Global Chart Report
U2 misses the peak position
Friday, October 24, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
After the trouble with the
free album download on iTunes a few weeks ago, the new U2
'Songs Of Innocence' fails also at retail. Compared with the former
albums, the first week sale-results of the new effort are disastrous.
Some comparisons: 'Songs Of Innocence' earned only 28.000 copies in
the USA, the former album 'No Line On The Horizon' moved massive
484.000 units in its debut frame. In United Kingdom the new set sold
16.000 copies in its initial week, the former effort opened with
158.000 sales. Globally 'Songs Of Innocence' starts at no.2 this week
with 195.000 sales, 'No Line On The Horizon' was a big no.1 smash with
stellar 1,18 million initial sales. It's clear, one reason of the
terrible sales is, that million of iTunes user having a free copy of
the album, another reason are the sharply falling album sales
worldwide. But on the other hand it seems that the Irish rock legend
U2 has passed their zenith. An infallible sign, the single-success:
'Vertigo', the first lift-off from U2's album 'How To Dismantle An
Atomic Bomb' was a massive
smash globally and reached no.2 on the track tally in December 2004.
'Get On Your Boots' from 'No Line On The Horizon' went only to no.24
some years later in March 2009. And now, the current
lead single 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' missed the Top 40 so far.
High hopes lie on Taylor Swift's new album '1989', which will be
hammer down on the charts in two weeks. Can it crack the million
border in its first week? Next week Arashi's new album 'The
Digitalian' will be rule the tally, followed by Slipknot's new effort
'.5: The Gray Chapter'. The latter debuts at no.34 this week with
20.000 copies, due earlier sales from Japan. Back to the upper region
of this week's hitlist, where American country duo Florida Georgia
Line overtakes U2 with
their second studio album
'Anything Goes'. It moved 213.000 copies in its initial week (197.100
in the USA and 16.000 in Canada). Florida Georgia Line's first album
'Here's To The Good Times', which was released in December 2012, sold
2,2 million copies so far. You+Me, Pink's collaboration with City And
Colour, is this week's second highest debut at no.3 and found 117.000
buyers. Last week's leader, Jason Aldean's 'Old Boots, New Dirt',
throws down at no.4 after a 67% sales decline to 97.000. Rounds out
the top five is German rapper Shindy, his second album with the bulky
title 'FvckB!tche$GetmoneY' opens with 88.000 sales from Germany,
Austria and Switzerland. Some additional sales stats: 'Xscape' by
Michael Jackson sold 8.000 copies last week and reaches a total of
1.478.000 so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey sold 13.000 units
last week, 1.110.000 so far, 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde sold 9.000 units
last week and has a total of 2.776.000 units so far, 'Wanted On
Voyage' by George Ezra sold 418.000 copies so far, 'Popular Problems'
by Leonard Cohen 299.000, and 'Cheek To Cheek' by Tony Bennett & Lady
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Meghan Trainor remains atop the Global Track Chart for a fourth
consecutive week with another 396.000 points, a 5% decrease compared
to the previous week. But the other giant of autumn 2014, 'Shake It
Off' by Taylor Swift, comes closer again. The former no.1 holds the no.2
position since four weeks and grows up 3% in points to 373.000. 'Out Of The
Woods', a second lift-off from her upcoming album lands at no.6 with
172.000 points, only overtaken by Kanjani 8's 'Ittajyanaika',
this week's highest debut at no.5 with 177.000 points and the clear
no.1 on Japan's current hitlist, according to Oricon. Is it the last
week for Pharrell Williams' super-smash 'Happy' inside the Top 40? This week it falls
from no.29 to no.39 in its 45th week on the tally and loses 5% in
points to 89.000. But on the
ALL TIME CHART
it climbs another step forward at no.7, overtakes 'Hey Jude' by the
Beatles, and has now a total of 13.993.000 points.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Akdong Musician's 'Time And Fallen Leaves' at no.48, Sheppard's 'Geronimo' at no.52,
and Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' at
no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
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Florida Georgia Line scores first no.1 album
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the
Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes. The set was
released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the
week ending Oct. 19, according to
Anything Goes is the pair's second full-length studio effort, following the
breakthrough success of Here's To the Good Times. That album was released in
2012 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It has sold 2.1 million copies and
is still on the chart (rising 56-48 in its 98th chart week).
The new album has already collected five top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs
chart, including the No. 1 hit "Dirt."
Anything Goes is the third consecutive country album to top the Billboard 200,
following one-week rules by Blake Shelton's Bringing Back the Sunshine and Jason
Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt. It's the first time the chart's top slot has gone
back-to-back-to-back with three straight country leaders in over four years. It
last happened on the charts dated Oct. 9-23, 2010, when Zac Brown Band's You Get
What You Give, Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey and Toby Keith's Bullets In
the Gun led the list. Last week's No. 1, Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt, slips to
with 91,000 (down 67 percent).
Rock veteran Bob Seger collects his highest debut ever and his best rank since
1986 as Ride Out debuts at No. 3 (59,000). The last time Seger went this high
was in May and June of 1986, when his Like a Rock album spent four consecutive
weeks at No. 3. Seger's previous best bow came in 2006 with the No. 4 arrival of
his last studio effort, Face the Promise.
Two solo artists with a combined nine top 40 albums arrive together at No. 4 as
You+Me debuts with its first album, Rose Ave. (50,000 sold). The duo comprises
singer/songwriters Pink and Dallas Green (aka City and Colour). Pink has
previously logged seven top 40 efforts, while City and Colour has nabbed two.
Barbra Streisand's former No. 1, Partners, falls 3-5 with 40,000
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour rises 10-6 with 37,000 and a gain of 53 percent,
following Smith's performances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
(Oct. 14) and Today (Oct. 15). This is the album's best sales frame since its
fourth week on the chart (week ending July 13, when it shifted 42,000).
Rapper The Game is up next, as his latest album, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf,
debuts at No. 7 with 33,000. He last visited the chart with a new studio set in
2012 with Jesus Piece, which debuted and peaked at No. 6. Blood Moon: Year of
the Wolf is The Game's sixth top 10 effort overall, and comes almost exactly 10
years after his debut chart set, Untold Story, bowed on the list (chart dated
Nov. 6, 2004).
Another rapper, Hoodie Allen, is up next, starting at No. 8 with his debut
full-length effort, People Keep Talking (30,000). Allen has charted two previous
EPs (All American, No. 10 and Americoustic, No. 28) that have sold a combined
At No. 9, U2's Songs Of Innocence arrives after its first week of commercial
release earned 28,000 sales. It's the band's 11th top 10 effort. Previous to its
on-sale bow, it was exclusively available as a free download through Apple's
iTunes program. The offer generated 26 million downloads globally through Oct.
9, according to the company.
The band's last album, the traditionally-released No Line On the Horizon,
debuted at No. 1 with 484,000 sold overall in its debut frame.
Closing out the top 10 on the new Billboard 200 is the seventh and final debut
in the region: Jessie J's Sweet Talker (25,000). It's the singer's highest
charting album, and follows her debut effort, Who You Are, which debuted and
peaked at No. 11 in 2011.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 19) totaled 4.40
million units, down 2 percent compared with the sum last week (4.47 million) and
down 6 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.69 million).
Year to date album sales stand at 199.93 million, down 14 percent compared to
the same total at this point last year (219.57 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" debuts at No.
1 with 195,000 downloads sold, marking Swift's eighth No. 1 on the list. Only
Rihanna (with 13 leaders), Katy Perry (10) and Eminem (nine) have more No. 1s on
the Digital Songs chart.
"Out of the Woods" is the second commercially available song from Swift's
upcoming studio release, 1989, due out Oct. 27.
Swift replaces herself at No. 1, as 1989's first single, "Shake It Off," falls
1-2 with 178,000 (up 5 percent). Swift is the first lead artist to occupy the
top two slots on the chart at the same time since … Swift herself did it just
over two years ago. She also claimed the Nos. 1 and 2 rungs on the Sept. 22,
2012 chart with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "Ronan."
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" slips 2-3 with 148,000 (down 12 percent),
Maroon 5's "Animals" descends 3-4 with 117,000 (though up 3 percent) and Jessie
J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" is steady at No. 5 with just over
96,000 (up 2 percent).
Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" moves 4-6 with 96,000 (down 3 percent), Jason
Derulo's "Trumpets" blares 6-7 with 86,000 (up 8 percent) and Iggy Azalea's
"Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, is stationary at No. 8 with just over 73,000
(down 5 percent). Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" rises 13-9 with 73,000 (up
24 percent) and Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em," featuring YG, is a non-mover at No.
10 with 72,000 (down 3 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.32 million downloads, up 3 percent
compared with last week (16.88 million) and down 13 percent stacked next to the
comparable week of 2013 (19.85 million). Year to date track sales are at 900.86
million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year
Alt-J (∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead
vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) met at
Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother of Ferdy, head of
A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine Art. In their
second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs and,
inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on GarageBand in
their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's unusual sound
stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where noise had to be
kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums. The Band
was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV presenter, Daljit
After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they claimed Jobseeker's
Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious
Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track EP ∆, was recorded
with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first
2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7"
"Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their
first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it
fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their
second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is
All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart. >>
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Music Week Report
Ella Henderson lands at number one with her first album
Monday, October 20, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
The X Factor seventh season third placed act One Direction fail to land
their much-anticipated fourth number one single this week with Steal My
Girl but Ella Henderson - who finished sixth in the ninth (2012)
season of the show - storms to the top of the album chart with her first
release, Chapter One, on sales of
43,824 copies. At 18 years and nine months,
Henderson is the youngest female solo artist to
reach number one since Daina Vickers - who was fourth in the fifth (2008) season
of The X Factor - opened at the summit with her 2010 debut album Songs From The
Cherry Tree when three months younger than Henderson is now.
Chapter One's introductory single Ghost spent a fortnight at number one in June
and rallies 22-16 (23,080 sales) this week, while second single Glow - the only
track on the album that Henderson didn't have a hand in writing - sinks 7-17
(22,526 sales) on its second frame.
Jessie J's third album, Sweet Talker, is Henderson's nearest competitor among
new entries in chart terms, debuting at number five, with first week sales of
16,773 - just 38.27% of Henderson's opening tally. With introductory single Bang
Bang (a collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj) debuting at
number one three weeks ago and selling 258,331 copies to date, Jessie J
might have hoped Sweet Talker to provide her first number one album.
That U2 didn't
register their 10th number one
studio album - and sixth in a row - with Songs Of Innocence is largely
their own fault. The album debuts at number six on sales of just 15,998
copies, having been available for more than a month as a free download
from iTunes before being released physically and in expanded download
form on Monday. Its first week little more than a tenth of the 157,928
copies that last album, No Line On The Horizon sold on its chart-topping
debut in 2009. Unless Songs Of Innocence rallies,
it will be U2's lowest charting studio album in the UK since second album
October peaked at number 11 in 1981. With the title track reaching number 34 in
August and Say You Love Me reaching number 22 a fortnight ago, Jessie
Ware has scored her first Top 40 singles with
the first two tracks from her
second album, Tough Love. The album itself debuts
at number nine (10,684 sales) this week - that's lower (but on higher sales)
than Ware's debut album Devotion, which was bereft of Top 40 singles but managed
to debut and peak at number five on sales of 9,319 in 2012. It has sold 102,754
copies to-date. Spandau Ballet are back in the Top 10 for the first time since
reunion album Once More peaked at number seven in 2009, with The Story:
The Very Best Of Spandau Ballet debuting at number eight (11,819 sales).
Rose Ave. is the debut album of You+Me, a pop/folk duo made up of Canadian
singer/songwriter Dallas Green who had two very minor chart albums as a member
of the group Alexisonfire, and the formidable Pink, who has placed eight solo
studio albums and compilations in the Top 15 since 2000. Rose Ave. debuts this
week at number 10 (7,948 sales).
Number one for the last two weeks, George Ezra's debut album Wanted On Voyage
sinks to number four (17,107 sales) while debut hit Budapest (15-18, 20,516
sales) and follow-up Blame It On Me (9-13, 25,841 sales) are also retreating.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Ed Sheeran's X holds at number two (27,480 sales), Sam
Smith's In The Lonely Hour continues at number three (17,355 sales) and Barbra
Streisand's Partners retreats 4-7 (12,362 sales).
Overall album sales are up 1.56% week-on-week at 1,248,841 - 7.33% below same
week 2013 sales of 1,347,593.
Meghan Trainor's debut smash All About That Bass continues atop the singles
chart with ease, becoming the first song to spend three consecutive weeks at the
summit since Clean Bandit's Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) in February. That song
went on to achieve a million sales, and that's something that All About That
Bass looks capable of achieving too - it actually increased sales week-on-week
by 7.84% to 108,857 - including 15,491 streaming sales, the highest for a number
one single since they were first counted in sales 16 weeks ago - in the latest
frame, raising its cumulative tally to 382,988. It is the first song to increase
its sales on its third week at number one since Justin Timberlake's Mirrors in
In pursuit of their fifth and ninth number ones respectively, One Direction and
Eminem would both have fallen short even if Trainor's single wasn't dominating.
One Direction score their 11th Top 10 hit with Steal My Girl, the introductory
single from their upcoming fourth album, Four, debuting at number three, while
Eminem scores his 31st Top 10 hit (including four as a member of D12) as his new
track, Guts Over Fear, lands at number 10 (29,649 sales). Taken from Shady XV -
the new Eminem compilation which drops at the end of November - it is Eminem's
46th Top 75 entry (five with D12), and is a collaboration with Australian singer
Sia, for whom it is the 10th Top 75 hit and sixth Top 10 hit. It is considerably
more successful than the pair's previous collaboration, Beautiful Pain, which
reached number 67 last November. The Vamps score their fifth Top 10 hit from
debut album Meet The Vamps with latest single Oh Cecilia (Breaking My
Heart) exploding 46-9 (31,442 sales). Based largely on the Paul Simon
song Cecilia, with which Suggs, Louchie Lou and Michie One had a number
four hit in 1996, it does include some variations from the original,
which result in its writer credits ballooning from one to nine.
It has been hard-earned - but Taylor Swift scores the third number two hit of
her career as Shake It Off jumps 4-2 (55,687 sales) on its ninth straight
appearance in the Top 10. The first single from Taylor Swift's upcoming fifth
album 1989, the track previously peaked at number three and has actually been
been in the top six continuously since its release. It is just one week away
from equalling Swift's longest running Top 10 hit, We Are Never Ever Getting
Swift's pal Ed Sheeran also reaches a new peak with his latest single Thinking
Out Loud jumping 10-4 (47,689 sales) to give him his fifth top five hit.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Bang Bang dips 2-5 (45,230 sales) for Jessie J, Ariana
Grande and Nicki Minaj, Don't Tell 'Em reverses 5-6 (36,077 sales) for Jeremih
feat. YG, Changing rallies 8-7 (34,968 sales) for Sigma feat. Paloma Faith and
Blame dips 6-8 (34,648 sales) for Calvin Harris feat. John Newman.
Overall singles sales are up 0.30% week-on-week at 5,656,718. Streaming
accounted for 3,072,821 sales last week – a record 54.32% of the total. Under
previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included,
overall singles sales are down 1.61% week-on-week at 2,583,897 – 9.08% below
same week 2013 sales of 2,841,893 and the 62nd consecutive week in which they
have declined versus a year ago.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Slipknot '.5: The Gray Chapter'
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Media Control Album Chart
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