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Global Chart Report

Ed Sheeran jumps back to the summit
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

It's a little surprise: in its 60th week on the tally Ed Sheeran's 'X' returns to the hot spot of the Global Album Chart for a third time with healthy 119.000 sales. The first time the album led the chart was after the release in the week 28, 2014 with massive 549,000 sales. Two weeks later it turned back to no.1 with 151,000 copies sold. Now after 60 weeks on the tally 'X' sold a total of 6,593,000 units, 3,107,000 of it this year alone. On the year-to-date list 'X' remains at no.2, behind Taylor Swift's '1989' with 3,387,000 sales. There's a gap of 280,000 units between these both albums, and the gap becomes increasingly smaller. Will be 'X' the best-selling album of 2015 by the end of the year, or '1989' stays at no.1, or Adele's new album will be published in the autumn and outstrip the other two? Back to this week's hitlist, let's look us the other end of the chart at no.40: exactly one year ago in the week 35, 2014 we registered a new alltime low, when One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' placed at no.40 in that week with only 14,000 sales.

Now it goes down a further step, Led Zeppelin's remastered 'Presence' ranks at the final place this week with only 13,000 sales! Also in the middle of our Top 40 we have a new alltime low, for the first time ever a no.20 album sold less than 20,000 copies, 'Chaos And The Calm' by James Bay climbs at this place with only 19,000 sales. Last week's no.1, 'Compton' by Dr.Dre slides at no.3, after a massive 82% sales erosion to 75,000 and Luke Bryan's 'Kill The Lights' remains at no.2 with 93,000 copies, a 73% sales decline compared to the previous week. Some additional sales stats: 'If You're Reading This, It's Too Late'' by Drake sold 13,000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1,300,000 so far, 'Born In The Echoes' by the Chemical Brothers sold also 13,000 units last week, 128,000 so far, 'Something More Than Free' by Jason Isbell sold 9,000 units last week and has a total of 108,000 copies so far, Disney's 'Frozen' sold 8,433,000 copies so far, '21' by Adele 26,888,000, and '1989' by Taylor Swift 8,006,000. COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  There's a new feature on our website: NO.1 CHRONICLES. 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. A tight race this week atop the Global Track Chart, three songs are in the range between 250,000 and 265,000 points. And winner for a second time is 'Can't Feel My Face' by The Weeknd. In its 10th week on the tally the song gets another 265.000 points, a 4% decrease compared to the previous week. Felix Jaehn's remix of Omi's 'Cheerleader' holds tight at no.2 with 257,000 points, 5% less as the week before. At no.3 debuts this week's highest debut, 'Maenomeri' by SKE 48 with 251,000 points. It's the 13th Global Top 10 smash for the Japanese idol girl group. Beside 'Maenomeri' there's only another new-entry on the current tally, it's 'Hard Knock Days' by Generations from Exile Tribe at no.27 with 86.000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other Shawn Mendes' 'Stitches' at no.42, Jess Glynne's 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself' at no.43, Adam Lambert's 'Ghost Town' at no.48, Fall Out Boy's 'Uma Thurman' at no.50, Sam Feldt feat. Kimberley Anne's 'Show Me Love' at no.52, and Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey's 'Headlights' at no.56 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'We Belong Together' Mariah Carey
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
'You Are Not Alone' Michael Jackson
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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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Billboard Report
Luke Bryan spends 2nd week at no.1 on Billboard 200 Album
Thuesday, August 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield & Silvio Pietroluongo, Los Angeles

Luke Bryan scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his Kill the Lights album. The set shifted another 99,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 20, according to

Nielsen Music. A week ago it debuted atop the list with 345,000 units. Kill the Lights is the first country album to spend more than one week at No. 1 in two years. The feat last occurred with Bryan’s own previous album, Crash My Party, which spent its second and final frame at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2013. In two weeks, Kill the Lights has sold 403,000 in pure album sales. Behind Bryan is a surging Ed Sheeran, who sees his X album jump 6-2 with 97,000 units (up 196 percent). It rallies thanks to publicity generated by his NBC TV concert special Ed Sheeran -- Live at Wembley Stadium (which aired Aug. 18) and sales spurred by the album’s temporary 99-cent discount pricing in the Google Play store. The set’s album sales rose to 80,000 for the week (up 378 percent). Of that figure, download sales equated to 72,000 (up 607 percent). Dr. Dre’s Compton slips to No. 3 with 51,000 units (down 83 percent) in its second week. Dre can also be found at No. 4 as a member of N.W.A, as the group

zooms 30-4 with Straight Outta Compton (44,000 units; up 254 percent). The latter album reaches a new chart high and benefits from the opening weekend (Aug. 14-16) of the theatrical film of the same name. The Now 55 compilation descends 3-5 with 40,000 units (down 254 percent). Singer Melanie Martinez (a former contestant on The Voice) starts at No. 6 with her debut full-length album Cry Baby (40,000 units). She had previously visited the Heatseekers Albums chart with her 2014 Dollhouse EP, which reached No. 4 on that developing artists tally. Taylor Swift’s 1989 dips 5-7 with 32,000 units (down 4 percent). The album has spent all 43 of its chart weeks in the Top 10. Rock band Bullet for My Valentine launches at No. 8 with its latest album, Venom, moving 28,000 units

 (of which 26,000 are pure album sales). It’s the second Top 10 album from the band, which also hit the region with 2009’s Scream Aim Fire (No. 4) and 2010’s Fever (No. 3). The Nos. 8-10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart are only separated by a few hundred units, but when their sums for the week are rounded to the nearest thousand, they all end up totaling 28,000. That said, closing out the Top 10 are Future’s DS2 (7-9 with nearly 28,000 units; down 11 percent) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (9-10 with almost 28,000 as well; up 1 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100 OMI's debut smash "Cheerleader" tops for a sixth week. The reggae/pop tune again fends off "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, who wowed the crowd in his headlining set at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Jones Beach, N.Y., over the weekend. "Cheerleader" holds atop the Hot 100 while maintaining its No. 2 ranks on Radio Songs (147 million in audience, down 1 percent, according to Nielsen Music), Streaming Songs (15.1 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks (105,000 downloads sold, down 11 percent, in the week ending Aug. 20). "Cheerleader" additionally passes 2 million (2.1 million) in sales to date. Six weeks on top for "Cheerleader," OMI ties for the longest run at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a reggae song in more than 22 years. It matches the six-week command of MAGIC!'s "Rude" last summer. The last reggae ruler to reign longer? Snow's "Informer," which led for seven weeks in March-April 1993. At No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a second week after topping the chart, The Weeknd's "Face" remains the most-heard song on radio and the top-selling title. It spends a third week each at No. 1 on Radio Songs (157 million, essentially even from last week) and Digital Songs (109,000 downloads sold, down 8 percent) and retreats 4-5 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, down 2 percent). "Face" also leads Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs charts for a sixth week each. Still, The Weeknd again claims two simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits, as "The Hills" holds at its No. 5 peak so far. The track keeps at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, up 1 percent) and zooms 7-6 on Digital Songs (79,000, up 6 percent) and 42-25 on Radio Songs (44 million, up 49 percent). With its latest sales frame, "The Hills" pushes past 1 million sold since its release. Between The Weeknd's "Face" and "The Hills" on the Hot 100, Silento's "Watch Me" remains at its No. 3 peak, while leading Streaming Songs (16.8 million, down 21 percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a fifth week each. At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Major Lazer and DJ Snake "Lean On," featuring MO, stays at its best rank, highlighted by its 4-3 lift on Radio Songs (117 million, up 9 percent). "Lean" leads Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a sixth week.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Rachel Platten fights her way to number one
Monday, August 31, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

By some measures the UK's 1,300th number one single, Rachel Platten's Fight Song makes the second biggest jump to number one in Top 75 history, its 68-1 leap (58,581 sales, including 10,585 from streams) being beaten only by the 73-1 jump made by Pixie Lott’s Boys & Girls in 2009. Fight Song's lurch to the summit comes after it was made

more widely available for download - it recorded its first low level sales as long ago as last November, and 1,636 of the 17,609 copies it sold before topping the chart were from paid-for purchases, the rest from streams. It is the debut hit for 34 year old Platten, who wrote the song with Dave Bassett, and has sold a million copies in her native USA, reaching number six on Billboard's Hot 100 a couple of weeks ago. Platten's single isn't the only track to reap chart rewards as it transitions from limited to full availability - German DJ Felix Jaehn's Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) leaps 54-2 (55,986 sales), on its 15th week in the Top 200 and fifth week in the Top 75. Birthday boy Jaehn - he turned 21 today (28th) - was responsible for the mix that transformed OMI's Cheerleader into a number one record. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) is actually a reinvention of the even more youthful Jasmine Thompson's cover of

Ain't Nobody, which reached number 32 in 2013, when Thompson was just 12 years old, after being used as the bed for a Sainsbury's TV campaign. It is the fourth version of Ain't Nobody to make the Top 10: Rufus & Chaka Khan's original reached number eight in 1984 and number six in 1989, LL Cool J's rap adaptation topped the chart in 1997, The Course's dance remake reaching number eight later that year. There were also two versions in the chart in 1994, though neither made the Top 10 - Gwen Dickey from Rose Royce teamed with the UK's KWS for a version that reached number 21, and was joined in the chart by another version from Jaki Graham, while 1995 saw Diana King's version hit number 13. Penned by Rufus member Dave 'Hawk' Wolinksi,

the track has been much less successful in America, where only the Rufus & Chaka Khan version made the Top 40, peaking at number 22. With attention turning to her album, Jess Glynne's Don't Be So Hard On Yourself falls 1-3 (52,173 sales) on the singles chart. Walk The Moon are stuck - their debut smash Shut Up & Dance has been as high as number four, but is number eight (33,353 sales) for the third week in a row and the sixth time in its career. Everything else in the Top 10 is heading south, these being Calvin Harris + Disciples' How Deep Is Your Love (3-4, 51,389 sales), Charlie Puth's Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor, 2-5, 50,268 sales), The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face (4-6, 43,968 sales), Martin Solveig & GTA's Intoxicated (5-7, 34,199 sales), Lost Frequencies' Are You With Me? (7-9, 31,893 sales) and Little Mix's Black Magic (6-10, 31,620 sales). Overall singles sales are up 1.60% week-on-week at 7,111,818. Streams accounted for 5,040,280 sales - 70.87% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 0.27% week-on-week at 2,071,538, and are 22.54% below same week 2014 sales of 2,674,466 - the 107th week in a row they have declined versus a year previous. A week after scoring her fifth number one single, Jess Glynne tops the album chart with I Cry When I Laugh debuting at the summit on sales of 59,117 copies (including 3,523 streams). The 25 year old Londoner's first album, it contains eight of her nine Top 75 entries to date, the missing one being Route 94 collaboration My Love, which appears instead in a stripped-down solo acoustic version. Glynne's album secured the biggest first week sale by a new UK female since Sam Bailey's The Power Of Love sold 72,644 copies on debut in March 2014, and provides the biggest weekly sale of any artist album since Muse's Drones sold 72,863 copies on debut 11 weeks ago. It was more than enough to see off The Very Best Of Cilla Black, which slips to number two, although it increased sales by 77.66% week-on-week to a new peak at 23,033. Black's improvement, in turn, was enough to prevent Bon Jovi from securing their sixth straight number two studio album in a sequence that stretches back 13 years. Bounce (2002), Have A Nice Day (2005), Lost Highway (2007), The Circle (2009) and What About Now (2013) all opened and peaked as runners-up but Burning Bridges opens at number three. With the band's four studio albums immediately prior to their run of number twos all reaching number one, it is their 10th consecutive studio album to make the top three since 1988, and their 17th Top 75 entry in all since 1984. Burning Bridges' opening week's sale of 14,543 copies is only 38.59% of the 37,684 copies that last album What About Now sold on debut two years ago. The youngest act in the chart is Bars And Melody. Comprising 14 year old rapper Leondre Devries and 16 year old singer Charlie Lenehan, the duo finished third on Britain's Got Talent last year, and their debut album 143 opens at number four (10,828 sales). That's an excellent achievement, given that although the pair's first single, Hopeful, reached number five more than a year ago, subsequent 2015 singles Keep Smiling and Stay Strong peaked at 52 and 53 respectively. Competition winners Collabro topped the chart with 2014 debut album Stars and reached number two with follow-up Act Two in June. The Disturbed is one of the most successful heavy metal bands to emerge in the 21st century, and will secure their fifth straight number one album in America with Immortalized next week. They haven't quite had the same impact in the UK but the album debuts here at number 8 (8,800 sales) to become their second Top 10 album, five years after their last album, Asylum, opened and peaked at number seven (11,699 sales) . Despite significantly lower peaks, three of their first four albums have sold upwards of 100,000 copies in the UK, and the other is about to join them. 2000 debut The Sickness got to number 102 and has sold 145,989 copies; 2002's Believe reached number 41 and has sold 98,947 copies; 2005's Ten Thousand Fists reached number 59 and has sold 120,314 copies and 2008's Indestructible reached number 20 and has sold 104,094 copies. Asylum has some way to go, with a to-date tally of 63,235 sales. On its first full week of physical availability, Dr Dre's former number one Compton remains at number five, with its CD edition key in driving its sales up 13.59% week-on-week to 10,750. The rest of the Top 10: In The Lonely Hour (6-6, 9,619 sales) by Sam Smith, X (4-7, 9,061 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Chaos And The Calm (2-9, 7,863 sales) by James Bay and Communion (7-10, 6,534 sales) by Years & Years. Overall album sales are up 7.56% week-on-week at 1,560,063. Streaming accounted for 451,726 sales - 28.96% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 9.91% week-on-week at 1,108,337 - 16.62% below same week 2014 sales of 1,329,204.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Porno Graffitti 'Rhinoceros'

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Media Control Track Chart
No.1  'Sugar' Robin Schulz / Francesco Yates

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