
Orange Range - Hana
Remioromen - Konayuki
Seamo - Mata Aimashou
Utada Hikaru - Flavor of Life (Ballad Version)

Million
AI - Believe
Amuro Namie - Baby Don't Cry
Ayaka - I Believe
B'z - Ichibu to Zenbu
Bonnie Pink - A Perfect Sky
Crystal Kay - Koi ni Ochitara
Crystal King - Ai o Torimodose!!
D-51 - No More Cry
Dohzi-T feat. Beni - Mou Ichi Do...
Dreams Come True - A i shi te ru no Sign ~Watachitachi no Mirai Yosouzu~
ET-King - Itoshii Hito e
Exile - Ginga Tetsudou 999
Exile - I Believe
Exile - Lovers Again
Exile - Michi
Exile - Motto Tsuyoku
Exile - Tada...Aitakute
Exile - Ti Amo
Exile & Koda Kumi - Won't Be Long
Funky Monkey Babys - Lovin' Life
Greeeen - Ayumi
Greeeen - Haruka
Greeeen - Setsuna
Hamasaki Ayumi - Carols
Hamasaki Ayumi - Heaven
Hilcrhyme - Shunkashuutou
Hirai Ken - Hitomi o Tojite
Hirai Ken - Pop Star
Hirahara Ayaka - Jupiter
Hitoto Yo - Hanamizuki
Juju feat. Spontania - Sunao ni Naretara
Juju with Jay'ed - Ashita ga Kuru Nara
Ito Yuna (Reira) - Endless Story
Ito Yuna - Precious
Kato Miliyah x Shimizu Shota - Love Forever
Kimaguren - Life
Kimura Kaela - Butterfly
Kimura Kaela - Ring a Ding Dong
Kimura Kaela - Rirura Riruha
Kobukuro - Aoku Yasashiku
Kobukuro - Koko ni Shika Sakanai Hana
Kobukuro - Towa ni Tomo ni
Koda Kumi - Ai no Uta
Koda Kumi - Yume no Uta
Koda Kumi - Unmei
Kuwata Keisuke - Ashita Hareru Kana
Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
Mihimaru GT - Kibun Joujou
Nakashima Mika - Glamorous Sky
Nakashima Mika - Yuki no Hana
Nishino Kana - Aitakute Aitakute
Nishino Kana - Best Friend
Nishino Kana - Kimi tte
Nobodyknows+ - Kokoro Odoru
Orange Range - * ~Asterisk~
Orange Range - Ikenai Taiyou
Orange Range - Ishindenshin
Orange Range - Kizuna
Orange Range - Locolotion
Orange Range - Love Parade
Orange Range - Onegai! Senorita
Otsuka Ai - Chu-Lip
Otsuka Ai - Peach
Otsuka Ai - Planetarium
Otsuka Ai - Sakuranbo
Otsuka Ai - Smily
Otsuka Ai - Yumekui
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
Remioromen - Sangatsu Kokonoka
Sawajiri Erika (Amane Kaoru) - Taiyou no Uta
Seamo - Lupin the Fire
Shibasaki Kou - Katachi Aru Mono
Shuuchishin - Shuuchishin
SoulJa feat. Aoyama Thelma - Koko ni Iru yo
Spontania feat. Juju - Kimi no Subete ni
Takahashi Yoko - Zankoku na Tenshi no These
Tokio - Sorafune
Under Graph - Tsubasa
Utada Hikaru - Flavor of Life (Regular Version)
Utada Hikaru - Prisoner of Love
Yui (Amane Kaoru) - Good-bye days
Yuusuke - Himawari

Chaku-uta Full (cellphone downloads)
2 Million
Aoyama Thelma feat. SoulJa - Soba ni Iru ne
Greeeen - Ai Uta
Greeeen - Kiseki

Million
AI - Story
Ayaka - Mikazuki
Exile - Futatsu no Kuchibiru
Exile - Lovers Again
Exile - Ti Amo
Greeeen - Haruka
Hilcrhyme - Shunkashuutou
Juju with Jay'ed - Ashita ga Kuru Nara
Kimura Kaela - Butterfly
Kobukuro - Sakura
Kobukuro - Towa ni Tomo ni
Kobukuro - Tsubomi
Nishino Kana - Aitakute Aitakute
Seamo - Mata Aimashou
SoulJa feat. Aoyama Thelma - Koko ni Iru yo
Utada Hikaru - Flavor of Life
Utada Hikaru - Prisoner of Love

PC Downloads
Double Platinum
Aoyama Thelma feat. SoulJa - Soba ni Iru ne
Greeeen - Ai Uta
Greeeen - Kiseki
Kimura Kaela - Butterfly

Platinum
AI - Story
AKB48 - Heavy Rotation
AKB48 - Ponytail to Chouchou
Ayaka - Mikazuki
Ayaka x Kobukuro - Winding Road
B'z - Ichibu to Zenbu
Greeeen - Ayumi
Greeeen - Haruka
Hilcrhyme - Shunka Shuutou
Kara - Jumpin'
Kimaguren - Life
Mihimaru GT - Kibun Joujou
Superfly - Ai o Komete Hanataba o
Spontania feat. Juju - Kimi no Subete ni
Utada Hikaru - Flavor of Life

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Apr 16 11 6:57 AM

http://www.riaj.or.jp/dat.../weekly_chart/2011f.html

This week's top 20 on RIAJ's digital track charts:

Position Last Week
Position

Song Name
Artist Name
1
1
Kazoe Uta
Mr.Children
2
-
Endless Tears feat. Nakamura Maiko
CLIFF EDGE
3
4
Jet Coaster Love
KARA
4
2
Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?- <Download-only charity song>
AKB48
5
13
What the Hell
Avril Lavigne
6
3
Poipoipoipopoipoipii (CD ver.)
Ayaman Japan
7
6
By your side feat. Nishino Kana
WISE
8
5
Nanika Hitotsu feat. JAY'ED & Wakkadanna
JAMOSA
9
9
Hyakuman-kai no 「I love you」
Rake
10
-
MONDO PIECE
UVERworld
11
20
Suki Da yo. ~Hyakkai no Koukai~
Sonar Pocket
12
10
Sakura ni Ki ni Narou
AKB48
13
18
Heavy Rotation
AKB48
14
16
Sayonara no Kawari ni
JUJU
15
-
SCARLET KNIGHT
Mizuki Nana
16
22
Sakura
Ketsumeishi
17
41
Aitakute
Koda Kumi
18
-
iYiYi feat. Flo Rida
Cody Simpson
19
8
Yuusha-tachi
Katou Miliyah
20
-
One More Drama
Kuroki Meisa

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Apr 16 11 8:40 PM

I'm really curious how SMAP will do with their digital-only song being released May 4th. I think should do well seeing as not only will it be a charity single but it's also the theme song for the Getsu9 drama for the Spring season.

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Apr 17 11 3:39 AM

whitedove wrote:
Amazingly, Mr.Children reach that no.1 without even Chaku-Uta Full release! XD


But the Digital Track Chart ONLY covers Chaku Uta Full, so unless they have released one they wouldn't be eligible to chart at all XD Their domination is nice though : D

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Apr 17 11 7:27 AM

seca wrote:
I'm really curious how SMAP will do with their digital-only song being released May 4th. I think should do well seeing as not only will it be a charity single but it's also the theme song for the Getsu9 drama for the Spring season.
Me, too. Wink02 Because there's no CD this time and it has a tie-in, I can't wait to see the sales number. Cute

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Apr 19 11 11:40 PM

http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/chart/w110420.html

March Digital Certifications

Ringtones (chaku-uta)

Dom./Ov. Certification Work Artist Release date Distributor
Domestic Million Best Friend Nishino Kana 2010/02/03 SME Records
Double platinum
FUNKY TOWN Amuro Namie 2007/03/14 Avex Marketing
Distance Nishino Kana 2011/01/12 SME Records
Overseas Triple platinum
Mister KARA 2010/07/28 Universal Music

Full-length Cellphone Downloads (chaku-uta full)
Dom./Ov. Certification Work Artist Release date
Distributor
Domestic Triple platinum
Kimi tte
Nishino Kana 2010/10/27 SME Records
Double platinum
I Wish For You EXILE 2010/10/06 Avex Marketing
Beginner AKB48 2010/10/13 King Record
Gee Shojo Jidai 2010/10/20 Universal Music
Platinum Unmei no Hito EXILE 2006/09/20 Avex Marketing
Toki no Kakera EXILE 2007/09/12 Avex Marketing
Ren'ai Shashin
Otsuka Ai
2006/11/04 Avex Marketing
BUT Koda Kumi 2007/03/14 Avex Marketing
you Koda Kumi
2005/12/07 Avex Marketing
Nanika Hitotsu feat. JAY'ED & Wakadanna JAMOSA 2011/03/02 Avex Marketing
Climax Jump AAA DEN-O form 2007/03/21 Avex Marketing
JEWEL Hamasaki Ayumi 2006/11/29 Avex Marketing
Gold Zutto. Aoyama Thelma
2011/02/23 Universal Music
Poipoipoipopoipoipopii Ayaman Japan 2010/11/10 Yoshimoto R&C
Ima no Kimi o Wasurenai Naoto Inti Rraymi 2011/02/09 Universal Music
Koe o Kikasete BIGBANG 2009/10/28 Universal Music
Tooku Tooku Makihara Noriyuki
2006/07/24 Warner Music Japan
Overseas Gold What the Hell
Avril Lavigne
2011/01/26 Sony Music Japan International

PC Downloads (iTunes, etc)
Dom./Ov. Certification Work Artist Release date
Distributor
Domestic
Gold Can't Wait 'Til Christmas Utada Hikaru
2010/11/24 EMI Music Japan
Overseas Platinum Jumpin' KARA 2010/11/10 Universal Music
Gold Loose Yourself
Eminem
2003/04/23 Universal Music

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Apr 20 11 1:07 AM

why KARA is always classified as Overseas and Shojo Jidai always in Domestic This is weird

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Apr 20 11 3:06 AM

Nishino Kana is still an unstoppable force when it comes to digital sales!

As for the rest... Funky Town is so extremely random, lol. KARA and SNSD are killing in Japan, BIGBANG finally has a second certification and Aoyama Thelma has her first certification in quite some time!

Also, lots of older songs being certified, what with the Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki songs. It's like Avex just woke up

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Apr 21 11 11:41 PM

http://www.riaj.or.jp/dat.../weekly_chart/2011f.html

This week on RIAJ's chaku-uta full charts:

 

Position Last Week Position Song Artist
1
-
Love Letter. ~Itsudatte Aitakute~
Sonar Pocket
2
1
Kazoe Uta
Mr.Children
3
3
Jet Coaster Love
KARA
4
-
Hitori Samishiku
LGYankees Produce ShaNa
5
-
Brave
Naoto Inti Raymi
6
2
Endless Tears feat. Nakamura Maiko
CLIFF EDGE
7
4
Dareka no Tame ni -What can I do for someone?- <Download-only charity song> AKB48
8
9
Hyakuman-kai no 「I love you」 Rake
9
6
Poipoipoipopoipoipii (CD ver.) Ayaman Japan
10
7
By your side feat. Nishino Kana
WISE
11
11
Suki Da yo. ~Hyakkai no Koukai~ Sonar Pocket
12
21
Born this Way
Lady Gaga
13
-
Motto Aishitakatta
Masaki Yuka
14
8
Nanika Hitotsu feat. JAY'ED & Wakadanna
JAMOSA
15
5
What the Hell
Avril Lavigne
16
-
Tabizaru Rider
Okuda Tamio
17
13
Heavy Rotation
AKB48
18
15
SCARLET KNIGHT
Mizuki Nana
19
-
Himitsu
YUKI
20
74
Takaramono ~Kono Koe ga Nakunaru Made~
Naoto Inti Raymi

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Apr 29 11 5:43 AM

http://www.riaj.or.jp/dat.../weekly_chart/2011f.html

April 20-April 26 Chaku-uta Full chart:

Position
Last Week Position
Song
Artist
1
-
Let's try again
Team Amuse!!
2
-
Dear
Nakashima Mika
3
1
Love Letter. ~Itsudatte Aitakute~ Sonar Pocket
4
3
Jet Coaster Love KARA
5
-
Kataomoi duet with JAMOSA
KG
6
-
let go ~m-flo TRIBUTE~
Nakamura Maiko
7
8
Hyakuman-kai no 「I love you」 Rake
8
5
Brave
Naoto Inti Raymi
9
2
Kazoeuta
Mr.Children
10
-
make it happen
Amuro Namie feat.AFTERSCHOOL
11
6
Endless Tears feat. Nakamura Maiko CLIFF EDGE
12
4
Hitori Samishiku
LGYankees Produce ShaNa
13
-
MR.TAXI
Shojo Jidai
14
11
Suki Da yo. ~Hyakkai no Koukai~ Sonar Pocket
15
-
wish
Shibasaki Kou
16
10
By your side feat. Nishino Kana
WISE
17
12
Born this Way
Lady Gaga
18
9
Poipoipoipopoipoipii (CD ver.) Ayaman Japan
19
14
Nanika Hitotsu feat. JAY'ED & Wakadanna JAMOSA
20
17
Heavy Rotation
AKB48

Plus next week will not have a chart posted, and the May 13th chart will be a double week one.

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