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'7 Rings' rules 7 weeks
Thursday, March 21, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

'#Twice2', the second Japanese compilation album by South Korean girl group Twice, bows atop of the Global Album Chart this week with 210,000 equivalent sales, 208,000 of it in the act's native country alone (according to Hanteo). Shy behind at the runner-up slot arrives the 22-track album 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD and 204,000 equivalent sales. His debut album 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' from 2018 sold 1,67 million so far. Last week's chart topper, Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next', slides to no.3 with 143,000 sales (down 15%) and the soundtrack to 'A Star Is Born' throws down from no.2 to no.5 with 118,000 sales (down 23%). Sandwiched between the former albums debuts '2019 Le Monde Des Enfoirés' by the French charity project Les Enfoirés. The album got 142,000 initial sales, 134,000 of it coming from France alone. 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 6,000 / 10,921,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,498,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 9,000 / 5,083,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 21,893,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 19,000 / 2,910,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 41,000 / 2,962,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 7,000 / 3,240,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 55,000 / 4,659,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 8,000 / 1,834,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 9,000 / 1,830,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 31,000 / 1,021,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 12,000 / 2,006,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 13,000 / 5,188,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 8,000 / 2,428,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 44,000 / 14,143,000, 'DNA' by the Backstreet Boys 13,000 / 529,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 20,000 / 4,335,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 31,000 / 1,674,000, 'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne 21,000 / 170,000, 'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage 32,000 / 722,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 7,995,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 28,000 / 2,568,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 23,000 / 2,415,000, 'Love' by Michael Bublé 7,000 / 1,086,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 15,000 / 2,257,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' soundtrack 6,000 / 1,327,000, 'More Life' by Drake 11,000 / 4,107,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 29,000 / 1,035,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 17,000 / 1,150,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 10,000 / 1,178,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 33,000 / 3,122,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 10,000 / 1,754,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 12,000 / 4,740,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 44,000 / 4,847,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 21,000 / 1,650,000, 'Simulation Theory' by Muse 8,000 / 640,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 7,000 / 483,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 36,000 / 625,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 4,086,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 17,000 / 1,261,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 27,000 / 4,336,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 28,000 / 2,153,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 15,000 / 1,462,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 51,000 / 6,306,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 4,000 / 2,682,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 20,000 / 1,027,000, 'Views' by Drake 11,000 / 4,791,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,591,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 10,000 / 1,027,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Ariana Grande's '7 Rings' remains a seventh non-consecutive week atop the Global Track Chart with 303,000 points, a 5% decline compared to the previous week and a total of 2,977,000 points so far. By the way, '7 Rings' interpolates a striking sample of the Rodgers & Hammerstein production 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary 'The Sound Of Music' soundtrack. 'Shallow' from the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack, performed by Lady GaGa & Bradley Cooper, holds tight at the runner-up slot with 257,000 points (down 16%). Back at no.3 is 'Sweet But Psycho' by Ava Max with 221,000 points (down 0,5%). So the three big giants of this year so far are reunited on our weekly countdown. On the year-to-date list '7 Rings' leads with 2,977,000 points, 'Sweet But Psycho' follows with 2,696,000 points and 'Shallow' is shy behind with 2,501,000 points. Highest debut of the week comes from the six-member Japanese boy band Kanjani 8. Their new smash 'Crystal' sold 214,369 singles in its initial week, enough for a jump at no.21 globally with 96,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Look Back At It' by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at no.45 and 'Baila Baila Baila' by Ozuna at no.49 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART


20 YEARS AGO... "Believe", released on October 19, 1998, was the lead single from Cher's twenty-second album with the same name. The song departed from Cher's pop-rock style of the time for an upbeat dance-pop style. It featured a pioneering use of the audio processor software Auto-Tune as a vocal effect, which became known as the 'Cher effect'. The lyrics describe empowerment and self-sufficiency after a painful breakup. The song contains samples of "Prologue" & "Epilogue", performed by Electric Light Orchestra. "Believe" was the biggest hit of the year 1999 and reached no.1 in many countries, among others in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Spain.


USA
Billboard Report
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Juice WRLD scores first no.1 on Billboard 200
Thuesday, March 19, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Juice WRLD claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Death Race for Love debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on March 8 via Grade A/Interscope

Records, earned 165,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 43,000 were in album sales. Juice WRLD previously visited the top 10 with a pair of albums, both in 2018. WRLD on Drugs, his collaborative set with Future, debuted and peaked at No. 2 (on the Nov. 3, 2018-dated chart), while Juice WRLD’s debut studio album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, climbed to a No. 8 peak on Aug. 11. Death Race logs both the biggest week overall, and the largest streaming week, for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2019. Of Death Race’s 165,000 equivalent album units earned in its opening frame, 120,000 were in SEA units, which translates to 176.44 million on-demand audio streams for its songs. Thank U, Next holds at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, with 72,000 equivalent album units (down 16 percent). Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born soundtrack is also a non-mover, staying steady at No. 3 with

48,000 units (down 35 percent). Maren Morris nets her highest-charting album yet on the Billboard 200, as Girl bows at No. 4 with 46,000 units (with 25,000 of that sum in album sales). It surpasses her previous high, logged when Hero debuted and peaked at No. 5 (June 25, 2016). Further, Morris logs the highest charting country album by a female artist in over five months. Carrie Underwood was the last female act to go higher with a country set, when Cry Pretty debuted at No. 1 on the Sept. 29, 2018-dated list. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack steps 6-5 on the new Billboard 200, earning 36,000 units (down 17 percent), while A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN climbs 10-6 with 34,000 units (down 3 percent). Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys rebounds 11-7 with 32,000 units (down 1 percent), Gunna’s Drip or Drown 2 is stationary at No. 8 with 31,000 units (down 25 percent) and Drake’s Scorpion ascends 12-9 with 30,000 units (up less than 1 percent). Closing out the new top 10 is Travis Scott’s Astroworld, rising 13-10 with 28,000 units (down 4 percent). After rap's reign in much of 2018, pop songs have dominated over the past six months. Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" logs a sixth total week atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as it rebounds from No. 2 to No. 1 on the list dated March 23. "Rings," released on Republic Records, returns to the top of the Hot 100 with a 3-1 lift on the Streaming Songs chart, having drawn 36.9 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent, in the week ending March 14, according to Nielsen Music. The song leads the list for a seventh total week. The track pushes 4-3 on Radio Songs, with 88.4 million audience impressions, up 3 percent, in the week ending March 17, and holds at No. 5 (after three weeks on top) on Digital Song Sales, with 20,000 downloads sold, down 7 percent, in the week ending March 14. "Sunflower" rebounds 4-2 on the Hot 100 and tallies a 10th week atop both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. Halsey's "Without Me" rises 5-3 on the Hot 100, as it leads Radio Songs for a third week (100.6 million, down 1 percent), and Cardi B and Bruno Mars' "Please Me" dips to No. 4 from its No. 3 peak. Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Post Malone ascends to the region with "Wow." (7-5). The track surges 8-3 on Digital Song Sales (23,000, up 22 percent), winning top Sales Gainer honors on the Hot 100. Aiding the jump: a Florida man's dance routine to the song went viral, with Post Malone offering his approval on Instagram March 7 (just ahead of the March 8-14 sales and streaming tracking week feeding the latest charts, dated March 23). "Wow." concurrently climbs 8-6 on Radio Songs (65.9 million, up 5 percent) and returns to the Streaming Songs top 10 (12-10; 26.1 million, up 5 percent). Going forward, the song could benefit from the March 15 release of a new remix, featuring Roddy Ricch and Tyga.  COMPLETE CHARTS


Song Of The Month
'A Kind Of Sorrow' by A-Lin is the undisputed no.1 in China at the moment.
A-Lin is a 35 year-old Taiwanese aboriginal singer and songwriter of Amis descent.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Dave's first full length release storms at no.1
Monday, March 18, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

 
Oxford alternative rock quartet Foals looked to be cantering to their first No.1 when their fifth release, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1 established an early lead on the album chart this week – but it
fell at the last hurdle, losing a photo finish to Dave’s first full length release, Psychodrama. Psychodrama is Dave’s third album chart

entry, following Six Paths and Game Over, 2016 and 2017 EPs with, respectively six songs and 28 minutes of music, and seven songs and 36 minutes of music. Psychodrama is home to the track Black, which reached No.40 a fortnight ago, and spins off three new Top 20 hits this week – Disaster, Streatham and Location. Psychodrama’s total consumption of 26,390 units includes a contribution of 20,786 (78.76% of its total) from sales-equivalent streams. While its streams are more than double any other title – and the second highest in chart history in percentage terms, trailing only the 81.60% contribution streaming made to Post Malone’s week atop the chart with Beerbongs And Bentleys last May - its paid-for sales of 5,604 are only the 11th highest of the week. Twenty-year-old South Londoner Dave’s No.1 album comes less than five months after he scored his first No.1 single with Fredo collaboration Funky Friday, a stand-alone release, which

has cumulative sales of 558,293 to date, of which paid-for downloads account for 25,179 sales. If Foals’ latest album had secured first week sales near to matching the last two of its four predecessors, they would be comfortably No.1 this week – but Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1 lands instead at No.2 on consumption of 26,111 units. That’s just 279 fewer than Dave’s Psychodrama, making it the closest top two since Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Together Again trumped Stereophonics’ Scream Above The Sounds 43,795 to 43,760 in the 6 November 2017 chart, 71 weeks ago. Foals are far ahead on paid-for sales, with a total of 22,037, which includes a contribution of 6,421 from vinyl, in which format it is also No.1. Although they have yet to register a Top 20 single, all five of Foals' albums have made the Top 10. Their 2008 debut Antidotes opened at No.3 on sales of 25,292 copies; 2010 follow-up Total Life Forever at No.8, (15,163 sales); 2013’s Holy Fire set their personal best, opening at No.2 (38,162 sales); and most recent release What Went Down – which also topped sales flashes but ended up debuting and peaking at No.2 – sold 30,335 copies at launch in 2015. All four previous Foals albums have sold upwards of 100,000 cumulatively, with Holy Fire (208,764 sales) ahead of What Went Down (173,197 sales), Antidotes (150,090) and Total Life Forever (147,846 sales). David Gray and Dido both started their recording careers in the 1990s but emerged as superstar singer/songwriters at the start of the 20th century, with their most popular albums - his White Ladder and her No Angel – both selling upwards of 3m copies to qualify for the rarely-achieved decuple platinum awards. Both returned to the fray last week after long lay-offs, with Dido, now 47, issuing her fifth studio album, Still On My Mind, almost exactly six years after her fourth; and 50-year-old Gray’s 11th studio album, Gold In A Brass Age, emerging nearly five years after his 10th. Helped by her performance on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, Dido makes by far the bigger impact of the two, with Still On My Mind opening at No.3 (19,874 sales), while Gold In A Brass Age opens at No.21 (3,873 sales). Dido’s last album, Girl Who Got Away, sold 32,867 copies debuting at No.5 in 2013, while Gray’s last album, Mutineers, sold 10,516 copies, opening at No.10 in 2014. Her No.1 albums, and their sales: No Angel (3,097,375 sales) and Life For Rent (2,899,808 sales); his No.1 albums, and their sales: White Ladder (3,042,530 sales), A New Day At Midnight (1,213,117 sales) and Life In Slow Motion (759,861 sales). Norwegian singer Sigrid’s second Top 40 hit, Don’t Feel Like Crying, jumps 34-20, while her first album Sucker Punch, debuts at No.4 (18,318 sales). Aside from the 22-year-old’s latest hit, the album includes her 2017 debut chart entry, Don’t Kill That Vibe and 2018 hit Strangers, which peaked at No.62 and No.10, respectively – but not High Five, which reached No.59 last June. Sucker Punch is No.2 on vinyl (1,909 sales) and No.1 on cassette (1,245 sales). Twenty-five weeks after his latest studio album, True Meanings, debuted at No.2, Paul Weller opens at No.10 with Other Aspects (8,454 sales), a concert recording made at The Royal Albert Hall. It is his 36th Top 10 album in all, and his 19th solo. The Greatest Showman soundtrack dips 4-6 (12,995 sales), ending a run of 62 consecutive weeks in the Top 5. The rest of the Top 10: What A Time To Be Alive (1-5, 18,117 sales) by Tom Walker, Bohemian Rhapsody (5-7, 12,761 sales) by Queen, Thank U, Next (3-8, 11,291 sales) by Ariana Grande and Staying At Tamara’s (8-9, 9,530 sales) by George Ezra. Overall album sales are down 0.51% week-on-week at 1,738,288, 5.98% below same week 2018 sales of 1,848,937. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,133,649 sales, 65.22% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 2.36% week-on-week at 604,639, 30.63% below same week 2018 sales of 871,663. In an unchanged top four, Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved spends a third straight week at the summit. After 10 consecutive weeks of growth, its consumption is down 4.42% week-on-week to 62,336 (including 52,919 from sales-equivalent streams) but Someone You Loved maintains a small but significant lead over Giant (2-2, 56,710 sales) by Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man, while Don’t Call Me Up (3-3, 40,299 sales) by Mabel and Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored (4-4, 38,861 sales) by Ariana Grande complete a logjammed leading quartet. All of the top four suffer a decline in consumption with Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man’s Giant holding up best, with a 3.60% decline week-on-week, leaving it at No.2 for the third week in a row, 9,03% in arrears of Someone You Loved on overall consumption, Giant is nevertheless No.1 on paid-for sales for the fifth time in six weeks, with 14,118 downloads in the week. It has had upwards of 10,000 sales in the format for eight weeks in a row. It’s a great week for London rapper Dave, who tops the album chart with Psychodrama and has three new entries to the singles chart. No.1 with Funky Friday (feat. Fredo) last October and No.6 with Headie One collaboration 18 Hunna in January – his first two Top 10 singles – Dave doubles his tally with Psychodrama album tracks Disaster (feat. J Hus, No.8, 35,474 sales) and Streatham (No.9, 34,769 sales). The third and final track he is allowed to chart under primary artist rules is Location (feat. Burna Boy, No.11, 31,860 sales). Black, which entered the Top 75 a fortnight ago at No.40 for Dave and dipped to No.71 last week, increases consumption by 160% to 19,438 units but it’s starred-out between No.19 and No.20. Dancing With A Stranger rallies 7-5 (36,650 sales) for Sam Smith & Normani. The track, which peaked at No.3, has been out of the Top 5 for the last three weeks. The rest of the Top 10:, 7 Rings (5-6, 36,334 sales) by Ariana Grande, Sucker (6-7, 35,650 sales) by Jonas Brothers and Just You And I (8-10, 34,470 sales) by Tom Walker. Overall singles sales are down 0.86% week-on-week at 17,775,443, 7.95% above same week 2018 sales of 16,466,769. Paid-for sales are down 7.43% week-on-week at 750,911, and are 25.56% below same week 2018 sales of 1,008,708. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 293rd week in a row.  COMPLETE CHARTS