Global Chart Report
Magic! climbs back on the hot seat
Friday, August 22, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
A sad new low in the history of the Global
Album Chart: this week One Direction returns at no.40 with 'Midnight
Memories' and only 14.000 sales! Never before since the start of the
weekly hitlist in 2004 an album placed with such low sales. Let's look
to the other end of our current Top 40: it seems that the Japanese use
almost all their income for the purchase of new recordings from all
these countless idol groups. Almost no week goes by, without a new
successful single or album. This week NMB 48, a sister group to AKB
48, shoots atop the Global Album Chart with the second effort 'Sekai
No Chuushin Wa Osaka Ya (Namba Jichiku)'. The set found 325.000 buyers
in its first week at retail, according to Oricon. The first album of
NMB 48, 'Teppen Tottande!', started also at the summit with almost the
same sales (328.000, in the week 11, 2013). Last week's number one,
the soundtrack to 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', slips at no.2 after an 8%
sales decline to 133.000. 'Frozen', the other big soundtrack for now,
two slots back at no.3, driven by a 12% sales
boost to 87.000. Ed Sheeran's 'X' takes the other direction and slides
two spots at no.4 (down 7% to 85.000 sales). This week's second
highest debut comes from American rock band Gaslight Anthem. Their
fifth album 'Get Hurt' starts at no.5 with 66.000 sales. Nearly eight
months have passed, so it's time for another interim balance: 'Frozen'
leads outstanding with 5.625.000 sales, following by Coldplay's 'Ghost
Stories' with 2.441.000 sales and Beyoncé's self-titled album with
2.051.000 sales. The complete Top 40 lists for albums and tracks are
available on our
Some additional sales stats: 'Whispers' by Passenger sold
last week and reaches a total of 277.000 so far, 'Don't Kill
The Magic' by Magic! sold 9.000
units last week, 117.000 so far,
'If You Wait' by London Grammar sold 12.000 units last week and has
a total of 895.000 units so far, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem sold
4.174.000 copies so far, 'Pure Heroine'
by Lorde 2.669.000 and
Katy Perry 3.183.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
'Am I Wrong' by Nico & Vinz spent only one week on the throne of the
Global Track Chart and slides currently at no.3 after a 15% points
decline to 242.000. Also 'Rude' by Magic! lost 3% in points to
260.000, but that's enough for a return to top position. It's the
third non-consecutive week at the summit for that song. The 20
year-old Meghan Trainor is the shooting-star of the season. Her debut
smash 'All About That Bass' reached with a record pace the
vice-position of the Global Chart (up 21% to 244.000 points).
Thematically in the near of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' and
musically in the near of Duffy and her blue-eyed soul, 'All About That Bass' will
be surely one of the biggest hits in the last third of this year. Pharrell
Williams' 'Happy', this week at no.18, reached a total of 13.025.000
points after 36 weeks on the tally. It's enough to overtake 'Gangsta's
Paradise' by Coolio feat. L.V. on the
ALL TIME CHART.
So 'Happy' climbs now at no.9 and next week it will be overtake 'I
Gotta Feeling' by the Black Eyed Peas, the biggest hit of the 21st
century so far! Back to this week's hitlist, Japanese seven-member boy
band Kis-My-Ft2 brings the highest debut, 'Another Future' lands at
no.15 with 141.000 points.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Winner's 'Coloring' at no.41, Kana Nishino's 'Darling' at
no.43, Dierks Bentley's Drunk On A Plane' at no.57 and Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' at
no.59 and for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era:
'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written
and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC
& The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by
soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George
visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was
behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop
history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit,
reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On
the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for
sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved
no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The
Sun'. And on the
ALL TIME CHART
'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points,
only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By
the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash
'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit
wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A
Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.
GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO
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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' spends second week at No.1
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on
the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another
93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,
according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15
percent from the week previous).
Soundtracks have crowned the chart for 15 weeks in 2014 -- nearly half of the
year so far. Earlier this year, the soundtrack to Frozen clocked 13 weeks atop
Speaking of Frozen, thanks to sale pricing in the iTunes Store, the album
rebounds 8-3 on the Billboard 200, selling 43,000 (up 53 percent). It sits
behind the non-moving Now 51 various-artists compilation at No. 2, which sold
52,000 (down 45 percent).
With the Now 51 album at No. 2, all of the top three albums are multi-artist
projects for the first time since the April 11, 2009 chart. That week, Now 30
debuted at No. 1, followed by an also-arriving Hannah Montana: The Movie
soundtrack at No. 2. The first Twilight soundtrack held firm at No. 3.
Back on the new Billboard 200, The Gaslight Anthem's Get Hurt is the chart's
highest new entry, debuting at No. 4 with 33,000 sold. It's the second top 10
effort for the rock band, which hit No. 3 with its last studio set, 2012's
YouTuber Troye Sivan starts at No. 5
with his new EP, TRXYE, selling 30,000 copies after only three days of sales.
The five-song set was exclusively available as a download and also debuts at No.
2 on the Digital Albums chart (behind Guardians of the Galaxy).
Sivan's album was released Friday, Aug. 15, instead of the usual Tuesday, so
that the set would have a global release date. Friday is the day when new albums
are released in Australia, where Sivan is based. He signed with EMI Australia in
June 2013, and his EP was released on Capitol Records in the United States. Five
Seconds of Summer's self-titled album dips one position to No. 6, with 27,000
(down 24 percent); Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour rises 9-7 with 26,000 (down 3
Godsmack's 1000HP falls 3-8 in its second week with 21,000
(down 63 percent). Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Hypnotic Eye descends 6-9 with
20,000 (down 41 percent), and Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rises 12-10 with
19,000 (up 19 percent). Bryan's album, like Frozen, was also discounted in the
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 10) totaled 4.1 million
units, down 4 percent compared with the sum last week (4.3 million) and down 19
percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.1 million).
Year-to-date album sales stand at 150.5 million, down 15 percent compared with
the same total at this point last year (176.1 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" stays
put at No. 1, selling 239,000 downloads (up 21 percent), while the diva team-up
of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj with "Bang Bang" holds at No. 2 with
131,000 (down 7 percent).
Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, rises 7-3 with 125,000 (up 17
percent); Grande's "Break Free," featuring Zedd, zooms 14-4 with 116,000 (up 54
percent); and Smith's "Stay With Me" dips 4-5 with 105,000 (down 15 percent).
The highest debut on the chart is Grande's "Best Mistake," featuring Big Sean,
which enters at No. 6 with 104,000. With the arrival of “Best Mistake” alongside
"Bang Bang" and "Break Free," Grande is the first female artist to have three
songs in the top six of the chart at the same time. The last artist to notch
three in the region was Michael Jackson, who achieved the feat shortly after his
death (on the chart dated July 18, 2009).
Magic’s "Rude" falls 5-7 with 104,000 (down 15 percent), and Clean Bandit's
"Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, jumps 12-8 with 95,000 (up 12 percent).
Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" moves 6-9 with a little more than 93,000 (down
13 percent), and Sia's "Chandelier" hangs out at No. 10 for another week with
93,000 (up 3 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.6 million downloads, down 3
percent compared with last week (20.2 million) and down 15 percent stacked next
to the comparable week of 2013 (23.1 million). Year-to-date track sales are at
735.1 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last
year (843.3 million).
Magic! is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of
songwriter and record producer Nasri Atweh on lead vocals and Mark Pellizzer,
Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. In 2013, they released their debut single, 'Rude'
from their debut album 'Don't Kill The Magic' released worldwide on July 1,
2014. All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area. The lead
singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been working with and writing songs for different
pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger,
together known as The Messengers. He had met Mark Pelli in the studio and within
a week they had written the song 'Don't Judge Me' for Chris Brown. Nasri
described the chemistry between himself and Pelli as 'different than writing
chemistry, it was more artistic'. A few weeks later, while Mark played a reggae
tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested to start a band like 'modern-day Police'.
The debut single 'Rude' is a great international success now. >>
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Music Week Report
Debut hits of Nico & Vinz and Magic! continue to hold the top positions
Monday, August 18, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
The debut hits of Nico & Vinz and Magic! continue to hold the top two
positions in the singles chart. After exploding 52-1 last week, Norwegian duo
Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong suffers a 41.01% dip in sales to 62,750
(including 10,323 streaming sales). It is the lowest sale for a number
one single since Lily Allen's version of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know
sold 47,676 copies on its second and last week at number
one last December, 35 weeks ago.
Its lead over Canadian pop/reggae group Magic!'s introductory smash Rude is
reduced from 43.76% to 6.90%, with the latter selling 58,697 copies to increase
its overall sales to 342,296. A genuine hit, Rude's popularity is not reflected
in the fortunes of Magic!'s debut album, Don't Kill The Magic, which slumps
19-62 (1,475 sales) on its second appearance in the chart.
Completing a gridlocked singles chart top three, OneRepublic's Love Runs Out
suffers a 33.37% diminution in sales - to 34,019 - but holds at number three.
17 weeks after her debut hit Hideaway debuted at number one with pent-up demand
generating excellent first week sales of 136,286 copies, fellow Canadian
Kiesza's follow-up Giant In My Heart debuts at number four (33,414 sales).
Climbing 37-34 (10,321 sales), Hideaway is the year's 13th biggest hit, with a
to-date tally of 588,221 sales. The rest of this week's Top 10, all suffering
double digit dips in
sales percentages are: Ghost
by Ella Henderson (6-5, 29,150 sales), Budapest by George Ezra (5-6,
28,740 sales), Faded by ZHU (7-7, 25,625 sales), Problem by Ariana
Grande feat. Iggy Azalea (8-8, 24,998 sales), Crazy Stupid Love by
Cheryl Cole feat. Tinie Tempah (4-9, 24,114 sales) and Boom Clap by
Charli XCX (9-10, 22,486 sales). Overall singles sales are down 2.63%
week-on-week, at 5,116,368. Streaming accounted for 2,619,137 sales -
more than half the total (51.19%) for the first time. Under previously
existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall
singles sales are down 6.01% week-on-week at 2,497,231 – 20.11% below
same week 2013 sales of 3,125,804, and the 53rd consecutive week in
which they have declined versus
a year ago. Ed Sheeran's lock on the album chart continues with his second album X
registering its eighth straight week at number one. The only other album in
chart history by a male solo artist to spend its first eight weeks at number one
is Phil Collins' ...But Seriously, which turned the trick in 1989/90. X has seen
its sales fall every single week since release, declining
182,427-93,270-52,152-39,375-33,283-31,229-29,741-27,208 which - along
with the 26 copies it sold prior to official release - raise its
cumulative sales to 488,711. It will become the first artist album of
the year to break the half million barrier later this week. Sheeran's
debut album + didn't achieve 500,000 sales until its 13th week.
Sheeran's runner-up is Sam Smith, whose debut album In The Lonely Hour bounces
3-2 with sales up 8.74% week-on-week at 12,163. In the top five throughout its
12 week chart run, In The Lonely Hour has sold 332,891 copies to date, making it
the fourth biggest artist album of the year overall, and by far the biggest 2014
debut album. American rock quartet The Gaslight Anthem have the week's highest
debuting album, opening at number four (9,166 sales) with their fifth
album Get Hurt. It's a step back from the giddy heights of number two
scaled by their last album, Handwritten a little over two years ago,
when it sold 18,380 copies on its debut and was denied top billing only
by Plan B's Ill Manors soundtrack. More than most, reality TV stars have
to make hay while the sun shines, which is why fraternal Britain's Got
Talent act Richard & Adam - a Welsh classical crossover duo, who
finished third in last year's series of the show - have released three
albums in just 54 weeks. Their debut album, The Impossible Dream,
reached number one last August, while their seasonal selection The
Christmas Album reached number 54 last December. Their latest, At The
Movies, debuts at number five (8,762 sales). This very week in 2008, The
Saturdays were enjoying their first hit single with If This Is Love. Six
years on, they score their 20th - but smallest - hit, debuting at number
38 (9,982 sales) with What You Waiting For?. All of these songs, and a
fair few more are on their first compilation, Finest Selection: The
Greatest Hits, which debuts at number 10 (7,268 sales) on the album
chart. 73 weeks after it debuted at number 35, and 43 weeks after it
reached its previous peak position of number 17, OneRepublic's newly
expanded Native makes the Top 10 for the first time. One of the new
tracks on the album is the current single Love Runs Out. Native jumps
70-9 (7,960 sales) this week to become OneRepublic's second Top 10
album, following 2007 debut Dreaming Out Loud, which reached number two
and has sold 308,802 copies.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Blue Smoke/The Best Of Dolly Parton retreats 2-3
(10,905 sales), George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage slips 5-6 (8,705 sales), Paloma
Faith's A Perfect Contradiction ebbs 6-7 (8,626 sales) and Paolo Nutini's
Caustic Love holds at number eight (7,979 sales).
Overall album sales are down 6.11% week-on-week at 1,242,467. That is their
lowest level for eight weeks, and 3.80% below same week 2013 sales of 1,291,352.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 NMB 48 'Sekai No Chuushin Wa Osaka'
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Media Control Track Chart
'Lovers On The Sun' David Guetta
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