Twenty One Pilots fly to the top
Friday, May 29, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The American Indie pop duo
Twenty One Pilots jumps atop the Global Album Chart with their
fourth album 'Blurryface'. The set moved healthy 154.000 copies
globally in its initial week, 133.600 of it in the US alone (according
to SoundScan), another 6.500 in United Kingdom (according to Music
Week). Second highest debut of the week is Faith No More's first
studio album in 18 years. 'Sol Invictus' bows at the vice position
with 90.000 sales, 30.800 of it in the US, around 15.000 in Germany,
11.700 in United Kingdom and 7.900 in Australia. Faith No More was one
of the most important rock bands in the Nineties, unforgettable songs
like 'Epic' or the Commodores cover 'Easy'. Also new in the Top 10 are
the South Korean boy group Shinee with their new effort 'Odd' at no.6
(76.000 sales), Brandon Flowers, the principal songwriter and lead
singer of the Las Vegas-based rock band the Killers, with his second
solo album 'The Desired Effect' at no.7 (75.000 sales), Tsuyoshi
Domoto, one half of the famous Japanese
duo Kinki Kids, with 'TU' at
no.8 (59.000 sales), and Zedd, Russian-German music producer and DJ,
with his second effort 'True Colors' at no.9 (57.000 sales). Sam
Smith's debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' celebrates anniversary, it
ranks a 52nd week on the tally, that means exactly one year! The
Grammy-decorated smash placed currently still at no.10 and sold a
total of 5.130.000 copies so far. Some
additional sales stats: 'My Everthing' by Ariana Grande sold
13.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1.532.000 so far, 'Rebel
Madonna sold 12.000 units last week, 717.000 so far,
by David Guetta sold 17.000 units last week and has a total of
990.000 copies so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 3.577.000 copies
so far, 'The Pinkprint' by Nicki Minaj 837.000, and 'Chasing Yesterday' by
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 352.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's a new feature on our
It's a list with all number one songs of the United World Chart in a
chronological order with song-credits and many interesting facts about
each tune. The feature is under construction, for the moment there's a
test run with the no.1 smashes of the time between 2010 and 2015. In
the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our
chart-history. Back to this week's hitlist, the emotional 'See You Again',
performed by American rapper Wiz Khalifa and compatriot and newcomer
Charlie Puth, from the 'Furious 7' soundtrack defends its
position atop the Global Track Chart for a straight sixth week. It
gets another 492.000 points, a total of 3.522.000 points after only
seven weeks on the hitlist. This week's highest debut is Japan's boy
group sensation Arashi. Their new smash 'Aozora No Shita, Kimi No
Tonari' catapults to the vice-position with massive 352.000 points. 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
slides at no.4 with 218.000 points (down 14%) after unbelievable 22
weeks at the top two positions. On the
ALL TIME CHART 'Uptown Funk' jumps from no.28 to
no.26 with massive 11.217.000 points. Sandwiched between Arashi and
Mark Ronson remains Omi's
'Cheerleader' another week at no.3 with 238.000 points, a minor 0,5%
decrease compared to the previous week.
Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other Galantis' 'Runaway (U & I)' at no.45 and
Generations from Exile Tribe's 'Evergreen' at no.49 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
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of that tune
Swift scores her fourth no.1 on Billboard Hot 100
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Taylor Swift soars to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bad
Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar, following a full week of tracking
after the song's video premiere to kick off the Billboard Music
Awards, which aired May 17 on ABC.
Winning an extremely tight race, "Blood" displaces Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7
soundtrack hit "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, after six weeks on top.
"Blood," released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic
Records, surges from No. 53 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 following a week of tracking
after Swift premiered its celebrity-studded clip to open the BBMAs. The song
rockets 26-1 on Digital Songs with 385,000 downloads sold (up 721 percent) in
the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music. It also vaults onto the
Streaming Songs chart at No. 3 with 18.1 million U.S. streams, with 99 percent
of its streaming activity from Vevo on YouTube clicks of its official video. On
Radio Songs, "Blood" bounds 46-15 with a 109 percent increase to 57 million
all-format audience impressions.
As Swift takes over atop the Hot 100, "See You Again" (1-2), which Khalifa
and Puth performed on the BBMAs, tallies its seventh week at No. 1 on both
(22.7 million U.S. streams, down 1
percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (6.7 million,
down 4 percent). And, a strong consolation prize in light of the track's
departure from the Hot 100's top perch: "Again" takes over as the new No. 1 on
the Radio Songs chart, where it lifts 2-1, up 5 percent to 155 million in
all-format audience. On Digital Songs, "Again" dips 1-2 after seven weeks at the
apex, with 211,000 downloads sold. Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" drops to No. 3 on
the Hot 100 from its No. 2 high; Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" holds at
its No. 4 Hot 100 peak (and crowns Hot Rock Songs for a ninth week); The
Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" falls from No. 3, its best rank, to
No. 5; former 14-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Uptown
Funk!" descends 5-6; and Jason
Derulo's "Want to Want Me" retreats from its No. 6 high point to No. 7. Over on
the Bliiboard 200 Twenty One Pilots flies in for its first No. 1 album,
as the duo’s new effort, Blurryface, wings its way to a chart-topping debut. The
set, which was released on May 18 through Fueled by Ramen Records, moved 146,000
units in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music.
Blurryface’s debut is powered by pure album sales, as the album sold 134,000
copies in in its first week.
Blurryface is Twenty One Pilots’ fourth album, and the follow-up to their
breakthrough set Vessel. The latter, released in Jan. 2013, has sold 265,000
copies and peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard 200 chart. As previously noted,
though the album hasn’t sold a huge amount, it has been a consistent seller.
That consistency -- and gradual accumulation of new fans on a weekly basis --
helped set up Blurryface’s handsome first week. Vessel has sold more than 1,000
copies per week since its release, but never sold more than 11,000 copies in a
single frame. On average, it has sold 2,000 copies per week.
As for the rest of the new top 10, Taylor Swift’s 1989 zooms 9-2 with a 146
percent unit gain, following her eight wins on the Billboard Music Awards (May
17) and the premiere of her “Bad Blood” music video as the Awards’ opener. The
set vaults to 91,000 units -- its best weekly sum since the frame ending Feb. 15
(reflected on the chart dated Feb. 28).
1989’s traditional album sales grew to 40,000 in the latest week (up 86 percent)
for its best frame since the week ending March 8.
Last week’s No. 1 album, the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack, slips to No. 3 in its
second week with 74,000 units -- down a relatively modest 31 percent.
Dance music star Zedd zips onto the list at No. 4 with his new album True Colors
launching with 50,000 units (of which 39,000 are pure album sales). Zedd
previously topped out at No. 38 with his last album, 2012’s Clarity.
Like Swift’s 1989, Meghan Trainor’s Title benefits from Billboard Music Awards,
as the two-time winner and show performer’s album shoots 12-5 with a 45 percent
unit gain (to 47,000 for the week). The album sold 24,000 copies for the frame
(up 60 percent) — its best sales week since the week ending March 29.
Brantley Gilbert vaults 69-6 with Just As I Am (39,000 units; up 358 percent) in
the wake of a deluxe reissue of the album on May 18. Referred to as the Platinum
Edition, the new repackaging includes eight bonus tracks.
Ed Sheeran’s x is another likely beneficiary of the Billboard Music Awards, as
the album steps 13-7 with 38,000 units (up 18 percent). Sheeran performed the
album’s “Bloodstream” on the show. x also grew by 20 percent in pure album
sales, to 19,000 for the week.
The soundtrack to Furious 7 descends 5-8 with just over 36,000 units (down 11
percent) in its 10th week on the chart.
Jamie Foxx nabs his fourth top 10 album with Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen
Roses, as the new album bows at No. 9 with 36,000 units. It follows
Unpredictable (released in 2005, No. 1 for three weeks), Intuition (2009, No. 3)
and Best Night of My Life (2010, No. 6).
The soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey closes out the top 10, sliding 3-10 with
35,000 units (down 28 percent).
Years & Years are a British-Australian electronica trio
founded in London. The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly
Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. Years &
Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and '90s house
elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core
influences. The band formed in 2010, after Goldsworthy moved to the United
Kingdom from Australia and met Turkmen online. Shortly afterwards, Alexander
joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the
shower. The band was originally a five-piece group, with Noel Leeman and Olivier
Subria. Leeman left the band in 2013. Years & Years' debut single "I Wish I
Knew" was released in July 2012 on the label Good Bait, with the band performing
as a five-piece group. In 2013 the group signed to French label Kitsuné Records
as a three-piece and released their second single "Traps" in September 2013. In
2014 the group signed to Polydor Records and released the single "Take Shelter".
The EP reached the number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart. In
January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015. Years & Years
were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for the Brit Awards 2015. Their
new single 'King' was released on March the 1st and became a number one smash in
the British Singles Charts. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture
to see the video
Music Week Report
Brandon Flowers shoots atop the album chart
Monday, May 25, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
57 today, Paul Weller might have hoped that his birthday would coincide
with Saturns Pattern delivering his seventh career number one (fifth
solo) - but The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers instead gathers
his sixth career number one with The Desired Effect debuting atop the
chart on sales of 31,077, including 628 from streams. That represents
entire studio output. The Killers' 2004 debut Hot
Fuss opened at number six (29,349 sales) and took a further 31 weeks to
top the chart. The rest of their albums were instant number ones, namely
Sam's Town (2006 on sales of 268,946), Day & Age (2008, 200,299 sales)
and Battle Born (2012, 93,989 sales). His only previous solo album,
Flamingo, topped during a hiatus between Day & Age and Battle Born in
2010 on sales of 65,518 copies. With six number ones out of six in the
UK, Flowers is batting 100% but in his native America none of them
topped the list, although Sam's Town reached number two. Despite being
their slowest starter, Hot Fuss is The Killers' biggest selling album in
the UK, with a to-date tally of 2,153,555. Flamingo has sold 263,6812
copies. Paul Weller had only one number one album with The Jam and one
with The Style Council. Though some would argue that his work with those
bands was the best of his career, he has shown much more chart
consistency as a solo artist, scoring
four number ones and five
number twos from 11 studio albums issued in his name since 1992. Last
album, Sonik Kicks, debuted atop the list a little over four years ago
on sales of 30,269 copies. Saturns Pattern opens at number two on sales
of 25,726 copies.
Sol Invictus is only Faith No More's seventh album in a 30 year
recording career, and their first for eighteen years. They disbanded in
1998, and reformed in 2009 but have spent long periods inactive since
then, and the announcement of the release of Sol Invictus earlier this
year caught many by surprise. It is their fourth consecutive Top 10
album, debuting at number six (11,655 sales). They have only one Top 10
album to their credit in their native America. The single Infinity is
the only new track on the compilation
Number One To Infinity, which
marks Mariah Carey's return to Sony, where her first
seven albums were released between 1990 and 1999. The fourth and final
new entry to the Top 10, it debuts at number eight (9,314 sales). It is
her 13th Top 10 album, but her first in more than seven years.
After becoming the first album in 2015 to string together consecutive
weeks at number one, Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind dips to number three
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour dips 2-5 (12,129 sales) on its 52nd week
on the chart, all of which it has spent in the Top 10. It is the 24th
album in the 21st century to be in the Top 10 on its first anniversary,
but only the third to spend the entire year there. The others: 21 by
Adele (2011/2), Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande (2012/3). In The
Lonely Hours sales as it enters its second year are 1,709,287 compared
to same stage tallies of 3,855,537 for 21 and 1,547,568 for Our Version
Completing the Top 10: Taylor Swift's 1989 (4-4, 15,191 sales), Hozier
(3-7, 10,808 sales), Ed Sheeran's X (7-9, 9,025 sales) and Paul Simon's
The Ultimate Collection (5-10, 8,989 sales).
Overall album sales are up 4.35% week-on-week at 1,251,915 - 10.66%
below same week 2014 sales of 1,401,342. OMI's Cheerleader secures its fourth straight week at number one
on sales of 76,572 copies (including 26,970 from streams). OMI - 28 year
old Omar Pasley from Clarendon, Jamaica - thus passes the three week
mark set by Shaggy's Angel in 2001 to become the longest running number
one ever by a Jamaican (though two of the four members of Boney M, who
spent five weeks at number one with Rivers Of Babylon in 1978 are from
Wiz Khalifa's See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth), which served as number
one for a fortnight immediately before Cheerleader started its reign,
rebounds 3-2 (56,819 sales). It swaps places with LunchMoney Lewis'
Bills (2-3, 56,453 sales).
Rumoured to be about Katy Perry, Bad Blood becomes the fourth hit from
Taylor Swift's fifth album 1989 to make the chart, debuting at number
four (48,958 sales) following the release of a new version featuring
Kendrick Lamar. Swift's eighth Top 10 hit and 23rd Top 75 entry, Bad
Blood previously sold 14,288 copies as an album track without entering
the Top 200.
After slipping 6-7 last week, Where Are U Now rallies to reach a new
peak (number five) for Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber on sales
of 46,447 copies.
Hey Mama jumps 17-10 (30,642 sales) for David Guetta feat. AfroJack and
Nicki Minaj. It is Guetta's 22nd Top 10 hit, Minaj's nunth and
Rounding out the Top 10, there are dips for Galantis' Runaway (4-6,
44,298 sales), Major Lazer feat. MO & DJ Snake's Lean On (5-7, 42,698
sales), Carly Rae Jepsen's I Really Like You (6-8, 36,437 sales) and
Jess Glynne's Hold My Hand (8-9, 32,302 sales).
Overall singles sales decreased 0.06% week-on-week to 7,007,478.
Streaming accounted for 4,524,537 sales – 64.57% of the total. Under
previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were
included, overall singles sales are up 2.01% week-on-week at 2,482,941.
That is 13.12% below same week 2014 sales and the 93rd
consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.
Oricon Single Chart
No.1 'Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai' AKB 48
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Media Control Album Chart
No.1 Andreas Gabalier
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