Ed Sheeran jumps back to the summit
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's a little surprise: in
its 60th week on the tally Ed Sheeran's 'X' returns to the hot
spot of the Global Album Chart for a third time with healthy 119.000
sales. The first time the album led the chart was after the release in
the week 28, 2014 with massive 549,000 sales. Two weeks later it
turned back to no.1 with 151,000 copies sold. Now after 60 weeks on
the tally 'X' sold a total of 6,593,000 units, 3,107,000 of it this
year alone. On the year-to-date list 'X' remains at no.2, behind
Taylor Swift's '1989' with 3,387,000 sales. There's a gap of 280,000
units between these both albums, and the gap becomes increasingly
smaller. Will be 'X' the best-selling album of 2015 by the end of the
year, or '1989' stays at no.1, or Adele's new album will be published
in the autumn and outstrip the other two? Back to this week's hitlist,
let's look us the other end of the chart at no.40: exactly one year
ago in the week 35, 2014 we registered a new alltime low, when One
Direction's 'Midnight Memories' placed at no.40 in that week with only
Now it goes down a further
step, Led Zeppelin's remastered 'Presence' ranks at the final place
this week with only 13,000 sales! Also in the middle of our Top 40 we
have a new alltime low, for the first time ever a no.20 album sold
less than 20,000 copies, 'Chaos And The Calm' by James Bay climbs at
this place with only 19,000 sales. Last week's no.1, 'Compton' by
Dr.Dre slides at no.3, after a massive 82% sales erosion to 75,000 and
Luke Bryan's 'Kill The Lights' remains at no.2 with 93,000 copies, a
73% sales decline compared to the previous week. Some
additional sales stats: 'If You're Reading This, It's Too Late'' by
Drake sold 13,000 copies
last week and reaches a total of 1,300,000 so far, 'Born In The Echoes' by
the Chemical Brothers sold also 13,000 units last week, 128,000 so far, 'Something
More Than Free' by
Jason Isbell sold 9,000 units last week and has a total of 108,000 copies so far,
Disney's 'Frozen' sold
so far, '21' by Adele 26,888,000, and '1989' by
Taylor Swift 8,006,000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's a new feature on our
It's a list with all number one songs of the United World Chart in a
chronological order with song-credits and many interesting facts about
each tune. The feature is under construction, for the moment there's a
test run with the no.1 smashes of the time between 2010 and 2015. In
the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our
chart-history. A tight race this week atop the Global Track Chart,
three songs are in the range between 250,000 and 265,000 points. And
winner for a second time is 'Can't Feel My Face' by The Weeknd. In its
10th week on the tally the song gets another 265.000 points, a 4%
decrease compared to the previous week. Felix Jaehn's remix of Omi's
'Cheerleader' holds tight at no.2 with 257,000 points, 5% less as the
week before. At no.3 debuts this week's highest debut, 'Maenomeri' by
SKE 48 with 251,000 points. It's the 13th Global Top 10 smash for the
Japanese idol girl group. Beside 'Maenomeri' there's only another
new-entry on the current tally, it's 'Hard Knock Days' by Generations
from Exile Tribe at no.27 with 86.000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other Shawn Mendes' 'Stitches' at no.42,
Jess Glynne's 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself' at no.43, Adam
Lambert's 'Ghost Town' at no.48, Fall Out Boy's 'Uma Thurman' at no.50,
Sam Feldt feat. Kimberley Anne's 'Show Me Love' at no.52, and Robin
Schulz feat. Ilsey's 'Headlights' at no.56 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
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of that tune
Luke Bryan spends 2nd week at no.1 on Billboard 200 Album
Thuesday, August 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield & Silvio Pietroluongo, Los Angeles
scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his Kill
the Lights album. The set shifted another 99,000 equivalent album units
in the week ending Aug. 20, according to
Nielsen Music. A week ago it debuted atop
the list with 345,000 units.
Kill the Lights is the first country album to spend more than one week at No. 1
in two years. The feat last occurred with Bryan’s own previous album, Crash My
Party, which spent its second and final frame at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept.
In two weeks, Kill the Lights has sold 403,000 in pure album sales.
Behind Bryan is a surging Ed Sheeran, who sees his X album jump 6-2 with 97,000
units (up 196 percent). It rallies thanks to publicity generated by his NBC TV
concert special Ed Sheeran -- Live at Wembley Stadium (which aired Aug. 18) and
sales spurred by the album’s temporary 99-cent discount pricing in the Google
Play store. The set’s album sales rose to 80,000 for the week (up 378 percent).
Of that figure, download sales equated to 72,000 (up 607 percent). Dr. Dre’s
Compton slips to No. 3 with 51,000 units (down 83 percent) in its second week.
Dre can also be found at No. 4 as a member of N.W.A, as the group
zooms 30-4 with Straight Outta Compton (44,000 units; up 254 percent). The
latter album reaches a new chart high and benefits from the opening weekend
(Aug. 14-16) of the theatrical film of the same name.
The Now 55 compilation descends 3-5 with 40,000 units (down 254 percent).
Singer Melanie Martinez (a former contestant on The Voice) starts at No. 6 with
her debut full-length album Cry Baby (40,000 units). She had previously visited
the Heatseekers Albums chart with her 2014 Dollhouse EP, which reached No. 4 on
that developing artists tally. Taylor Swift’s 1989 dips 5-7 with 32,000 units
(down 4 percent). The album has
spent all 43 of its chart weeks in the Top 10. Rock band Bullet for My Valentine
launches at No. 8 with its latest album, Venom, moving 28,000 units
(of which 26,000 are pure album sales). It’s the
second Top 10 album from the band, which also hit the region with 2009’s Scream
Aim Fire (No. 4) and 2010’s Fever (No. 3).
The Nos. 8-10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart are only separated by a few
hundred units, but when their sums for the week are rounded to the nearest
thousand, they all end up totaling 28,000.
That said, closing out the Top 10 are Future’s DS2 (7-9 with nearly 28,000
units; down 11 percent) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (9-10 with almost 28,000 as
well; up 1 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100
OMI's debut smash "Cheerleader" tops for a sixth week. The
reggae/pop tune again fends off "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, who wowed
the crowd in his headlining set at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music
Festival at Jones Beach, N.Y., over the weekend.
"Cheerleader" holds atop the Hot
100 while maintaining its No. 2 ranks on Radio Songs (147 million in audience,
down 1 percent, according to Nielsen Music), Streaming Songs (15.1 million U.S.
streams, down 7 percent) and Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks (105,000
downloads sold, down 11 percent, in the week ending Aug. 20). "Cheerleader"
additionally passes 2 million (2.1 million) in sales to date. Six weeks on top for "Cheerleader," OMI ties for the longest run at No.
1 on the Hot 100 for a reggae song in more than 22 years. It matches the
six-week command of MAGIC!'s "Rude" last summer. The last reggae ruler to reign
longer? Snow's "Informer," which led for seven weeks in March-April 1993.
At No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a second week after topping the chart, The Weeknd's
"Face" remains the most-heard song on radio and the top-selling title. It spends
a third week each at No. 1 on Radio Songs (157 million, essentially even from
last week) and Digital Songs (109,000 downloads sold, down 8 percent) and
retreats 4-5 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, down 2 percent). "Face" also
leads Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs
charts for a sixth week each.
Still, The Weeknd again claims two simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits, as "The
Hills" holds at its No. 5 peak so far. The track keeps at No. 5 on Streaming
Songs (13.6 million, up 1 percent) and zooms 7-6 on Digital Songs (79,000, up 6
percent) and 42-25 on Radio Songs (44 million, up 49 percent). With its latest
sales frame, "The Hills" pushes past 1 million sold since its release.
Between The Weeknd's "Face" and "The Hills" on the Hot 100, Silento's "Watch Me"
remains at its No. 3 peak, while leading Streaming Songs (16.8 million, down 21
percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a fifth week each. At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Major
Lazer and DJ Snake "Lean On," featuring MO, stays at its best rank, highlighted
by its 4-3 lift on Radio Songs (117 million, up 9 percent). "Lean" leads
Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a sixth week.
Years & Years are a British-Australian electronica trio
founded in London. The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly
Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. Years &
Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and '90s house
elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core
influences. The band formed in 2010, after Goldsworthy moved to the United
Kingdom from Australia and met Turkmen online. Shortly afterwards, Alexander
joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the
shower. The band was originally a five-piece group, with Noel Leeman and Olivier
Subria. Leeman left the band in 2013. Years & Years' debut single "I Wish I
Knew" was released in July 2012 on the label Good Bait, with the band performing
as a five-piece group. In 2013 the group signed to French label Kitsuné Records
as a three-piece and released their second single "Traps" in September 2013. In
2014 the group signed to Polydor Records and released the single "Take Shelter".
The EP reached the number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart. In
January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015. Years & Years
were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for the Brit Awards 2015. Their
new single 'King' was released on March the 1st and became a number one smash in
the British Singles Charts. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture
to see the video
Music Week Report
Rachel Platten fights her way to number one
Monday, August 31, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
By some measures the UK's 1,300th number one
single, Rachel Platten's Fight Song makes the second biggest jump to number one
in Top 75 history, its 68-1 leap (58,581 sales, including 10,585 from streams)
being beaten only by the 73-1 jump made by Pixie Lott’s Boys & Girls in 2009.
Fight Song's lurch to the summit comes after it was made
more widely available
for download - it recorded its first low level sales as long ago as last
November, and 1,636 of the 17,609 copies it sold before topping the chart were
from paid-for purchases, the rest from streams.
It is the debut hit for 34 year old Platten, who wrote the song with Dave
Bassett, and has sold a million copies in her native USA, reaching number six on
Billboard's Hot 100 a couple of weeks ago.
Platten's single isn't the only track to reap chart rewards as it transitions
from limited to full availability - German DJ Felix Jaehn's Ain't Nobody (Loves
Me Better) leaps 54-2 (55,986 sales), on its 15th week in the Top 200 and fifth
week in the Top 75. Birthday boy Jaehn - he turned 21 today (28th) - was
responsible for the mix that transformed OMI's Cheerleader into a number one
record. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) is actually a reinvention of the even
more youthful Jasmine Thompson's cover of
Ain't Nobody, which reached number 32 in 2013, when Thompson was just 12
years old, after being used as the bed for a Sainsbury's TV campaign. It
is the fourth version of Ain't Nobody to make the Top 10: Rufus & Chaka
Khan's original reached number eight in 1984 and number six in 1989, LL
Cool J's rap adaptation topped the chart in 1997, The Course's dance
remake reaching number eight later that year. There were also two
versions in the chart in 1994, though neither made the Top 10 - Gwen
Dickey from Rose Royce teamed with the UK's KWS for a version that
reached number 21, and was joined in the chart by another version from
Jaki Graham, while 1995 saw Diana King's version hit number 13. Penned
by Rufus member Dave 'Hawk' Wolinksi,
the track has been much less successful in America, where only the Rufus
& Chaka Khan version made the Top 40, peaking at number 22.
With attention turning to her album, Jess Glynne's Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
falls 1-3 (52,173 sales) on the singles chart.
Walk The Moon are stuck - their debut smash Shut Up & Dance has been as high as
number four, but is number eight (33,353 sales) for the third week in a row and
the sixth time in its career.
Everything else in the Top 10 is heading south, these being Calvin Harris +
Disciples' How Deep Is Your Love (3-4, 51,389 sales), Charlie Puth's Marvin Gaye
(feat. Meghan Trainor, 2-5, 50,268 sales), The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face (4-6,
43,968 sales), Martin Solveig & GTA's Intoxicated (5-7, 34,199 sales), Lost
Frequencies' Are You With Me? (7-9, 31,893 sales) and Little Mix's Black Magic
(6-10, 31,620 sales).
Overall singles sales are up 1.60% week-on-week at 7,111,818. Streams accounted
for 5,040,280 sales - 70.87% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 0.27%
week-on-week at 2,071,538, and are 22.54% below same week 2014 sales of
2,674,466 - the 107th week in a row they have declined versus a year previous.
A week after scoring her fifth number one single, Jess Glynne tops the album
chart with I Cry When I Laugh debuting at the summit on sales of 59,117 copies
(including 3,523 streams).
The 25 year old Londoner's first album, it contains eight of her nine Top 75
entries to date, the missing one being Route 94 collaboration My Love, which
appears instead in a stripped-down solo acoustic version.
Glynne's album secured the biggest first week sale by a new UK female since Sam
Bailey's The Power Of Love sold 72,644 copies on debut in March 2014, and
provides the biggest weekly sale of any artist album since Muse's Drones sold
72,863 copies on debut 11 weeks ago.
It was more than enough to see off The Very Best Of Cilla Black, which slips to
number two, although it increased sales by 77.66% week-on-week to a new peak at
Black's improvement, in turn, was enough to prevent Bon Jovi from securing their
sixth straight number two studio album in a sequence that stretches back 13
years. Bounce (2002), Have A Nice Day (2005), Lost Highway (2007), The Circle
(2009) and What About Now (2013) all opened and peaked as runners-up but Burning
Bridges opens at number three. With the band's four studio albums immediately
prior to their run of number twos all reaching number one, it is their 10th
consecutive studio album to make the top three since 1988, and their 17th Top 75
entry in all since 1984. Burning Bridges' opening week's sale of 14,543 copies
is only 38.59% of the 37,684 copies that last album What About Now sold on debut
two years ago.
The youngest act in the chart is Bars And Melody. Comprising 14 year old rapper
Leondre Devries and 16 year old singer Charlie Lenehan, the duo finished third
on Britain's Got Talent last year, and their debut album 143 opens at number
four (10,828 sales). That's an excellent achievement, given that although the
pair's first single, Hopeful, reached number five more than a year ago,
subsequent 2015 singles Keep Smiling and Stay Strong peaked at 52 and 53
respectively. Competition winners Collabro topped the chart with 2014 debut
album Stars and reached number two with follow-up Act Two in June.
The Disturbed is one of the most successful heavy metal bands to emerge in the
21st century, and will secure their fifth straight number one album in America
with Immortalized next week. They haven't quite had the same impact in the UK
but the album debuts here at number 8 (8,800 sales) to become their second Top
10 album, five years after their last album, Asylum, opened and peaked at number
seven (11,699 sales) . Despite significantly lower peaks, three of their first
four albums have sold upwards of 100,000 copies in the UK, and the other is
about to join them. 2000 debut The Sickness got to number 102 and has sold
145,989 copies; 2002's Believe reached number 41 and has sold 98,947 copies;
2005's Ten Thousand Fists reached number 59 and has sold 120,314 copies and
2008's Indestructible reached number 20 and has sold 104,094 copies. Asylum has
some way to go, with a to-date tally of 63,235 sales.
On its first full week of physical availability, Dr Dre's former number one
Compton remains at number five, with its CD edition key in driving its sales up
13.59% week-on-week to 10,750.
The rest of the Top 10: In The Lonely Hour (6-6, 9,619 sales) by Sam Smith, X
(4-7, 9,061 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Chaos And The Calm (2-9, 7,863 sales) by James
Bay and Communion (7-10, 6,534 sales) by Years & Years.
Overall album sales are up 7.56% week-on-week at 1,560,063. Streaming accounted
for 451,726 sales - 28.96% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 9.91%
week-on-week at 1,108,337 - 16.62% below same week 2014 sales of 1,329,204.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Porno Graffitti 'Rhinoceros'
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No.1 'Sugar' Robin Schulz / Francesco Yates
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