Taylor Switft returns to the hot spot
Thursday, September 21, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
A repackage version of 'The
War', the latest album by the South Korean boy group Exo, found
another 337,000 buyers last week, enough for a big jump back to the
summit of the Global Album Chart, where the set started seven weeks
ago with massive 476,000 sales. With the new version the total sales
of 'The War' growing up to 1,253,000 so far. Highest debut of the week
is 'Sleep Well Beast', the seventh studio album by the American indie
rock band The National. It docks at no.2 globally with 135,000
equivalent sales. Highest sales by countries are 63,000 from the
United States, 20,000 from United Kingdom and 10,000 from Canada
(according to Nielsen Soundscan / OCC). The National's former effort,
'Trouble Will Find Me', went also to no.2 in the week 23, 2013, with
147,000 sales. In that week Daft Punk's album 'Random Access Memories'
leaded with huge 1,027,000 sales. Back to this week's tally, at no.3
bows 'Life Changes', the third album from country-pop singer Thomas
Rhett, son of country star Rhett Akins. 'Life Changes' starts with
133,000 equivalent sales, 123,000 of it in the United States alone.
And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Top 10 in alphabetic
order, the first figure means last
week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor
Swift 17,000 / 10,138,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 28,822,000, '24k
Magic' by Bruno Mars 31,000 / 3,440,000, '25' by Adele
20,948,000, '4:44' by Jay-Z 14,000 / 683,000, '4 Your Eyez Only'
by J.Cole 8,000 / 1,150,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay
/ 4,571,000, 'American Dream' by LCD Soundsystem 26,000 / 148,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 40,000 /
897,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 12,000 / 2,212,000, the 'Beauty And The Beast 2017'
soundtrack 4,000 / 938,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by
The Weeknd 10,000 / 2,856,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots
13,000 / 3,317,000, 'Culture' by Migos 21,000 / 1,313,000, 'Damn' by
Kendrick Lamar 52,000 / 2,999,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
1,761,000, 'Everything Now' by Arcade Fire 18,000 / 415,000, the 'Fast & Furious 8' soundtrack
8,000 / 514,000, 'Fifth Harmony' by Fifth Harmony 21,000 / 122,000, the 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack
871,000, 'Future' by Future 12,000 / 1,068,000, 'Grateful'
by DJ Khaled 31,000 / 805,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy':
Awesome Mix Vol.2' soundtrack 25,000 / 933,000, 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'
by Metallica 12,000 / 2,620.000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 20,000
/ 1,148,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer
23,000 / 794,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 8,000 / 648,000, 'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man
20,000 / 1,687,000, 'I Decided' by Big Sean
'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 28,000 / 1,732,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
7,010,000, 'Is This the Life We Really Want?' by Roger Waters 5,000 /
431,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 6,000 /
1,438,000, 'Jungle Rules' by French Montana 18,000 / 284,000, the 'La La Land' soundtrack
5,000 / 1,339,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé
5,000 / 3,096,000, 'Lust For Life' by Lana Del Rey 26,000 / 511,000, 'Melodrama' by
Lorde 14,000 / 542,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers
1,272,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 31,000 / 2,030,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 31,000 / 2,724,000, 'One More Light' by Linkin Park 21,000 /
851,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 16,000 /
6,051,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 24,000 / 303,000, 'So Good' by Zara Larrson 10,000 /
519,000, 'Starboy' by The
Weeknd 29,000 / 2,884,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack
1,424,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia
6,000 / 2,034,000,
'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 12,000 / 2,489,000, the
'Trolls' soundtrack 15,000 / 1,620,000, 'Views' by Drake 17,000 /
3,689,000, 'Villains' by Queens Of The Stone Age 40,000 / 286,000, 'Witness' by Katy Perry
18,000 / 733,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran
22,000 / 9,904,000.
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
After the big downfall of AKB 48's latest smash '# Suki Nanda' (this
week down from no.1 to no.21), Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do'
returns to the summit of the Global Track Chart for a second week,
despite another massive 24% points decline to 313,000. '...Ready For
It?', the second lift-off from her upcoming new album 'Reputation',
falls from no.4 to no.14 in its second week on the tally, after a 44%
points implosion to 142,000. Highest debut of the week is 'Too Good
At Goodbyes', the first sign of Sam Smith's upcoming second studio
album. The song rockets to the vice-position with 265,000 points.
Around three years ago his big smash 'Stay With Me' reached number one
of the Global Chart and ranked at no.5 on the Year-End Chart 2014 with
6,198,000 points. Also his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' was (and
is) a big success and sold 7,01 million copies to date.
'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee remains at no.3 in its
30th week on the tally, but since some weeks it falls dramatically in
points - this week another 17% to 260,000. It seems that 'Despacito'
will definitely rank at no.2 on the Year-End Chart 2017, behind Ed
Sheeran's 'Shape Of You'. So it could be the strongest smash at the
vice position of a Year-End Chart ever. At the moment 'I'll Be Missing
You' by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112 still holds this record. It
placed at no.2 on the Year-End Chart 1997 with 11,865,000 points,
behind Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 1997'. 'Despacito' got
11,457,000 points so far and climbs to no.24 on the
ALL TIME CHART. But also Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of
You' is on the way to a new record, the smash ranks now a 36th week inside the Top
10, this week at no.8 with 168,000 points. In the nearly
63-year history of the Media Traffic Global Chart there were only
two other songs, which stood a
longer time in the Top 10: 'Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera,
Sera)' by Doris Day remained for 38 weeks in 1956/57 and 'You're
Beautiful' by James Blunt 37 weeks in 2005/06. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Havana' by Camila Cabello feat.
Young Thug at no.43, 'Versace On The Floor' by Bruno Mars
at no.51, 'Reggaetón Lento' by CNCO at no.56, and 'No Promises' by Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato at no.58 for their first appearance on the big
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
60 years ago
Paul Anka one of the signature
songs of the Fifties, led the Global Chart for seven non-consecutive weeks
ranked at no.3 on the Year-End Chart and at no.338 on the Alltime
Chart with 6.418.000 points
Thomas Rhett earns first number one on Billboard 200 chart
Thuesday, September 19, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Country singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett achieves his first No. 1 album on
the Billboard 200 chart, as his new effort Life Changes bows atop the
list. The set -- which brings country back to No. 1
for the first time in exactly one year --
earned 123,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 14, according to
Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 94,000 were in traditional album sales, Rhett’s best
sales week and the third largest sales week of 2017 for a country effort.
Life Changes is the first No. 1 country album in 2017, and the first in a year
-- since Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know spent one week in the penthouse on the
list dated Oct. 1, 2016.
Rhett’s new album was led by the single “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris,
which hit No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart and No. 1 on the Country Airplay
tally. The song was followed by the album’s second radio offering,
“Unforgettable,” which hit the top 10 on Hot Country Songs and jumped 13-11 on
the most recent Country Airplay chart, dated Sept. 23.
Life Changes is Rhett’s third full-length studio album, and fourth effort
overall. It follows Tangled Up (No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in 2015), It Goes
Like This (No. 6 in 2013) and his self-titled debut EP (No. 133 in
2012). Rhett leads a big week for country in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, as
a total of three country efforts arrive in the top 10. Dustin Lynch’s Current
Mood bows at No. 7, while Kip Moore’s Slowheart starts at No. 10. Electronic music duo ODESZA launches at No.
2 with A Moment Apart. The set earned 63,000 units its first week, with 52,000
coming from traditional album sales. The album’s handsome debut frame -- the
act’s best sales week yet -- was enhanced by a concert ticket/album bundle sale
redemption promotion with the duo’s upcoming tour. Earlier in 2017, the act
notched four hits on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, including “Line of
Sight,” featuring Wynne and Mansionair.
Rock band The National enters at No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 with its seventh
full-length studio album, Sleep Well Beast (62,000 units; 56,000 in album
sales). The album is the third from the group to reach No. 3 (so far, the act’s
high-water mark on the tally) following Trouble Will Find Me in 2013 and High
Violet in 2010. In total, Sleep Well Beast is The National’s fourth release to
hit the chart, as the band first entered the list with its fourth studio set,
Boxer, in 2007. It debuted and peaked at No. 68.
Lil Uzi Vert’s former No. 1, Luv Is Rage 2, falls 2-4 in its third week with
56,000 units (down 24 percent).
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson collects his seventh top 10 album on the
Billboard 200, as All the Light Above It Too bows at No. 5 with 44,000 units
(41,000 in traditional album sales). Johnson’s last studio effort, From Here to
Now to You, was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 1. Johnson has earned a
total of four leaders on the list, and logged his first top 10 in 2003 with On
and On (No. 3).
Like ODESZA, both The National and Jack Johnson’s new albums were also supported
by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption offer.
Rapper XXXTentacion falls 3-6 on the new Billboard 200 with 17, earning 40,000
units (down 22 percent).
Country singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch snags his highest-charting album yet, and
second top 10, as Current Mood bows at No. 7 with 36,000 units (27,000 in album
sales). It trumps his previous high, set when his last release, Where It’s At,
peaked at No. 8 in 2014. The new album was ushered in by a pair of top five hits
on the Hot Country Songs chart: “Seein’ Red” (No. 5) and “Small Town Boy” (No.
2). Both tracks hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.
Kendrick Lamar’s former Billboard 200 No. 1, DAMN., descends 4-8 with 35,000
units (down 13 percent) while Khalid’s American Teen moves 5-9 with 31,000 units
(down 4 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is country singer/songwriter Kip Moore, who scores his
third top 10 album with the No. 10 debut of third full-length studio set
Slowheart (29,000 units; 25,000 in album sales). He previously hit the top 10
with his first two studio albums: Wild Ones (No. 4 in 2015) and Up All Night
(No. 6 in 2012). The new set has snagged a top 15-charting single on the Hot
Country Songs chart with “More Girls Like You” (No. 13), which has also reached
the top 10 on the Country Airplay chart.
Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart
(dated Sept. 30) for a third week.
"Look," released on Big Machine / Republic Records as the lead single from Swift's
sixth studio album, Reputation, due Nov. 10, remains atop the Hot 100 despite
not leading any of the chart's three main component rankings. It dips 1-2 on
Streaming Songs with 39.9 million U.S. streams, down 35 percent, in the week
ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen Music, and holds at No. 2 on Digital Song
Sales with 69,000 downloads sold, down 39 percent, in the week ending Sept. 14.
(The song led the lists for two weeks and one week, respectively.) On Radio
Songs, "Look" lifts 13-10 with 75 million all-format audience impressions, up 11
percent, in the week ending Sept. 17, becoming Swift's 13th top 10 on the
It's rare, but not entirely uncommon, for a song to top the Hot 100 but not be a
week's No. 1 title in streaming, airplay or sales (while still accumulating
enough overall chart points to reign). Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" last did
so, leading the Hot 100 dated May 13, when it ranked No. 2 in both airplay and
sales and No. 4 in streaming.
Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" holds at its No. 2 high on the Hot 100 and takes over
at No. 1 on Streaming Songs with 40.8 million U.S. streams (despite a 12 percent
decline). It falls 8-12 on Digital Song Sales (30,000, down 14 percent) and
bullets at No. 16 on Radio Songs (57 million, up 2 percent). The rapper's
breakthrough hit spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and a
third week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Logic's "1-800-273-8255," featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, hits a new Hot 100
peak, pushing 5-3. The positive-message song, whose title doubles as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and which gained further momentum after the
trio performed it at the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 27, rises 5-3 on Streaming
Songs (34.2 million, up 12 percent); 4-3 on Digital Song Sales (51,000, although
down 17 percent); and 33-29 on Radio Songs (41 million, up 16 percent).
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, descends 3-4
on the Hot 100 after spending a record-tying 16 weeks at No. 1. Still, it tops
the Hot Latin Songs chart for a 33rd week.
Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes" blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 5, arriving at No.
1 on Digital Song Sales with 90,000 sold. Smith scores his second leader on the
sales tally, following "Stay With Me," which spent two weeks on top in 2014. On
the Hot 100, Smith easily lands his highest debut (toppling his prior best, set
when "Omen," by Disclosure featuring Smith, began at No. 64 in 2015). He notches
his fifth Hot 100 top 10, following "Latch," also by Disclosure featuring Smith
(No. 7, 2014); "Stay" (No. 2, 2014); "I'm Not the Only One" (No. 5, 2014); and
"Lay Me Down" (No. 8, 2015).
"Goodbyes" starts at No. 10 on Streaming Songs (20.8 million first-week U.S.
streams), where it's Smith's fourth top 10, and ranks at No. 35 on Radio Songs
(35 million, up 38 percent) following its first full week of tracking. As
previously reported, the song debuts as the British singer-songwriter's sixth
No. 1 on the Official UK Singles chart. COMPLETE
"Feel It Still" by
Portugal. The Man
is the first big international success for the alternative rock band
the song climbs this week to no.23 on the Global Chart with 106,000
Music Week Report
Sam Smith returns to the charts at number one
Monday, September 18, 2017
by Alan Jones, London
A little shy
of five years since he made his chart debut as guest vocalist on Disclosure's
Latch, Sam Smith has his sixth No.1, with Too Good At Goodbyes - from his
upcoming second album - debuting atop the chart. The 25-year-old's 12th hit in
all, it is his sixth to reach No.1, and sold 61,685 copies last week
(including 29,175 from sales-equivalent
streams). It is
Smith's first single since 2015, when Writing's On The Wall opened atop the list
on sales of 69,604 copies, becoming the first ever James Bond theme (it's from
the franchise's 24th film, Spectre) to reach No.1.
His best first week tally remains the 145,326 copies that his first No.1 -
Naughty Boy collaboration La La La - sold on debut in 2013. His solo smash Stay
With Me also opened north of 100,000 copies, selling 108,898 copies on debut in
2014. Both are among the three Smith tracks to sell upwards of a million copies
(including sales equivalent-streams). Stay With Me's tally stands at 1,667,260
putting it ahead of La La La (1,328,518) with I'm Not The Only One (No.1 in
2014) also into seven digits, with sales of 1,110,507. Overall sales of Smith
singles and tracks, with streaming included, added up to 10,138,561 before Too
Good At Goodbyes was unleashed.
His debut album, In The Lonely Hour, surges 71-20 (3,078 sales) following the
release of his new single, raising its cumulative sales to
2,330,627. Smith joins Calvin Harris and Rihanna with six No.1 hits in the
2010s, one behind clear leader Tinie Tempah who has had seven. Zayn (Malik)
becomes the first member of One Direction to secure three Top 10 hits outside
the band, landing at No.5 (28,768 sales) with his Sia collaboration Dusk Till
Dawn. Taken from his upcoming second album, it brings Zayn's overall tally of
Top 75 entries to 30, of which the first 23 - including 15 Top 10 entries - were
as a member of One Direction. It is Sia's 19th hit, and the 10th to make the Top
10. Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello hits the Top 10 solo for the
first time with Havana (feat. Young Thug) climbing 11-10 (21,881 sales). Dua
Lipa's former No.1, New Rules, is runner-up for the third straight week (40,505
sales) while Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do ends its two-week reign by
falling to No.3 (34,938 sales). The rest of the Top 10: What About Us (3-4,
32,936 sales) by Pink, Friends (4-6, 25,323 sales) by Justin Bieber & BloodPop,
Reggaeton Lento (6-7, 23,180 sales) by CNCO & Little Mix, More Than Friends
(8-8, 22,093 sales) by James Hype feat. Kelli-Leigh and Ready For It (7-9,
21,887 sales) by Taylor Swift. Overall singles sales are down 4.80% week-on-week
at 12,781,372, 26.06% above same week 2016 sales of 10,139,471. Streams
accounted for 11,616,377 sales, 90.89% of the total. Paid-for sales are down
4.06% week -on-week at 1,164,995, and are 24.57% below same week 2016 sales of
1,544,448. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 215th week in a
row. American indie band The National top the chart for the first time, with
their seventh album, Sleep Well Beast, opening in pole position on sales of
20,118 copies (including 1,922 from sales-equivalent streams). After falling
short of the Top 200 with their eponymous 2001 debut and 2003's Sad Songs For
Dirty Loves, the band gained a toehold on the chart for the first time in 2005,
when their third album, Alligator, debuted and peaked at No.165. Boxer reached
No.57 in 2007 and The National scored its first Top 10 album in 2010, when fifth
album High Violet debuted and peaked at No.5. They improved again in 2013 when
Trouble Will Find Me debuted and peaked at No.3 on sales of 21,034 copies. It
topped the 100,000 sales mark last week but still trails High Violet, which
remains their biggest seller, with a to-date tally of 126,623. Almost two years
after Essex alt-rock quintet Nothing But Thieves' eponymous first album debuted
at number seven (8,916 sales), follow-up Broken Machine opens at No.2 (12,026
sales). Although it failed to generate any hit singles, the first Nothing But
Thieves album has thus far sold 54,819 copies. Recorded in a day in 1976 on a
diet of drugs and drink, Hitchhiker is a truly solo effort from Neil Young which
was turned down by his record label at the time but which now emerges to debut
at No.6 (7,386 sales) to become his first Top 10 album since 2000. It is the
55th chart album in all for the 71-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter, and his
17th in the 21st century. After reaching No.17 with their 2015 FFS collaboration
with Franz Ferdinand, veteran fraternal duo Sparks’ critically acclaimed new
album Hippopotamus goes higher still. Debuting at No.7 (5,597 sales) it earns
the Mael brothers - Ron (72) and Russell (68) - their first Top 10 album since
their back-to-back 1974 breakthrough albums Kimono My House and Propaganda,
which peaked at No.4 and No.9 respectively. Sparks have released 23 studio
albums and a multitude of compilations but only seven (eight if we include FFS)
have charted, most recently Exotic Creatures Of The Deep, which reached No.54 in
2008. The most recent Sparks album before Hippopotamus was 2009's The Seduction
Of Ingmar Bergman which fell well short of the chart and has sold only 1,266
copies to date. Another act to return to the Top 10 after a lengthy absence are
The Waterboys. Led, as ever, by the enigmatic Mike Scott, they debut at No.8
(4,617 sales) with Out Of All This Blue, surpassing the No.14 debut/peak (on
sales of 6,447 copies) of their last album, 2015's Modern Blues, to become their
fourth Top 10 album in all and their first since 1993, when Dream Harder reached
No.5. It is the fourth week in a row that there have been five brand new entries
to the Top 10 but an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV last Saturday
(September 9) for a chat and a performance of his new single, As You Are,
ensured that Rag'N'Bone Man's debut album Human did not fall out of the Top 10
for the first time. Instead, it sprints 8-4 (10,294 sales) on its 32nd
consecutive appearance in the top tier. Also remaining in the Top 10 are: Divide
(2-3, 11,692 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Freedom Child (1-5, 8,089 sales) by The
Script, Villains (5-9, 4,489 sales) by Queens Of The Stone Age and Dua Lipa
(9-10, 4,171 sales). Overall album sales are down 7.74% week-on-week at
1,453,946, 4.27% below same week 2016 sales of 1,518,758. Streaming accounted
for 698,582 sales – 48.05% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 7.05%
week-on-week at 755,364, 23.16% below same week 2016 sales of 982,994. It is
their lowest level since Millward Brown started compiling market data for OCC in