Global Chart Report
'Uptown Funk!' leads with 649.000 points
Friday, January 23, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's the sixth week atop the
Global Track Chart for Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars' 'Uptown
Funk!'. The funky tune reaches another high with massive 649.000
points and gradually approaches the points-peak of the two biggest
smashes of the last three years: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'
culminated in the week 27, 2013 with 690.000 points and Pharrell
Williams' 'Happy' with 731.000 points in the week 12, 2014. After nine
weeks on the tally 'Uptown Funk!' has already a total of 3.919.000
points, 2.467.000 of it in 2015. On the year-to-date chart it leads
clearly, ahead of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' with 1.630.000 points
and Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' with 1.543.000 points. Ed Sheeran's
'Thinking Out Loud' is at no.4 on that list with 1.460.000 points, but
on the current weekly hitlist it reaches a new peak with a climb at
no.2 and 386.000 points. Viral videos are responsible for two of our
five debuts this week: the wedding-crasher-themed video for Maroon 5's
new smash 'Sugar' helps the song to a great leap
at no.14 with 132.000
points. It's the third lift-off from Maroon 5's current set 'V', which
also makes a big jump at no.16 on the album tally and sold 1,21
million copies so far. Another controversial video ensures that Sia's
new single 'Elastic Heart' bows at no.29 globally with 90.000 points.
The clip features Hollywood-star Shai LeBeouf and the only 12 year-old
dancer and model Maddie Ziegler. Also new this week is the legendary
Japanese rock duo B'z with their 50th(!!) single release 'Unchôten'.
The song shoots at no.1 in Japan and at no.23 globally with 106.000
points. 'Time Of Our Lives', a collaboration between Pitbull and
Ne-Yo, opens at no.37 with 75.000 points. Finally this week's lowest
debut, 'Cheerleader' by the Jamaican pop / reggae artist Omi, lands at
no.39 with 74.000 points. But the song has potential to be a huge
global success in the next months. 'Cheerleader' was originally
released in 2012. The German DJ and music producer Felix Jaehn
released a remix of that song last year, and now the tune goes
stronger every week.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like
You Do' at no.42, Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini & Lookas' 'G.D.F.R.'
at no.46, Mad Clown feat. The Truth's 'Tuesday' at no.47, Usher feat.
Juicy J's 'I Don't Mind' at no.52, and Clean Bandit's 'Real Love' at
no.57 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
Contrary to the track
tally there was a tight race
atop the Global Album Chart this week between 'Title', the debut album
by American singer / songwriter Meghan Trainor, and 'Tree', the fourth
set of Japanese rock band Sekai No Owari. The latter won the battle
and is the new global no.1 with 248.000 sales, according to Oricon.
Meghan's album follows shy behind with 244.000 copies sold. After
several weeks with very few new-entries (typical of the time during
and after the holiday season), now it's the first week of 2015 with a
normal level: 'Tree' and 'Title' are the spearhead of eleven debuts.
Noteworthy that Mark Ronson's album 'Uptown Special' arrives at no.13
with only 43.000 sales, somewhat weak compared to the huge success of
the lift-off 'Uptown Funk!'. Back to the upper region of our
tally, former no.1 smash
'1989' by Taylor Swift slides from no.2 to no.3 this week and sold
another 163.000 copies. In its 12 weeks on the hitlist the album moved
a total of 5.785.000 copies, 1.166.000 of it in 2015. On the
year-to-date list the effort leads easily, followed by Ed Sheeran's
'X' with 825.000 sales and Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' with
Some additional sales stats:
Beyoncé's self-titled album sold 10.000 copies last
week and reaches a total of 3.713.000 so far, 'Night Visions' by
Imagine Dragons sold also 10.000
units last week, 4.254.000 so far, 'Native' by One Republic sold
13.000 units last week and has a total of 1.875.000 copies so far,
'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 1.543.000 copies so far, 'Ultraviolence' by
Lana Del Rey 1.258.000, and 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde 2.909.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
A great legend passed away: on 22 December 2014, British rock
star Joe Cocker died of lung cancer at his home in
Crawford, Colorado at the age of 70. He was known for his
gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and
his sensational cover versions of popular songs. Especially
'With A Little Help From My Freinds', a Beatles cover, became
a huge success and reached no.4 globally in December 1968.
Another highlight was 'Up Where We Belong', his
Grammy-decorated duet with Jennifer Warnes for the 1982 film
'An Officer And A Gentleman' and a no.1 hit in the USA.
Meghan Trainor's 'Title' earns mighty debut at no.1
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Meghan Trainor debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart with her
first full-length album, Title. The set bows with 238,000 equivalent
units earned in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen
Music. It was released Jan. 13
on Epic Records.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on
multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track
equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Title's chart-topping arrival comes after Trainor earlier led the Billboard Hot
100 singles chart with her introductory hit, "All About That Bass." The tune
ruled the Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks in 2014.
Title's first-week units includes 195,000 in pure album sales, an impressive
figure, considering January is traditionally a sleepy month for big new
releases. The last album released in January to open with a larger sum was
Justin Bieber's Believe: Acoustic, which hit retail on Jan. 29, 2013, and opened
In addition, Title logs the biggest debut for a female artist's first
full-length album in over five years. The last woman to start larger was Susan
Boyle, who sold 701,000 copies of I Dreamed a Dream in its first week (ending
Nov. 29, 2009).
If Trainor is No. 1, that means Taylor
Swift's rule in the penthouse with 1989 is over -- at least temporarily. 1989
slips 2-1 in its 12th week on the list, after hanging out at No. 1 for eight
nonconsecutive weeks. It shifted 131,000 units for the week (down 15 percent).
Kidz Bop Kids warble their way to a No. 3 arrival on the Billboard 200 with Kidz
Bop 27, moving 80,000 units. It's the 20th top 10 album for the long-running
series, which garnered its first top 10 effort nearly 10 years ago, when Kidz
Bop 7 opened at No. 7 on the March 12, 2005-dated chart.
As usual, the new Kidz Bop 27 album features child-friendly covers of
contemporary pop hits, like Swift's "Shake It Off" and Trainor's "All About That
Bass." Notably, of Kidz Bop 27's first-week units, just over 77,000 were
pure album sales. That's the largest sales week for a Kidz Bop album in two
years. The last Kidz Bop set to post a bigger week was Kidz Bop 23, when it
entered at No. 2 with 81,000 copies sold (on the chart dated Feb. 2, 2013).
Ed Sheeran's x slips 2-4 on the Billboard 200 with 77,000 units, up 2 percent.
Of x's total for the week, 47 percent of its sum was comprised of pure album
Next up on the Billboard 200, producer Mark Ronson -- powered by his smash No. 1
Hot 100 hit "Uptown Funk!" -- arrives at No. 5 with his album Uptown Special.
The set starts with 77,000 units and marks Ronson's first top 40 album. (He
previously topped out at No. 81 with 2010's Record Collection, and No. 129 with
Uptown Special's chart rank is bolstered by units earned from TEA and SEA,
thanks to "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars. Sixty-one percent of the set's
opening-unit total is driven by TEA and SEA. (The album enters at No. 6 on the
Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the week's top selling albums.)
Back on the Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint falls 3-6 (54,000 units;
down 10 percent) and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour descends 4-7 (50,000 units;
down 12 percent).
Maroon 5's V zooms back into the top 10, rising 15-8, thanks in part to the
success of its single "Sugar." The song's wedding-crasher-themed video went
viral last week, helping spur the album to a 138 percent unit gain (to 48,000
for the week). V's album sales were also on the rise, jumping by 158 percent to
19,000 (zipping 27-12 on Top Album Sales). Also helping matters: The album is
sale priced in the iTunes Store for $7.99, which encouraged its 314 percent
climb in downloads for the week (up to 14,000 -- re-entering at No. 11 on
Hozier's self-titled album moves 6-9 on the Billboard 200 with 42,000 units
(down 15 percent), while J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive closes out the top
10, falling 7-10 with 38,000 units (down 16 percent).
With four new entries in the top ten, overall album sales are up 5% over last
week, but down 2% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are
down 2% over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are up 6% over last
week, down 10% over the same week last year and down 7% year-to-date over 2014.
Digital album sales are up 5% over last week, up 3% over the same week last year
and down 1% year-to-date over 2014. Digital track sales are down 6% over last
week, down 12% over the same week last year and down 11% year-to-date over 2014.
Track-equivalent album sales are up 1.1% over last week and down 5.4%
year-to-date over 2014.
Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known
simply as Hozier, is an Irish musician from Bray, County Wicklow. In 2013 he
released his debut EP Take Me to Church and his second EP From Eden in 2014,
with his debut studio album Hozier released in Ireland in September 2014 and
globally in October 2014. The son of a musician, he graduated from St. Gerard's
school in Bray in 2009. He then began a degree in music at Trinity College,
Dublin, but dropped out midway through his first year in order to record demos
for Universal Music. While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity
Orchestra. He was a member of Anúna from 2008 to 2012, and appears as a soloist
on their 2012 release Illumination singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras". He toured
and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the
Netherlands. In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church, with the title
track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube. It
reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the
official chart on 25 October 2013. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the
new EP From Eden, and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances
in the United States. Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier on 19
September 2014. It had 5 singles including "Take Me to Church", "Work Song", and
"From Eden", which were hits on his earlier EPs. >> source:
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Music Week Report
George Ezra's album spends fourth week at no.1
Monday, January 19, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
The three biggest selling albums of 2014 continue their stranglehold on
the chart - but the third week in a row they shuffle around, George
Ezra's Wanted On Voyage climbing back to the top after a two week
absence to secure its fourth week at No.1. Rising 3-1, it does so on
sales of 24,553 copies - the lowest for a No.1 album since Kaiser
Education, Education & War
topped the list for the second and last time on sales of just 16,086
copies last April, some 41 weeks ago.
Ed Sheeran's X is No.2 for the third week in a row and eleventh week in
total, on sales of 24,121 copies, while Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour
falls 1-3 on sales of 23,311 copies.
It's impressive enough that they have dominated the top three for the
last three weeks, all the more so when you realise that they have done
so despite being more than six months old. Ezra's album has been around
for 29 weeks, Sheeran's for 30 and Smith's for 34 - and none of them has
at any point left the Top 10. With the most junior title thus being 29
weeks old, it is the most aged top three this century, surpassing the
previous mark set in week 31, 2011 when Amy Winehouse's Back To Black
and Frank were at one and three, following her death, while Adele's 21
was the junior top three title, holding at number two on its 28th chart
week. Cooling its heals at number four for the past three weeks, Taylor
Swift's 1989 has also never
departed the Top 10, albeit in a shorter chart career, which thus far
extends to 12 weeks. By far Swift's longest-running Top 10 album, it
seems certain to become her third album to sell upwards of 500,000
copies, and ultimately her biggest UK seller. It sold 19,736 copies last
week to bring its to-date tally to 456,719. Ahead of it are 2009's
Fearless which only ever spent one week in the Top 10 but has sold
506,901 copies, and 2012's Red, a Top 10 fixture for four (non
consecutive) weeks that has sold 526,852 copies so far. 2010 album Speak
Now also spent a week in the Top 10 but trails Swift's other Top 10
albums badly, with a current tally of just 173,582 sales. With single
Take Me To Church climbing 5-3, Irish singer/songwriter Hozier's
debut album climbs for the fifth straight week,
moving 10-5 (11,036 sales) to equal the debut/peak position it secured
14 weeks ago.
The rest of the Top 10: Never Been Better (5-6, 10,490 sales) by Olly
Murs, A Perfect Contradiction (6-7, 8,289 sales) by Paloma Faith,
Caustic Love (9-8, 7,913 sales) by Paolo Nutini, Four (7-9, 7,762 sales)
by One Direction and Chapter One (8-10, 7,417 sales) by Ella Henderson.
Hozier's album is the only one in the Top 10 to increase sales
Overall album sales are down 13.94% week-on-week at 1,265,641 - 15.67%
below same week 2014 sales of 1,500,796, and their lowest level for 13
Mark Ronson is No.1 for the fourth week in a row, and fifth week in all
with Bruno Mars collaboration Uptown Funk! selling a further 125,948
copies last week (including 24,505 streaming sales).
It remains way ahead of Nottingham newcomer Philip George's debut hit
Wish You Were Mine, which holds at No.2 (60,525 sales).
Irish singer/songwriter Hozier's Take Me To Church is the only single in
the Top 10 to reach a new peak, climbing 5-3 (56,622 sales) on its 25th
appearance in the chart, following his appearance on the Graham Norton
Show. Radio support for the track is now fast gathering pace.
The rest of the Top 10: Up holds at No.4 (41,371 sales) for Olly Murs
feat. Demi Lovato, Thinking Out Loud dips 3-5 (38,329 sales) for Ed
Sheeran, Blank Space remains at No.6 (31,867 sales) for Taylor Swift,
Heroes (We Could Be) bounces 9-7 (31,422 sales) for Alesso feat. Tove
Lo, Something I Need repeats at No.8 (24,768 sales) for Ben Haenow,
Promesses retreats 7-9 (24,066 sales) for Tchami feat. Kaleem Taylor and
Like I Can recovers 13-10 (22,054 sales) for Sam Smith.
Overall singles increased 2.22% week-on-week to 6,256,049. Streaming
accounted for 3,642,951 sales – a record 58.23% of the total. Under
previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were
included, overall singles sales are down 1.94% week-on-week at 2,613,098
– 15.19% below same week 2014 sales of 3,081,203 and the 75th
consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.