Japan is back within the Billboard Top 100, 23 years later!
Of course, we owe the end of this long absence to Utada..
In the American Billboard 200 charts of May 30, This Is The One, Utada's album, which was released on May 12th in the United States, ranked 69th. It has been 23 years since a Japanese artist last ranked within the top 100 of the Billboard 200! LOUDNESS precisely ranked 64th with their album Lightning Strikes in 1986. Utada is the 7th Japanese artist of all time to enter the Billboard TOP100. Besides LOUDNESS, she comes after Kyuu Sakamoto, Isao Tomita, Tsutomu Yamashita, Yellow Magic Orchestra and YÃ´ko Ono.