Global Chart Report
U2 misses the peak position
Friday, October 24, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
After the trouble with the
free album download on iTunes a few weeks ago, the new U2
'Songs Of Innocence' fails also at retail. Compared with the former
albums, the first week sale-results of the new effort are disastrous.
Some comparisons: 'Songs Of Innocence' earned only 28.000 copies in
the USA, the former album 'No Line On The Horizon' moved massive
484.000 units in its debut frame. In United Kingdom the new set sold
16.000 copies in its initial week, the former effort opened with
158.000 sales. Globally 'Songs Of Innocence' starts at no.2 this week
with 195.000 sales, 'No Line On The Horizon' was a big no.1 smash with
stellar 1,18 million initial sales. It's clear, one reason of the
terrible sales is, that million of iTunes user having a free copy of
the album, another reason are the sharply falling album sales
worldwide. But on the other hand it seems that the Irish rock legend
U2 has passed their zenith. An infallible sign, the single-success:
'Vertigo', the first lift-off from U2's album 'How To Dismantle An
Atomic Bomb' was a massive
smash globally and reached no.2 on the track tally in December 2004.
'Get On Your Boots' from 'No Line On The Horizon' went only to no.24
some years later in March 2009. And now, the current
lead single 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' missed the Top 40 so far.
High hopes lie on Taylor Swift's new album '1989', which will be
hammer down on the charts in two weeks. Can it crack the million
border in its first week? Next week Arashi's new album 'The
Digitalian' will be rule the tally, followed by Slipknot's new effort
'.5: The Gray Chapter'. The latter debuts at no.34 this week with
20.000 copies, due earlier sales from Japan. Back to the upper region
of this week's hitlist, where American country duo Florida Georgia
Line overtakes U2 with
their second studio album
'Anything Goes'. It moved 213.000 copies in its initial week (197.100
in the USA and 16.000 in Canada). Florida Georgia Line's first album
'Here's To The Good Times', which was released in December 2012, sold
2,2 million copies so far. You+Me, Pink's collaboration with City And
Colour, is this week's second highest debut at no.3 and found 117.000
buyers. Last week's leader, Jason Aldean's 'Old Boots, New Dirt',
throws down at no.4 after a 67% sales decline to 97.000. Rounds out
the top five is German rapper Shindy, his second album with the bulky
title 'FvckB!tche$GetmoneY' opens with 88.000 sales from Germany,
Austria and Switzerland. Some additional sales stats: 'Xscape' by
Michael Jackson sold 8.000 copies last week and reaches a total of
1.478.000 so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey sold 13.000 units
last week, 1.110.000 so far, 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde sold 9.000 units
last week and has a total of 2.776.000 units so far, 'Wanted On
Voyage' by George Ezra sold 418.000 copies so far, 'Popular Problems'
by Leonard Cohen 299.000, and 'Cheek To Cheek' by Tony Bennett & Lady
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Meghan Trainor remains atop the Global Track Chart for a fourth
consecutive week with another 396.000 points, a 5% decrease compared
to the previous week. But the other giant of autumn 2014, 'Shake It
Off' by Taylor Swift, comes closer again. The former no.1 holds the no.2
position since four weeks and grows up 3% in points to 373.000. 'Out Of The
Woods', a second lift-off from her upcoming album lands at no.6 with
172.000 points, only overtaken by Kanjani 8's 'Ittajyanaika',
this week's highest debut at no.5 with 177.000 points and the clear
no.1 on Japan's current hitlist, according to Oricon. Is it the last
week for Pharrell Williams' super-smash 'Happy' inside the Top 40? This week it falls
from no.29 to no.39 in its 45th week on the tally and loses 5% in
points to 89.000. But on the
ALL TIME CHART
it climbs another step forward at no.7, overtakes 'Hey Jude' by the
Beatles, and has now a total of 13.993.000 points.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Akdong Musician's 'Time And Fallen Leaves' at no.48, Sheppard's 'Geronimo' at no.52,
and Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' at
no.55 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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Slipknot scores second no.1 album on Billboard 200 Chart
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second
time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter, debuts atop the list.
The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26,
according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was
released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's fifth studio effort.
Slipknot last topped the list with their previous studio release, 2008's All
Hope Is Gone, which debuted with 240,000 sold. .5: The Gray Chapter is the act's
fourth top 10 set overall, dating back to Iowa, which debuted and peaked at No.
3 in 2001.
Slipknot leads a debut-filled top four, with rapper T.I. starting in the No. 2
slot with Paperwork. The new album starts with 80,000 sold — slightly more than
expected. (A week ago, industry forecasters suggested the set would launch with
between 65,000 and 70,000.)
Paperwork is his ninth top 10 album, and follows 2013's Trouble Man: Heavy Is
the Head, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 179,000 sold in its first week.
(It came out in the thick of the Christmas shopping season, which partially why
it started with a more robust sales figure). Pop veteran Neil Diamond collects
his 18th top 10 album, as Melody Road drives in at No. 3 with 78,000. The album
was released on Capitol Records,
making it the 73-year old's first studio effort for the label after decades with
Columbia Records. He last visited the top 10 with his previous studio album,
2010's Dreams on Columbia Records (No. 8; 35,000 sold in its first week).
Rapper Logic takes a bow at No. 4 with his debut studio release, Under Pressure
(73,000). Of the album's first week, 82 percent of its total sales were
generated by digital retailers. (One of those retailers, Google Play, discounted
the album to $3.99 during release week.)
Last week's No. 1, Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes, falls to No. 5 with
59,000 (down 70 percent). Another former No. 1, Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New
Dirt, slips 2-6 with 56,000 (down 38 percent). Country group Little Big Town
its third top 10 effort, as Pain
Killer bows at No. 7 with 42,000 sold. It follows 2012's Tornado, which blew in
at No. 2 (its peak, and the act's chart high) with 113,000 sold in its debut
frame. Tornado was powered by its lead single, "Pontoon," which became their
first No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, and has sold 2.5 million
downloads. The new album's lead single, "Day Drinking," as so far peaked at No.
13 on the Country Songs chart, and at No. 5 on the Country Airplay tally. Barbra
Streisand's Partners moves 5-8 in its sixth week on the Billboard 200, selling
40,000 (down just 1 percent). Partners' total sales just crossed the
half-million mark, with 526,000 copies sold. It is now her best selling release
since 2003's The Movie Album (694,000).
The final two slots in the top 10 are both owned by new arrivals: Pentatonix's
holiday effort That's Christmas To Me (No. 9 with just over 32,000) and Annie
Lennox's new standards album, Nostalgia (No. 10, with 32,000).
That's Christmas To Me is Pentatonix's fourth top 10 album in less than a year,
following PTX: Vol. II (No. 10, on the Nov. 23, 2013-dated chart), PTXMAS (EP)
(No. 7 on the Dec. 21, 2013), and PTX: Vol. III (EP) (No. 5, Oct. 11, 2014).
Diva Lennox returns to the top 10 for the first time since 2007's Songs of Mass
Destruction debuted and peaked at No. 9. Nostalgia also hits No.
1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts, a first for
Lennox. Nostalgia includes interpretations of such songs as "Summertime," "I Put
a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis In June."
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 19) totaled 4.45
million units, up 2 percent compared with the sum last week (4.40 million) and
down less than 1 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.49
million). Year to date album sales stand at 193.40 million, down 14 percent
compared to the same total at this point last year (223.95 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor retakes the No. 1 slot with "All
About That Bass," selling 143,000 downloads (down 3 percent).
Hozier's "Take Me to Church" has a huge gain, vaulting 13-2 with 132,000 (up a
whopping 107 percent). The song is featured in a new TV commercial for Beats by
Dre, starring LeBron James. Hozier also got a lot of promotion from Shazam,
which sent email blasts about the singer/songwriter to all 11 million of its
email subscribers last week.
Maroon 5's "Animals" rises 4-3 with 117,000 (down less than 1 percent) and Tove
Lo's "Habits (Stay High)," climbs 6-4 with 89,000 (down 7 percent).
Taylor Swift's new "Welcome to New York" debuts at No. 5 with 84,000. It's the
final preview track from her latest album, 1989, which is on course for a huge
debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" dips 5-6 with 82,000 (down
15 percent), Jason Derulo's "Trumpets" is a non-mover at No. 7 with 81,000 (down
6 percent) and Pitbull's "Fireball," featuring John Ryan, zips 16-8 with 69,000
(up 21 percent). Fall Out Boy's "Centuries" jumps 12-9 with 67,000 (down 2
percent) and Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" descends 9-10 with just under
67,000 (down 8 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.22 million downloads, down 1
percent compared with last week (17.32 million) and down 13 percent stacked next
to the comparable week of 2013 (19.89 million). Year to date track sales are at
918.08 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last
year (1.05 billion).
Alt-J (∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead
vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) met at
Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother of Ferdy, head of
A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine Art. In their
second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs and,
inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on GarageBand in
their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's unusual sound
stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where noise had to be
kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums. The Band
was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV presenter, Daljit
After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they claimed Jobseeker's
Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious
Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track EP ∆, was recorded
with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first
2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7"
"Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their
first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it
fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their
second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is
All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart. >>
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Music Week Report
Ben Howard lands his first no.1
Monday, October 27, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
Born in London but raised in Devon,
folk/rock singer/songwriter Ben Howard debuts atop the chart with second
album I Forgot Where We Were selling 44,993 copies last week. The album
is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize nominated
debut Every Kingdom, which opened at number seven in 2011 on sales of
14,492 copies, even
though Howard's highest charting single at
that point had reached only number 74.
An appearance on Later...With Jools Holland and the subsequent success
of Only Love - which reached number nine of the singles chart and has
thus far sold 298,312 copies - lifted Every Kingdom to a new peak
position of number six on its 33rd week on release, and it topped that
by surging 46-4 in the immediate aftermath of Howard winning Brit awards
for British Breakthrough Act and Best British Male in February 2013, on
its 73rd week on release.
With 160 weeks on the Top 200 to date, it returned to the Top 75 in the
period before I Forgot Where We Were was released. Although it dips from
its 65 week high of number 25 to number 27 this week, it sold a further
2,907 copies last week, raising its cumulative tally to 595,379. The
success of I Forgot Where We Were comes nine weeks after the title track
- the longest unedited song in the chart, and one of the longest Top 75
entries ever at 7m 46s - debuted and peaked at number 60.
It rebounds 89-64 (6,164
sales) this week.
In the six years since Slipknot's fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone,
debuted and peaked at number two on sales of 49,949 copies, the hard
rock band from Iowa have been through some changes, and the title of
their new album - 5: The Gray Chapter - acknowledges the album's rank in
their chronology and salutes their bassist Paul Gray, who died from a
drugs overdose in 2010. The album also debuts at number two (30,745
sales). Neil Diamond had just celebrated his 30th birthday when he first
entered the UK album chart in 1971. Now nearly 74, he scores his 41st
chart album with new studio set Melody Road. Debuting at number four
(27,384 sales), it is his 13th Top 10 album. Status Quo have also had
notable chart longevity,
they had had half a dozen hit
singles before they landed their first chart album in 1973 with
Piledriver but have been album chart regulars ever since, notching their
38th chart album with Aquostic: Stripped Bare (number five, 23,688
Ella Henderson drops from number one to number seven, with Chapter One
selling a further 16,718 copies.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Ed Sheeran's X dips 2-3 (28,857 sales), Sam
Smith's In The Lonely Hour falls 3-6 (20,865 sales), George Ezra's
Wanted On Voyage declines 4-8 (14,540 sales), Barbra Streisand's
Partners slips 7-9 (9,859 sales) and Jessie J's Sweet Talker ebbs 5-10
Overall album sales are up 6.52% week-on-week at 1,330,325 - 3.00% below
same week 2013 sales of 1,371,433.
Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass enjoys an easy fourth week atop the
singles chart on sales of 82,163 copies (including 14,226 streaming
sales). It thus equals the longest consecutive run at the top this year,
set by Clean Bandit's Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) in February/March,
and is the first number one by a female solo artist to sustain for this
long since Carly Rae Jepsen's debut smash Call Me Maybe in April/May
Waze & Odyssey's Bump & Grind 2014, which was number 164 last week on
streaming alone, now jumps to number three on sales of 49,552 copies. A
British DJ/production team, Waze & Odyssey have released more than 20
songs in the last three years but Bump & Grind 2014 - which incorporates
enough vocal elements of R. Kelly's 1995 number eight hit Bump 'n' Grind
for him to get a featured credit - is their first to make the Top 75.
The only other debut inside the Top 10 comes from Fuse ODG whose
T.I.N.A. (feat. Angel) opens at number nine (28,156 sales). It is Fuse
ODG's fifth hit in the last 16 months, following Antenna (number seven),
Azonto (feat. Itz Tiffany, number 30), Million Pound Girl (Badder Than
Bad) (number five) and Dangerous Love (feat. Sean Paul, number three).
All five are on Fuse ODG's debut album, which is also called T.I.N.A.,
and is released next Monday (3 November).
Now surpassing the peak positions of all of his hits apart from the
number one Sing, Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud vaults 4-2 (53,929
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Bang Bang climbs 5-4 (47,617 sales) for Jessie
J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Shake It Off dips 2-5 (47,578 sales)
for Taylor Swift, Don't Tell 'Em holds at number six (31,918 sales) for
Jeremih, and Blame recovers 8-7 (29,419 sales) for Calvin Harris feat.
John Newman, trading places with Changing (7-8, 28,441 sales) by Sigma
feat. Paloma Faith. Sam Smith's I'm Not The Only One returns to the Top
10, climbing 12-10 (25,700 sales).
Overall singles sales are down 0.88% week-on-week at 5,607,004.
Streaming accounted for 3,131,297 sales last week – a record 55.85% of
the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for
purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 4.19%
week-on-week at 2,475,707 – 17.81% below same week 2013 sales of
3,012,294 and the 63rd consecutive week in which they have declined
versus a year ago.