Justin Bieber versus One Direction
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It was the biggest
chart-battle of the year: Canadian beau and idol Justin Bieber versus
British boygroup sensation One Direction. And the winner is: Justin
Bieber. His fourth studio-album 'Purpose' started with massive
863,000 sales globally. More than half of it were sold in the USA with
521,500 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Another 77,000 copies
are from his native country, Canada, 90,600 from United Kingdom,
around 35,000 from Germany, 19,000 from Italy, 13,600 from Japan and
12,200 from France. Justin's former studio set 'Believe' opened also
at the top position in the week 27, 2012 with 589,000 copies. Almost
exactly one year ago One Direction's effort 'Four' shot at no.1 with
881,000 sales. The band's new album 'Made In The A.M.' found 764,000
buyers in its initial week and lands at no.2 on the Global Chart.
Sorted by countries the album generated it biggest sales in the USA
with 401,800 units, in United Kingdom with 93,200, Canada with 44,000,
in Japan with 42,300, Germany with nearly 35,000,
Italy with 29,000 and France
24,300 sales. No doubt, 'Purpose' and 'Made In The A.M.' are huge
sellers, but we all know, nobody has a chance against next week's
monster release, Adele's '25'. Latest forecasts suggest over 5 million
copies in its initial week... an unbelievable, unique record in the
music-history!!! Back to this week's hitlist, new at no.1 in Japan and
at no.3 globally is Japanese boygroup Kanjani 8 with their seventh
studio set 'Kanjani 8 No Genki Ga Deru CD!!' and 316,000 sales. New at
no.1 in Germany is the Xmas effort by Helene Fischer. Her last
studio-album 'Farbenspiel' from 2013 sold almost 2,5 million copies so
far, this new album 'Weihnachten' bows at no.4 globally with 130,000
sales. French rock-legend Johnny Hallyday released his 50th(!!)
studio-album. 'De L'amour' starts easily at no.1 in France and jumps
at no.9 on the Global Chart with 88,000 copies. Johnny's debut album
'Nous Les Gars, Nous Les Filles' was released 54 years ago in 1961! Some additional sales stats: 'Revival' by
Selena Gomez sold 19,000
copies last week and reaches a total of 292,000 so far, 'Confident' by
Demi Lovato sold 18,000 units last week, 322,000 so far, 'Honeymoon' by
Lana Del Rey sold 17,000 units last week and has a total of
468,000 copies so far, the soundtrack to 'Guardians Of The Galaxy:
Awesome Mix Vol.1' sold 2,356,000 copies so far,
'Rebel Heart' by Madonna 842,000 and 'My Everything' by Ariana Grande
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
One week before Adele's '25'
will explode on the hitlists, her single 'Hello' remains at the top
position on the Global Track Chart for a fourth week in a row with
another massive 700,000 points, a total of 4,112,000 points after only
four weeks on the tally! On the following positions are three songs by
Justin Bieber: 'Sorry' is still at no.2 with 329,000 points, 'Love
Yourself', this week's highest debut on the chart, bows at no.3 with
268,000 points and 'What Do You Mean?' slides at no.4 with 261,000
points. It's the first time since more than six years, that an act is
three times in the top five of the Global Chart. After Michael
Jackson's death in June 2009, his classic 'Billie Jean' jumped back at
no.3 in the week 28, 2009, followed by 'Thriller' at no.4 and 'Man In
The Mirror' at no.5. Another big smash of the year 2015 left the Top
40: the Felix Jaehn remix of Omi's 'Cheerleader' was massive 43 weeks
on the hitlist and got a total of 8,214,000 points. On the
year-to-date list the song ranks currently at no.2, behind Mark Ronson
feat. Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk', which left the Top 40 two weeks ago.
Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other
Thomas Rhett's 'Die A Happy Man' at
no.41, Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' at no.44, Fleur East's 'Sax' at no.52
and Omi's 'Hula Hoop' at no.54 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
Chris Stapleton spends second week at no.1
Thuesday, November 17, 2015
by Keith Caulfield & Silvio Pietroluongo, Los Angeles
Chris Stapleton secures a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard
200 albums chart, as his Traveller effort continues to bask in the glow
of the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The set
124,000 equivalent album units in the
week ending Nov. 12 (down 30 percent), according to Nielsen Music. It sold
another 97,000 in pure album sales
(down 37 percent).
A week ago, Traveller made history as the first album to reenter the chart at
No. 1, as the set jumped back onto the tally after Stapleton’s three CMA Award
wins on Nov. 4.
With a second week at No. 1, Traveller is one of only two albums to spend more
than a week atop the list in 2015. Earlier in the year, Luke Bryan’s Kill the
Lights ruled for its first two frames.
The top two titles on the new Billboard 200 continue to fly the country flag, as
Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood climbs a spot to No. 2 in its second chart week
(65,000 units — down 14 percent;
58,000 in pure album sales — down 18
The chart’s highest new entry is Ellie Goulding’s Delirium, which debuts at No.
3 (61,000 units; 42,000 in pure album sales),
giving the singer/songwriter her highest charting album yet. It surpasses the
No. 9 debut and peak of her last
studio effort, Halcyon, in 2012.
Goulding also charted with her debut set, Lights (No. 21 in 2012) and an iTunes
Session EP (No. 190 in 2013).
Goulding’s new album also marks the highest debut ever for the Cherrytree
Records label (the album was released on Cherrytree through Interscope Records).
It’s also the highest charting set for Cherrytree since 2010, when Lady Gaga’s
The Fame spent three weeks in the top three (peaking at No. 2 on Jan. 16, 2010).
Delirium was led by the single “On My Mind.” It’s Goulding’s fifth top
20-charting track on the Billboard Hot 100, having reached No. 18 so far. The
new album also contains her contribution to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack,
“Love Me Like You Do,” which climbed to No. 3 earlier in 2015. Another artist
also on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, The Weeknd,
rises one rung on the new Billboard 200 to No. 4 with his former No. 1 album
Beauty Behind the Madness (46,000 units).
Country superstar Tim McGraw bows at No. 5 with Damn Country Music (43,000
units; 39,000 in pure album sales). It’s McGraw’s 17th top 10 album.
His last studio set, 2014’s Sundown Heaven Town, debuted and peaked at No. 3
with 71,000 sold in its first week.
The Beatles’ successful greatest hits package 1 returns to the list, reentering
at No. 6 with 40,000 units (up 1,528
percent) and with 39,000 sold (up
2,623 percent). The former No. 1 (which spent eight nonconsecutive weeks atop
the list in 2000 and 2001) bounds back onto the chart following its reissue on
Nov. 6. It was rereleased in a variety of new formats, including sets that
boasted music videos for each of the album’s 27 songs.
The Now 56 compilation slips 4-7 in its second week with
38,000 units (down 34 percent), Fetty
Wap’s self-titled debut dips 6-8 with 37,000 (down 7 percent) and Carrie
Underwood’s Storyteller falls 2-9 in its third week with
33,000 (down 59 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is Sara Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress,
which starts at No. 10 with 30,000 units
(27,000 from pure album sales). It’s the fifth top 10 effort for the
singer/songwriter, who last hit the top 10 in 2013 with The Blessed Unrest
(debuting and peaking at No. 2). Over on the Billboard Hot 100
Adele's 'Hello' leads Hot 100 for a third week.
"Hello," the first single from Adele's third studio album, 25, due Friday (Nov.
20) on XL/Columbia Records, spends also a third week atop Digital Songs,
Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs. It holds at No. 1 on Digital Songs with
480,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 12, according to Nielsen Music.
Having sold 635,000 downloads in the previous tracking week and a record 1.11
million downloads in the week before that (its debut frame), "Hello" is just the
fourth song to earn three straight weeks of more than 400,000 in digital sales.
Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (2014), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring
Williams and T.I. (2013), and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring
Kimbra (2012), also each strung together such three-week runs.
Hello" holds atop Streaming Songs with 44.7 million U.S. streams, down 6
percent, and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart with 16.7
million on-demand streams, down 7 percent.
"Hello" also becomes the most-heard song on U.S. radio, hurtling 6-1 on the
Radio Songs chart, up by 37 percent to 145 million all-format audience
impressions (and earning top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100). Reaching No.
1 on Radio Songs in its fourth week, the song makes the quickest climb to No. 1
in 22 years, since Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover" reached the top in its fourth
frame on Aug. 28, 1993. And, since Radio Songs was almost exclusively a pop
radio-based chart in 1993, "Hello" makes the fastest-ever flight to No. 1 since
Radio Songs became an all-genre-inclusive survey in December 1998.
"Hello" additionally ties for the greatest leap to No. 1 in the Radio Songs
chart's 25-year history. It matches the 6-1 vault of Jay Z and Alicia Keys'
"Empire State of Mind" on the chart dated exactly six years earlier (Nov. 28,
Want one more accolade for "Hello"? (We're in no danger of running out.) The
song is just the third to top the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Streaming Songs,
On-Demand Songs and Radio Songs tallies simultaneously in the nearly three years
that all five charts have coexisted. (Streaming Songs launched in January 2013.)
It joins Ariana Grande's "Fancy," feat. Iggy Azalea, and
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars (a whopping eight weeks in
Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, keyboardist,
vocalist, songwriter and actress. Newsom was born (January 18, 1982) and raised
in the small town of Nevada City, California. She was exposed to music from a
young age. Newsom
attended a Waldorf school where she studied theater and learned to memorize and
recite long poems. After
high school Newsom studied composition and creative writing at Mills College in
Oakland, California. While at Mills, she played keyboards in The Pleased. She
dropped out of the school in order to focus on her music. In 2002 and 2003,
Newsom recorded two EPs, Walnut Whales and Yarn and Glue. Drag City Recordings
signed Newsom and released her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender in 2004.
Her work has become very prominent on the independent music scene. Joanna Newsom's new album Divers
was released on October 23, 2015. Speaking about the album's
creative process in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said "I
spent a year or two on the instrumental arrangements and overdubs. I wanted the
character and colors of the instrumentation to shift definitively, from song to
song, which entailed a wide pool of collaborators and a lengthy collaborative
process with each person." She further described the process of making the album
as "probably the most fun I’ve had making a record". Entertainment Weekly also
reported Newsom "as using an arsenal of nearly a dozen keyboards and synths
including clavichords, mellotrons and Marxophones" for the album while members
of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feature as players on the album.
>> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video
Music Week Report
Elvis Presley & RPO holding no.1 for a second week
Monday, November 16, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
In a year when only Mumford & Sons, Muse and Years & Years have
previously managed to spend two consecutive weeks at number one - and
then only on descending sales - Elvis Presley & The Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra's If I Can Dream does so in style, increasing
sales 12.10% week-on-week to 88,603 (including 687 streams).
That's the second highest weekly sale of the year for
an artist album, marginally behind the 89,110 copies that Noel Gallagher's High
Flying Birds' album Chasing Yesterday sold on debut in March. In terms of pure,
paid-for sales, Presley actually has the year's highest tally, with his 87,916
shading Gallagher's 87,371. If I Can Dream's stayover ends a run of 15 straight
weeks in which leadership of the chart changed, and it is joined in the Top 75
by Presley's 2002 chart topper Elv1s: 30 Number One Hits, which jumps 79-37
(2,682 sales), making the Top 40 for the first time since 2005. It has sold
If I Can Dream's resilience proved too much for Little Mix, who would otherwise
have landed their first number one album with Get Weird. Debuting at number two,
Get Weird nevertheless racked up the highest first week sales yet (60,053) for
the X Factor graduates, helped by the popularity of current single Love Me Like
You, which jumps 19-13 (30,870 sales) to a new high. Like Little Mix, Ellie
delivered her third album last
week, and like them she appeared on The X factor to give it a boost. She
came into the week with a far superior record, with both of her previous
albums reaching number one, and selling considerably more copies than
Little Mix, but she trails in behind them at number three with Delirium.
To be fair, however, the 38,429 copies it sold last week represent the
best first week sale of her career, surpassing the 36,844 copies that
Lights sold when debuting a number one in 2010, and the 33,425 copies
that follow-up Halcyon sold when entering at number two in 2012. His
previous interest in a singing career sidelined by his success as a
comedian, presenter and actor, Alexander Armstrong makes a strong
showing with first album, A Year Of
Songs. The 45 year old Pointless TV host unleashes his
baritone on a collection of covers that include In The Bleak Midwinter, Danny
Boy and Summertime on the album, which debuts at number six (19,395 sales).
American singer/songwriter Anastacia is barely known in her homeland, where she
has had only one Top 100 album (Freak Of Nature, number 27, 2001) and one Hot
100 single, I'm Outta Love, which rose to the not so dizzy heights of number 92
in 2000. In Britain, she has had 14 hit singles and six Top 20 albums, the
latest of which, Ultimate Collection, debuts at number 10 (10,515 sales). Her
second hits collection - Pieces Of A Dream debuted and peaked at number six
exactly 10 years ago - it excludes some hits she is not keen on, and includes
two new recordings.
Number one for nine straight weeks after its release in 2000, The Beatles' 1
album returns to the Top 10 for the first time since it charged to number six in
September 2011, when released in new remasters. Its latest surge - to number six
on sales of 26,840 copies - is due primarily to the release of 1+ editions,
which supplement the audio recordings of the track with newly remastered and
upgraded visuals via CD and blu ray. 1 has sold a massive 3,121,028 copies since
release, making it the fifth biggest seller of the 21st century.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour jumps 10-7 with sales up 83.11% week-on-week at
16,381 following the release of the new Drowning Shadows edition. Including
streams, it brings up the album's two millionth sale. The 41st album to reach
that tally in the 21st century, its current tally of 2,009,468 sales includes
1,913,187 paid-for sales, with the remainder from streams.
Completing the Top 10 are Another Story (2-4, 27,943 sales) by Rod Stewart, X
(4-8, 13,283 sales) by Ed Sheeran and I Cry When I Laugh (5-9, 12,399 sales) by
Overall album sales are up 11.75% week-on-week at 1,943,178 - a 32 week high.
Streaming accounted for 470,718 sales - 24.22% of the total. Sales of paid-for
albums are up 14.27% week-on-week at 1,472,460 - 23.14% below same week 2014
sales of 1,915,833.
Adele and Justin Bieber's duopoly of the singles
chart continues, with the former's Hello at number one and the latter's Sorry at
number two for the third straight week.
The gap between them is shrinking but Hello's tally of 127,075 sales last week
(including 47,097 from streams) is still 36.96% higher than the 92,781 copies
(up 0.29% week-on-week) that Sorry sold. Eleven months after finishing runner-up
to Ben Haenow in the 11th season of The X Factor, Fleur East debuts at
number three with her first single Sax (60,551 sales). Although that's
significantly fewer than the 214,239 copies that Haenow's coronation
single Something I Need sold on debut last December, it surpasses the
21,059 copies that Haenow's second single.
London trio WSTRN's debut single In2 reached number 60 on streaming alone last
week but vaults to number four (57,311 sales) after being commercially released.
Never Forget You climbs for the seventh week in a row for MNEK & Zara Larsson,
advancing 7-5 (45,704 sales).
The bottom half of the Top 10, all downers, are: The Hills (4-6, 40,264 sales)
by The Weeknd, What Do You Mean (6-7, 39,999 sales) by Justin Bieber, Writing's
On The Wall (3-8, 38,262 sales) by Sam Smith, Hotline Bling (5-9, 38,066 sales)
by Drake and Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) (8-10, 35,850 sales) by KDA feat.
Tinie Tempah & Katy B.
Overall singles sales are up 2.39% week-on-week at 7,669,567. Streams accounted
for 5,578,264 sales - 72.73% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 2.40%
week-on-week at 2,091,303 - 18.16% below same week 2014 sales of 2,555,206 and
the 118th week in a row that they have fallen versus a year earlier.