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Imagine Dragons whizz to the hot spot
Friday, February 27, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

'Smoke+Mirrors', the second album of Las Vegas based rock band Imagine Dragons opens atop the Global Album Chart with healthy 269.000 sales. The lion's share of it comes from the USA with 172.000 sales, another 25.700 from United Kingdom, 23.000 from Canada, estimated 15.000 from Germany, 6.000 from France, 5.000 from Australia. Imagine Dragon's debut album 'Night Visions' turns also back on the tally after a nearly six-month abstinence at no.34 with 17.000 sales. This album was a big surprise in 2013. Driven by many singles like 'Radioactive', 'It's Time', and 'Demons' it sold massive 4.317.000 copies so far and ranks now a fantastic 91st week on the Top 40 list! Behind 'Smoke+Mirrors' follow the big two debuts of the previous week: Drake's 'If You're Reading This, It's Too Late' falls from the pole-position to no.3 (down 69% to 174.000 copies sold) and the soundtrack to the blockbuster 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' holds the no.2 for a second week (down 24% to 242.000 copies sold). Also new inside

the Top 10 this week is German gangsta-rapper Bushido with his new release 'Carlo Cokxxx Nutten 3' at no.7 and 81.000 sales and Generations, a part of the J-pop collective Exile Tribe, with their second set 'Generation Ex' at no.8 and 64.000 sales. Some additional sales stats: 'Motion' by Calvin Harris sold 12.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 586.000 so far, 'No Fixed Address' by Nickelback sold also 12.000 units last week, 672.000 so far, 'Plus' by Ed Sheeran sold 13.000 units last week and has a total of 3.980.000 copies so far, his follow-up 'X' sold 4.884.000 copies so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey 1.283.000, and 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson 1.555.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Will be Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' the next no.1 on the Global Track Chart?? This week the smash succeeds another big jump from no.4 to no.2 driven by 21% points boost to 456.000. For the present 'Uptown Funk!' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars holds tight at the summit for a magnificent eleventh week with another 521.000 points, an 8% decline compared to the previous week. And it's the tenth consecutive week that the song got more than 500.000 points, very impressive! Back to this week's vice position 'Love Me Like You Do'. The 456.000 points of that tune is almost twice as much as the no.1 spot received several months ago, when 'Problem' by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea ruled in the week 27, 2014 with only 234.000 points. And on the other side, with these 234.000 points the song would be only at no.7 on this week's hitlist, a very tough competition at the moment in the upper region of the Global Track Chart. 'Kareinaru Gyakuzoku', the new single release of the Japanese idol group Smap, shoots atop the no.1 slot in their country and globally at no.18 with 119.000 points, this week's highest debut. Also new on the tally is 'Hold Back The River', the first big success for the 24 year-old British singer / songwriter and guitarist James Bay. The song bows at no.31 with 77.000 points. Former 'American Idol' winner Kelly Clarkson, who had her biggest hits nearly 10 years ago with 'Since U Been Gone' and 'Because Of YOu', turns back at no.38 this week with 'Heartbeat Song' and 70.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Kygo feat. Conrad's 'Firestone' at no.42, Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne's 'Truffle Butter' at no.43, and Taylor Swift's 'Wonderland' at no.48 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
No.1
'Get Right' Jennifer Lopez
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
No.1
'I Want To Know What Love Is' Foreigner
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Our weekly global countdown dated back to 1955. The year when Rock'n'Roll was born and popular music started to influence and determine the spirit and mood of any era. The music industry was at the very beginning, many countries hadn't yet an official chart. That's why the first hitlists merged the charts only from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and additional informations from France, Australia, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The first no.1 in January 1955 was 'Mr.Sandman' by the Chordettes and biggest hit of that year 'Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White', a mambo classic by Perez Prado.
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USA
Billboard Report
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Imagine Dragons celebrates the first no.1
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Imagine Dragons earns its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rock band's Smoke + Mirrors debuts in the top slot. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the

week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Smoke + Mirrors was released on Feb. 17 through KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, and moved 195,000 units in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 89 percent (or 172,000) of that figure. That 172,000 sum is easily the group's biggest sales week yet, more than doubling their previous best -- 83,000 -- registered when their first full-length album, Night Visions, debuted and peaked at No. 2 in its first frame. So far, Night Visions has sold 2.5 million copies to date, and has never left the Billboard 200 chart since its debut 129 weeks ago. (It's only spent two weeks outside of the top 100, too.) Night Visions spawned three top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "It's Time" (peaking at No. 15), "Radioactive" (No. 3) and "Demons" (No. 6). Of those, "Radioactive" also hit No. 1 on the Alternative

Songs airplay chart (spending 13 weeks atop the list). The band's new album was led by the single "I Bet My Life," which reached No. 3 on the Alternative tally. Smoke + Mirrors is the lone debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, as the next highest new entry is found at No. 14, where Aaron Watson's Underdog starts with 28,000 units. Last week's No. 1, Drake's surprise release If You're Reading This It's Too Late, falls to No. 2 with 187,000 units (down 65 percent). It has sold 624,000 copies since its release (equating to a little more than 10 days on sale). Meanwhile, the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack also falls one rung to No. 3 in its second week on the chart, moving 165,000 units (down 36 percent). The top three titles on the Billboard 200 are distributed by

Universal Music Group Distribution for a second consecutive week -- the first time a company has done so in nearly three years. The last time it happened was on the charts dated June 2 and June 9, 2012, when Sony Music Distribution claimed the top three. Taylor Swift's 1989 climbs 5-4 with 93,000 units (down 26 percent) and Ed Sheeran's x descends 4-5 with 81,000 units (down 42 percent). Many of the titles on the chart -- like Sheeran's -- are adjusting back to normal sales patterns (and thus decline in units) following gains earned in the week previous by exposure from the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8). Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour falls 3-6 with 72,000 units (down 56 percent), Maroon 5's V is up 10-7 with 47,000 units (its highest rank since it was No. 7 on the Oct. 18, 2014-dated chart ­-- though it's down by 26 percent), and Meghan Trainor's Title drops 6-8 with 44,000 units (down 29 percent). After a brief dip outside of the top 10, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint returns to the region (12-9 with 41,000 units; down 15 percent), and Hozier's self-titled album also climbs back into the top 10 (11-10 with 40,000; down 33 percent). Overall album sales are down 22% over last week’s post-Grammy week sales gains, and down 4% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are flat over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are down 22% over last week, down 17% over the same week last year and down 7% year-to-date over 2014. Digital album sales are down 23% over last week, up 9% over the same week last year and up 4% year-to-date over 2014. Digital track sales are down 7% over last week, down 12% over the same week last year and down 12% year-to-date over 2014. Track-equivalent album sales are down 17.8% over last week and down 4.2% year-to-date over 2014.  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known simply as Hozier, is an Irish musician from Bray, County Wicklow. In 2013 he released his debut EP Take Me to Church and his second EP From Eden in 2014, with his debut studio album Hozier released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014. The son of a musician, he graduated from St. Gerard's school in Bray in 2009. He then began a degree in music at Trinity College, Dublin, but dropped out midway through his first year in order to record demos for Universal Music. While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member of Anúna from 2008 to 2012, and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release Illumination singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras". He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands. In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church, with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart on 25 October 2013. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the new EP From Eden, and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances in the United States. Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier on 19 September 2014. It had 5 singles including "Take Me to Church", "Work Song", and "From Eden", which were hits on his earlier EPs.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Ellie Goulding remains at the summit
Monday, March 2, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

In a week with a fair amount of chart action, the top end of singles chart is nevertheless becalmed, with Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do topping the list for the fourth straight week, while the rest of the top five also retain their positions. It is the first time that there has been no movement in the top five for 188 weeks - since week 29, 2011, when

The Wanted's Glad You Came headed up a logjammed top five that also included DJ Fresh's Louder, Ed Sheeran's The A Team, Beyonce's Best Thing I Never Had and Loick Essien's How We Roll, in that order. Despite retaining its position, Love Me Like You Do recorded the lowest sale of its tenure, dipping below the 100,000 mark for the first time, with a total of 98,167 sales, 23,235 of them from streaming. Hozier's Take Me To Church suffered a much smaller week-on-week dimunution, falling by just 64 to 62,006 to secure its fourth week at number two in total, and its third in a row. Sales of Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk! (feat. Bruno Mars) and The Weeknd's Earned It edged down gently too, falling to 57,215 and 55,118, respectively as they repeated at numbers three and four. Completing the frozen five, Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney's FourFive Seconds increased sales a little to 51,775. What I Did For Love charges 20-6 to become David Guetta's 21st Top 10 hit, and Emeli Sande's 11th. Inaugural (2002)

American Idol champion Kelly Clarkson racks up her ninth Top 10 hit more than three years after her eighth, and has the week's highest debuting track, with Heartbeat Song opening at number seven (44,498 sales). James Bay's Hold Back The River is new to the Top 10, climbing 13-8 (41,283 sales). Although its chart position hasn't always improved, it is the eighth week in a row that the track's sales have increased. It has now sold 240,516 copies. Despite increasing sales by 4.22% week-on-week, Maroon 5's Sugar is down for the first time in its chart career, falling 7-9 (36,540 sales). After falling 6-12 last week, Ayo recovers to number 10 (33,899 sales) for Chris Brown & Tyga. Overall singles sales increased 2.56% week-on-week to 6,631,775. Streaming accounted for

3,853,924 sales – 58.11% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are up 7.44% week-on-week at 2,777,851 – 8.40% below same week 2014 sales of 3,032,571 and the 81st consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. In an historic album chart - which incorporates the influences of both the 34th annual Brit Awards and, for the first time ever, streaming - Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour bounces 3-1 to secure its seventh week at the chart apex. Smith won the awards for Best British Breakthrough and Global Success at Wednesday's televised Brit Awards, and also took to the stage to sing Lay Me Down. Sales of In The Lonely Hour more than doubled week-on-week to 40,874, a tally which also includes 2,931 sales accrued from audio streams. Although Smith tops the chart, Ed Sheeran carried off two of the bigger Brit Awards. X won the Brit Award for Album Of The Year, and Sheeran also triumphed in the British Male Soloist category, as well as performing Bloodstream. X jumps 3-2 with sales up 181.20% week-on-week at 38,271, including 3,369 streaming 'sales'. Brighton duo Royal Blood - who performed Figure It Out at The Brits and collected the award for Best British Band - saw a big revival in fortunes of their eponymous debut album, which catapults 18-3 (27,495 sales) to end a 23 week absence from the Top 10. George Ezra was nominated in four Brit Award categories but picked up no prizes. However, he performed his big hit Budapest, which leaps 30-18 (21,836 sales) as a result, while his debut album Wanted On Voyage more than doubles its sales to 22,021 as it jumps 6-4. Completing the top five, Best International Female Solo Artist Taylor Swift's 1989 saw sales jump 54.70% week-on-week to 14,551, and climbs 8-5, while Blank Space, which she performed, holds at number 29 (16,010 sales). Number one on the first of last week's sales flashes, Led Zeppelin's newly remastered and expanded 1975 album Physical Graffiti returns to the chart at number six on sales of 14,359 copies. Arriving only 23 weeks after X became his fourth Top 10 album in a solo capacity, Chris Brown returns to the upper echelon with Fan Of A Fan - The Album, a collection of collaborations with rapper Tyga, who has released several studio albums, mixtapes and compilations in the UK without previously denting the Top 50. Paloma Faith won for the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist for her third album A Perfect Contradiction, which advances 33-8 (12,324 sales). A fortnight after reaching the Top 10 for the first time, Gregory Porter's 76 week old Liquid Spirit climbs 11-9 (11,539 sales) to reach another new peak. Hozier's self-titled debut album dips 7-10 (11,534 sales). Overall album sales are up 9.88% week-on-week at 1,365,101 - 2.27% above same week 2014 sales of 1,334,834.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Single Chart
No.1  'Kareinaru Gyakuzoku' Smap

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Bushido
'Carlo Cokxxx Nutten 3'
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