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Global Chart Report

Maroon 5 rockets straight ahead at no.1
Friday, September 12, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

The fifth album of the American pop / rock band Maroon 5, simply titled as 'V', lands as expected at the summit of the Global Album Chart with healthy 275.000 sales. The biggest sales generated the album in the USA with 164.200 copies, Japan with 19.800 copies and United Kingdom with 16.900 copies. Exactly 10 years ago the band had their big breakthrough with 'This Love'. The smash was massive 10 weeks atop the global chart and the biggest hit of 2004. The corresponding album 'Songs About Jane' sold around 11 million copies to date. Three years ago Maroon 5 landed another spectacular single-smash with 'Moves Like Jagger'. The song ranks at no.35 on the ALL TIME CHART and reached, with a little help from Christina Aguilera, massive 10.722.000 points. Japanese boygroup Smap, an acronym for Sports Music Assemble People, shoots right behind Maroon 5 at no.2. 'Mr.S.', their 21st album in only 22 years, found 184.000 buyers in its initial week, according to Oricon. Last week's no.1 album, Ariana Grande's

'My Everything' slides three places at no.4, after a 66% sales erosion to 96.000 copies. Bob Marley's legendary compilation 'Legend' returns at no.11 with 47.000 sales. It's the highest place on the global chart and the biggest weekly sales frame for that album since more than 10 years. It's owed to the Google Play store discounting the title to 99-cents during the tracking week in the USA. Since its release in 1984 'Legend' sold astonishing 33 million copies worldwide. It's the most successful reggae album ever, the second biggest best-of-compilation ever (after Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) and it placed at no.12 on the ALL TIME CHART. Some additional sales stats: 'Racine Carrée' by Stromae sold 15.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 2,48 million so far, 'Prism'

by Katy Perry sold also 15.000 units last week, 3,23 million so far, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem sold 10.000 units last week and has a total of 4,21 million units so far, 'Farbenspiel' by Helene Fischer sold 1,4 million copies so far, 'Night Visions' by Imagine Dragons 4,02 million and 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson 1,41 million.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  After 'Kokoro No Placard', the 17th no.1 smash of Japanese pop phenomenon AKB 48, throws down at no.14 this week, Taylor Swift returns to the hot seat with 'Shake It Off'. It leads with 354.000 points, an 11% decrease compared to the previous week. 'All About That Bass' by newcomer Meghan Trainor gets stronger and stronger, this week it rises back to no.2, driven by another 19% points boost to 337.000. Former no.1 smash, 'Rude' by Magic!, shows an unusual chart-performance: last week it falls five places at no.8, this week it climbs exactly five places back at no.3 with a minor 1% points gain to 235.000. Lilly Wood feat. The Prick's 'Prayer In C' reaches a new peak at no.4, but lost 2% in points to 229.000. Rounds out the top five is Maroon 5's 'Maps'. It the third time that the song touch on the top five: it started eleven weeks at no.5 with 218.000 points and returns to that place seven weeks later with 197.000 points. Now it comes back at this slot with 219.000 points. 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams is definitely the biggest hit of the 21st century! In its 39 weeks on the tally it gathered 13.382.000 points, more than each other song in this century. 'Happy' remains at no.22 this week and gets another 117.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other GRL's 'Ugly Heart' at no.44, Sam Smith's 'I'm Not The Only One' at no.45, Duke Dumont's 'Won't Look Back' at no.49 and Jason Aldean's 'Sweet Little Somethin' at no.53 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'This Love' Maroon 5
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
'I Just Called To Say' Stevie Wonder
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It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era: 'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC & The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit, reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The

Sun'. And on the ALL TIME CHART 'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points, only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash 'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.  GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video

Billboard Report
Meghan Trainor regains the no.1 slot on the Track Chart
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release -- appropriately named V -- debuts atop the list. It sold 164,000 copies in the week ending

Sept. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 164,000 start is a drop-off from the arrival of the group's last album, 2012's Overexposed, which launched with 222,000 at No. 2. However, V's bow is bigger than of the album that came before Overexposed -- 2010's Hands All Over, which debuted at No. 2 with 142,000. Maroon 5 topped the chart once previously, with their second album, 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long. That release continues to hold the group's personal best sales week, when the album shifted 429,000 in its debut frame. It Won't Be Soon Before Long followed the group's breakthrough debut album, Songs About Jane, which peaked at No. 6 in 2004 and spent 122 weeks on the chart. Rapper Jeezy follows Maroon 5 on the new chart, as his latest effort, Seen It All: The Autobiography, arrives at No. 2 with 121,000. He also enters at No. 1 on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Rap Albums chart. Jeezy's last album, 2012's T M: 103 Hustlerz Ambition (credited to Young Jeezy), debuted and

peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 233,000 copies in its first week. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises one rung to No. 3 on the latest Billboard 200, selling 53,000 copies (up 10 percent). Its cumulative sales rise to 426,000. Last week's No. 1 album, Ariana Grande's My Everything, slides to No. 4 in its second week, selling 42,000 (down 75 percent). Next up on the chart, reggae legend Bob Marley claims his highest charting album ever, as his greatest hits set Legend (with his band the Wailers) jumps from No. 100 to No. 5 (41,000; up 1,166 percent). The set's big gain is owed to the Google Play store discounting the title to 99-cents during the tracking week. The digital album normally sells for around $8. Legend was released in 1984, and had

previously gone as high as No. 18 in 2012. Marley has visited the top 10 once before, with 1976's Rastaman Vibration, which peaked at No. 8 on the July 4, 1976-dated chart. Following Marley is rock band Counting Crows with the debut of Somewhere Under Wonderland, bowing at No. 6 with 32,000. It's the group's sixth top 10 album, and first since 2008's Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings debuted and peaked at No. 3. Closing out the second half of the top 10 is the soundtrack to Frozen (holding at No. 7 with 30,000; up 11 percent), Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour (5-8 with just under 30,000; down 4 percent), the Now 51 compilation (8-9 with 28,000; up 10 percent) and Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood (6-10 with 20,000; down 34 percent). Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 7) totaled 4.13 million units, down 1 percent compared with the sum last week (4.18 million) and down 18 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.06 million). Year to date album sales stand at 162.79 million, down 15 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (190.95 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" regains the No. 1 slot, rising one rung, selling 312,000 downloads (up 17 percent). Last week's leader, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," dips to No. 2 with 281,000 (down 21 percent) in its third chart week. "Shake" has now sold 1.2 million downloads. Jessi J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" is steady at No. 3 with 170,000 (down 30 percent) and Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, rises 5-4 with 143,000 (down 24 percent). Minaj's "Anaconda" descends 4-5 with 130,000 (down 31 percent), Grande's "Break Free," featuring Zedd, jumps 8-6 with 95,000 (down 20 percent) and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" is stationary at No. 7 with 84,000 (down 33 percent). Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, returns to the top 10 after a week away, rising 12-8 with 82,000 (down 4 percent). MAGIC!'s "Rude" zips 17-9 with 81,000 (up 21 percent) and Sia's "Chandelier" swings back into the top 10, climbing 11-10 with 79,000 (down 12 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.13 million downloads, down 6 percent compared with last week (20.27 million) and down 14 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (22.33 million). Year to date track sales are at 793.75 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (910.33 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS

is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri Atweh on lead vocals and Mark Pellizzer, Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. In 2013, they released their debut single, 'Rude' from their debut album 'Don't Kill The Magic' released worldwide on July 1, 2014. All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area. The lead singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been working with and writing songs for different pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger, together known as The Messengers. He had met Mark Pelli in the studio and within a week they had written the song 'Don't Judge Me' for Chris Brown. Nasri described the chemistry between himself and Pelli as 'different than writing chemistry, it was more artistic'. A few weeks later, while Mark played a reggae tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested to start a band like 'modern-day Police'. The debut single 'Rude' is a great international success now.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'Prayer In C' is still number one
Monday, September 8, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz remain at number one on the singles chart, with Prayer In C selling 68,958 copies on its second week at the summit. In pursuit of his third straight number one single, Duke Dumont seemed to have it sewn up when Won't Look Back soared 169-1 on Tuesday's sales flashes, with a 28.04% lead over The Script's Superheroes and

a 68,82% lead over Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz's Prayer In C - but its apparently fast start, which was partly due to advance purchases, gave way to much more sluggish sales, and the track eventually sold 57,860 copies to debut at number two. Dumont's debut hit Need U (100%, feat. A*M*E) sold 92,179 copies when debuting at number one in April 2013, while follow-up I Got U (feat. Jax Jones) debuted in pole position 11 months later on first week sales then reported as 112,082 but subsequently upgraded to 114,849 by the belated application of streaming sales. I Got U has thus far sold 540,869 copies and ranks 16th for 2014, while Need U (100%) has sold 429,989 copies. Almost exactly two years after their only number one - Will.I.Am collaboration Hall Of Fame - Irish band The Script return to the Top 10. Debuting at number three (57,341 sales), Superheroes is their fourth Top 10 hit, the others being The Man Who Can't Be Moved (number two, 2008) and For The First Time (number four, 2010). Superheroes is the first

single from The Script's fourth album, No Sound Without Silence, which drops next Monday (15th). Number one nine weeks ago as featured artist on Ariana Grande's Problems, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea scores her highest charting hit as a primary artist as latest single Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora) advances 7-4 (40,417) to surpass the number five peak of her April single Fancy (feat. Charli XCX). In pursuit of his third straight number one from debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith jumps 9-5 (38,913 sales) with I'm Not The Only One. The bottom half of the Top 10 comprises entirely of downers - Shake It Off by Taylor Swift (4-6, 38,325 sales), Lovers On The Sun by David Guetta feat. Sam Martin (3-7, 37,070 sales), Maps by Maroon 5 (2-8, 35,419 sales), Rude by

Magic! (6-9, 35,045 sales) and Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz (5-10, 34,682 sales). Overall singles sales are up 1.95% week-on-week, at 5,312,780. Streaming accounted for 2,687,419 sales – 50.58% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 1.84% week-on-week at 2,625,361 – 18.43% below same week 2013 sales of 3,218,496, and the 56th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. Although sales of the number one album are above 30,000 for the third week in a row, overall album sales last week plummeted to a 19 year low. With I'm Not The Only One continuing its ascent of the singles chart, where it jumps 9-5 this week, Sam Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour surges back to the top of the album chart. Increasing sales week-on-week by 39.36% to 30,081, it trailed former incumbent Royal Blood's eponymous debut album all week, overtaking it only on Saturday, and ensuring Royal Blood's abdication to number two on sales of 29,412. Previously number one on its first two weeks on the chart, I'm Not The Only One has remained in the Top 5 for 15 weeks, and has now become the fourth artist album to pass 400,000 sales in 2014, with a to-date tally of 401,113, trailing only Ed Sheeran's X (570,228), Coldplay's Ghost Stories (458,424) and Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love (419,145). Sheeran's album, incidentally, is out of the top two for the first time, drifting 2-3 (25,562 sales) as latest hit Don't exits the Top 10, falling 8-13 (26,313 sales). X spent its first eight weeks at number one, and its next two at number two. While introductory single Maps loses its direction, sliding 2-8, Maroon 5's latest album V is the week's highest new entry, debuting at number four on sales of 16,917 copies. Their fifth album, it ranks in the middle, with regard to opening weeks, with two previous efforts starting with bigger sales, and two with lower sales. The band's second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long debuted at number one in 2007, on first week sales of 73,517, building on the massive success of their debut album Songs About Jane, which opened quietly - debuting at number 59 on sales of 3,395 copies in 2004 - but eventually reached number one on sales of 46,998 copies 30 weeks later, and sold a massive 141,522 copies in its peak week. Without a previous chart entry to their credit, sororial Los Angeles duo The Pierces debuted and peaked at number four on sales of 20,930 for their fourth album, You & I, in 2011. That album has gone on to sell 134,218 copies, setting up Allison (39) and Catherine (36) for their second straight Top 10 album, Creation, which duly arrives at number seven (9,704 sales). Elsewhere in the Top 10: George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage revives 8-5 (11,922 sales) as new single Blame It On Me sprints 43-27 (15,275 sales); Collabro's Stars fades 4-6 (11,659 sales); Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love revives 11-8 (8,715 sales); Kate Bush's The Whole Story dips 6-9 (7,845 sales) and Ariana Grande's My Everything trips 3-10 (7,321 sales). Overall album sales are down 10.97% week-on-week at 1,183,367 - 12.05% below same week 2013 sales of 1,345,519. They are at their lowest ebb since sales week ending 22 July 1995 (Music Week issue dated 29 July 1995), when just 1,024,117 albums were sold. That was 998 weeks ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Smap 'Mr.S'

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Media Control Track Chart
'Lovers On The Sun' David Guetta
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