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Global Chart Report

Madonna pumped up her 'Rebel Heart'
Friday, March 20, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

As expected, Madonna's new studio album 'Rebel Heart' shoots atop the Global Album Chart. The set found 315.000 buyers in its initial week. With the additional 17.000 earlier sales from France in the previous week the album sold a total of 332.000 units so far. At this point i would like to reiterate, that we try to collect all sales from around the globe, and not only from 'some countries', as some claim over and over again. More informations about our chart rules and calculation methods on our ABOUT US page. Back to Madonna, 'Rebel Heart' had its biggest sales in the USA with 116.100 copies, followed by United Kingdom with 36.800 copies. Madonna's former studio set 'MDNA' bowed also atop the Global Chart with 740.000 units in the week 15, 2012 and sold nearly 2 million copies so far. Remarkable is the decline of the lead-single success from her last three studio sets: '4 MInutes' (feat. Justin Timberlake) from 'Hard Candy' was a big no.1 smash globally in May / June 2008, 'Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) from 'MDNA' reached no.7 in the week 8, 2012, but 'Living For Love' from the current album

missed the Top 40 so far. 'Rebel Heart' leads eight debuts on this week's tally. Second highest is the soundtrack to the Fox TV smash musical drama series 'Empire'. It jumps at no.4 with 109.600 sales from the USA and additional 1.500 from Canada. Another soundtrack, 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', remains at the vice position with another 126.000 copies sold, a total of 1.012.000 after five weeks on the hitlist. The soundtrack to 'Frozen' ranks at no.23 this week with 28.000 sales and breaks through the 8 million border in total sales. It's the most successful soundtrack since the 'Highschool Musical' from 2006. Some additional sales stats: 'My Everything' by Ariana Grande sold 17.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1.380.000 so far, '21' by Adele sold 5.000 units last week, massive 26.770.000 so far, 'The Pinkprint' by Nicki Minaj sold 13.000 units last week and has a total of 755.000 copies so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 3.536.000 copies so far, 'Never Been Better' by Olly Murs 622.000, and 'Black Messiah' by D'Angelo & The Vanguard 348.000.  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 2013. In the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our chart-history. Back to this week's tally: 'Uptown Funk!' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars turns back to the summit of the Global Track Chart for a 13th non-consecutive week with 439.000 points, a 5% decline compared to the previous week. The song climbs to no.140 on our ALL TIME CHART with a total of 8.274.000 points. 'Love Me Like You Do' by Ellie Goulding from 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' climbs back at no.2 with 410.000 points (down a minor 0,3%) and 'FourFiveSeconds' by Rihanna / Kanye West / Paul McCartney follows at no.3 with 346.000 points (down 4%). Sam Smith's million seller 'In The Lonely Hour' rises back to the Top 3 on the Album Chart with 114.000 sales, driven by the big success of the new single lift-off 'Lay Me Down'. Originally released two years ago as the lead single from his album, it was only a minor hit. Now after the re-recording with John Legend, 'Lay Me Down' exploded at no.6 globally at this week's highest debut on the tally with 274.000 points. It's the fourth Global Top 10 smash for Grammy Award winner Sam Smith. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih's 'Somebody' at no.41, Walk The Moon's 'Shut Up And Dance' at no.42, Nick Jonas' 'Chains' at no.44, and Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen' at no.47 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
'We Are The World' USA For Africa
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Global Chart - 40 Years Ago
'Lady Marmalade' LaBelle
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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
Kendrick Lamar takes over Billboard 200
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Kendrick Lamar scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his earlier-than-expected release To Pimp a Butterfly bows atop the list. 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). The album -- which was initially slated to bow on March 27 but was pushed forward to a March 16 release -- starts with 363,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music. The set, which is Lamar’s second full-length major label effort, was released through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records. The album’s title and original release date was only announced on March 11. To Pimp a Butterfly sold 324,000 copies in its first week -- comprising 89 percent of its overall unit total. That 324,000 launch is the second-largest sales week of 2015, behind only the debut frame of Drake’s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (495,000). Lamar’s last album, 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, debuted and

peaked at No. 2, selling 241,000 copies. (It was stuck behind Taylor Swift’s also-arriving Red, which blasted in with 1.21 million.) Last week's No. 1 album, the Empire TV soundtrack, slips to No. 2 in its second week with a very light 16 percent decline to 110,000 units. Its sales also held on well, falling just 19 percent to 89,000 sold. The Fox TV series wrapped its first season on March 18. Rock band Modest Mouse debuts at No. 3 with its new album Strangers To Ourselves, as it bows with 77,000 units. Ninety-five percent of its first week is comprised of traditional album sales (73,000). The group's last studio album, 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, debuted at No. 1 with 129,000 sold. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is steady at No. 4 with

60,000 units (down 16 percent), Taylor Swift's 1989 is also a non-mover at No. 5 with 56,000 (down 10 percent). Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late steps up one rung to No. 6 with 52,000 (down 11 percent) and Ed Sheeran's x rises 8-7 with 49,000 (down 8 percent). Marina and the Diamonds (aka solo singer Marina Diamandis) debuts at No. 8 with Froot, notching her first top 10 album. The set is her third studio effort, and it moved 46,000 units in its first week. Of that figure, 43,000 were pure album sales -- her best sales week ever. She previously visited the Billboard 200 with 2012's Electra Heart (peaking at No. 31) and 2010's The Family Jewels (No. 138). Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour descends 6-9 with 46,000 units (down 24 percent) and Maroon 5's V closes out the top 10, falling one position to No. 10 with 44,000 (down 7 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100 Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a 12th week. The song becomes just the 15th No. 1 in the Hot 100's five-and-a-half-decade history to rule for at least 12 weeks. It also ties for the longest reign of the 2010s: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, also logged a 12-week command beginning in June 2013. "Funk" inks a 12th week atop the Digital Songs chart with 187,000 downloads sold (down 1 percent) in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music. It's now within one week of tying the record for the most time spent atop Digital Songs: the T-Pain-assisted "Low" by Flo Rida (more on his new top 10 coming up …) led for a record 13 weeks in 2007-08. Twelve weeks into its Hot 100 reign, "Funk" even widens its lead at No. 1, as it's up by 3 percent in overall activity, while Maroon 5's "Sugar," at its No. 2 peak for a second week, dips by 4 percent. "Sugar" holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (156,000, down 13 percent) and No. 4 on both Radio Songs (129 million, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (9.8 million, down 1 percent). Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" stays at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 2 for eight weeks. The ballad remains at No. 2 on Radio Songs (138 million, down 6 percent), where it's peaked for six weeks. (It has a ways to go before potentially spending the most weeks peaking at No. 2 on Radio Songs, if, in fact, it doesn't rise another notch: Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" peaked at No. 2 on the airplay ranking for 11 weeks in 2001-02).  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
Sam Smith & John Legend are still at no.1
Monday, March 23, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

Sam Smith & John Legend remain atop the singles chart for a second week with their version of Smith's Lay Me Down selling a further 68,739 copies, including 5,758 streaming sales. Proceeds from sales of the track go to Comic Relief, unlike Smith's original recording of the track, which also remains in the Top 20, moving 18-19 (21,411 sales).

Dethroned by Lay Me Down last week, Years & Years' King continues to sell strongly, remaining at number two after shifting a further 60,032 copies. FourFiveSeconds returns to its peak for Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, bouncing 5-3 (48,954 sales) to extend its top five tenure to eight weeks. It is Rihanna's longest-running top five entry since Calvin Harris collaboration We Found Love racked up 11 in row - including six at number one - in 2011 and passes 2007 number one Stronger to become West's longest-running top five song. For McCartney, whose guitar-playing embellishes the track, it is the longest-running top five entry since 1977/8, when Wings' Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School spent 12 weeks in the zone, nine of them at number one. Three weeks after reaching its previous peak of number eight, James Bay's Hold Back The River surges 10-4 (48,563 sales). Five weeks after peaking at number seven, Sugar bounces 11-10 (36,282 sales) for Maroon 5. Elsewhere in the Top 10, Ellie Goulding's

Love Me Like You Do drifts 4-5 (46,451 sales), Flo Rida's G.D.F.R (feat Sage The Gemini and Lookas) falls 3-7 (43,241 sales), Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) rallies 9-8 (40,804 sales) and The Weeknd's Earned It falls 7-9 (38,754 sales). Overall singles sales decreased 1.58% week-on-week to 6,502,576. Streaming accounted for 3,986,061 sales – 61.30% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 3.94% week-on-week at 2,516,515 – 11.43% below same week 2014 sales of 2,841,340 and the 84th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. Sam Smith's sixth separate residency atop the album chart comes to an end, with In The Lonely Hour slipping to

second place (29,123 sales) marginally behind Kendrick Lamar, who becomes the first rapper since 2013 to have a number one, as his third album To Pimp A Butterfly flutters to the top of the tree on sales of 29,695 copies (including 3,722 streams). While 27 year old Lamar has the week's highest debuting album, two senior citizens return to the Top 10 with their latest albums. Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler is 65, and shows no sign of slowing down, with new solo set Tracker being his ninth release since 2000. It is also the most successful, debuting at number three (20.528 sales), to become the 18th Top 10 album of his career, including solo, Dire Straits and collaborative efforts. His previous highest charting solo album was Sailing To Philadelphia, which got to number four in 2000. Four albums by Dire Straits reached number one. Knopfler also scores an 'assist' on Duets: Re-working The Catalogue, the 35th studio album by famous curmudgeon Van Morrison, which debuts at number five (14,353 sales). The legendarily grumpy Ulsterman, who will be 70 in August, has dusted off some of the less well known songs from his lengthy career for the album, and each of its 16 tracks finds him in musical harmony with a different co-vocalist. It is Morrison's 39th Top 75 entry in an album chart career that spans more than 45 years, and brings to 22 his tally of Top 20 albums. When Marina And The Diamonds' second album, Electra Heart, debuted atop the album chart in 2012 on sales of 21,358 copies, it did so at a time when second single Primadonna was not only at its peak (number 11) but also at the highest position attained by any Marina single. The Welsh singer/songwriter hasn't had a hit single since then, and the absence of a current hit seems to have affected third album Froot, which debuts at number 10 (10,411 sales) this week. Marina's first album, The Family Jewels debuted and peaked at number five in 2011 on higher sales (27,618) than either of its successors. It remains her biggest seller, with a to-date tally of 195,358, well over twice the 89,676 copies that Electra Heart has sold. Dipping 3-4 (19,621 sales), X has now sold 2,025,984 copies for Ed Sheeran in nine months. It is the fifth album to sell more than 2m copies in the 2010s, the others being 21 by Adele (4,744,316 sales), Progress by Take That (2,372,892 sales), Christmas by Michael Buble (2,215,580 sales) and Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande (2,203,726 sales). 32 albums have sold a million copies in the same timeframe, including seven compilations / soundtracks. Its decline perhaps slowed by the fact she appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show a couple of hours before the latest chart week started, Madonna's new album Rebel Heart still suffers a 67.46% dip in sales week-on-week, and falls to number seven (11,983 sales). Elsewhere in the Top 10: Chasing Yesterday falls 4-6 (12,707 sales) for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Wanted On Voyage slides 5-8 (10,872 sales) for George Ezra and 1989 declines 8-9 (10,487 sales) for Taylor Swift. Overall album sales are down 17.24% week-on-week at 1,234,274 - their lowest level for six weeks and 9.25% below same week 2014 sales of 1,360,022. Incidentally, although individual albums' weekly sales now include streaming, their cumulative sales and the overall market data both continue to be based purely on actual sales, though the situation is likely to change later this year.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Kumi Koda 'Walk Of My Life'

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Mark Knopfler
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