The world loses another legend
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
What a horrible news... the
legendary funk / R&B superstar Prince is dead! On April 21 at
9:43 a.m., the Carver County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 phone
call from an unidentified male, requesting an ambulance be sent to
Prince's home and reporting, at first, that Prince was unconscious,
and, later in the same call, that he was dead. Authorities found
Prince unresponsive, in an elevator at Paisley Park, which also served
as his Minnesota home. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,
record producer was an icon and innovator of the popular music. In the
Eighties he was at eye level with Michael Jackson and Madonna, a kind
artistic embrace between both. Prince was one of the best-selling
artists of all time. Between 1984 and 1994 he landed 16 Global Top 10
smashes, from 'When Doves Cry' to 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The
World'. But also his compositions for other artists were spectacular
successes, for example 'Nothin' Compares 2 U' (Sinead O'Connor, 1990),
'Manic Monday' (Bangles, 1986) or 'I Feel For You' (Chaka Khan, 1984).
Prince's most successful album, 'Purple Rain' (1984), sold 21 million
Between Prince's death and
the end of last week's chart period (Thursday 21, 24:00) were only
some hours. But these few hours were enough, to catapult the ingenious
little, big man from Minneapolis back atop the Global Album Chart. His
'Very Best Of' compilation from 2001 sold 115,000 copies globally
during that short time span, 100,200 of it in the United States alone,
another 3,800 in Canada. As mentioned above, Prince most successful
album was the soundtrack to 'Purple Rain'. Also this album makes a big
jump back on the hitlist at no.5. In the few hours till midnight on
Thursday 21 it sold another 69,000 units. Back on the tally is also his
3-disc compilation 'The Hits / The B-Sides' from 1993 at no.21 with
28,000 copies and the 'Ultimate' compilation from 2006 at no.35 with
18,000 sales. Next week much more of Prince's albums coming into Top
40. Last week's chart topper, the self-titled album of French singer /
songwriter and actor Renaud, sails to the vice-position, based on a
65% sales decline to 111,000 copies, massive 421,000 copies in only
two weeks. The legendary Latin guitarist Carlos Santana and his band
are back with the new studio effort 'Santana IV'. The album tilte is
misleading, it's not Carlos' fourth album, but his 28th. Santana's
most successful album was 'Supernatural' from 1999 with the big hits
'Smooth' and 'Maria Maria'. It sold around 25 million copies to date
and ranks at no.38 on the
ALL TIME CHART. Some
additional sales stats: '1989' by Taylor Swift sold 15.000 copies last
week and reaches a total of 9,437,000 so far, 'Nine Track Mind' by
Charlie Puth sold also 15,000 units last week, 404,000 so far,
'Handwritten' by Shawn Mendes sold 11,000 units last week and has a
total of 821,000 units so far, 'Revival' by Selena Gomez sold 697,000
copies so far, 'Blackstar' by David Bowie 1,725,000, and 'Blurryface'
by Twenty One Pilots 1,128,000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
'7 Years' by Lukas Graham
remains at the hot seat of the Global Track Chart for a fifth
consecutive week with 314,000 points. Drake's 'One Dance' makes
another big jump from no.5 to no.2, driven by a 24% points boost to
298,000 and Mike Posner's 'I Took A Pill In Ibiza' rounds out the top
three with 291,000 points, down 3% compared to the previous week. All
hits by Prince re-enter the hitlists around the globe, four of them
are already back on our Top 40: 'Purple Rain', Prince's signature
song, rockets to no.20 with 123,000 points. Originally the power
ballad was a big hit in autumn 1984 and peaked at no.3 globally. It
seems that the song has a good chance to jump atop the Global Chart
next week! Also 'When Doves Cry' (1984) is back at no.31 with 92,000
points. 'Little Red Corvette' (1983) moves to no.37 and 'Kiss' (1986)
to no.38, both with 78,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting
among other Future feat. The Weeknd's 'Low Life' at no.49, 'Needed Me'
by Rihanna at no.55 and Duo Lipa's 'Be The One' at no.59 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
click the picture to see a funny video
of that tune
Desiigner's 'Panda' claws to no.1 on Hot 100
Thuesday, April 26, 2016
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Desiigner's debut hit "Panda" pounces to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
(dated May 7). The Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York rapper halts the
nine-week reign of Rihanna's "Work," featuring Drake,
and brings an American act to No. 1 on the
Hot 100 after a record 41-week streak of leaders by foreign artists.
"Panda," released on imprint G.O.O.D. Music (founded by Kanye West) and label
Def Jam, darts 2-1 on the Hot 100. It spends a second week atop the Streaming
Songs chart, with 35 million overall U.S. streams (up 23 percent), in the week
ending April 21, according to Nielsen Music. Approximately two-thirds of the
track's Hot 100 points are from streaming, with the highest share (43 percent)
of its streams from non-Vevo YouTube views, as no official video for the track
has yet been released; an official clip is in the works, according to Def Jam.
"Panda" pushes 4-2 on Digital Songs (113,000, up 30 percent) and 32-27 on Radio
Songs (43 million, up 26 percent). It spends a third week at No. 1 on
Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart and rises 2-1 to top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Rap rules again: Desiigner also ends a 41-week streak between rap songs atop the
Hot 100, between "See You Again" and "Panda." That's the
longest run between No. 1 rap songs
(defined as tracks that charted on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs ranking) in more
than 14 years: no rap hits led the Hot 100 for 46 straight weeks between
Shaggy's "Angel" (March 31, 2001) and Ja Rule's "Always on Time," featuring
Ashanti (Feb. 23, 2002). With a hefty 25 percent gain in overall points, "Panda"
hits the Hot 100's pinnacle, directly above Lukas Graham's "7 Years" (up 4
percent), which rebounds 3-2 for a fourth total week at its No. 2 peak. (The
song has, thus, now been denied the top spot by both "Work" and "Panda.") Still,
"7 Years" jumps 4-2 on Radio Songs (122 million, up 14 percent) and gains by 4
percent to 105,000 sold, although it slips 2-3 on Digital Songs. On Streaming
Songs, it drops 3-4 (17 million,
down 4 percent).
Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, blasts 13-3 on the Hot 100,
becoming his 17th top 10 on the chart. The track rockets 18-3 on Streaming Songs
(24.1 million, up 160 percent, with its greatest share of streams, 25 percent,
from Apple Music) and 34-16 on Radio Songs (50 million, up 51 percent). On
Digital Songs, it tumbles 1-7 after a week at the summit (85,000, down 28
Following Prince’s death on April 21, his The Very Best of Prince and Purple
Rain soundtrack return to the chart at Nos. 1 and 2, earning 179,000 equivalent
album units (up 10,872 percent) and 69,000 units (up 2,540 percent),
respectively, in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen Music. The Very
Best of Prince sold 100,000 in traditional album sales (up 11,232 percent),
while Purple Rain sold 63,000 copies (up 3,101 percent).
Another Prince album, the best-of collection The Hits/The B-Sides, re-enters the
chart at No. 6 (a new peak) with 41,000 units (up 8,203 percent). The set sold
24,000 in pure album sales (up 10,351 percent).
At No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, the highest debut of the week is from
singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson, as his new Sailor’s Guide to Earth enters
with 55,000 units (52,000 in pure album sales).
It’s the first top 40-charting album for the singer-songwriter, who previously
went as high as No. 59 the week his last album, Metamodern Sounds In Country
Music, debuted (May 31, 2014).
Metamodern went on to sell 195,000 copies in the U.S. and garnered a Grammy
Award nomination for best Americana album. His first album, High Top Mountain,
was released in 2013 and reached No. 11 on the Heatseekers Albums chart the
following year (it missed the Billboard 200).
Rihanna’s former No. 1, Anti, climbs one rung to No. 4 with
48,000 units (up 10 percent).
Rock band Santana scores its 14th top 10 album with the bow of Santana IV at No.
5 (42,000 units; 40,000 in pure album sales).
The new album is the first to feature the group’s early 1970s lineup since the
1971 release Santana III. The latter set spent five weeks at No. 1.
Chris Stapleton’s Traveller dips 3-7 with
37,000 units (down 22 percent) while Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo
falls 4-8 (a little more than 37,000
units; down 21 percent). Notably, West’s album sold a negligible number of
copies last week: Its sales fell 94 percent -- from a little over 1,000 to
almost nothing. And, with none of its songs available to purchase a la carte,
the album is charting almost entirely from streaming equivalent units. The album
is only available to purchase from Tidal and West’s official website.
As for the rest of the top 10, The Lumineers’ Cleopatra dives 1-9 (just over
36,000 units; down 71 percent) and
Justin Bieber’s Purpose descends 6-10 (36,000
units; down 4 percent).
DNCE is an American pop-rock band. The group consists of members Joe Jonas
(lead vocals and formerly a part of the Jonas Brothers), Jack Lawless (drums,
precussion), JinJoo Lee (guitar), and Cole Whittle (bass guitar, keyboards).
They signed with Republic Records, who released their debut single 'Cake By The
Ocean' in September 2015. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see
Music Week Report
Drake's 'One Dance' keeps the top position
Monday, April 25, 2016
by Alan Jones, London
In another week of limited movement, there's just a slight re-shuffling
of the Top 10 and the top four are frozen, though after charging to No.1
last week, Drake's One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla) increases its
lead over Sia's Cheap Thrills, upping its sales by 58.50% week-on-week
to 115,078 (including a huge 70,796 from streams), while Cheap Thrills
has a more
gentle 5.13% increase week-on-week to 70,430 on its third week at No.2.
The only other record in the Top 10 to increase sales is Alan Walker's Faded,
which returns to its peak, climbing 8-7 (39,742 sales).
Although its sales are down for the second week in a row, Girls Like climbs into
the top half of the Top 10 for the first time. Seven weeks after debuting at
No.15, it advances 7-5 (42,522 sales) to become Tinie Tempah's 13th Top 5
single, and featured vocalist Zara Larsson's third. Elsewhere in the Top 10,
Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza holds at No.3 (59,322 sales), Fifth
Harmony's Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) repeats at No.4 (52,218
sales), Zara Larsson's Lush Life slips 5-6 (41,486 sales), Lukas
Graham's 7 Years falls 6-8 (39,139 sales), DNCE's Cake By The Ocean
holds at No.9 (35,860 sales) and Rihanna's Work (feat. Drake) continues
at No.10 (32,566 sales). 7 Years is the UK's latest million-seller with
a to-date tally of 1,015,979 sales, though 500,479 of them are conjured
streams, leaving a paid-for
total of 515,497. Overall singles sales are up 0.17% week-on-week at
9,367,302. Streams accounted for 7,590,217 sales, 81.03% of the total.
Paid-for sales are down 0.90% week-on-week at 1,787,085 - 32.46% below
same week 2015 sales of 2,646,003 and below same-week, previous-year
sales for the 141st week in a row. Total singles sales, streaming sales
and streaming's share of the market all reach record highs for the third
week in a row, but even the fact that Record Store Day boosted physical
sales couldn't prevent overall paid-for sales falling to their lowest
level since sales week-ending 23 August 2008, some 400 weeks ago.
Physical sales did buck the trend, however, rising 329.76% week-on-week to
38,726. More than
24 years after she released her first
album and five years after she released her last album, PJ Harvey finally
achieves the coveted No.1 slot with The Hope Six Demolition Project.
Harvey's ninth solo studio album sold 11,436 copies (including 388 from streams) to top the chart in
a very soft market - her last studio album, Let England Shake achieved her best
ever first week sale of 22,468 in February 2011, but that was only enough for a
No.8 debut/peak. Harvey's first album, Dry, debuted and peaked at No.11 in 1992
with follow-up Rid Of Me reaching No.3 the following year to secure her
highest chart position prior to The Hope Six Demolition Project.
Although it is more than a decade since she made the Top 75 singles
chart, Harvey's fanbase remains strong, with her last four solo albums
each charting higher than the one before. With career album sales now
north of a million in the UK, Harvey has placed 12 albums on the chart,
reaching the Top 10 just three times. Santana IV debuts at No.4 (8,177
sales) for Santana, the veteran Latino rock band fronted by Carlos
Santana. It is their 23rd studio album but justifies its Santana IV
title by dint of the fact it is the fourth album - and the first since
1971's Santana III - to feature the band's revered early 1970s line-up,
all of whom are now in their sixties. Their seventh Top 10 album, and
26th charted album in all, it provides the highest debut position of
their career, eclipsing the previous high tide mark of No.6, set by 1972
album Caravanserai. Their only No.1 album, Supernatural, made its Top 75
debut at No.37, climbing to the top after Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas)
became a major hit single. Supernatural is also their biggest-selling
album in the UK, with a to-date tally of 971,798 sales.
Already the biggest-selling of Little Mix's three albums, latest effort Get
Weird is bounced back into the Top 10, advancing 15-8 (5,565 sales) as new
single Hair - which reached No.30 as an album track last September - re-enters
the Top 200 at No.31 (16,206 sales). No.2 on debut, Get Weird has spent its
entire 24 week chart career in the Top 20, and has thus far accumulated 524,850
sales, which put it well ahead of 2012 debut DNA (391,447 sales) and 2013
follow-up Salute (324,607 sales).
In a year when we are careering from one shock celebrity death to another, the
demise of Prince on Thursday at the age of 57 was one of the most shocking. It
also precipitated a huge and immediate increase in sales of his vast catalogue
of singles and albums. Their impact blunted by the fact that the sales week drew
to a close only hours after his death was announced, he nevertheless has five
re-entries to the Top 200 album chart, and three to the singles chart, with 2006
compilation album Ultimate, which peaked at No.6 the following year, leading the
influx, re-entering the album chart at No.10, with sales up 3951.88%
week-on-week at 5,389. The Very Best Of (No.18, 3,808 sales), the Purple Rain
soundtrack (No.55, 1,593 sales), The Hits/The B-Sides (No.123, 822 sales) and
Sign O' The Times (No.151, 745 sales) also re-emerge, as do the singles Purple
Rain (No.65, 8,432 sales), When Doves Cry (No.143, 4,405 sales) and Kiss
(No.166, 3,660 sales).
One Voice climbs to a new peak for Aled Jones, though on reduced sales, climbing
4-3 (8,322 sales).
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Adele's 25 remains at No.2 (8,665 sales), Justin
Bieber's Purpose rises 7-5 (7,592 sales), Sia's This Is Acting climbs 9-6 (7,523
sales), Lukas Graham ebbs 6-7 (5,894 sales) and Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh
bounces 10-9 (5,520 sales). All suffer declining sales, week-on-week.
Overall album sales are up 0.60% week-on-week at 1,480,392. Streaming accounted
for 488,483 sales - 33.00% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 1.68%
week-on-week, at 991,909, 16.12% below same week 2015 sales of 1,182,503. With
the majority of Record Store Day releases on vinyl, sales of that format jumped
103.41% week-on-week to 94,111. Vinyl accounted for 9.49% of paid-for sales, a
21st century record. COMPLETE CHARTS
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Kyosuke Himuro 'L'épilogue'
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Media Control Album Chart
No.1 Andrea Berg 'Seelenbeben'
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