Global Chart Report
Lady Antebellum lands third
Friday, May 17, 2013
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The famous American country / pop trio Lady Antebellum bows
atop the global album chart this week with 'Golden'. It's the band's
fourth studio album and the third, which starts at no.1. 'Golden' sold
202.000 copies in its first
week at retail. Enough to end the two-week reign of Michael Bublé's
'To Be Loved', but not enough to reach the sales-level of the two
former sets: 'Own The Night' started with 371.000 units in the week
39, 2011 and 'Need You Now' sold even 495.000 units in the week 6,
2010. 'Golden' leads 12 debuts on this week's tally: second highest is
the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's new film 'The Great Gatsby'. It
arrives at no.3 with 158.000 copies and that's the best result for a
soundtrack since 'The Hunger Games: Songs From District' went to no.2
with 194.000 copies (week 14, 2012). 68 year-old British rock legend
Rod Stewart opens at no.5 with 'Time' and 90.000 sales. It's his 28th
studio-album, the first 'An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down' was
released in 1969! American country girl group Pistol Annies shoots at
no.7 with their second album 'Annie Up' and 86.000 sales. The debut
set 'Hell On Heels' went to no.16 with 43.000 sales in the week 36,
2011. Dutch jazz singer Caroline Esmeralda Van Der Leeuw, better known
as Caro Emerald enters at no.1 in United Kingdom and the Netherlands
with her second effort 'The Shocking Miss Emerald'. Globally it
reaches no.8 with of 80.000 sales. Japanese idol, singer-songwriter,
actor and one half of the pop duo Kinki Kids, Tsuyoshi Domoto, bows at
no.10 with his 5th solo-album 'Kaba' and 77.000 sales. Elsewhere in
the top ten Michael Bublé's 'To Be Loved' slides at no.2 (down 14% to
184.000 sales), Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' sinks one
slot at no.4 (down 10% to 105.000), Pink's 'The Truth About Love'
ranks at no.6 (unchanged with 88.000 sales) and Bruno Mars'
'Unorthodox Jukebox' slips at no.9, despite a 3% sales increase to
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's also a new no.1 on the global track chart!
French duo Daft Punk overtakes Pink feat. Nate Ruess' 'Just
Give Me A Reason', which held the no.1 spot for six straight weeks.
Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' climbs to the top slot, despite a 2% points
decline to 409.000, but 'Just Give Me A Reason'
falls stronger, 8% to 393.000 points. Synchronized
with the climb to the top, Daft Punk's new album 'Random Access
Memories' is out now. The big success of 'Get Up' surprised, it's an
ingenious trick of both Daft Punk members Thomas Bangalter and
Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo with producer Pharrell Williams and funk
legend Nile Rodgers. The latter was also involved to David Bowie's
'Let's Dance', which was the global no.1 smash exactly 30 years ago.
And Pharrell Williams is involved in another big smash on the current
tally, Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', which jumps from no.16 to
a 38% points increase to 180.000. On next week's
tally the song will become another massive drive upward. South Korean
singer and actor Lee Hyori brings this week's highest debut, her 'Miss
Korea' starts at no.18 with 120.000 points. Mariah Carey is back at
no.20 with 'Beautiful' (115.000 points), the first sign of her
upcoming new album and the third and final new-entry on the current
list comes from Jason DeRulo, 'The Other Side' starts at the end of
the top 40 with 75.000 points. Outside the top 40 waiting among others
4Men's 'It's Proposing' at no.44, Chris Malinchak's 'So Good To Me' at
no.47, Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie's 'This Is What It Feels
Like' at no.51, FripSide's 'Sister's Noise' at no.53, Chris Brown's
'Fine China' at no.55 and Capital Cities' 'Safe And Sound' at no.56
for their first appearance on the big list.
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'Can't Hold Us' remains atop the digital song chart
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
by Keith Caulfield, L.A. & Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y.
Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200
chart as its new Golden debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. The album sold slightly better
than initially forecast: A week ago, industry
sources suggested that Golden was to move around 150,000 copies. But the album
performed well over the weekend, thus granting it a more robust debut. Blame
Mother's Day gift shopping for some of that sales bump, as the holiday fell on
the final day of the tracking week, Sunday, May 12.
Golden follows Lady Antebellum's previous No. 1s Own the Night (2011) and Need
You Now (2010). Their first set, a self-titled effort released in 2008, debuted
and peaked at No. 4. Own the Night started bigger than Golden -- 347,000 when it
was released in September of 2011. Before that, Need You Now, bolstered by its
title track, launched with 480,000.
Starting strong at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week is the soundtrack to the
new movie "The Great Gatsby." The set charges in with 137,000 -- the best sales
week for a soundtrack in over a year. The last to sell more in a week was "The
Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond," when it entered at No. 1 with
"The Great Gatsby's" sales were overwhelmingly driven by downloads: Its 119,000
digital haul is the largest digital sales week for a soundtrack ever. In turn,
the set bows at No. 1 on the Digital Albums chart. The previous digital record
for a soundtrack was set in June of 2010 by the "Glee: The Music, Journey to
Regionals" EP with 106,000 downloads.
"The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann, opened in U.S. theaters on Friday,
May 10. Its soundtrack is an all-star affair, as it includes songs by Beyonce,
Jay-Z, Jack White, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and Sia, among others.
Two earlier soundtracks from Luhrmann-directed films also had great chart
success: 1996's "Romeo + Juliet" climbed No. 2, while 2001's "Moulin Rouge!"
reached No. 3, after debuting at No. 5 three weeks earlier.
At No. 3 on the Billboard 200 this week is the new Now 46 compilation, starting
with 91,000. All of the regular numbered Now albums have reached the top 10, and
all but the first debuted in the top 10. Now 45 entered at No. 3 earlier this
year with 87,000, while Now 44 bowed at No. 2 last November with 99,000.
Rounding out the top four is Michael Buble's To Be Loved, falling 2-4 with
84,000 (down 12%).
At No. 5 is country trio Pistol Annies, whose second album, Annie Up, debuts
with 83,000. The act comprises Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and superstar
Miranda Lambert. The start for Annie Up almost doubles the launch of the group's
first album, 2011's Hell on Heels (44,000 at No. 5).
There's one more debut in the top 10 this week: Rod Stewart's Time clocks in at
No. 7 with 52,000. It's the legend's highest-charting studio album of original
material since -- believe it or not -- 1979, when Blondes Have More Fun spent
three weeks at No. 1.
Of course, Stewart has charted many albums since Blondes, but everything that
reached the top six between then and now were either a Christmas set of mostly
oldies (Merry Christmas, Baby, No. 3 in 2012), one of his many successful covers
collections released between 2002 and 2010, or a live album (Unplugged. . . And
Seated, No. 2 in 1993).
As for the other chart holdovers in the top 10 this week: Justin Timberlake's
The 20/20 Experience slips 3-6 with 66,000 (down 3%). Last week's No. 1, Kenny
Chesney's Life on a Rock, falls to No. 8 with 48,000 (down 68%), Blake Shelton's
Based on a True Story slides 6-9 with 38,000 (though it's up by 9%), and Bruno
Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox is pushed back 8-10 with 32,000 (despite a 24%
The latter title's gain can be owed in part to Mother's Day shopping, as it's
likely a set sure to appeal to moms. Same goes for Shelton's set at No. 9, and
just outside the top 10, P!nk's The Truth About Love. It gains by 14%, but falls
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 12) totaled 5.53 million
units, up 8% compared with the sum last week (5.11 million) and down 1% compared
with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.58 million). Year to date album sales
stand at 106.29 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last
year (112.31 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, the entire top five are non-movers, led once
again by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" (feat. Ray Dalton), with
241,000 (down 8%). At Nos. 2-5: P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason" (feat. Nate
Ruess) with 230,000 (down 10%), Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" with 168,000 (down
5%), Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" with 151,000 (up 4%) and Rihanna's "Stay"
(feat. Mikky Ekko) with 145,000 (up 4%).
Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" jumps 9-6 with 143,000 (up 24%), while Imagine
Dragons' "Radioactive" is steady at No. 7 with 141,000 (up 5%). Icona Pop's "I
Love It" (feat. Charli XCX) falls 6-8 with 128,000 (down 5%) and Bruno Mars'
"When I Was Your Man" rises 10-9 with 115,000 (up 6%).
Closing out the top 10 is a new entry from Mariah Carey: "Beautiful," feat.
Miguel. It starts with 114,000 at No. 10 and marks her best sales week for a
song since 2009, when "Obsessed" arrived at No. 9 on Digital Songs with 119,000.
"#Beautiful" is the lead track from Carey's upcoming album, due out this summer.
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.26 million downloads, up less than
1% compared with last week (24.17 million) and down 3% stacked next to the
comparable week of 2012 (24.96 million). Year to date track sales are at 506.75
million, down 3% compared to the same total at this point last year (520.35
Music Week Report (Excerpt)
Caro Emerald shoots straight ahead the album chart
Monday, May 13, 2013
by Alan Jones, London
On Sunday 26 April 1981, Caroline Esmeralda Van Der Leeuw was born in
Amsterdam. Eight days later, Dutch record producer Jaap Eggermont,
formerly a drummer with rock group Golden Earring,
released an album of soundalike medleys.
Following in the wake of a number two single, the album - Stars On 45 by
Starsound - immediately entered the UK chart at number 20, and a week later it
was number one, a position it held for five weeks. It was the first number one
album in UK chart history by a Dutch act. The latest is The Shocking Miss
Emerald by the aforementioned Caroline Esmeralda Van Der Leeuw under the more
common compression of her name Caro Emerald. It debuts atop the chart this week
on sales of 34,246 copies.
Emerald's second album, it makes a considerably more striking debut than her
first, Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor, which entered at number 74 on
sales of 2,359 copies in October 2010. It peaked 39 weeks later at number four,
and has gone on to become a major success, with sales to date of 410,662 copies.
Surprisingly Emerald's success has been achieved without even a sniff of a Top
40 single - her highest charting single, A Night Like This, reached number 65 in
Aside from Starsound and Caro, the only other Dutch act to top the album chart
is the pop/dance duo 2 Unlimited, who reached number one with No Limits in 1993,
and returned to the summit the following year with Real Things.
Actor Hugh Laurie's second album of blues songs, Didn't It Rain, debuts at
number three (16,883 sales). It comes exactly two years after Laurie's 2011
album, Let Them Talk, which opened and peaked at number two, attracting almost
twice as many first week buyers (33,174) on its way to cumulative sales of
Returning to recording after a hiatus of nearly six years, Alison Moyet is
rewarded with a number five debut for The Minutes (13,536 sales), her first
album for Cooking Vinyl. Although Moyet's Singles retrospective notably topped
the chart in 1995, The Minutes is her highest charting album of new material
since Raindancing reached number two in 1987. Moyet's last studio album, The
Turn, debuted and peaked at number 21 in 2007.
The fourth and last album to debut inside the Top 10 this week is Golden, the
new album by country trio Lady Antebellum. Debuting at number seven (11,784
sales), it is their third Top 10 album, following Need You Now (number eight,
2010) and Own The Night (number four, 2011). Their most recent album, the
seasonal set, On This Winter's Night, debuted and peaked at number 56 last
November. Need You Now is their biggest selling album by far, with sales to date
of 323,431, while the title track is their biggest selling, with sales of
456,920, despite peaking at number 15.
The rest of this week's Top 10 comprises five albums in decline - Rudimental's
Home (1-2, 31,458 sales), Michael Buble's To Be Loved (2-4, 15,035 sales),
Pink's The Truth About Love (3-6, 11,871 sales), Passenger's All The Little
Lights (6-8, 11,330 sales) and Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events (4-9, 9,559
sales) - and Bastille's debut album Bad Blood, which recovers 12-10 (8,456
Overall album sales are down 7.11% week-on-week at 1,310,849 - 10.08% below same
week 2012 sales of 1,457,792.
Becoming the first act from continental Europe to spend three straight weeks at
number one since Basshunter in 2008, Daft Punk maintain a Gallic grip on the
chart with Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams) selling a further 123,112 copies.
Although that's 24.60% down on the prior frame, it sold almost as many copies as
the number two and three titles added together, and raises its cumulative 23 day
tally to 492,128. It jumps 10-4 on the year-to-date rankings, which it will
surely top in two weeks time.
Get Lucky is the eighth single in the 21st century to sell upwards of 120,000
copies for three weeks in a row. The previous seven: Can We Fix It? by Bob The
Builder (2000), Stan by Eminem (2000), It Wasn't Me by Shaggy feat. RikRok
(2001), Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue (2001), Do They Know It's
Christmas? by Band Aid 20 (2004), (Is This The Way To) Amarillo by Tony Christie
(2005) and Impossible by James Arthur (2012).
In what is the genre's best week in the 21st century, Get Lucky is one of five
records in the Top 10 by core dance acts. American DJ Chris Malinchak joins the
floorfilling frenzy, debuting at number two with his first hit So Good To Me
(72,733 sales), while Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren enters at number six with This
Is What It Feels Like (feat. Trevor Guthrie), easily eclipsing the number 18
peak of his previous biggest hit, 2000's Communication (credited simply to
Armin). Completing the fab five, Play Hard is down a notch (6-7, 36,489 sales)
for David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon, and I Need Your Love eases 5-8 (33,685
sales) for Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Passenger's Let Her Go climbs 4-3 (63,864 sales), drum
& bass band Rudimental's Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) eases 2-4 (59,530
sales), Can't Hold Us falls 3-5 49,814 sales) for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat.
Roy Dalton, #thatpower dips 7-9 (25,038 sales) for Will.I.Am feat. Justin
Bieber, and Just Give Me A Reason falls 8-10 (23,796 sales) for Pink feat. Nate
Overall singles sales are down 6.52% week-on-week at 3,253,255 - 3.82% below
same week 2012 sales of 3,382,333.
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