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Global Chart Report

'Frozen' and 'Happy' rule another week
Friday, April 18, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

It's another week with no change atop our both global hitlists. On the album tally Walt Disney's soundtrack to the blockbuster 'Frozen' remains at no.1 for a seventh week with healthy 223.000 sales. That's a 10% decrease compared to the previous week, but still far away from the competition: the current no.2 slot, Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' sold only 79.000 copies. Anyway, it was once again a week with alarmingly low sales globally. The no.10 album, John Legend's 'Love In The Future', sold only 32.000 units, the no.40, Chevelle's 'La Gargola', 17.000 units. Some years ago, the sales in the USA were higher than now in the whole wide world! Frightening is the decline especially on the key-markets USA and United Kingdom. The latter posts a loss of 10% in overall album sales, compared to last year and in the USA the slump is even at 17%! Back to the current hitlist, where Los Angeles based heavy metal band Black Label Society bows at no.6 with their 10th album 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican'.

It's this week's highest debut on the global tally and found 42.000 buyers in its initial week, 25.600 of it in the USA alone. French Christian trio Les Prêtres, opens at no.12 with their third set 'Amen' and 31.000 sales. The former two albums were huge sellers in France, the debut 'Spiritus Dei' sold more than 800.000 copies there and the follow-up 'Gloria' moved more than 300.000. American Christian rock band MercyMe lands at no.16 with the ninth studio album 'Welcome To The New' and 27.000 sales. The band's biggest success was their debut album 'Almost There' from 2001, which sold more than 2,2 million copies in the USA alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. German punk icons Die Toten Hosen jump at no.20 with the live-set 'Krach Der Republik' and

25.000 units. American singer-songwriter Joseph Somers-Morales, better known as SoMo, follows at no.22 with his self-titled album and 24.000 initial sales. Finally US country star Martina McBride appears at no.28 with her 12th album release 'Everlasting' and 22.000 sales. Exactly 40 years ago, Swedish pop legend ABBA started their sensational career with the victory of 'Waterloo' at the Eurovision Song Contest. Because of this anniversary the best-of compilation 'Gold' returns at no.39 with 17.000 sales this week. 'Gold' is the fourth most successful best-of compilation of all time with total sales of 29 million. More successful were only the Beatles' '1' with 33 mllion sales, Bob Marley's 'Legend' with nearly 34 million sales and the Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' with 37 million sales. Some additional sales stats: 'Artpop' by Lady GaGa sold 7.000 copies last week and 1,77 million in total, 'Moon Landing' by James Blunt sold 12.000 units last week, 1,11 million so far, 'Supermodel' by Foster The People moved 12.000 copies last week and 133.000 in total, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 2,75 million copies so far, 'Midnight Memories' by One Direction 3,73 million and 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem 3,94 million. Last few words: there are many questions every week about the sales of Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. The current sales of their albums are much too low for our monitoring, that's why we haven't updates.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  It's unbelievable, Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' reigns the global track chart for a straight 12th week, and even increases the weekly points frame 0,5% to 549.000. No other song since 'We Found Love' by Rihanna & Calvin Harris, which ruled 14 weeks in 2011/ 2012, was such a long time at no.1... and an end is not in sight! With a total of 8.170.000 points 'Happy' jumps from no.184 to no.143. Now an interesting comparison with the three most successful tracks of the 21st century (so far): Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling' was at no.6 with 226.000 points in the week 48, 2009, when it jumped over the 8 million border in total points. Robin Thickes' 'Blurred Lines' was no.2 with 469.000 points in the week 35, 2013 and Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' was at no.9 with 161.000 points in the week 36, 2012. So the chances are not bad that 'Happy' grows up to the biggest hit of the 21st century (so far). Back to this week's hitlist, John Legend's 'All Of Me' remains at no.2 and loses 4% to 304.000 points. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J's 'Dark Horse' climbs back at no.3, despite a 9% points decrease to 272.000. South Korean pop duo Akdong Musician boosts with three songs on the hitlist. The most successful tune, '200%', shoots at no.13 globally with 121.000 points and leads massive ten new-entries on this week's tally! The only two international releases are Ed Sheeran's new smash 'Sing', which lands on a remarkable no.16 with 109.000 points, and Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX's 'Fancy' at no.36 with 83.000 points. Outside the top 40 waiting among other Sekai No Owari's 'Honoô To Mori No Carnival' at no.45, the Japanese version of Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go', performed by Takako Matsu, at no.46, Vamp's 'Last Night' at no.53 and Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance' at no.58 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART




Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatlemania reached its climax. What happened? A year ago, in 1963, the Beatles became more and more success in United Kingdom, but outside their native country it just didn't work. Several labels like Swan, Vee-Jay and Tollie tried to release successful UK hits like 'She Loves You', 'Please Please Me' and 'Twist And Shout' in the USA, but they flopped. Everything changed with the publication of 'I Want To Hold Your

Hand' in December 1963. In United Kingdom it sold more than one million copies only in that month and short time later the whole wide world was infected by the Beatles virus. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' developed into a giant success around the globe and hold still no.5 on the Alltime Chart. As a result of this all other older songs entered the charts. Early April 1964 there was a unique and strange situation on the US Billboard chart: five Beatles songs blocked the top. 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Twist And Shout', 'She Loves You', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please Me'. A very similar constellation was on the global chart. Never before and after an act or a band reached such a massive success and since then the Beatles are an eternal legend!  GLOBAL CHART - 50 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video

Billboard Report
'Frozen' spends 10th week at no.1
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its  run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive  week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending

April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down 11 percent compared with the previous frame, when it sold 149,000 at No. 1. The album’s cumulative sales also climb past the 2 million mark, as its additional 133,000 copies bring its to-date sum to 2.1 million. "Frozen" is now one of just 11 albums to have spent at least 10 weeks at No. 1 since the chart started using SoundScan's point-of-sale data on May 25, 1991. Four of those 11 albums also happen to be soundtracks: “Frozen,” Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" (20 weeks at No. 1), "Titanic" (16 weeks) and "The Lion King" (10 weeks). In addition, "Frozen" now ties "The Lion King" for the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated film soundtrack. As previously reported, "Frozen" has spent more weeks at No. 1 than any album since Adele's "21" racked up 24 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse in 2011 and 2012. It spent its 24th and final week at No. 1 on the chart dated June 23, 2012. At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 is Pharrell's "G I R L," which

rebounds back to its peak, rising seven slots with 29,000 (up 18 percent). During the tracking week, Pharrell performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" (April 7) and was profiled on CBS' "Sunday Morning" (April 13). "G I R L" also benefits from Pharrell's performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on April 5. "G I R L" debuted at No. 2 on the chart dated March 22 and has yet to leave the top 10 after six weeks. However, the album also logs the smallest weekly sum for the No. 2-selling album on the Billboard 200 in the SoundScan era. The previous low was 34,000, when Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" was in the runner-up slot on the chart dated May 14, 2011. 5 Seconds of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" EP slips 2-3 with 26,000 in its second week (down 82 percent).

MercyMe earns the chart's highest debut, as the group's "Welcome to the New" arrives at No. 4 with 26,000. It's the third top 10 effort for the act — and third in a row — following "The Hurt & the Healer" (No. 7 in 2012) and "The Generous Mr. Lovewell" (No. 3 in 2010). Rock band Black Label Society picks up its second top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the No. 5 bow of "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (nearly 26,000). The act's last studio release, 2010's "Order of the Black," debuted and peaked at No. 4, selling 33,000 in its first week. "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" also enters at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums. R&B singer SoMo’s self-titled second album starts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, selling 23,000 in its first week. It's easily the best week ever for the artist, as his 2012 debut effort, "My Life," missed the chart entirely. (However, it did reach No. 24 on our new-artist chart: Heatseekers Albums.) Singer Martina McBride is the fourth and final debut in the top 10 this week, as her new covers album "Everlasting" enters at No. 7 with 21,000. It also starts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, her fifth No. 1 on that tally. As for the rest of the top 10 this week, LukeBryan's "Crash My Party" jumps 15-8 (19,000; up 14 percent) in the wake of his exposure on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6. Bryan co-hosted the show with Blake Shelton and performed his latest single, "Play It Again." Although Shakira also performed on the ACMs (with Shelton), her self-titled album falls 5-9 (17,000; down 41 percent) in its third week. Another ACMs performer, Florida Georgia Line,returns to the top 10, climbing 19-10 with "Here's to the Good Times" (just over 17,000; up 14 percent). It's the highest rank for the album since the chart dated Aug. 31, 2013, when it was at No. 8. Florida Georgia Line performed twice on the ACMs, singing "Stay" and "That's How We Roll" (the latter with Bryan). Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 13) totaled 4.3 million units, down 11 percent compared with the sum last week (4.9 million) and down 21 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.4 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 70.9 million, down 17 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (85.1 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, the top four titles are all non-movers, as Pharrell's "Happy" leads for a ninth straight week (257,000; down 9 percent). John Legend's "All of Me" is No. 2 (197,000; down 14 percent); Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, is No. 3 (162,000; up 4 percent); and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" is No. 4 (152,000; down 2 percent). The chart's highest debut comes in at No. 5: Ed Sheeran's "Sing" with 123,000. It's his second-biggest sales week yet, following the post-Christmas haul of "The A Team" (181,000) in the week ending Dec. 30, 2012. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, falls 5-6 with 111,000 (down 9 percent), and Bryan's "Play It Again" rises 8-7 with 108,000 (up 24 percent). DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" is pushed down one slot to No. 8 with 95,000 (down 1 percent), and Aloe Blacc's "The Man" dips 6-9 with 89,000 (down 17 percent). Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll" (featuring Bryan) ascends 11-10 with 86,000 (up 10 percent). With Bryan at Nos. 7 and 10, he becomes the first male country artist to have two concurrent titles in the top 10 since the chart launched Oct. 30, 2004. The only country act to manage the feat previously was Taylor Swift (she has done it 10 times). Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.7 million downloads, up 1 percent compared with last week (21.4 million) and down 15 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (25.5 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 355.1 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (410.3 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS

Clean Bandit
are a British electronic group, founded in 2009. After their 2013 single "Mozart's House" reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart, and the release of 'Nightingale' featuring pop singer Horner Woods and dubstep band Camo & Krooked, which peaked to number 39 on the UK Singles Chart, in January 2014 they scored their first UK number one single with "Rather Be", featuring elements of classical music, along with a dance music beat. "Rather Be" is current UK number one single since four weeks. Clean Bandit's music has been described as 'fusion' music, mixing electronic music with classical and dubstep / brostep elements. They produce the music themselves and invite guest artists to sing their songs (as Jess Glynne on "Rather Be"). The album "New Eyes" is due to be released on May 12, 2014 through Atlantic Records. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Sigma have Nobody To Love at number one
Monday, April 14, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Previous singles on several labels failed to ignite but drum & bass duo Sigma's latest 3 Beat/All Around The World single Nobody To Love explodes to a number one debut on sales of 121,176 copies. It's a vast improvement on their last single Rudeboy (feat. Doctor), which got to number 56 last December, becoming their biggest hit to that point,

and selling 18,202 copies. Nobody To Love is based on Kanye West's Bound 2, featuring either a re-sung or distorted sample of Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson's vocal from the West track, which itself features several samples. Its success comes in the wake of heavy support from Radio One, where it was the most-played track the week before its release, being aired 28 times. The Vamps only made their chart debut six months ago but rack up their third straight top three single with Last Night debuting at number two (71,324 sales). Although still waiting for their first number one, they are clearly the hottest new boy band around, having sold 66,730 copies of their debut single Can We Dance the week it debuted at number two last October, and 83,130 copies of follow-up Wild Heart when it opened at number three in January. The third and last new release to debut inside the Top 10 is Fancy (number five, 38,320 sales) by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX. It is the fourth single from Azalea's

debut album The New Classic - which drops next week - and each has charted higher than its predecessors. First single Work reached number 17, follow-up Bounce got to number 13, and most recently Change Your Life (feat. T.I.) got as far as number 10. Songs in the Top 10 not mentioned elsewhere: I Got U (3-6, 35,847 sales) by Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, Happy by Pharrell Williams (6-7, 34,927 sales), My Love (4-8, 32,410 sales) by Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne), Rather Be (8-9, 27,590 sales) by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne and Dark Horse (11-10, 25,380 sales) by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J. Overall singles sales are up 0.14% week-on-week at 2,953,642 - 8.63% below same week 2013 sales of 3,232,780. The Kaiser Chiefs' performance on BBC1 TV ratings hit The Voice

with their lead singer and show coach Ricky Wilson was just enough to propel their fifth album Education, Education, Education & War to number one last week and, in a falling market, sustain it for a second week at the top, albeit on sales of just 16,086 copies - the lowest tally for a number one for 87 weeks, and the fourth lowest tally in the 745 weeks that have thus far elapsed in the 21st century. Coming Home - the track they played on the show in a duet with Wilson's charge Christina Marie - sprints 45-31 (9,614 sales) to become their 10th Top 40 single. Another example of the show's clout (which doesn't seem to extend to its winners, per singles commentary) is provided by the 10-2 jump (15,204 sales) of fellow musical guest Paloma Faith's latest album, A Perfect Contradiction. Faith performed latest single Can't Rely On You - a number 10 hit six weeks ago - on the show, sparking a 53-35 jump last week, and a further improvement to number 18 (19,239 sales) this week for the track. Aloe Blacc also appeared on the show singing The Man. Although it doesn't stop the song from falling 1-3 (56,184 sales), it surely helped the launch of parent album Lift Your Spirit, which debuts at number five (10,387 sales) to become his highest charting album. A track off the set - Blacc's solo acoustic version of Wake Me Up! (the Avicii number one on which he sang uncredited) - jumps 145-69 (3,560 sales) on the singles chart. Lift Your Spirit is the only new arrival in the Top 10, where John Legend's own slow-burner Love In The Future has another good week, reaching a new peak and topping the 100,000 sales mark. It climbs 5-3, while the album's hit, All Of Me, slips 2-4 on the singles chart. You'd think from the movements documented in the last sentence that the album was improving and the single was declining in sales - but the exact opposite is true. Love In The Future's 5-3 rise came despite sales falling 8.65% week-on-week to a three week low of 12,739, but All Of Me's 2-4 fall was accompanied by a 7.53% expansion in sales to 50,954. The rest of this week's Top 10 artist albums: Symphonica (3-4, 11,223 sales) by George Michael, Out Among The Stars (4-6, 10,374 sales) by Johnny Cash, The Power Of Love (2-7, 9,103 sales) by Sam Bailey, Girl (7-8, 8,101 sales) by Pharrell Williams, If You Wait (11-9, 7,464 sales) by London Grammar and Going Back Home (6-10, 7,325 sales) by Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey. It is the second week in a row that sales have outstripped same week last year levels - the first time that has happened since they were higher than equivalent 2012 sales three times in a row, spanning weeks 30-32 of last year. Despite the respite in downward sales afforded by the last two weeks, overall sales for the year-to-date are down 13.10%. It is also noticeable that the advance of downloads at the expense of physical formats has slowed to a crawl, with the digital share of the market so far this year at 37.66%, barely improved from a same stage 2013 share of 36.88%. In real terms, downloads are down from 9,338,386 last year to 8,286,770 this year. By contrast, vinyl albums have sold 270,136 copies so far in 2014, up a massive 71.65% on the 157,380 tally of a year ago, although they still account for a minuscule 1.23% of all sales.  COMPLETE CHARTS


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