Zayn Malik storms to the global hot spot
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
After a fortnight
interruption, Adele's '25' turns back to the summit of the Global
Album Chart for an eighth week. It sold another 220,000 copies last
week, a total of stellar 16,138,000 units after 10 weeks on the tally.
With this result the album is now very close to the
TOP 100 ALL TIME CHART. The
former set '21' ranks a 143rd week on the hitlist and sails to no.17
with 29,000 sales. David Bowie's 'Blackstar' goes down at the
vice-position, after a 50% sales decline to 166,000. Justin Bieber's
'Purpose' is still in the top three with another 121,000 sales in its
eleventh week on the tally. On the year-to-date chart 2016 we have the
same order for the moment: Adele's '25' leads again with 1,168,000
copies, followed by 'Blackstar' (1,135,000 sales) and 'Purpose'
(558,000 sales). Highest debut of the week comes from the American
trash metal band Megadeth. Their 15th studio album 'Dystopia' bows at
no.4 globally with 88,000 sales, 48,100 of it in the USA alone
(according to Nielsen Music / Billboard). Another 8,500 copies moved
United Kingdom (according to
Music Week), 5,700 units in Japan (according to Oricon). South Korean
boy band Teen Top storms with 'Red Point' shy behind at no.5 with
66,000 sales. The lion share of it (65,100) comes from the band's
native country, another some hundred copies from Japan. The effort
exists in two versions, 'chic' and 'urban'... both versions were
counted together. Nearly one year ago, on February 13, 2015, Elle
King's debut album 'Love Stuff' was released. Driven by the big
success of the single 'Ex's & Oh's' (this week at no.15 on the Global
Chart), her album enters the Global Top 40 for the first time this
week with 16,000 sales. Some additional sales stats: 'Wilder Mind' by
Mumford & Sons sold 8.000 copies last week and reaches a total of
far, '19' by Adele sold 12,000 units last week, 7,046,000
so far, 'Get Weird' by Little Mix sold 10,000 units last week and has a
total of 588,000 units so far, '1000 Forms Of Fear' by Sia sold 1,479,000 copies so
far, 'Delirium' by Ellie Goulding 516.000, and 'Dark Sky Island' by
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Former One Direction member
Zayn Malik makes a grand entrance on the Global Track Chart
with his first solo-smash 'Pillowtalk'. The song starts with massive
468,000 points and ends the one week reign of Justin Bieber's 'Love
Yourself', which slides to the vice-position with 343,000 points, a
little 1% increase compared to the previous week. Zayn ties also the
records of his ex-band, 'Drag Me Down', the first single from their
current album, started with 428,000 points in the week 33, 2015. Back
to this week's tally, where Justin's other big smash 'Sorry' remains
at no.3 with 283,000 points (down 7%). Adele's 'Hello' goes down from
no.2 to no.4 with 280,000 points (down 12%) and Rihanna's new song
'Work', a collaboration with Canadian rapper Drake, rises one slot to
no.5, driven by a massive 53% points boost to 260,000 (it's the first
full week at retail for that tune). Keyword Drake: this week's second
highest debut is the follow-up to his previous big smash 'Hotline
Bling' (this week at no.17). The new song 'Summer Sixteen' bows at
no.6 globally with 234,000 points. The ballad '7 Years' by Lukas
Graham is on the way to the biggest hit made in Denmark, since Aqua's
'Barbie Girl' reached no.2 on the global chart in autumn 1997. '7
Years' makes a big jump this week from no.24 to no.11 (up 60%).
Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Jason Derulo's 'Get Ugly' at
no.41, Alan Walker's 'Faded' at no.46, Matt Simons' 'Catch And
Release' at no.47, Kygo feat. Maty Noyes' 'Stay' at no.54 and
Coldplay's 'Hymn For The Weekend' at no.59 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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Rihanna's 'Anti' rules at no.1 on Billboard 200 Albuma Chart
Thuesday, February 9, 2016
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Rihanna’s Anti album vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart,
marking the diva’s second leader. The set earned 166,000 units in the
U.S. in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music,
with pure album sales equating to
124,000 of that sum.
Anti jumps from No. 27 to No. 1 on the list, following the album’s arrival on
the tally a week ago (chart dated Feb. 13, reflecting data in the tracking week
ending Jan. 28).
Anti bowed at No. 27 after being available for only a fraction of the chart’s
tracking week. The album was released through Tidal's streaming service on the
evening of Jan. 27, commercially released the next day (again, through Tidal),
and became widely available to all digital retailers on Jan. 29.
A physical CD release followed on Feb. 5. Those sales are not part of the new
chart's tracking week, but will impact next week's charts (which reflect the
tracking frame of Feb. 5-11). Anti's first full week of sales (124,000) was
likely tempered by the album's previous availability as a free download,
supported by Samsung. It was given away beginning on Jan. 27 in a limited
quantity and generated 1.47 million downloads globally in less than 15 hours.
Those gratis downloads did not
count toward the charts or Nielsen Music's sales figures.
Rihanna previously led the Billboard 200 with her last studio effort, 2012’s
Unapologetic. It launched with 238,000 copies sold in its first week.
Anti is also Rihanna’s eighth top 10 album — every one of her studio efforts has
reached the region. She first hit the top 10 with her debut album, Music of the
Sun, which bowed and peaked at No. 10 on the chart dated Sept. 17, 2005. Coming
in at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 is Kevin Gates’ new Islah, which starts
with 112,000 units (93,000 in album sales). It’s easily the rapper’s highest
charting album yet, and best sales week. He previously peaked at No. 17 with
2014’s By Any Means, but notched his best sales frame with that same year’s Luca
A Gangsta Grillz Special Edition (23,000 sold in its first week). Adele’s 25 falls 1-3 in its 11th chart
week, with 106,000 units (down 9 percent). With another 89,000 copies of 25 sold
in the most recent tracking week, the album’s total U.S. sales have now
surpassed 8 million (8.03 million to be more exact).
Sia’s new This Is Acting arrives at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart with 81,000
units (68,000 in pure album sales). It’s the singer/songwriter’s best sales week
yet, and her second top five-charting album. It follows 2014’s 1000 Forms of
Fear, which debuted at No. 1 (52,000 copies sold in its first week).
Justin Bieber’s Purpose dips 5-2 in its 12th charting week, with 73,000 units
(down 16 percent).
Charlie Puth’s debut full-length album, Nine Track Mind, enters at No. 6 with
65,000 units (47,000 in pure album sales). The singer/songwriter previously
visited the chart with the EP Some Type of Love, which peaked at No. 37 last
Puth has so far notched four charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100,
including the No. 1 (for 12 weeks) smash “See You Again” (with Wiz Khalifa) and
the new album’s “One Call Away” (which climbed 26-22 on the Hot 100 chart dated
As for the rest of the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart: Twenty One Pilots’
Blurryface falls 4-7 (43,000 units; but up 1 percent), Chris Stapleton’s
Traveller moves 7-8 (33,000; down 3 percent), Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul rises
10-9 (32,000; up 4 percent) and G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out climbs 12-10
(31,000; up 15 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100
Zayn blasts at No. 1 with
"Pillowtalk," his first solo single after departing One Direction. The pop
singer/songwriter (full name: Zayn Malik) makes his first trip to the top of the
Hot 100 after peaking as high as No. 2 with 1D (with the group's 2013 single
"Best Song Ever"). He also earns an honor not achieved since a former Beatle
more than 45 years ago (read on).
"Pillowtalk" also opens atop the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs charts, with
267,000 first-week U.S. downloads sold and 22.3 million U.S. streams (the
fourth-largest streaming start ever) in the week ending Feb. 4, according to
Nielsen Music. It also bows at No. 1 on the subscription services-based
On-Demand Songs chart (12.7 million on-demand streams), while also boasting 17
million in radio audience.
As for the rest of the Hot 100's top five: Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" drops
to No. 2 after a week at No. 1 and his prior three-week leader "Sorry" dips 2-3
(while topping Radio Songs for a second week, holding at 141 million). Twenty
One Pilots' "Stressed Out" slips to No. 4 on the Hot 100, down a spot from its
peak (but adds top Airplay Gainer honors for its 9 percent jump to 131 million),
and "Hello" descends 4-5 after logging 10 weeks at No. 1. COMPLETE CHARTS
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.
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Music Week Report
Zayn Malik jumps at no.1 with his first solo
Monday, February 8, 2016
by Alan Jones, London
Ten months after leaving One
Direction, Zayn Malik sprints to a No.1 debut with first solo single
Pillowtalk on sales of 112,497 copies, including a best-ever 49,719 from
streams. Credited simply to Zayn, Pillowtalk received a late boost from
the release of an acoustic, 'living room session' version, which
displays his falsetto range, and at,
2m 25s, is nearly a minute shorter than the
full studio version of Pillowtalk. 23 year old Malik was a member of One
Direction for their first 23 chart hits, but contributed to the writing
of only three of them: Story Of My Life (No.2, 2013), Night Changes
(No.7, 2014) and Fool's Gold (No.74, 2014), However, he penned
Pillowtalk with brothers Mike and Anthony Hannides, who were themselves
part of 4Tune, a boy band who competed in the second season of The X
Factor in 2005. Pillowtalk replaces Shawn Mendes' Stitches, which dips
1-3 with its sales declining for the first time in 11 weeks (65,908
Malik's big debut means that although its sales are up 35.44%
week-on-week to 72,264, Jonas Blue & Dakota's recording of Tracy
Chapman's Fast Car can only improve 3-2.
Fast Car is the only song already in the Top 10 to reach a new peak this
week, but three more songs build on lower chart success to make their
Top 10 debuts. The most obvious of the three is Work, the first single
from Rihanna's Anti. Advancing
13-4 (59,577 sales) on its
first full week on release, Work is a collaboration with rapper Drake.
It is Rihanna's 27th Top 10 hit, Drake's fifth and their third together.
Drake simultaneously lands his 26th Top 75 entry with new solo single
Summer Sixteen debuting at No.23 (20,622 sales).
Danish group Lukas Graham's debut UK hit, 7 Years catapulted 107-24 last
week, and now advances to No.6 (45,592 sales).
After falling 12-14 last week, Craig David's When The Bassline Drops
(feat. Big Narstie) resumes its upwards progress, climbing to No.10
(33,793 sales). In so doing, it becomes David's 14th Top 10 hit but his
first since the David Bowie-sampling Hot Stuff (Let's Dance) in 2007.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Justin Bieber's Love Yourself (2-5, 54,775
sales) and Sorry (4-7, 45,053
sales), Snakehips' All My Friends (feat.
Tinsahe & Chance The Rapper, 5-8, 42,844 sales) and One Direction's
History (6-9, 39,232 sales) are all in decline. Lose Yourself is now a
million seller - Bieber's third in a matter of weeks - with 1,051,522
sales, including streams.
Overall singles sales are up 4.48% week-on-week at 9,121,835 - their
second highest level ever. Streams accounted for 6,991,426 sales -
76.64% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 8.06% week-on-week at
2,130,409 - 22.04% below same week 2015 sales of 2,732,566 and the 130th
week in a row that they have fallen versus a year earlier.
Up against new albums from Rihanna and Sia, there seemed to be little
chance that David Bowie would remain at No.1 this week but with Sia's
This Is Acting faltering at the last, and Rihanna's Anti never in the
race, that's just what has happened.
However, after topping the chart for three weeks' Bowie's last studio
album Blackstar slips to No.2 (27,962 sales), ceding pole position to
his 2002 compilation Best Of Bowie, which jumps 3-1 with 28,897 sales.
That total includes 1,640 sales from streams - on pure sales it would
still be No.2. Blackstar is No.1 on the vinyl album chart for the fourth
straight week and recovered from stock availability issues to sell 9,224
copies in that format last week, an increase of 163.40% week-on-week.
Bowie is only the fourth act to secure consecutive No.1 albums - The
Beatles did it twice, first when With The Beatles replaced Please Please
Me at the summit in December 1963, then when Beatles For Sale unseated A
Hard Day's Night a year later; Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells belatedly
topped the chart in October 1974, a week after follow-up Hergest Ridge
topped the list; and, most recently, Michael Jackson's Essential
catapulted 20-1 in July 2009, replacing his Number Ones album.
Bowie had half of the Top 10 albums last week but is down to three this
week, with the last of the trio, Nothing Has Changed slipping 5-8
Comprising primarily original songs rejected by others, This Is Acting
misses out on top spot but still delivers Sia with her highest charting
album to date, debuting at No.3 (27,684 sales). It surpasses her last
album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, which debuted at No.11 (7,655 sales) in July
2014, and eventually peaked 39 weeks later at No.5. Her sixth album,
1000 Forms Of Fear was her first to breach the Top 40, and is her
biggest seller, with a to-date tally of 268,949 sales, including 3,929
in the latest frame, which sees it sprint 62-30.
After consecutive No.1s with Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011) and
Unapologetic (2012), Rihanna can't even make the Top 5 with Anti, which
limps to a No.7 debut (20,136 sales). Although first single Work debuted
at No.13 last week on less than two days sale, and now progresses into
the top five, the album itself has had its debut undermined by both the
fact that a million copies were given away by Jay-Z's streaming platform
Tidal (of which Rihanna is a co-owner) and the late release of its
physical edition. It wasn't available on CD until late on Tuesday, with
the format eventually contributing 507 sales to its opening week's
Housing both of his No.1 hits, See You Again and Marvin Gaye -
collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Meghan Trainor, respectively -
Charlie Puth's first album, Nine Track Mind, debuts at No.6 (20,590
sales). See You Again has sold 1,197,462 copies, and Marvin Gaye has
sold 631,579 copies, so far. Meanwhile, the album spawns its third Top
40 hit, with latest offcut, One Call Away, jumping 45-29.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Adele's 25 falls 2-4 (21,831 sales), Justin
Bieber's Purpose dips 4-5 (21,646 sales), Jess Glynne's I Cry When I
Laugh descends 7-9 (9,585 sales) and Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams
recovers 13-10 (8,972 sales).
Overall album sales are up 5.08% week-on-week at 1,748,800. Streaming
accounted for 490,006 sales - 28.02% of the total. Sales of paid-for
albums are up 6.53% week-on-week at 1,293,994 - 0.32% above same week
2015 sales of 1,289,908.