Global Chart Report
Pink Floyd back at no.1 after 20 years
Friday, November 21, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The legendary British rock
group Pink Floyd celebrates a triumphant comeback on the
charts. 20 years after the last studio album 'The Division Bell', the
new effort 'The Endless River' jumps easily at no.1 globally with
658.000 sales. In many countries the start-sales were higher than
Taylor Swift's '1989' album two week ago. Not so in the USA and
Canada, where 'The Endless River' starts with 160.400, respectively
31.000 sales. '1989' sold 1.286.500, respectively 107.000 copies in
the initial week. But especially in United Kingdom and Germany the new
Pink Floyd effort shines with huge sales. In UK 'The Endless River'
bows with 139.400 units. That are the third-highest start sales of an
album this year there, trailing only the 182.400 copies that Ed
Sheeran's 'X' sold, and the 168.000 copies from Coldplay's 'Ghost
Stories'. In Germany it's even the second highest debut of the year,
only topped by rapper Kollegah and his album 'King', which found
162.000 buyers in its first week at retail. It's difficult to compared
new with the former Pink
Floyd album, because 1994 there was no Media Traffic chart, but 'The
Division Bell' started surely with much more than one million sales
and it would have been also a quite clear no.1 on the Global Chart.
Back to the current hitlist, 'The Endless River' ends Taylor Swift's
two week reigns with her '1989' set. It slips at no.2 this week, after
a 22% sales decline to 445.000 copies, a total of 2.699.000 units so
far. Now it's at no.3 on the year-to-date list, topped only by the
'Frozen' soundtrack (6.370.000) and Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'
(2.845.000). Highest debut this week (Pink Floyd bowed at no.27 last
week due earlier sales from Italy) is the eight album of the Foo
Fighters, 'Sonic Highways' arrives at no.3 globally with massive
416.000 copies, the highest
tally for a no.3 album since
the Xmas week 2012 (!!). The sales of that week were dated to
the week 01, 2013 and no.3 was One Direction's 'Take Me Home' with
442.000 copies. Foo Fighters' former set 'Wasting Light' was a clear
no.1 in the week 17, 2011 with 505.000 start-sales. Some additional
sales stats: '21' by Adele sold 454.000 copies this year and reaches a
total of 26.620.000 so far, Beyoncé's self-titled sold 2.162.000 units
this year, 3.516.000 so far, 'Unorthodox Jukebox' by Bruno Mars sold
1.140.000 units this year and has a total of 6.151.000 units so far, 'Christmas' by
Michael Bublé sold 8.790.000 copies so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry
3.334.000, and 'Xscape' by
Michael Jackson 1.497.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Any news from the top of the Global Track Chart,
'All About That Bass' by Meghan Trainor remains at the summit
for an eighth consecutive week with 325.000 points, a 16% decrease
compared to the previous week. Meghan's strongest competitor of the
last weeks was Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' (this week at no.3 with
301.000 points), but now another Taylor Swift tune comes closer with
giant steps. It's her 'Blank Space', which makes a surprising jump
from no.11 to no.2 this week, driven by a massive 113% points boost to
305.000. It's Taylor Swift's 11th Global Top 10 smash. DJ and producer
guru David Guetta returns to the global Top 10 the first time since
nearly three years, 'Dangerous', a collaboration with Sam Martin,
shoots from no.20 to no.10 with 149.000 points. His former smash
'Lovers On The Sun' (also with Sam Martin) missed the Top 10 narrowly
and climbed to no.11 twelve weeks ago. David's former Top 10 smash was
'Turn Me On' (with Nicki Minaj), it reached no.6 in the week 13, 2012.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Berryz Kobo's 'Romance Wo Katatte' at no.46, Alesso feat. Tove
Lo's 'Heroes (We Could Be)' at no.50, I Love Makonnen feat. Drake's
'Tuesday' at no.52, Big Sean feat. E 40's 'I Don't F**k With You' at
no.53, and Meghan Trainor's
'Lips Are Moving' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
The Jamaican producer Biddu has a new song for to that date
unknown soul-singer Carl Douglas: 'I Want To Give You My
Everything'. Carl sings the tune willingly, but asks, if he
can releases an own song for the B-side of the planned single.
The 32 year-old singer, a passionate fan of Asian martial arts
styles, has written a song about this, called 'Kung Fu
Fighting'. The decision makers of Pye Records are quick to
agree, that this song should be the clear A-side. And they
were right, 'Kung Fu Fighting' grows up to an enormous
worldwide smash, a no.1 in many countries. On the Global Chart
it peaked for 11 weeks and ranks at no.91 on the
ALL TIME CHART.
The song and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee some
months ago in
1973, unleashed a boom for Asian martial arts in the Western
Hemisphere. 'Kung Fu Fighting' was the only big hit for Carl Douglas.
GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO
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One Direction to see their first four albums debut at no.1
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
One Direction's Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling
387,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. That's the second-largest debut sales week
of 2014 (after Taylor Swift's 1989 arrival of
1.287 million), and the largest week for an album by a group.
One Direction's start is slightly less than anticipated. On Nov. 18, a day after
the album's release, industry forecasters suggested it would start with 420,000.
By Friday, Nov. 21, its first-week projection was scaled back to 400,000. One
Direction's last album, Midnight Memories, bowed at No. 1 with their career-high
sales week: 546,000.
Swift's 1989 album slips one rung to No. 2 on the new chart — after three weeks
at No. 1 — selling 214,000 (down 32 percent). The album has now shifted 2.21
million. With five weeks left in SoundScan's tracking year, 1989 is threatening
to become the top selling album of 2014. Ahead of it is only the Frozen
soundtrack, with 3.27 million. Four is the final No. 1 on a purely sales-based
Billboard 200. As previously announced, the Billboard 200 will shift next week
to a multi-metric popularity ranking, incorporating traditional sales, on-demand
audio streaming and digital track sales. A sale-based chart,
named Top Album Sales will continue to
exist however, both in print and on billboard.com.
Shifting back to this week's Billboard 200, a cappella group Pentatonix collects
its highest charting album yet (and biggest sales week ever) as That's Christmas
To Me rises 8-3 with 99,000 (up 193 percent). It's their second top five album
in 2014, following PTX: Vol. III (EP), which hit No. 5. That's Christmas To Me
is one of three holiday albums in new the top 10, as it is joined by Michael
Buble's Christmas (13-9 with 35,000; up 34 percent) and Idina Menzel's Holiday
Wishes (61-10 with 33,000 in its sixth chart week; up 39 percent). Holiday
Wishes is Menzel's first top 10 album, and happens to feature a duet with Buble.
As for Buble, his 2011 Christmas album is a former No. 1
(it spent five weeks atop the list in late 2011 and early 2012), and has returned to
the top 10 in each successive holiday season.
The new chart's second-highest debut is owned by Nickelback's No Fixed Address,
which bows at No. 4. The rock band's latest effort sold 80,000 copies in its
first week, and marks their sixth top 10. The set is the group's first for
Republic Records, after a long tenure with Roadrunner Records. The four-piece
band's previous studio effort, 2011's Here and Now, debuted and peaked at No. 2
with 227,000 sold.
Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine falls one spot to No. 5 in its second week
(62,000; down 52 percent). Pink Floyd's The Endless River dips 3-6 with 45,000
(down 74 percent) and Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways drives 2-7 with 36,000 (down
The third and final debut in the top 10 is rock band's In This Moment with Black
Widow at No. 8. The group's Atlantic Records debut is their first top 10, and
earns them a career-high sales week of 36,000. They previously topped out at No.
15 with their final release for Century Media, Blood, back in 2012 (20,000).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 23) totaled 5.49
million units, up 2 percent compared with the sum last week (5.38 million) and
up 4 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.29 million).
Year to date album sales stand at 215.01 million,
down 12 percent compared to the same
total at this point last year (245.01 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" stays at No. 1,
selling 302,000 downloads (down 8 percent), while Hozier's "Take Me To Church"
is also a non-mover at No. 2 (176,000; though up by 34 percent).
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, flies 18-3 with 111,000 (up
107 percent). Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" dips 3-4 with 106,000 (down
16 percent) and Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" rises 6-5 with 99,000 (up 7
Maroon 5's "Animals" descends 4-6 with 96,000 (down 22 percent), Nick Jonas'
"Jealous" is stationary at No. 7 with 90,000 (up 8 percent) and Swift's "Shake
It Off" drops 5-8 with 83,000 (down 11 percent).
Mr. Probz makes the top 10 for the first time, as "Waves" crashes 13-9 with
71,000 (up 17 percent).
Trainor's "Lips Are Movin," the follow-up to "All About That Bass," also hits
the top 10 for the first time: 19-10 (69,000; up 34 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.65 million downloads, up 5 percent
compared with last week (17.72 million) and down 4 percent stacked next to the
comparable week of 2013 (19.52 million). Year to date track sales are at 990.03
million, down 4 percent compared to
the same total at this point last year (1.13 billion).
Alt-J (∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe
Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom
Green (drums) met at Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother
of Ferdy, head of A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine
Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his
own songs and, inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on
GarageBand in their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's
unusual sound stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where
noise had to be kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass
drums. The Band was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV
presenter, Daljit Dhaliwal. After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they
claimed Jobseeker's Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a
deal with Infectious Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track
EP ∆, was recorded with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first 2012
release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7"
"Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their
first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it
fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their
second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is
All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart.
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Music Week Report
'Do They Know It's Christmas' returns to no.1 in a 4th version
Monday, November 24, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
Matching Unchained Melody to become only the second song in chart
history to reach number one in four different versions, Do They Know
It's Christmas does so emphatically this week, on first week sales of
312,928 (including one streaming sale) for Band Aid 30, while the
original 1984 version of the song re-enters the chart at number 61
Unchained Melody was number one for unrelated acts - Jimmy Young (1955), The
Righteous Brothers (1990), Robson & Jerome (1995) and Gareth Gates (2002) - but
Do They Know Its Christmas has been number one only by various incarnations of
Band Aid - the original (1984), Band Aid II (1989), Band Aid 20 (2004) and now
Band Aid 30.
Its sales last week are far behind the 750,000+ that the original 1984 edition
sold on its first week on release but exceed the 292,594 copies that the Band
Aid 20 version sold on debut ten years ago next week.
Do They Know It's Christmas outsold the next 10 biggest-selling singles combined
last week, securing the highest weekly sale since James Arthur's Impossible
opened on sales of 489,560 in December 2012. While nothing came near to matching
Do They Know It's Christmas, it was a busy week for new entries, with
five Top 75 debuts in the Top 10, including the entire top three for the
first time since a year ago last week, when Martin Garrix's Animals
debuted at number one, Lily
Allen's Somewhere Only We Know debuted at number two, and Ellie
Goulding's How Long Will I Love You debuted at number three. Goulding's
single actually climbed 117-3 in the Top 200 on that chart, but was in
the Top 75 for the first time. Before this week, the last time the top
three comprised entirely of recordings making their Top 200 debut was
sales week ending 20 April (chart dated 27 April) 2013 - some 83 weeks
ago. The record which runs Do They Know Its Christmas closest - it is a
mere 231,091 sales behind - is the second Top 10 hit in a fortnight
called Real Love. The other, Tom Odell's cover of The Beatles song dips
7-14 (23,846 sales), while Clean Bandit's new song of that name, debuts
at number two (81,837 sales). The sixth
charted single from the band's debut album New Eyes, it reunites them with
Jess Glynne, who was also featured vocalist on Rather Be, which spent four weeks
at number one earlier this year and has thus far sold 1,497,466 copies. New Eyes
had sold just 75,545 copies since its release 25 weeks ago, and moves 151-139
(932 sales) this week.
Olly Murs debuted at number one with the first single from each of his first
three albums - Please Don't Let Me Go (2010, from Olly Murs), Heart Skips A Beat
(feat. Rizzle Kicks, 2011, from In Case You Didn't Know) and Troublemaker (feat.
Flo Rida) from Right Place Right Time - but Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy), the
first single from fourth album Never Been Better, breaks that string by debuting
at number three (75,081 sales).
13 weeks after their previous collaboration Lovers On The Sun debuted at number
one on sales of 71,165 copies, David Guetta and Sam Martin debut at number five
(55,643 sales) with follow-up Dangerous. It is 47 year old Guetta's 34th Top 75
entry, and his 20th Top 10 hit.
Wretch 32 scores his fifth Top 10 hit, debuting at number eight (35,024 sales)
with 6 Words.
Blank Spaces climbs 11-9 (34,669 sales) to become Taylor Swift's seventh Top 10
The only singles from last week's Top 10 still in the top tier are Thinking Out
Loud (2-4, 57,297 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Steal My Girl (3-6, 50,973 sales) by One
Direction, Wake Me Up (1-7, 42,811 sales) by Gareth Malone's All Star Choir and
Outside (6-10, 33,208 sales) by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding.
Overall singles sales are up 6.30% week-on-week at 6,139,850. Streaming
accounted for 3,264,991 sales last week – 53.18% of the total. Under previously
existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles
sales are up 12.51% week-on-week at 2,874,859 – 3.42% below same week 2013 sales
of 2,976,666 and the 67th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a
year ago, despite the injection of sales provided by Band Aid 30.
There are emphatic debuts atop both the singles and albums
charts this week, with One Direction scoring the number one album with a victory
margin of 186.73% and Band Aid 30 storming to the top of the singles chart with
a majority of 282.38%.
More of the latter later - but for the moment let's concentrate on One
Direction, who register their third (consecutive) number one album with their
fourth release, appropriately entitled Four.
First week sales of 141,780 represent the third highest one week sales for a
number one album artist this year - trailing the 182,427 that Ed Sheeran's X
sold on debut 21 weeks ago, and the 168,048 copies than Coldplay's Ghost Stories
sold on debut 26 weeks ago - but are 40.53% down on the 237,388 copies One
Direction's last album Midnight Memories sold when it opened at number one a
year ago next week. It is three years to the week since their first album, Up
All Night, debuted and peaked at number two on first week sales of 138,631, and
two years and a week since their second album, Take Me Home, debuted and peaked
at number one on sales of 155,316 copies.
Like Midnight Memories, Four includes a track co-written by Ed Sheeran - 18.
Sheeran himself would have returned to number one this week but four Four's
release, with his X album which climbs 3-2 with sales up 8.73% week-on-week at
It's Bette Midler's birthday next Monday (1st December) and she gets an early
birthday present in the form of her first Top 10 studio album since 1990. It's
The Girls! (number six, 23,118 sales) is Midler's tribute to the great girl
groups of the past, with tracks originally performed by the likes of The
Supremes, The Shirelles, The Shangri-Las and The Andrews Sisters. Midler's solitary Top 10 solo
album hitherto from 13 previous releases dating back to 1972 was 1990's Some
People's Lives, which reached number five, and included the hit From A Distance.
She made the Top 10 more recently with The Best Bette reaching number six in
2008. It has sold 667,666 copies to date. Since Decca released the budget LP The
World Of David Bowie in 1970, compilations of his work have come thick
and fast and many have performed exceptionally well over a long period,
with 2002's Best Of Bowie, for example, never reaching the Top 10 (it
peaked at number 11) but selling 1,122,963 copies. The latest, Nothing
Has Changed, contains 59 tracks from throughout Bowie's 50 year career,
with Sue (or In A Season Of Crime) being a new track recorded
exclusively for the compilation. The album does something Best Of Bowie
never did - making the Top 10 - by debuting at number nine (17,638
sales). It's a big week for fans of classical crossover acts with two of
the most successful in recent times - Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins
delivering new releases. Both make the Top 20, with Jenkins' Home Sweet
Home leading the way at number 10 (17,434 sales). Home Sweet Home is
Jenkins' 12th Top 40 album (and eighth Top 10 album) since 2004 and her
first for Decca since returning from a spell with Warner Bros. Each of
those Warner Music releases was undermined by a simultaneous catalogue
release from Decca, much to Jenkins' chagrin, though now all seems to be
After debuting at number one last week, The Endless River flows to number four
(40,066 sales) for Pink Floyd.
Completing this week's Top 10: In The Lonely Hour (4-3, 40,815 sales) by Sam
Smith, Sonic Highways (2-5, 26,739 sales) by Foo Fighters, 1989 (6-7, 23,087
sales) by Taylor Swift and Wanted On Voyage (8-10, 19,654 sales) by George Ezra.
Overall album sales are up 6.93% week-on-week at 2,048,610 - their second
highest level of the year but 11.74% below same week 2013 sales of 2,294,996 and
a whopping 48.79% below the 4,000,700 albums sold in the nearest comparable week
(14-20 November) ten years ago.