Global Chart Report
'Vampires' & 'Punks' reign
the global tallies
Friday, May 24, 2013
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Since their self-titled debut in 2008 Vampire Weekend is one of
the most exciting indie bands in the world. Now the third effort
'Modern Vampires Of The City' shoots atop the global album chart with
205.000 initial sales.
Almost to the point exactly the same sales as the former set 'Contra'
moved. It bowed also at the tip with 206.000 sales in the week 4,
2010. The biggest sales generated 'Modern Vampires Of The City' in the
USA (134.000), United Kingdom (28.000) and Canada (9.000). It leads 13
debuts on the current tally: 20 year-old American singer / songwriter,
musician and actress Demi Lovato brings the second highest, her fourth
album, simply titled as 'Demi' arrives at no.2 with 139.000 sales. The
former album 'Unbroken' landed at no.6 with 104.000 copies sold in the
week 40, 2011. American country icon George Strait rockets to the no.4
spot with 'Love Is Everything' and 123.000 sales. According to
Billboard it is his 25th no.1 album on the US-country chart. Two
influential rock dinosaur are side by side on the tally: Rod Stewart's
new set 'Time' ranks at no.6 in its second week on the chart and wins
another 14% in sales to 102.000 (the only album with sales increase
this week, apart from the new-entries) and Japanese singer /
songwriter Eikichi Yazawa follows at no.7 with his 39th (!!) album
release, a best-of compilation and clear no.1 on Japan's Oricon chart
after first week sales of 85.000. After her debut and million-seller
'Zaz', the French jazz / chanson singer with the same name, opens at
no.8 this week with her second effort 'Recto Verso' and 77.000 sales.
44.000 of it in France alone, that's normally more than enough for a
no.1 entry there, but this week another set sold more: Vanessa
Paradise compilation 'Love Songs' moved 49.000 copies in France,
globally 56.000, so it comes in at no.14 on the big tally. Just above
Agnetha Fältskog from the unforgettable Swedish super-group ABBA lands
at no.13 with her 12th solo-album, succinctly titled as 'A' (60.000
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' remains at the
summit of global track chart for a second week and grows up another
12% in points to 460.000, exactly 100.000 points more than Macklemore
& Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us', which reached a new peak at no.2, but
loses 3% in points. Former no.1 smash, Pink feat. Nate Ruess' 'Just
Give Me A Reason', slides at no.3 in its 14th week on the tally and
356.000 points, a 9% decline compared to the
previous week and a total of 4.644.000 points so far. Biggest winner
for a third week in a row is Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', which
jumps another six slots up to no.4, after a massive 71% points boost
to 308.000. Rounds out the top five is Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors'
(down 5% to 276.000 points). 'Preserved Roses', the intro song for the
Japanese TV anime 'Valvrave The Liberator', by T.M.Revolution & Nana
Mizuki storms at no.17. It's this week's highest debut on the top 40
with 124.000 points. 'Young And Beautiful' by Lana Del Rey, a lift-off
from the 'Great
Gatsby' soundtrack, arrives at no.21 with 105.000
points. Also new are Kat-Tun's 'Face To Face' at no.28 with 89.000
points, Generations from Exile Tribe's 'Love You More' at no.37 with
76.000 points and Armin Van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie's 'This Is What It
Feels Like' at no.39 with 74.000 points. Outside the top 40 waiting
among others Chris Brown's 'Fine China' at no.46, Jennifer Lopez &
Pitbull's 'Live It Up' at no.48, Vibe's 'As I'm Getting Older' at
no.49, 4Men's 'Propose Song' at no.53, Capital Cities' 'Safe And
Sound' at no.54 and Beatrice Egli's 'Mein Herz' at no.55 for their
first appearance on the big list.
GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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'Can't Hold Us' remains atop the digital song chart
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
by Keith Caulfield, L.A. & Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y.
As forecast, Vampire Weekend notches its second No. 1 album on the
Billboard 200 chart as "Modern Vampires of the City" debuts atop the
list this week. The set sold 134,000 copies in its first week,
according to Nielsen SoundScan, which is
a record high sales week for the act.
The group's last album, "Contra," previously held the act's one-week sales
record when it started at No. 1 in January of 2010 with 124,000.
"Modern Vampires of the City" is the 19th independently-distributed album to
reach No. 1 since the Billboard 200 chart began using SoundScan sales data in
1991. The set is released on XL Recordings and distributed by Warner Music's
indie-distribution arm Alternative Distribution Alliance.
The new album is the first indie set to debut at No. 1 this year. The last indie
to start at No. 1 was Jason Aldean's "Night Train" on the chart dated Nov. 3,
2012. A few weeks before Aldean, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" opened at No. 1. It
then returned to the top this year, after it won the Grammy Award for album of
At No. 2 this week is country legend George Strait with his arriving "Love Is
Everything." It sold 120,000 in its first frame, which surpasses the start of
Strait's last studio release, 2011's "Here For a Good Time" (91,000).
"Love Is Everything" is Strait's 18th top 10 album on the Billboard 200, tying
him with Paul McCartney for the fourth-most top 10s among male artists in
history. Only Frank Sinatra (33), Elvis Presley (27) and Bob Dylan (20) have
logged more top 10s among the gents.
Over on the Country Albums chart, Strait secures his 25th No. 1 album with "Love
Is Everything," extending his record for the most No. 1s on the Country Albums
chart in history. In a distant second place are Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard,
who each have 15 No. 1s.
At No. 3 on the Billboard 200 is the third and final debut in the top 10: Demi
Lovato's "Demi." The singer/actress' fourth album is her fourth straight set to
debut in the top four, and it scores her best sales week yet (110,000).
Lovato's last album, 2011's "Unbroken," started at No. 4 with 96,000. She
previously opened at No. 1 with her sophomore set, "Here We Go Again," in 2009
(108,000 in its debut -- her previous best sales week). Her first album, 2008's
"Don't Forget," debuted and peaked at No. 2 off an 89,000 launch.
As for the rest of the top 10 this week, last week's No. 1, Lady Antebellum's
"Golden," falls to No. 5 with 56,000 (down 67%). Right above it is the
soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby," which slips from No. 2 to No. 4 in
its second week with 95,000 (down just 30%).
The "Now 46" compilation falls 3-6 (52,000; down 43%), Justin Timberlake's "The
20/20 Experience" descends 6-7 (44,000; down 34%) and Michael Buble's "To Be
Loved" dips 4-8 (40,000; down 53%). Closing out the top 10: Pistol Annies'
"Annie Up" drops 5-9 (30,000; down 64%) and Blake Shelton's "Based On a True
Story" steps down 9-10 (28,000; down 26%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 19) totaled 5.10 million
units, down 8% compared with the sum last week (5.55 million) and up less than
1% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.09 million). Year to date
album sales stand at 111.41 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this
point last year (117.40 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" is
still tops, selling another 231,000 downloads (down 4%). Charging fast right
behind is Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," feat. T.I. & Pharrell, which
vaults 23-2 with 206,000 (up 204%). Last week, the song was performed on NBC's
"The Voice" (May 14) and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (May 16).
P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason," feat. Nate Ruess, slips 2-3 with 193,000
(down 16%), Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" holds at No. 4 with 189,000 (up 25%)
and Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It" climbs 6-5 with 164,000 (up 15%).
Falling 3-6 is Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" with 156,000 (down 7%), while
Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" is steady at No. 7 with 141,000 (up less than
1%). Also standing still is Icona Pop's "I Love It," feat. Charli XCX,
though it's up by less than 1%. Jumping 19-9 is Lana Del Rey's "Young and
Beautiful" with 121,000 (up 57%), thanks to exposure gleaned from its use in the
film "The Great Gatsby" and on its soundtrack.
Completing the top 10 is Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," feat. Pharrell Williams,
which rises 17-10 with 118,000 (up 45%).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.43 million downloads, up 1%
compared with last week (24.26 million) and down 2% stacked next to the
comparable week of 2012 (24.95 million). Year to date track sales are at 531.18
million, down 3% compared to the same total at this point last year (545.30
Music Week Report (Excerpt)
Rod Stewart lands first no.1 album since 1979
Monday, May 20, 2013
by Alan Jones, London
David Bowie did it at 66, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
all did at the age of 67 but Rod Stewart becomes the oldest
recording artist to have a number one album with new material,
topping the chart for the eighth time in his career
with Time, four months after his 68th birthday.
Amazingly, it is Stewart's first number one album since he was 34 - his
first seven number one albums came in a rush between 1971 and 1979. The
only male solo artists to have morenumber ones than Stewart are Elvis
Presley (11), Robbie Williams (10), David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and
Michael Jackson (nine apiece).
With more than 33 years elapsing since Stewart's last number one album
overall (Greatest Hits Volume 1) and almost 37 years passing since his
last studio number one album (A Night On The Town), Stewart's return to
number one comes after a record absence for a British act - eclipsing
the near 32 year pause between Tom Jones' turns at the top with Delilah
in 1968 and Reload in 2000. However, American folk legend Bob Dylan -
who was the previous holder of the title for oldest artist to have a
number one with an album of new material - still holds the overall
record for biggest gap between number ones, with more than 38 years
elapsing between New Morning topping the chart in 1970 and Together
Through Life doing likewise in 2009.
Stewart co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on the regular edition of Time (12
of the 15 on the deluxe edition), making it the first album on which he
has written more than a single track since 1991, when he co-wrote half
of the tracks on Vagabond Heart.
Of 11 albums Stewart released between then and Time, three were regular
rock albums, five comprised American standards, one was made up of rock
covers, a second majored on R&B and another on Christmas songs.
Although it is so long since Stewart had a number one album, he has been
one of the chart's most reliable performers - Time is his 13th straight
Top 10 album. In fact, of 26 studio albums Stewart has released since
his 1971 breakthrough Every Picture Tells A Story, 25 have made the Top
10, with the solitary exception - 1988's Out Of Order - reaching number
Stewart's overall chart span is more than 40 years which means he was a
veteran even when the 21st century started. Even so, he has had 11 Top
10 albums this century, a tally beaten only by Irish acts Daniel
O'Donnell (13, including a Mary Duff collaboration) and Westlife (12).
All of Stewart's recent albums have been fourth quarter releases and
have benefitted from the higher sales climate that exists at that time
of the year but Time's first week sales (57,628) still exceed the
opening tallies of any of his 21st century albums, of which his most
recent - November 2012's Merry Christmas Baby - had the biggest opening
week, selling 54,860 copies.
After scoring three Top 20 singles in six months, Gabrielle Aplin turns
her attention to the album chart, and lands a number two debut (35,203
sales) for introductory release English Rain. 20 year old Aplin topped
the singles chart last December with her remake of Frankie Goes To
Hollywood's The Power Of Love, and reached number six with Please Don't
Say You Love Me in February. Her third hit, Panic Cord, opened at number
19 last week, and now slips to number 28 (10,853 sales).
New York alt. rock band Vampire Weekend are set to debut atop the US
chart with third album, Modern Vampires Of The City, later this week. It
earns them their third straight Top 20 album here, debuting at number
three (27,805 sales). Their self-titled 2008 debut opened at number 22
(7,246 sales) and eventually peaked at number 15, while 2010 follow-up
Contra debuted and peaked at number three on first week sales of 42,806.
Abba legend Agnetha Faltskog scores her highest charting album as a solo
artist, with her fifth English language studio album A, debuting at
number six (19,206 sales). It is 63 year old Faltskog's first album
since 2004, when My Colouring Book - the most successful of her previous
solo albums - debuted and peaked at number 12, on slightly lower first
week sales of 18,386.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Caro Emerald's The Shocking Miss Emerald dips
1-4 (21,431 sales), Rudimental's Home falls 2-5 (20,436 sales),
Passenger's All The Little Lights climbs 8-7 (12,479 sales), Emeli
Sande's Our Version Of Events rallies 9-8 (12,060 sales), Michael
Buble's To Be Loved descends 4-9 (11,559 sales) and the motion picture
soundtrack recording of Les Miserables improves 12-10 (11,108 sales).
Overall album sales are up 8.13% week-on-week at 1,417,372 - 5.09% above
same week 2012 sales of 1,348,711.
Daft Punk continue to whip up a storm on the singles chart, with Get
Lucky enjoying an easy fourth week atop the list. Now sharing with
Charles Aznavour's 1974 hit She the record for longest stay at number
one for a record by a French act, Get Lucky is the first single to spend
four straight weeks at number one by any act since Carly Rae Jepsen's
Call Me Maybe in April 2012.
Get Lucky sold 113,883 copies last week - only 7.50% less than the week
before - becoming only the second number one single to sell upwards of
100,000 copies four weeks in a row in the 21st century, emulating Band
Aid 20's Do They Know It's Christmas?. With cumulative sales - after
just 30 days on release - of 606,011, Get Lucky vaults 4-2 on the
year-to-date rankings, and will surpass Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis (Feat. Wanz) to become the biggest seller of 2013 in the next
couple of days. Thrift Shop has thus far sold 625,419 copies in 2013
(634,014 copies cumulatively).
Today sees the release of Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories,
which is itself a shoe-in for a number one debut, although the effect
its release will have on Get Lucky remains to be seen. Ahead of its
release, Daft Punk's 2001 album Discovery rebounds 42-29 (3,550 sales).
No match for Daft Punk but climbing for the seventh straight week,
Passenger's debut hit Let Her Go closes 3-2. Its sales climbed 11.00% to
70,918 - raising its cumulative tally to 245,824.
Demi Lovato has placed seven songs on the Top 200 but always fell short
of the Top 30...until now. The 20 year old former Disney starlet breaks
the mould in spectacular style, debuting at number three (47,339 sales)
with Heart Attack, the introductory single from her fourth album, Demi,
which is released today (20th).
Wretch 32 opened his chart career in 2011 with a trio of top five
smashes culminating in the number one hit Don't Go but has also had
problems hitting the Top 30 since with six straight no-shows (four of
them, admittedly, singles on which he wasn't the primary artist). He's
back with a vengeance this week, debuting at number six (44,852 sales)
with Blackout (feat. Shakka), the first single from his upcoming but
still untitled and unscheduled third album.
Alex Clare has yet to successfully follow-up his 2011 singles Too Close,
which exploded to number four when picked up for use in a TV commercial
by Microsoft in 2012, but he has leant his vocals to a couple of hits
since then, namely Rudimental's Not Giving In, which got to number 14
last December, and Endorphins, which becomes the highest charting single
to date by Sub Focus, debuting at number 10 (29,622 sales) this week.
Too Close, incidentally, topped the 600,000 sales mark last week, with
1,124 sales raising its overall 115 week tally to 600,239.
In the Top 10 but not mentioned above, Can't Hold Us rallies 5-4 (46,836
sales) for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, swapping places
with Waiting All Night by Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre (45,260 sales),
while Chris Malinchak's So Good To Me slides 2-7 (42,770 sales), Armin
Van Buuren's This Is What It Feels Like dips 6-8
(35,534 sales) and David Guetta's Play Hard (feat. Ne-Yo & Akon) falls
Overall singles sales are up 3.03% week-on-week at 3,351,769 - 6.15%
above same week 2012 sales of 3,157,515.
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