Finally, after weeks of stagnation, this week's countdown is seeing some new blood. Singles by Shu-i, U, 松下 優也 (Matsushita Yuya), 平井 堅 (Hirai Ken), Fevers, The Alfee and MBlaq all debuted this week. However, the number one spot is still being monopolized by groups of adorable girls between the ages of 12-20, this week by Shoujou Hokou's single Passpo*. I stand in awe of the power of the mighty otaku horde.
You might also notice that there are a lot of 韓国 (korean) artists on the countdown this week, prompting one Youtube viewer to comment "韓国多すぎ!" But hell, some really great music has been coming out of Korea while much of Japan's music industry has been monopolized by gimmicky girl/boy groups with undeniably good looks and questionable music chops.
Like always, as many of these songs as possible will be added to the rotation over at our "radio" station on blip.fm.