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A legend takes over the album chart
Friday, September 26, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

Congratulations!... nearly 50 years after her first no.1 album on the US-Billboard Chart, the legendary Barbra Streisand comes back atop the Global Album Chart with her 36th album 'Partners'. The effort is her first no.1 album on the Media Traffic Album Chart, features duets with the likes of Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Michael Buble and Billy Joel, and sold 281.000 units in its initial week. 195.700 of it in the USA, 38.100 in United Kingdom and 13.000 in Canada. The 72 year-old American singer and songwriter, author, actress, film producer, and director is a perfect allround-talent. She sold nearly 250 million records so far, according to Wikipedia, won eight Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, five Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globes. Barbra's biggest success was the ballad 'Woman In Love' from 1980, written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. The song held the no.1 slot of the Global Chart for nine weeks and ranks at no.24 on the ALL TIME CHART with massive 11.227.000 points. Second highest

debut on this week's tally is R&B star Chris Brown with his sixth album 'X'. It bows at no.2 globally with 206.000 sales. The other 'X' album (Ed Sheeran) climbs back at no.9 in its 13th week on the list with another 68.000 sales: a total of 1,78 million so far and that's enough for no.4 on the year-to-date chart, behind Beyoncé's self-titled album (2,12 million), Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' (2,66 million) and 'Frozen' (5,93 million). Last two weeks' chart-topper, Maroon 5's 'V', catapulted back at no.7 after another 43% sales decrease to 73.000, a total of 478.000 since its release. Some additional sales stats: 'Turn Blue' by The Black Keys sold 10.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 788.000 so far, 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 13.000 units last week, 1,44 million so far, 'Pure Heroine'

by Lana Del Rey sold 10.000 units last week and has a total of 2,74 million units so far, 'Native' by OneRepublic sold 1,58 million so far, 'Farbenspiel'' by Helene Fischer 1,43 million and 'Racine Carrée' by Stromae 2,51 million.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  The two big giants of the current season solidify their positions: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' leads a 4th non-consecutive week, driven by another 5% points increase to 412.000. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' remains a 5th non-consecutive week at the vice-position, after a 5% points growth to 376.000. And then there's a big gap to no.3, 'Prayer In C' by Lilly Wood & The Prick reaches a new peak with its climb at no.3, but loses 4% in points to 223.000. British drum & bass duo Sigma score their second chart topper in their native country with 'Changing'. Globally it's the highest debut on this week's tally at no.28 with 99.000 points. Guest vocalist Paloma Faith had a big solo-smash in United Kingdom (no.6) and Australia (no.1) with 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' (sounds a little bit like a good Amy Winehouse song). On the global chart the song peaked at no.54 some weeks ago. Sigma's former smash 'Nobody To Love' debuted at no.19 with 108.000 points in the week 17, 2014. 'I'm Not The Only One', Sam Smith's follow-up to his huge global smash and no.1 hit  'Stay With Me', bows at no.38 with 80.000 points. The final debut at no.40 comes from South Korean idol group 2PM. 'Midaretemina', their new single-release in Japan, opens with 75.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Girls' Generation Taetiseo's 'Holler' at no.51, Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' at no.54, E-Girls' 'Highschool Love' at no.55 and Postmen's 'Can't Go To Shinchon' at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 50 Years Ago
No.1
'Oh, Pretty Woman' Roy Orbison
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
No.1
'I Just Called To Say' Stevie Wonder
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Timeline
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


USA
Billboard Report
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Meghan Trainor returns atop the Digital Song Chart
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,

released Sept. 23 on Streamline/Interscope/RPM/Columbia Records, sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also hits No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. 88-year old Bennett is the oldest living act to earn a No. 1 album, beating a record he set himself back in 2011. That year, a then 85-year old Bennett scored his first No. 1 album with Duets II (which included a collaboration with Gaga on "The Lady Is a Tramp"). Gaga previously led the list with ARTPOP, less than a year ago, and Born This Way, in 2011. There was a tight race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as three albums were vying for the pole position. Cheek To Cheek edges out Kenny Chesney's also-arriving The Big Revival at No. 2 (130,000). Last week's No. 1, Barbra Streisand's own duets album, Partners, slips to No. 3 with 127,000 (down just 35 percent). For Chesney, The Big Revival is his 12th top 10 effort and follows 2013's No. 1 debut Life On a Rock (153,000 sold in its first week).

On the Top Country Albums chart, The Big Revival comes in at No. 1 -- Chesney's lucky 13th leader. As for Streisand, her second-week decline is the lowest for a No. 1 debuting album since the week ending Feb. 16, when the Now 21 compilation slid by only 21 percent. Remarkably, Streisand has the smallest second-week drop for an album by an artist in almost four years. The last artist album to hold up better in its second week -- after a No. 1 debut -- was Susan Boyle's Christmas release The Gift, in the week ending Nov. 21, 2010. It actually rose by 5 percent in sales in its sophomore frame, likely owed to the set's seasonal appeal. The top three albums each sell more than 125,000 -- the first time three titles have sold at least 125,000 in the same week

since the frame ending Dec. 22, 2013. Following the breakthrough success of Alt-J's debut full-length album, the Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave, the band has returned with its second effort, This Is All Yours. The trio's set debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 (their first top 10 album) and No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. And, with 68,000 sold in its first week, it is Alt-J's biggest sales week by far. (An Awesome Wave's largest frame was 6,000.) A cappella group Pentatonix scores its largest sales debut, and highest chart position, as PTX: Vol. III (EP) bows at No. 5 with 46,000. The quintet has previously visited the top 10 twice, with 2013's PTXMAS (EP) (No. 7 peak) and PTX: Vol. II (No. 10). Another Pentatonix album is on the way, as That's Christmas To Me arrives on Oct. 21. Chris Brown's X slides 2-6 in its second week, selling 37,000 (down 75 percent) while the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack climbs 11-7 with 30,000 (up 16 percent). Singer/guitarist Joe Bonamassa's new Different Shades of Blue -- his first entirely self-written album -- arrives at No. 8 with 26,000 sold. It's his highest charting album, first top 10, and biggest sales week ever. The handsome first week is owed to significant pre-release promotion (dating back 10 weeks), and visibility on iTunes and Amazon. (48 percent of its first week sales came from Internet retailers, like Amazon, while 24 percent were owed to digital retailers.) Different Shades of Blue is the highest-ranking blues album in almost two years. The last blues set to reach the top 10 was Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu, which debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the chart dated Nov. 10, 2012. Maroon 5's V descends 7-9 with 26,000 (down 24 percent). The former No. 1 album has sold 305,000 copes in four weeks. Closing out the top 10 is Jennifer Hudson with her new album, JHud, debuting at No. 10 with 24,000. It's the Grammy Award and Academy Award-winner's third top 10 album -- the entirety of her releases. She previously hit No. 2 -- twice -- with her self-titled 2008 debut and follow-up I Remember Me in 2011. Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 28) totaled 4.4 million units, up 1 percent compared with the sum last week (4.36 million) and down 14 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.14 million). Year to date album sales stand at 175.71 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (205.18 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" reclaims the No. 1 slot, rising 2-1 with 253,000 (down 10 %). Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" falls 1-2 with 224,000 (down 24 %). "Bang Bang," by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj is a non-mover at No. 3 with 125,000 (down 13 %), Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" rises 5-4 with 109,000 (up 1 %) and Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, falls 4-5 with 104,000 (down 14 %). Jason Aldean's new "Tonight Looks Good On You" debuts at No. 6 with 90,000, while Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" descends 6-7 with 89,000 (down 13 %). Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, dips 7-8 with 87,000 (though it's up by 5 %). Aldean has a second single in the top 10, as "Burnin' It Down" is stationary at No. 9 with 77,000 (down 1 %). Kendrick Lamar's new single "I" debuts at No. 10 with 76,000. Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.02 million downloads, down 1 percent compared with last week (18.17 million) and down 11 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (20.29 million). Year to date track sales are at 848.49 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (974.6 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
Magic!
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
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Alt-J rocket to the number one spot
Monday, September 29, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Six months after The Kaiser Chiefs chalked up their second number one album, another band from Leeds, Alt-J, storm to the summit with This Is All Yours. One of a bumper crop of 15 new entries to the Top 75 this week, This Is Yours is Alt-J’s second album and was greeted by an avalanche of positive reviews, selling 30,947 copies to secure the

number one slot. It is the follow-up to An Awesome Wave, which debuted at number 19 (6,720 sales) in 2012, and peaked 23 weeks later at number 13, immediately after becoming the 21st winner of the prestigious annual Mercury Prize award. It has since gone on to sell 307,142 copies, but departs the Top 75 for the fourth time in its career this week, slipping 72-80 (1,223 sales). This Is All Yours is the first number one for the independent Infectious Music label since 2001 when Irish rock band Ash topped the list with Free All Angels. Spare a thought for Barbra Streisand, whose new duets album Partners experienced a much lower than normal second week decline of 33.20% to 25,478 sales to remain at number two. Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen was 80 eight days ago, and released 13th studio album Popular Problems the following day. Debuting at number five (21,978 sales) it delivers only the fourth Top 10 album of famously depressive Cohen's career - second album Songs From A Room

got to number two in 1969, third album Songs Of Love And Hate reached number four in 1971, and his last album, Old Ideas, debuted and peaked at number two in 2012, with career best first week sales of 38,029. Idiosyncratic electronic music innovator Aphex Twin's sixth studio album is his first to make the Top 10, debuting at number eight (17,751 sales). The most prevalent of several psuedonyms used by Irish-born, UK-raised Richard D. James, Aphex Twin's first album, the 1992 retrospective Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992 failed to chart but follow-up Selected Ambient Works Volume II provided his highest chart placing hitherto (number 11, 9,336 sales) on debut in 1994. American blues/rock singer and guitarist Joe Bonamassa got to number two

in 2012 with his last studio album, Driving Towards The Daylight, which sold 13,345 copies as runner-up on debut, just 85 fewer than Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events sold as it bounced 3-1. As I noted at the time, Bonamassa is prolific - and in the two years since Driving Towards The Daylight he has made the Top 75 a further six times: with concert sets Beacon Theatre: Live From New York (number 58) and An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera (number 23) as a soloist; in partnership with Beth Hart on studio sets Seesaw (number 27) and Live In Amsterdam (number 49); as part of Black Country Communion, with Afterglow (number 29); and with new studio album Different Shades Of Blue, which debuts this week at number nine (12,836 sales). Lady Gaga is used to being number one, with all three of her studio albums thus far - The Fame (2008), Born This Way (2011) and Artpop (2013) - topping the list but the last of these was comparatively a critical and sales failure, and has sold just 204,310 copies thus far, compared to the gargantuan 2,896,724 copes that The Fame sold (3,063,164 in The Remix is included), and even the 986,847 copies that Born This Way has sold. Her fourth album, Cheek To Cheek, really rings the changes, and finds Gaga in collaboration with octogenarian crooner Tony Bennett on a selection of standards. It has had a cool reception from her 'little monsters', a fact reflected in its debut at number 10 on sales of 10,469 copies. Both from New York, the Italian-American duo - 28 year old Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and 88 year old Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto - are the most disparately aged pair to have a chart album, with nearly 60 years between them. After debuting last week at number one, The Script's fourth album, No Sound Without Silence slumps to number seven (18,254 sales). Their two previous number one albums had more staying power - the eponymous The Script spent a fortnight at the summit before falling to number three, and 2010 follow-up Science & Faith dipped to number two, but regained pole position the following week. Even Number Three, which debuted and peaked at number two in 2012, held up better, falling to number three on its second frame. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour holds at number three (25,394 sales), George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage recovers 6-4 (23,121 sales, the highest since it debuted 12 weeks ago at number three on sales of 32,568) and Ed Sheeran’s X dips 5-6(19,454 sales). Overall album sales are up 2.45% week-on-week at 1,316,549 – 7.58% below same week 2013 sales of 1,424,544. Cher and Will.I.Am separately took different songs named Bang Bang to number three on the chart and Scottish singer songwriter B.A. Robertson reached number two with another different song of that title but the first act to secure a number one with a double dose of this onomatopoeia is Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, whose new recording of that title debuts in pole position on sales of 99,837 copies, including 8,022 streaming sales. Jessie J's third number one, Grande's second and Minaj's first, it is the introductory single from Jessie J's upcoming (third) album Sweet Talker, and is also available on the deluxe edition of Grande's second album My Everything. Minaj was the only member of the trio to participate in the writing of the song, which was also penned by American Savan Kotecha and Swedes Rikard Goransson and Max Martin. It is Martin's 14th number one as a writer. Sigma's Changing (feat. Paloma Faith) slips 1-2 (59,481 sales) after two weeks at number one. On its sixth week in the Top 10, Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off has its best week yet, in terms of both sales and position. Previously moving 4-4-6-4-5 with sales changing 37,595-40,589-38,325-42,092-45,294, the track now climbs to number three on sales of 56,486. Number one on the radio airplay chart for the last fortnight, Shake It Off has become the sixth single by Swift to sell upwards of a quarter of a million copies, with a to-date tally of 260,381 putting it behind I Knew You Were Trouble (817,656), Love Song (648,370), We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (615,751), Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran, 350,874) and 22 (301,102). The rest of this week's Top 10: Blame by Calvin Harris feat. John Newman (2-4, 50,304 sales), Prayer In C by Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz (3-5, 42,702 sales), I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith (6-6, 36,283 sales), Blame It On Me by George Ezra (10-7, 35,572 sales), Lullaby by Professor Green feat. Tori Kelly (4-8, 33,175 sales), Black Widow by Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora (7-9, 31,940 sales) and Rude by Magic! (9-10, 28,678 sales). Overall singles sales are up 10.23% week-on-week at 5,434,399 - a nine week high. Streaming accounted for 2,891,180 sales last week – a record 53.20% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 1.41% week-on-week at 2,543,219 – 10.87% below same week 2013 sales of 2,853,527 and the 59th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Shinee 'I'm Your Boy'

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1 Clueso
'Stadtrandlichter'
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