'Revolution Radio' roars to the summit
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Eleven years ago, in 2005,
the American punk rock band Green Day landed the biggest
selling album of the year with 'American Idiot'. In that year the set
moved nearly 8 million copies alone, a total of around 15 million to
date. The album was driven by huge single decouplings, like 'Boulevard
Of Broken Dreams' (also the hit of the year 2005), 'Wake Me Up
When September Ends' or the title song. Now the twelfth studio album
'Revolution Radio' starts at no.1 globally with 206,000 sales, 90,100
of it in the United States alone (according to Nielsen Music), another
29,500 in United Kingdom (Music Week), estimated 20,000 in Germany
(GfK / Media Control), 12,100 in Japan (Oricon), 8,900 in Canada
(Nielsen Music), 6,600 in Australia (ARIA). Last week's
chart-leader 'Fantôme', the ninth studio
album by Japanese / American singer and songwriter Hikaru Utada,
slides one slot at no.2 with another 112,000 copies sold, a 58% sales
decline compared to the previous week and a total of 377,000 copies
after two weeks at
retail. Second highest debut
of the week is Norah Jones' sixth studio effort 'Day Breaks'. It
arrives at no.3 with 108,000 sales. Unforgettable her debut album
'Come Away With Me' from 2002. The eight-times Grammy-decorated set
sold nearly 25 million copies to date and it's the third most
successful album of the 21st century, behind Adele's '21' from 2011
(28 million) and the Beatles-compilation '1' from 2000 (33 million). 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 6,000 / 9,716,000, '21' by Adele 7,000 /
28,260,000, '22, A Million' by Bon Iver 32,000 / 147,000, '25' by Adele
27,000 / 19,135,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams'
by Coldplay 21,000 / 3,660,000, 'A Moon Shaped Pool' by Radiohead
8,000 / 1,064,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 9,000 / 1,357,000, 'Beauty
Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 7,000 / 2,272,000, 'Blonde' by Frank
Ocean 8,000 / 495,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 30,000 /
1,936,000, 'California' by Blink 182 5,000 / 552,000, 'Cleopatra' by
the Lumineers 7,000 / 471,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
18,000 / 863,000, 'Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway' by Barbra
Streisand 15,000 / 401,000, 'Encore Un Soir' by Celine Dion 26,000 /
654,000, 'Glory' by Britney Spears 9,000 /
266,000, 'Immortalized' by Disturbed 11,000 / 1,013,000, 'Keep Me
Singing' by Van Morrison 27,000 / 87,000, 'Lemonade' by
Beyoncé 16,000 / 2,525,000, 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl' by the
Beatles 15,000 / 200,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 20,000 /
5,067,000, 'Revival' by Selena Gomez 3,000 / 830,000, 'Seal The Deal &
Let's Boogie' by Volbeat 7,000 / 514,000, '7/27' by Fifth Harmony
6,000 / 371,000, 'Skeleton Tree' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 17,000 /
203,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack 27,000 / 627,000, 'The
Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers 26,000 / 1,055,000, 'This Is Acting'
by Sia 15,000 / 1,045,000, 'View' by Drake 19,000 / 2,445,000, 'Wild World' by Bastille 14,000 / 192,000,
and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 11,000 /
8,591,000, 'Young As The Morning Old As The Sea' by Passenger 15,000 /
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART No
change atop the Global Track Chart: 'Closer' by
American DJ duo Chainsmokers scores a seventh non-consecutive week
with another 401,000 points, a little 1% decrease compared to the
previous week. With a total of 3,931,000 points after 11 weeks on the
tally, it climbs to no.14 on the year-to-date list. Biggest success of
the year so far is still 'One Dance' by Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla with
7,589,000 points (this week at no.21 with 105,000 points). Highest
debut of the week is Bruno Mars' '24k Magic', first sign and title
track of his upcoming third album. The tune arrives at no.5 with
223,000 points. Sandwiched between 'Closer' and '24k Magic' are
'Starboy' by the Weeknd feat. Daft Punk at no.2 (up 8% to 301,000
points), 'Let Me Love You' by DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber at no.3 (up
4% to 286,000 points), and 'Heathens' by Twenty One Pilots at no.4
(down 0,5% to 230,000 points).
Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Ain't My Fault' by Zara
Larsson at no.42, 'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man at no.43, 'Lost On You' by LP at no.45,
and 'Final Song' by Mø at no.51 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
Kings Of Leon score their first no.1 album
Thuesday, October 25, 2016
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Kings of Leon
earn their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the act’s
seventh studio album, Walls. The set, which was released on Oct. 14
through RCA Records, earned 77,000
equivalent album units in the week ending
Oct. 20. Of that sum, 68,000 were in traditional album sales.
Walls is the band’s fourth top 10 album and follows three consecutive sets to
reach the region: Mechanical Bull (No. 2 in 2013 from a 110,000 sales start),
Come Around Sundown (No. 2; 2010) and Only by the Night (No. 4; 2009). The
latter album was the group’s commercial breakthrough and first top 20-charting
effort, and it launched the hit single “Use Somebody” (No. 4 on the Billboard
Hot 100). The album spent 132 weeks on the chart and has sold 2.5 million copies
(and is the act’s only million-selling release).
Drake’s former No. 1, Views, rises from No. 4 to No. 2 on the latest Billboard
200 with 40,000 units (down 7 percent), while the Suicide Squad soundtrack
climbs 5-3 with 35,000 units (down 7 percent).
The Game notches his ninth top 10 album with the bow of 1992 at No. 4, earning
32,000 units (25,000 in traditional album sales). He previously hit the top 10
with The Documentary 2.5 (No. 6 in
2015), The Documentary 2 (No. 2; 2015), Blood Moon: Year of
the Wolf (No. 7; 2014), Jesus Piece (No. 6; 2012), The R.E.D. Album (No. 1;
2011), LAX (No. 2; 2008), Doctor’s Advocate (No. 1; 2006) and The Documentary
(No. 1; 2005).
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface ascends 7-5 with 26,000 units (though down 11
JoJo returns to the Billboard 200 after 10 years, as her new album Mad Love —
her first full-length studio album since 2006 — bows at No. 6 with 25,000 units
(19,000 in traditional album sales). The original Broadway cast recording of
Hamilton steps back into the new top 10, rising from No. 11 to No. 7, with
23,000 units (down 5 percent). The album could rise again next week, following
the Oct. 21 premiere of the PBS documentary special Hamilton’s
America, as part of the network’s Great Performances series.
To round out the latest top 10: Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman rises 10-8
(22,000 units; down 12 percent), Travis Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
climbs 12-9 (21,000; down 3 percent) and Green Day’s Revolution Radio falls 1-10
in its second week (21,000 units; down 78 percent).
"Closer," released on Disruptor/Columbia Records, and the first Hot 100 No. 1
for both The Chainsmokers (Drew Taggart and Alex Pall) and Halsey, remains the
top-selling, most-streamed and most-heard radio song in the U.S. It leads the
Digital Song Sales chart (97,000 downloads sold, down 12 percent, in the week
ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music) and the Streaming Songs chart (32.1
million U.S. streams, down 3 percent) for a 10th week each. It also tops the
audio subscription services-based On-Demand Songs streaming survey for an 11th
week (16.3 million on-demand clicks, down 7 percent) and the Radio Songs ranking
for a fourth frame (151.5 million in airplay audience, up 2 percent, in the week
ending Oct. 23).
As "Closer" ties "One Dance" for the most time spent atop the Hot 100 in 2016
(Adele's "Hello" completed its 10-week run at No. 1 on Jan. 16, but logged seven
of its weeks at the summit on charts dated in 2015), it becomes just the 33rd
No. 1 to lead for at least 10 weeks dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958,
inception; a mere 3 percent (33 of 1,057) of the Hot 100's all-time No. 1s have
reached double-digit weeks totals on top.
The Weeknd's "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk, holds at its No. 2 high on the Hot
100. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (25.7 million, essentially even from
the previous week) and No. 3 on Digital Song Sales (83,000, down 3 percent) and
zooms 7-4 on Radio Songs (114.2 million, up 13 percent). The song is the lead
single from The Weeknd's album of the same name due Nov. 25.
Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens" is steady at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after logging
four weeks at its No. 2 peak. It holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (135.5 million,
up 7 percent) and No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (69,000, down 12 percent) and
rebounds 5-4 on Streaming Songs (18 million, up 9 percent). It registers an 11th
week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.
Kaleo is an Icelandic folk / rock / blues band, formed in 2012. The band
consists of JJ Julius Son (vocals, guitar), Davíð Antonsson (percussion,
vocals), Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson (bass guitar), and Rubin Pollock (guitar,
vocals). The band's first major public appearance was at Iceland Airwaves Music
Festival in November 2012. They gained fame after their song "Vor í Vaglaskógi"
got heavy rotation on Icelandic state broadcaster RÚV's radio station Rás 2 and
was featured on the station's top 10 list. This song is also featured in the
first episode of the TV series Trapped. In 2014, the band gained further
attention with their single "All the Pretty Girls", which garnered over 23
million streams on Spotify. In early 2015, Kaleo signed with Atlantic Records
and now their 2nd album 'A/B' is out and starts at no.17 globally this week with
31,000 sales. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the
Music Week Report
Little Mix go straight to number one
Monday, October 24, 2016
by Alan Jones, London
Previously No.1 with debut single Cannonball (2011),
follow-up Wings (2012) and Black Magic (2015), Little Mix score their fourth
chart-topper with Shout Out To My Ex storming to the chart apex on sales of
95,273 copies (including 28,360 from streams), despite being on sale for less
than five days. It is only the third song thus far in 2016 to debut at No.1
Lazer's Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) which did so in August, and Zayn
Malik's debut solo hit Pillowtalk, which did so in February. Malik is allegedly
the person being dissed in Shout Out To My Ex.
Their 17th hit in all and their ninth to make the Top 10, it is taken from
Little Mix's upcoming fourth album Glory Days, and is the 42nd No.1 by an act or
collection of acts to come to fame on The X Factor. The competition's 2011
winners, Little Mix dethrone 2012 winner James Arthur, whose Say You Won't Let
Go ends a three week residency at No.1 by falling to No.2 - albeit on sales of
92,068 copies, the highest for a runner-up for 10 weeks.
Shout Out To My Ex is the ninth new No.1 to have emerged thus far in 2016 - the
lowest number at this stage of any year since charts were introduced more than
60 years ago. Starving by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey feat. Zedd, was released 13
weeks ago. It has increased sales every week since and improved its
chart position 10 times in a row. It finally reaches the Top 10,
exploding 17-5 (44,705 sales).
The rest of the Top 10, all in decline, are: Closer (2-3, 61,186 sales) by The
Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, Starboy (3-4, 58,879 sales) by The Weeknd feat. Daft
Punk, The Greatest (5-6, 40,899 sales) by Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar, Side To Side
(4-7, 39,799 sales) by Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj, My Way (6-8, 39,k397
sales) by Calvin Harris and 24K Magic (9-10, 36,721 sales) by Bruno Mars.
Overall singles sales are up 0.75% week-on-week at 10,291,776. Streams
accounted for 8,709,153 sales, 84.62% of the total. Paid-for sales are
up 2.48% week-on-week at 1,582,623 – 15.15% below same week 2015 sales
of 1,865,134 and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 167th week in a row.
In another week of extreme volatility at the
top end of the chart, Kings Of
Leon's seventh studio album WALLS stands head and shoulders above the rest,
earning the familial Nashville quartet - comprising brothers Nathan, Caleb and
Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew - their fifth straight No.1 album on
sales of 49,964 copies (including 4,267 from streams).
That's more than three times as many sales as any other album, and slightly more
than the rest of the top five combined, but it is pretty sluggish by their own
standards - on their debuts at No.1, Because Of The Times (2007) sold 70,451
copies, Only By The Night (2008) sold 220,879 copies, Come Around Sundown (2010)
sold 183,298 copies and Mechanical Bull (2013) sold 71,765 copies.
As well as providing their best first week, Only By The Night is by far Kings Of
Leon's biggest-selling album to-date, with a current tally of 2,916,779, more
than 2m ahead of their second biggest album, Come Around Sundown (915,329
sales). Most recent release Mechanical Bull is their sixth biggest seller, with
sales to date of 323,240 copies.
After the success of his Take A Look At Me Now retrospective, which saw several
of his old albums return to the charts in new expanded editions, Phil Collins'
new compilation The Singles debuts at No.2. Charting Collins' entire solo career
from 1981 debut In The Air Tonight to the title track of his most recent studio
album, 2010's Get Back, in newly remastered versions, The Singles provides
Collins with his 31st career Top 10 album, a total which includes 19 as a member
of Genesis. With first week sales of 16,110, it is well adrift of Kings Of Leon,
and leaves Collins' career tally of No.1s at 12 – six solo and six as a member
Tom Chaplin has a 100% record of four No.1 albums as Keane's frontman but falls
short with his debut solo release, The Wave, which opens at No.3 (12,804 sales)
for the 37 year old from Sussex.
More than four years after their second album Beacon debuted and peaked at No.2
on sales of 33,306 copies, Two Door Cinema Club settle for a lower No.5 debut
for follow-up Gameshow on sales of 7,988 copies. The Northern Ireland trio's
first album, Tourist History, debuted at number 46 (5,071 sales) in March 2010,
and peaked 62 weeks later at number 24, but its to-date tally of 340,542 sales
in nearly twice the 175,833 copies that Beacon has sold. Matt Cardle's runner-up
in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010, Rebecca Ferguson
maintains her record of making the Top 10 with all of her albums, with
the fourth, Superwoman, debuting at No.7 (7,854 sales). Ferguson's 2011
debut album Heaven debuted and peaked at number three on sales of
128,458, 2013 follow-up Freedom debuted and peaked at number six on
sales of 33,786 copies and 2015 release Lady Sings The Blues debuted and
peaked at number seven (14,529 sales).
Atlanta band Blackberry Smoke's fifth album, Like An Arrow is their third to
chart but their first to make the Top 10, debuting at No.8 (6,667 sales).
Katie Melua's first six studio albums all made the Top 10, and so does her
seventh, In Winter, which debuts at No.9 (6,398 sales). Melua's first album away
from mentor Mike (Wombles) Batt and his Dramatico label, it also features Gori
Women's Choir and is, as its title suggests, a winter album, becoming the first
Winter/Christmas set to chart this year.
No.1 for five weeks when released in 1997, Britpop sensations Oasis' third album
Be Here Now nevertheless had a comparatively brief career in the Top 10,
departing from it after just 11 weeks and not returning until this week. Not
even in the Top 200 since 2004, the album re-enters at No.4 (12,492 sales) after
being released in a remastered, deluxe edition, which also includes outtakes,
live tracks and demos. Despite its brief Top 10 career, Be Here Now has sold
1,872,504 copies to date, making it comfortably Oasis' third biggest seller.
With Justin Bieber's UK tour continuing, the Canadian's latest album Purpose
bounces 15-10 on sales of 5,971 copies - its highest tally for 18 weeks. All of
the above means that for the first time in chart history there are nine
changes to the Top 10 week-on-week, although only seven debuts as the
Oasis and Bieber titles are re-entries. The sole survivor of this Top 10
carnage is Green Day's Revolution Radio, which dips 1-6 (7,950 sales).
Overall album sales are up 0.27% week-on-week at 1,518,468. Streaming accounted
for 542,413 sales – 35.72% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down just
0.08% week-on-week at 976,055, and are 2.67% below same week 2015 sales of
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Hikaru Utada 'Fantôme'
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GfK Track Chart
No.1 Rag'n'Bone Man 'Human'
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