Global Chart Report
'Rock Or Bust' quakes the holiday season
Friday, December 12, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Lately various countries added track sales and streaming to their
national album chart. And from this week on, the biggest music market
of the world, the USA, makes the same. The official Billboard Top 200
Album Chart combined now album sales (conversion factor 1:1), digital
track sales (10:1) and streaming (1500:1). And it seems that other
countries follow this example in the next time.
Let us look back in the past: with the breakthrough of the Compact
Disc at the end of the Eighties and the earlier Nineties, the global
album sales grew strongly with a peak in the second half of the
Nineties. But now, for over 10 years the global album sales shrink
dramatically. What happened?? The main reason for this decline was the new market of the Digital
Tracks! Today many people don't buy a complete album as before, but
they looking for the best tunes of an album and purchase only these
songs. Since one, two years there's another 'problem'... Streaming!
More and more people having a subscription of Spotify or other
streaming-providers and buying no longer music in digital or physical
formats. That's why the downward momentum of the global album sales
accelerated this year and for the first time ever also the digital
track sales are on the way down. Several times in the last months i
thought about it, to give it up the Global Album Chart, because the
worldwide sales fall further and further (certainly also in the coming
years). I will summarize again: the Digital Track Sales and Streaming
are the reasons for the decay of the global album sales, and that's
why we follow the example of the US-Billboard Chart and other... from
next year on we'll integrate Track Sales and Streaming tentatively for
Global Album Chart. But the official hitlist on our Media Traffic
website remains provisionally
a pure sales chart (by popular request), till more countries and key
markets switch over to a combined album chart ... and now to the current hitlist:
as expected the clear winner of the this week is Australian's rock
legend AC/DC. The band is more than 40 years on stage and their
17th studio album 'Rock Or Bust' shoots atop with 806.000 initial
sales. Sorted by countries it sold 246.000 in Germany, 171.900 in the
USA, 92.800 in United Kingdom, 91.800 in France, 31.000 in Canada, and
26.700 in Australia. In Germany 'Rock Or Bust' is the fastest selling
album since more than seven years. Only Herbert Grönemeyer's '12'
moved more copies in its first week at retail (March, 2007). Back to
AC/DC, their former album 'Black Ice' was a big surprise, when it
exploded with stellar 1.762.000 copies in the week 45, 2008. And it
sold nearly 7 million copies to date. Taylor Swift's '1989' slides
down at no.2 with a 12% sales decline to 334.000 copies, a total of
3.728.000 after only six weeks on the tally. Still at no.3 is this
year's most successful Xmas album, 'That's Christmas To Me' by
Pentatonix with another 234.000 sales. Second highest debut at no.8
and the clear new no.1 in United Kingdom is former boy-group legend
Take That. Their new smash 'III' started with 158.000 units, the most
of it from UK (144.500). No.1 in Japan and new at no.13 globally with
81.100 copies is 'Love Ballade' by Exile Atsushi, lead vocalist of the
super group Exile. Some additional sales stats:
'Racine Carrée' by Stromae sold 12.000 copies last week and
reaches a total of 2.606.000 so far, 'Native' by One Republic sold 16.000 units last week,
1.733.000 so far, 'Ultraviolence' by
Lana Del Rey sold 9.000 units last week and has a total of 1.173.000
units so far, 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 1.511.000 copies
so far, 5 Seconds Of Summer's self-titled album 1.227.000, and
'Pure Heroine' by Lorde 2.840.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Swift's million seller '1989' must (temporarily) leave the pole
position, but at the same time a second lift-off from that album
reaches the hot spot of the Global Track Chart. After 'Shake It Off'
was four weeks at the summit in September, now the follow-up 'Blank
Space' goes to no.1, despite a 12% points decline to 357.000. Last
week's big winner, AKB 48's 'Kibôteki Refrain' throws down at no.15,
after a 75% points implosion to 138.000. Meghan Trainor's 'All About
That Bass', one of the most successful hits of 2014, returns at no.2
with 249.000 points and Hozier's Grammy-nominated 'Take Me To Church'
reaches a new peak at no.3 with 245.000 points. Mark Ronson, producer
of Amy Winehouse's spectacular album 'Back To Black', enters the
Global Top 10 for the first time ever as main artist. 'Uptown Funk!'
with the vocals by Bruno Mars climbs from no.11 to no.5, after another
15% points increase to 226.000. Will it be the next number one on our
Global Chart? 20 years ago, Mariah Carey's Xmas classic 'All I Want
For Christmas Is You' was on the way to no.1 globally. Meanwhile it's
a good tradition, that the song returns on the hitlists every year in
December and it's the only Xmas classic which enters the Global Top 40
every year. Some additional interesting facts: 'All I Want For
Christmas Is You' is one of only three Xmas songs, which went to no.1
globally. The other two are Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
(1984, 2004, 2014) and Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody' (1973). With the
return of the song on the Global Top 40 this week, 'All I Want For
Christmas Is You' reaches a total of more than 6 million points,
enough for a debut on the
ALL TIME CHART.
It's only the second Xmas song on that list after 'Do They Know It's
Christmas?'. Since the release of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' 20
years ago, there was born no further Xmas classic. No composer, no
poet, no singer / songwriter in the whole wide world created a big
Xmas tune in the last 20 years... it's high time for a new smash!! Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Sung Si Kyung & Kwon Jin Ah's 'Don't Forget' at no.44, Big Sean
feat. E 40's 'I Don't F**k With You' at no.46, I Love Makonnen feat.
Drake's 'Tuesday' at no.54, and Iggy Azalea feat. Mo's 'Beg For It' at no.56 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
30 years ago Madonna landed her first big smash on the
Global Chart with 'Like A Virgin'. In the week 49, 1984 the
song entered the Top 10 and went to the vice-position some
weeks later. The song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom
Kelly and produced by Chic-mastermind Nile Rodgers. In the USA
Madonna was the first time seen on the charts one year earlier at
October 29, 1983, when 'Holiday' arrived on the Billboard Top
100 at no.88. After two other hits ('Borderline' and 'Lucky
Star') 'Like A Virgin' was her first no.1 in the USA. Now
after 30 years Madonna is the most successful female artist of
all time with massive 47 hits on the Global Top 10, included
22 no.1 smashes, more than each other act in history! By the
Madonna's biggest hit according to the performance on the Global Chart
was 'Like A Prayer' from 1989. It ranks at no.70 on the
ALL TIME CHART.
There are nine songs by Madonna on that list, only the Beatles had
more with 18 hits.
GLOBAL CHART - 30 YEARS AGO
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J.Cole earns third no.1 album on Billboard 200 chart
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
J. Cole's 3rd album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, easily debuts at
No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive
chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's
Cole World: The Sideline
Story, and its follow-up, 2013's Born Sinner.
2014 Forest Hills Drive moved 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec.
14, according to Nielsen Music. (The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric
consumption, including pure album sales. The ranking includes on-demand
streaming and digital track sales, in addition to traditional album sales, all
measured by Nielsen.)
2014 Forest Hills Drive sold 354,000 copies in it first week, and it also debuts
at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The sum is the fifth-largest sales week
for an album in 2014, and the biggest for a hip-hop set in over a year. The only
larger weeks this year were racked up by Taylor Swift's 1989 (in its first two
frames: 1.29 million and 402,000, respectively), One Direction's first week with
Four (387,000) and Coldplay's arrival with Ghost Stories (383,000). The last
hip-hop album to score a bigger sales week than 2014 Forest Hills Drive's opener
was Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, when it launched at
No. 1 with 792,000 in the week ending
Nov. 10, 2013.
Taylor Swift's 1989 slips one rung to No. 2 after five non-consecutive weeks
atop the Billboard 200. It shifted 324,000 units (up 18 percent), of which
278,000 were pure album sales (up 21 percent).
Pentatonix's That's Christmas to Me falls 2-3 with 218,000 units (down 1),
powered largely by pure album sales (207,000, down 1 percent). The bulk of
Pentatonix's units were comprised of album sales (95 percent), with 3.8 percent
driven by TEA and another 1.4 percent by SEA. Carrie Underwood scores her fifth
consecutive top five album, as her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 bows at No. 4 with
103,000 units (94,000 in pure album sales). This is the first best-of collection
for the singer, who previously logged four
albums that reached the top two: her
Some Hearts debut (No. 2 in 2005), followed
by three No. 1s: Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009) and Blown Away (2012).
Back on the new Billboard 200, AC/DC's Rock or Bust descends 3-5 with 94,000
units (down 46 percent).
K. Michelle achieves her second top 10 album as Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?
arrives at No. 6 with 88,000 units (84,000 in album sales). It follows the
singer's first album, 2013's Rebellious Soul, which debuted and peaked at No. 2
with 72,000 sold in its opening week.
One Direction's Four falls 5-7 with 82,000 units (up 11 percent). Pure album
sales make up 72,000 of that figure.
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour moves 4-8 with 81,000 units (up less than 1
percent), with 60,000 of that sum consisting of album sales.
Ed Sheeran's x returns to the top 10 for the first time since the Sept. 6-dated
chart, as his album climbs 11-9 with 65,000 units (up 56 percent). He was up
across the board in album sales (36,000; up 62 percent), TEA (22,000; up 65
percent) and SEA (7,000; up 17 percent). A lot of his gain's credit is owed to
his performance of the album's "Thinking Out Loud" on the Victoria's Secret
Fashion Show, which aired Dec. 9 on CBS. The song concurrently bounds into the
top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rounding out the new Billboard 200's top 10 is Garth Brooks' Man Against
Machine, descending 8-10 with 62,000 units (up 8 percent). On the Top Album
Sales chart, it falls 7-8 with the same sum, as the album is unavailable on
streaming services, and its individual tracks are unavailable to purchase.
Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,
granting the superstar her longest command among her three career No. 1s. The
track also takes over atop the Radio Songs chart. Plus, Swift bestie Ed Sheeran
zooms to his best Hot 100 rank, as "Thinking Out Loud" surges 24-6.
We're taking a break from our holiday shopping (translation: we haven't started
yet) to do what we do each Wednesday: run down the top 10 and more on the
sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100.
With "Space," released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic
Records, at No. 1 for a fifth frame, Swift establishes her longest Hot 100
reign. Her prior single, and second No. 1, "Shake It Off" spent four weeks on
top. Swift's first leader, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," ruled for
three weeks in 2012.
Reaching the top of Radio Songs in just its sixth week, "Space" ties Pharrell
Williams' "Happy" (the No. 1 Hot 100 song of the year) for the fastest flight to
No. 1 in 2014. In fact, in the past 12 years, just two songs other than "Space"
and "Happy" have soared to the summit in only six weeks: Eminem's "The Monster"
(featuring Rihanna) (2013) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (2011).
"Space" tallies a sixth nonconsecutive week atop the Digital Songs chart with
249,000 downloads sold (down 2 percent) in the week ending Dec. 14. As on the
Hot 100, Swift rewrites her longest command on Digital Songs, passing the
five-week reign of "Never." "Space" also leads Streaming Songs for a fifth week,
with 12.2 million U.S. streams (up 1 percent).
Hozier's "Take Me to Church" holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The Irish
singer/songwriter's debut hit tops the subscription services-based On-Demand
Songs chart for a fifth week (5 million, up 11 percent) and rises 3-2 on Digital
Songs (202,000, up 29 percent), 6-3 on Streaming Songs (9.4 million, up 14
percent) and 10-9 on Radio Songs (78 million, up 11 percent). On the Hot Rock
Songs chart, "Church" rules for an eighth week.
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" (featuring Bruno Mars) pushes 5-3 on the Hot 100,
adding top Airplay Gainer honors. The track bumps 4-3 on Digital Songs (170,000,
up 12 percent), 22-15 on Streaming Songs (6.2 million, up 18 percent) and 31-17
on Radio Songs (49 million, up 33 percent).
Meghan Trainor lands her second top five Hot 100 hit, as "Lips Are Movin" leaps
8-4. The track holds at No. 5 on Digital Songs (116,000, up 6 percent); reaches
the Streaming Songs top five (8-5; 8 million, up 2 percent); and powers 36-23 on
Radio Songs (44 million, up 23 percent). Meanwhile, Trainor's breakthrough hit
"All About That Bass" falls 3-7. It led the Hot 100 for eight weeks and, like
"Shake," is Grammy-nominated for record and song of the year.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Sam Smith likewise notches his second top
five Hot 100 hit, as "I'm Not the Only One" rises 7-5, led by its 9 percent
increase to 91 million on Radio Songs, where it holds at No. 6. Smith reached
No. 2 on the Hot 100 in August with "Stay With Me," another dual contender for
record and song of the year; Smith could additionally take home Grammys for
"One" and "Stay" parent set In the Lonely Hour, up for album of the year, and
for best new artist.
Ed Sheeran shakes up the Hot 100's top 10, as "Thinking Out Loud" rockets 24-6
as the top Digital Gainer. It flies 15-4 on Digital Songs with a 124 percent
increase to 137,000 after Sheeran sang the ballad on the Victoria's Secret
extravaganza. "Loud" bounds 25-17 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million, up 35
percent) and debuts on Radio Songs at No. 45 (28 million, up 43 percent).
Upon the Hot 100 vault of "Loud," Sheeran scores his second top 10 and highest
placement on the chart. Prior single "Don't" peaked at No. 9 last month.
Below Trainor's "Bass" at No. 7 on the Hot 100, Maroon 5's No. 3-peaking
"Animals" falls 4-8 (and departs the No. 1 spot on Radio Songs after four
weeks); Ariana Grande & The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder" rebounds 10-9 after
reaching No. 7; and Swift's "Shake" dips 6-10 (having spent all of its 17 weeks
on the Hot 100 in the top 10).
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:
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Music Week Report
'Uptown Funk!' bows with more than 100.000 sales
Monday, December 15, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
Its release brought forward after Fleur East's X Factor cover topped
iTunes' chart, Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk! (feat. Bruno Mars)
didn't become available until very late on Monday but made light of its
late start and trounced the opposition to debut convincingly atop the
chart on sales of 118,117 copies, including 13,455 streaming sales.
would likely also be in the Top 10 but,
like all X Factor tracks prior to the winner's coronation single, its
sales are not logged by The Official Charts Company, and it has no chart
position. Uptown Funk! is the first single from 39 year old Ronson's
upcoming fourth album Uptown Special. It is his first number one, and
Mars' fifth. Ronson's previous biggest hits as an artist came within six
months of each other in 2007, when first Stop Me (feat. Daniel
Merriweather) then Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse) reached number two.
Having topped the chart in July with his debut hit Gecko (Overdrive)
which featured Becky Hill on vocals, 19 year old Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens
continues his survey of exotic pets with follow-up hit Last All Night
(Koala) debuting at number five (38,937 sales). Both tracks started life
as instrumentals, and had their animal epithets added when vocalised.
He's only toying with us, as the creatures concerned aren't
mentioned in the lyrics of
either track. Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas rebounds 12-3
following its physical release. CD sales accounted for 43,856 of the
track's sales, with 11,312 downloads and 20 streaming sales making up
the rest of its 55,188 total.
One Direction score their 12th Top 10 single, with Night Moves improving
19-7 (34,120 sales).
Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud dips 1-2 on sales of 57,208 copies.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Take That's These Days falls 3-4 (46,102
sales), Taylor Swift's Blank Space retreats 4-6 (38,937 sales), Olly
Murs' Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy) falls 5-8 (29,159 sales),
Calvin Harris' Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding) recovers 10-9 (28,642
sales) and Clean Bandit's Real Love (feat. Jess Glynne) falls 6-10
(27,674 sales). Overall
singles sales are up 3.61% week-on-week at 6,151,677. Streaming
accounted fo r3,528,390 sales – 54.24% of the total. Under previously
existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall
singles sales are up 4.91% week-on-week at 2,623,287 – 6.82% below same
week 2013 sales of 2,815,215 and the 70th consecutive week in which they
have declined versus a year ago.
A week after Take That lost leadership of the singles chart but gained
leadership of the album chart, Ed Sheeran does the same.
2014's biggest selling album by far, Sheeran's X sold 152,262 copies
last week - its highest sale since it debuted atop the chart 24 weeks
ago on sales of 182,427 - and racks up its 10th week at number one. The
album topped the chart for its first eight weeks on release, and
returned to the summit five weeks ago. Never out of the top six thus
far, it has now sold 1,263,505 copies.
While Sheeran is number one for the week and the year, Sam Smith is
number two for the week and the year. Smith's debut album In The Lonely
Hour rebounds 4-2. Also not out of the top six in a chart career that so
far stretches to 29 weeks and includes four weeks at number one, In The
Lonely Hour sold 108,495 copies last week, a personal best which exceeds
the 101,752 copies it sold on debut. With a total of 936,744 copies sold
by midnight on Saturday, it should waltz past the million sales mark
later this week.
After debuting at number one last week, Take That's III dives to number
six (71,771 sales).
With release schedules looking threadbare, the only album to enter the
Top 10 this week is a returning favourite - Michael Buble's Christmas.
Sales of the set were already strong and rising, and really took off as
the week went on, with the album ultimately selling 39,487 copies, as it
jumped 13-10. It is the fourth straight Christmas that the album has
made the Top 10, topping the chart for three weeks in 2011, reaching
number two in 2012 and number seven in 2013. Selling as little as seven copies in
its weakest week, it has nevertheless amassed a massive 2,124,475 sales
and is the fourth biggest seller of the 2010s.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Olly Murs' Never Been Better climbs 6-3 (80,474
sales), One Direction's Four moves 5-4 (75,975 sales), George Erza's
Wanted On Voyage improves 7-5 (71,855 sales), AC/DC's Rock Or Bust
declines 3-7 (51,353 sales), Pink Floyd's The Endless River holds at
number eight (44,926 sales) and Taylor Swift's 1989 recovers 10-9
Overall album sales are up 5.89% week-on-week at 3,767,515 - their
highest level of the year for the third week in a row. They are 7.25%
below same week 2013 sales of 4,062,130.