'Old Town Road' leads a fifth week
Thursday, May 16, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The South Korean
boy band Nu'Est takes over the lead of the Global Album Chart with the
new set 'Happily Ever After'. The album generated 226,000 equivalent
sales in its initial week, 221,000 of it from the band's native
country alone (according to Hanteo). Behind Nu'est starts 'Father Of
the Bride' at no.2, the fourth studio album by the American indie rock
band Vampire Weekend. It got 175,000 sales... 138,000 from the United
States and 15,000 from United Kingdom (according to Nielsen Soundscan
/ Billboard & OCC). Billie Eilish's climbs back at no.3 with her smash
'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' with 144,000, a total of
1,43 million after 6 weeks on the tally. 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by
the Bangtan Boys slides to no.4 with another 113,000 sales. The album
leads easily the year-to-date list with a total of 3,36 million,
following by Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' with 2,13 million, the 'A
Star Is Born' soundtrack with 1,97 million and the
soundtrack with 1,72 million. Billy Eilish ranks on the fifth place
there. By the way, all these five album are inside the current weekly
Top 10. And now, as every
week, additional stats from outside the current Global Top 10 in
alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second
figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 11,000 / 10,982,000,
'21' by Adele 10,000 / 29,572,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 8,000 /
5,146,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 21,967,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid
18,000 / 3,071,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 28,000 / 3,222,000,
'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 6,000 / 3,296,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys'
by Post Malone 44,000 / 5,048,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack
7,000 / 1,898,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack 59,000 /
3,052,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 7,000 / 1,897,000,
'Championships' Meek Mill 22,000 / 1,228,000, 'Culture II' by Migos
9,000 / 2,093,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 13,000 / 5,295,000,
'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 6,000 / 2,484,000, 'Death Race For
Love' by Juice WRLD 37,000 / 668,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 38,000 /
14,456,000, 'DNA' by the Backstreet Boys 3,000 / 572,000, 'Evolve' by
Imagine Dragons 17,000 / 4,489,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 26,000 / 1,896,000, 'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne 4,000 /
244,000, 'Homecoming: The Live Album' by Beyoncé 31,000 / 201,000, 'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage
19,000 / 902,000, 'In The Lonely
Hour' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 8,064,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B
21,000 / 2,755,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 16,000 / 2,567,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS
(Bangtan Boys) 17,000 / 2,383,000, 'More Life' by Drake 12,000 /
4,202,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 21,000 / 1,243,000, 'Pray For
The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 21,000 / 1,294,000, 'Queen' by
Nicki Minaj 9,000 / 1,255,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 25,000
/ 3,373,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 9,000 / 1,829,000,
'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 13,000 / 4,838,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake
37,000 / 5,174,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 18,000 / 1,809,000,
'Skins' by XXXTentacion 3,000 / 522,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The
Spider-Verse' soundtrack 25,000 / 879,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd
10,000 / 4,163,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 13,000 /
1,385,000, 'Still On My Mind' by Dido 6,000 / 177,000, 'Stoney' by
Post Malone 23,000 / 4,535,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 20,000 /
2,331,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 13,000 / 1,567,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 38,000 / 6,655,000, 'Trench' by Twenty
One Pilots 13,000 / 1,154,000, 'Victory Lap' by Nipsey Hussle 25,000 /
561,000, 'Views' by Drake 12,000 / 4,889,000,
'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,689,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds
Of Summer 6,000 / 1,090,000. 'Old Town Road' by 20 year-old American
rapper Lil Nas X (included a remix with additional vocals by country
legend Billy Ray Cyrus) defends the lead of the Global Track Chart
for a fifth consecutive week with another massive 515,000 points. That
means up 5%
compared to the previous week and a total of 2,639,000 points after 7
weeks on the tally. Highest debut of the week comes from Canadian
singer, songwriter and model Shawn Mendes. His new smash 'If I Can't
Have You' bows at no.4 with 236,000 points and it's Shawn's sixth
global Top 10 success. Exactly 41 years ago, in May 1978, another song
titled as 'If I Can't Have You' placed at no.5 globally. The song was
written by the Bee Gees for American singer, songwriter and actress
Yvonne Elliman. Back to this week's hitlist: between Lil Nas X and
Shawn Mendes placed 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish at no.2 (up 6% to
311,000 points) and 'Me!' by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie at no.3
(down 39% to 263,000 points). Second and last new-entry of the week is
'Homicide', a collaboration between American rappers Logic and Eminem.
The song rises to no.13 with 161,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Piece Of Your Heart' by Meduza feat.
Goodboys at no.42, 'Just You And I' by Tom Walker at
no.48, and 'Hold Me While You Wait' by Lewis Capaldi at no.51 for their first appearance on the big list.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO...
Madonna is known for her blatant
style- and taboo breaks. With the release of the lead single 'Like A Prayer'
for the album of the same name, she came with really heavy guns: a 180 ° image
turn-around from the blonde beast to a meekly brunette ... her music changed
into an exalted, hymn-like and danceable sound with religious-controversial
and provocative texts.
But the big bone of contention was the music
video, directed by
Mary Lambert. It portrays Madonna as a witness to the murder of a girl by
white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna
hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness. The
clip depicts a church and Catholic symbols such as stigmata.
It also features a Ku
cross burning, and a dream about kissing a black saint. The Vatican
condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested against its
broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, who had
used the song in their commercial. The company canceled their sponsorship
contract with Madonna, but allowed her to retain the fee. 'Like A Prayer'
became, not least because of this rather unintentionally publicity through
the condemnation of parent associations and church representatives, the
world's biggest hit in 1989.
'Father Of The Bride' bows at no.1
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
The set earned 138,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 9,
according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 119,000 were in album sales.
Both sums represent the largest
for any rock album in 2019.
Father was released on May 3 via Spring Snow / Columbia Records. It is the
group’s first album with Columbia Records after issuing three studio
albums and a live set through XL Recordings.
Vampire Weekend previously led the Billboard 200 with the act’s last two
studio releases, Modern Vampires of the City (in 2013) and Contra
Of Father’s 138,000 unit start, its 119,000 in album sales were driven
largely by sales generated from a concert ticket / album sale redemption
offer for the act’s upcoming tour, which launches in June.
Father secures the largest week for a rock album in 2019 in both units
and album sales, and the biggest since Mumford & Sons’ Delta debuted at
No. 1 with 230,000 units (214,000 in album sales) on the list dated Dec.
Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? climbs 4-2 (70,000
units; down 8%)
and Khalid’s Free Spirit rises 5-3 (49,000 units; down 15%).
At No. 4, rapper /
singer PnB Rock notches his first top 10 effort, and
third top 40 entry, as TrapStar Turnt PopStar starts with 42,000
equivalent album units (just 2,000 in album sales). The album’s debut
was largely powered by streaming activity, tallying 39,000 SEA units
(which translates to 45.73 million on-demand audio streams for its songs
in its debut week). PnB Rock previously hit the top 40 of the Billboard
200 with Catch These Vibes (No 17 on Dec. 9, 2017) and GTTM: Goin Thru
the Motions (No. 28 on Feb. 4, 2017).
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next ascends 6-5 with 41,000 units (up 6%)
while P!nk’s Hurts 2B Human falls 1-6 in its second week (36,000 units;
ScHoolboy Q’s CrasH Talk dips 3-7 in its second week (33,000 units; down
BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona moves 7-8 (30,000 units; down 8%)
and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys rises 12-9 (a little more than
28,000 units; down 1%).
Juice WRLD’s Death Race for Love rounds out the new top 10, lifting 11
to 10 with 28,000 units (though down 5%).
Lil Nas X extends his reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 to a sixth week
with "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. As on the Hot
100, "Road" leads the Streaming Songs chart for a sixth week, with 104.1
million U.S. streams (up less than 1%) in the week ending May 9,
according to Nielsen Music. "Road" set the weekly streaming record
following the April 5 arrival of its remix with Cyrus, and now claims
five of the seven biggest streaming weeks ever.
"Road" rebounds 2-1 on the Digital Song Sales chart for a fourth week at
No. 1, with 78,000 downloads sold (up 1%) in the week ending May 9.
On the Radio Songs chart, "Road" rises 6-4, with 77.6 million audience
impressions, up 16%, in the week ending May 12, good for top Airplay
Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for the fourth time in five weeks.
Shawn Mendes' "If I Can't Have You" soars in at a personal-best No. 2 on
the Hot 100, as it opens at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (64,000) and No.
8 on Streaming Songs (24 million) and bounds 43-27 on Radio Songs (35.7
Mendes notches his fourth Hot 100 top 10, following "Stitches" (No. 4,
2015), "Treat You Better" (No. 6, 2016) and "There's Nothing Holdin' Me
Back" (No. 6, 2017). He easily achieves his highest debut, besting the
No. 24 start (and peak) of his first entry, "Life of the Party," in
Taylor Swift's "Me!," featuring Brendon Urie, dips to No. 3 from its No.
2 Hot 100 high reached a week earlier, when it made a record 98-spot
vault after its first full week of tracking. The collab falls from No. 1
to No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (29,000, down 85%) and 2-5 on Streaming
Songs (26.8 million, down 47%), while ascending to the Radio Songs top
10 (13-10; 62.2 million, up 15%).
Jonas Brothers' former one-week leader "Sucker" holds at No. 4 on the
Logic's "Homicide" bounds in at No. 5 on the Hot 100, starting at No. 2
on Streaming Songs (36.3 million) and No. 3 on Digital Song Sales
Thanks to Mendes and Logic's entrances,
the Hot 100 boasts two simultaneous top five debuts for the first time
since Oct. 27, 2018, when songs also started at Nos. 2 and 5: Kodak
Black's "ZEZE," featuring Travis Scott and Offset, and Bad Bunny's
"MIA," featuring Drake, respectively.
Post Malone's "Wow." drops 3-6 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2
and Post Malone and Swae Lee's one-week No. 1 "Sunflower (Spider-Man:
Into the Spider-Verse)" descends 5-7. Halsey's two-week Hot 100 No.
1 "Without Me" retreats 7-8, as it ties for the ninth-most weeks spent
in the top 10 in the chart's 60-year history (28 weeks).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" keeps at
No. 9 after reaching No. 7, winning top Streaming Gainer kudos (38.4
million, up 18 percent),
and Ariana Grande's former eight-week No. 1 "7 Rings" slides 6-10..
Song Of The Month
'Arcade' by 25 year-old singer Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands in
the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since the complete line-up
of songs have been announced, 'Arcade' is the odds favourite to win the contest.
Music Week Report
Stormzy remains atop of the chart
Monday, May 13, 2019
by Alan Jones, London
After racing to No.1 last week on consumption of 94,495 units – the highest of
any single for 14 weeks – Stormzy’s Vossi Bop looked set to push on into
six-figure territory this week but actually suffers a 10.42% dip in sales to
84,646 (including 78,386 sales-equivalent streams) and has its lead over former
incumbent Lil Nas X squeezed.
Stormzy’s victory margin last week was 13.33% but the downturn in support for
Vossi Bop is higher than that suffered by Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road, which
remains at No.2 on consumption of 80,659 units, seeing Stormzy’s margin reduced
to 4.94%. The highest of 11 new entries to the Top 75 is Hold Me While You Wait,
which instantly becomes the fourth Top 75 entry and second Top 10 hit from
Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s upcoming full-length debut album,
Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Surging to a No.4 debut on consumption
of 57,614 units (including the week’s top tally of 9,866 paid-for sales) it is
kept out of the top three by his own Someone You Loved, which spent seven weeks
at No.1 earlier this year, and which recovers 4-3, while increasing sales 9.50%
week-on-week to 65,525 to avoid falling into ACR a week hence. Its total
consumption to date, of 948,747 units, includes 918,377 in 2019, making it the
biggest seller of the year to date.
If I Can’t Have You is Shawn Mendes’ first new track of 2019, and opens at No.9
(36,366 sales) to become the 20 year old Canadian’s 11th hit and sixth Top 10
The rest of the Top 10: Bad Guy (6-5, 53,716 sales) by Billie Eilish, Piece Of
Your Heart (5-6, 52,964 sales) by Meduza feat. Goodboys, Me! (3-7, 45,948 sales)
by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie, SOS (7-8, 40,582 sales) by Avicii feat. Aloe
Blacc and Just You And I (8-10, 34,230 sales) by Tom Walker.
Overall singles sales are down 1.39% week-on-week at 17,845,792, 0.66% above
same week 2018 sales of 17,728,100. Paid-for sales are down 4.56% week-on-week
at 738,192, and are 24.49% below same week 2018 sales of 977,632. They are below
same-week, previous-year sales for the 301st week in a row.
Hurts 2B Human becomes only the third 2019 album to spend more than a
week at No.1, spending its second straight week at the summit for Pink.
Having secured the second highest weekly artist album sale of 2019 on debut,
when it sold 48,861 copies, Hurts 2B Human, saw its sales slide 65.79%
week-on-week to 16,713 (including 3,179 from sales-equivalent streams), the
second lowest weekly tally for a No.1 album in any of the 19 weeks that have
thus far elapsed in 2019.
In early sales flashes, it was trailing Vampire Weekend’s fourth album, Father
Of The Bride, but the New York indie band faded as the week progressed, with the
album – their first in six years and Columbia debut – eventually debuting at
No.2 on sales of 14,772 copies, including 423 cassettes, in which format it is
No.1. Helped by the single This Life, which is the band’s biggest ever airplay
hit, reaching No.7, Father Of The Bride is the highest charting album yet for
Vampire Weekend. The band’s eponymous debut sold 7,246 copies debuting at No.22
in 2008, and peaked 16 weeks later at No.15, while 2010’s Contra and 2013’s
Modern Vampires Of The City both debuted and peaked at No.3 on sales of 42,806
and 27,805 respectively. On to-date sales, the self-titled set leads the way
with 399,004, followed by Contra (263,783) and Modern Vampires Of The City
(144,320). Generally regarded as a punk band, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’
third album, End Of Suffering, is more diverse than their previous releases,
with lyrics of love, separation anxiety and addiction and music that Carter
describes as ‘techno and dance through to Elton John and Black Flag’. It
instantly becomes their highest charting album, opening at No.4 (9,059 sales),
while topping the vinyl album chart (3,044 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go (3-3, 12,447
sales) by Billie Eilish, The Greatest Showman soundtrack (4-5, 8,556 sales),
What A Time To Be Alive (6-6,6,791 sales) by Tom Walker, Bohemian Rhapsody (7-7,
6,549 sales) by Queen, The Balance (2-8, 6,405 sales) by Catfish & The
Bottlemen, Staying At Tamara’s (8-9, 5,765 sales) by George Ezra and Thank U,
Next (14-10, 5,347 sales) by Ariana Grande.
Overall album sales are down 5.94% week-on-week at 1,660,589, 4.18% below same
week 2018 sales of 1,732,943. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,117,690
sales, 67.31% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 14.10%
week-on-week at 542,899, 23.98% below same week 2018 sales of 714,175.