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Global Chart Report

'Divide' reigns with another huge sales
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' tops the Global Album Chart for a second big week with another massive 816,000 consumption units (595,000 of it were pure sales). So we have now a total of 2,605,000 for this album (2,062,000 pure sales). The album generated its biggest sales still in the english-speaking territories, 303,500 in United Kingdom, 180,000 in the United States, 32,000 in Canada and 35,000 in Australia. There's a big gap between 'Divide' and its nearest persecutor on the weekly tally and also on the (not published) year-to-date list: On the latter, The Weeknd's 'Starboy' follows with a total of 1,064,000 sales in 2017 and on our weekly list Metallic's 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct' hangs still at  no.2 with 124,000 equivalent sales. The album profits another week from the concert ticket / album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour in the United States and Canada. With the inclusion of streaming in our album list we have much more stability there. This week only one effort is new on the list, the

soundtrack to 'Beauty And The Beast', a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name. The set moved 74,000 sales last week, enough for a no.7 bow on our tally. And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current 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 / 9,870,000, '21' by Adele 17,000 / 28,558,000, '25' by Adele 53.000 / 20.269.000, '4 Your Eyez Only' by J.Cole 17,000 / 863,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay 17,000 / 4,218,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 26,000 / 1,783,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 16,000 / 2,565,000, 'Blue & Lonesome' by Rolling Stones 17,000 / 1,772,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 34,000 / 2,792,000, 'Culture' by Migos 51,000 / 539,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 20,000 / 1,309,000, 'Encore Un Soir' by Celine Dion 4,000 / 972,000, 'Fantôme' by Hikaru Utada 4,000 / 768,000, the 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack 51,000 / 510,000, 'Future' by Future 60,000 / 361,000, 'Glory Days' by Little Mix 11,000 / 712,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 49,000 / 253,000, 'I Decided' by Big Sean 34,000 / 437,000, 'I See You' by The XX 15,000 / 387,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 22,000 / 994,000, 'Immortalized' by Disturbed 9,000 / 1,237,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 6,803,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 20,000 / 1,199,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé 16,000 / 2,913,000, 'Nobody But Me' Michael Bublé 4,000 / 874,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 25,000 / 5,580,000, 'Revolution Radio' by Green Day 3,000 / 575,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack 17,000 / 1,157,000, 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers 9,000 / 1,384,000, 'The Heavy Entertainment Show' by Robbie Williams 6,000 / 687,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 27,000 / 1,698,000, 'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 14,000 / 2,089,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 45,000 / 960,000, 'Views' by Drake 33,000 / 3,091,000, 'We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service' by A Tribe Called Quest 4,000 / 447,000, 'You Want It Darker' by Leonard Cohen 8,000 / 1,064,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Six songs from Ed Sheeran's current album 'Divide' are still in the Global Track Chart Top 40, above all thrones 'Shape Of Me' for an exciting 10th week at the summit with another 621,000 points. With a result of 5,970,000 points after only ten weeks on the list, 'Shape Of You' is the fastest selling song since nearly 20 years. Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 1997' reached nearly 14 million points after its first ten weeks on the hitlist, an unique, unachievable alltime record! Also 'Castle On The Hill', formerly at no.2, ranks a 10th week on the list and slides down at no.9 with 194,000 points. 'Galway Girl' sits tight at no.11 for a second week, but wins 4% in points to 175,000. It's the only Ed Sheeran track this week with points increases. 'Something Just Like This' by The Chainsmokers feat. Coldplay remains at the vice-position for a third week with 269,000 points, a 9% increase compared to the previous week. Remarkable is the big success of 'It Ain't Me' by Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, commonly known by his stage name Kygo, Norwegian DJ, record producer, songwriter and musician, in cooperation with American singer and actress Selena Gomez. The songs jumps at no.5 this week, driven by a 13% points boost to 217,000. For both artists it's the highest position on the Global Charts so far. Outside the Top 40 waiting among 'Way Down We Go' by Kaleo at no.48, 'Run Up' by Major Lazer feat. PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj at no.54, and 'Skin' by Rag'n'Bone Man at no.58 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

20 years ago
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
topped the global chart for seven weeks and placed at no.6 on the year-end list...
despite the song's popularity, it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as rules of the times
required commercial singles for charting and one was not issued for the song,
but it did reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for 16 weeks.

Billboard Report
Drake sets streaming record
Thuesday, March 28, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Drake scores his seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sets a new streaming record, as his More Life set bows atop the tally dated April 8. The effort, which was released on March 18,

earned 505,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the biggest week for any album since Drake’s own Views launched with 1.04 million units on the list dated May 21, 2016. Of More Life’s starting sum, a record 257,000 units were driven by streaming equivalent album units, equating to 384.8 million streams of songs from the 22-track album during the tracking frame (each unit equals 1,500 streams of songs from the album). More Life’s streaming sum beats the previous record holder of Drake’s Views, which launched with 163,000 streaming equivalent units (245.1 million song streams). With 257,000 units of More Life’s debut sum comprised of SEA, the remaining amount was comprised of 23,000 TEA units and 226,000 in traditional album sales (all from digital downloads of the album, as it's so far initially commercially available only through digital retailers). The latter sum is the second-largest sales week of 2017, behind only the arrival of Ed Sheeran’s ÷

(Divide), which launched with 322,000 copies sold (it was available as both a digital and physical album). Drake’s last album release, Views, bowed with 852,000 copies sold (all from digital albums). Drake’s seven No. 1s ties him with Kanye West and Eminem for the second-most No. 1s among hip-hop acts, trailing only Jay Z, with 13 leaders.Last week’s No. 1, Ed Sheeran’s ÷, falls to No. 2 after two weeks leading the list. ÷ earned 119,000 units in the latest tracking frame -- down 34 percent. Rick Ross nabs his ninth top 10 album, as his new Rather You Than Me starts at No. 3 with 106,000 units (70,000 in traditional album sales). Ross’ last album, 2015’s Black Market, debuted and peaked at No. 6 with 65,000 units earned in its first week (and 54,000 in sales). Rather You Than Me logs Ross’ largest sales sum since Mastermind debuted at No. 1 in 2014 with 179,000 copies sold. All nine of Ross’ studio albums have debuted in the top 10. His hot streak began with the No. 1 arrival of Port of Miami in 2006. The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack is pushed down one spot to No. 4, despite a 74 percent gain in units. The set earned 99,000 units in the week (up from its debut of 57,000 units), as the album profits from publicity generated by its parent film’s blockbuster opening in theaters on March 17. (The latest album tracking week ran from March 17 through March 23.) Beauty and the Beast sold 74,000 copies last week -- up 52 percent. That’s the largest sales week for a soundtrack since the Suicide Squad album bowed with 128,000 copies sold on the chart dated Aug. 27, 2016. Depeche Mode clocks the third and final debut in the new Billboard 200’s top 10, as the band’s Spirit starts at No. 5 with 64,000 units (62,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the act’s eighth top 10 album and follows the No. 6 debut and peak of 2013’s Delta Machine (52,000 sold in its first week). The alt/dance vets last ranked higher in 2009 with Sounds of the Universe (No. 3). All eight of the group’s studio efforts dating back to 1990’s Violator have reached the top 10. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 on the new Billboard 200: Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic moves 4-6 with 51,000 units (down 6 percent), the soundtrack to Moana falls 5-7 with 50,000 units (down 4 percent), Future’s self-titled album dips 6-8 with 40,000 units (down 19 percent), The Weeknd’s Starboy descends 7-9 with 39,000 units (down 12 percent) and Migos’ Culture slides 8-10 with 37,000 units (down 12 percent). Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated April 8) for a ninth week. As it continues to command the Hot 100, Sheeran's "Shape," released on Atlantic Records, also logs a ninth week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart (97,000 downloads sold, down 7 percent, in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music), as well as a seventh week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (171 million in audience, up 3 percent, in the week ending March 26). Notably, the song is the first to crack the 170-million audience barrier since Adele's "Hello" (172 million) on Jan. 16, 2016. "Shape" also leads the Streaming Songs chart for a third frame (46.4 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent, in the week ending March 23). Impressively, "Shape" has topped the Hot 100's three main component charts (Digital Song Sales, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for three weeks running. Since Streaming Songs launched in early 2013 (as the youngest of the three lists), only two songs had previously led the trio of tallies (as well as the Hot 100) for at least three straight weeks at the same time: The Chainsmokers' "Closer," featuring Halsey (six weeks, 2016), and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars (streaks of six and three weeks, 2015). Speaking of Mars, his "That's What I Like" holds at its No. 2 high on the Hot 100. It climbs 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (80,000, up 3 percent) and 5-3 on Radio Songs (103 million, up 18 percent), while dipping 4-6 on Streaming Songs despite a 3 percent rise to 27.7 million. Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Zayn and Taylor Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" rebounds 4-3, after hitting No. 2; Migos' "Bad and Boujee," featuring Lil Uzi Vert, drops 3-4 following three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, and The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming," featuring Daft Punk, is steady at its No. 5 peak.  COMPLETE CHARTS

"100" by Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Margaret Lynn, widely known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart',
celebrated her 100th birthday last week! On the occasion of this jubilee, this new compilation
bows at no.3 in United Kingdom, shy behind Drake and Ed Sheeran, making her the oldest recording artist in the world and the first centenarian performer to have an album in the charts!

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Ed Sheeran and Drake having massive 38 hits in the Top 75
Monday, March 27, 2017
by Alan Jones, London

All 16 songs from Ed Sheeran's Divide album continue to command places in the Top 75, with Shape Of You racking up its 11th straight week atop the chart - but, shockingly, Sheeran doesn't even have more songs in the Top 75 than anyone else. That is because Drake - of whom more later - simultaneously secures 22 slots in Top 75, 21 of them debuts,

12 of them in the Top 40 and all of them from his new album/playlist More Life, which dropped last Saturday (18th). Although sales of Sheeran tracks are understandably in decline, he commands the entire top three for the third week in a row, with Shape Of You (83,722 sales, including 62,339 from streams) still at No.1, Galway Girl (77,205 sales) remaining at No.2 and Castle On The Hill (42,637 sales) holding at No.3. Galway Girl, now officially a single, tops the paid-for sales chart for the first time, with 25,519 downloads. The Top 10 was a closed shop last week but this week sees five new arrivals, all facilitated by Ed Sheeran departures. Drake is responsible for two of those Top 10 debuts, with Passionfruit (No.4, 38,974 sales) and KMT (feat. Giggs, No.9, 29,624 sales) bringing the Canadian rapper's career tally of Top 10 singles to 10. That's the most hits from an album to be charted simultaneously but Michael Jackson still holds the record for most simultaneous Top 75 appearances,

with 27 of his tracks solo and with The Jackson Five - in the chart dated 11 July 2009. Hitherto, Drake had 42 Top 75 hits to his credit, but increases that by 50% at a stroke to 63, overtaking Beyonce and Rihanna to become the urban act with most hits. Debuting at No.6 (36,630 sales), Symphony, is the seventh Top 10 single for Clean Bandit and the fifth for featured vocalist Zara Larsson. Meanwhile, Anne-Marie - who was featured vocalist on Clean Bandit's last smash Rockabye, which spent nine weeks at No.1 before ceding to Ed Sheeran - has her first solo Top 10 hit with Ciao Adios, which previously peaked at No.19 three weeks ago, exploding 20-10 (29,073 sales). Increasing sales for the 19th time since it was released 21 weeks ago and climbing the chart for the ninth time in a row, Danish DJ Martin Jensen's debut hit Solo Dance is in the Top 10 for the first time, advancing 12-8 (29,919 sales). Ed Sheeran's fourth and last Top 10 hit, Perfect, dips 5-7 (30,084 sales), while New Man (6-11, 28,680 sales), Happier (7-16, 26,159 sales), What Do I Know (9-21, 24,226 sales), Supermarket Flowers (8-22, 23,915 sales) and Dive (10-23, 23,487 sales) all end their Top 10 residencies. Completing the Top 10, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay's Something Just Like This dips 4-5 (37,738 sales). Overall singles sales are up 0.74% week-on-week at 13,216,154, 44.31% above same week 2016 sales of 9,158,030. Streams accounted for a record 11,840,688 sales, 89.59% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 2.74% week-on-week at 1,375,466 – 27.53% below same week 2016 sales of 1,897,911 and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 190th week in a row. Paid-for sales are at their lowest level since week 38, 2007 (chart dated 29 September 2007) - some 496 weeks ago - when 1,335,402 singles were sold, 149,913 of them physically. Five extremely disparate albums make their Top 10 debuts this week, but none come near to matching Ed Sheeran's Divide, which extends its run atop the chart to three weeks with consummate ease. Sheeran - who also continues atop the singles chart for the 11th week with Shape Of You - sold a further 206,411 copies of Divide last week (including 41,165 from streams), with the album passing the million sales mark both including and excluding streaming sales in the week. It achieved its millionth combined sale on Friday 17th (its 15th day on release and not Saturday [1ts 16th] as reported elsewhere) and its millionth paid-for sale on Thursday 23rd (its 21st day on release), ending its third week with 1,181,473 sales, including 727,551 on CD, 256,196 digital, 19,338 on vinyl and 178,388 from streams. Although it sets a speed record for an album by a male soloist, Adele's 25 remains the all-time fastest million seller, reaching the target in less than 10 days in November / December 2015, all paid-for. For Sheeran, Divide's millionth sale came much more quickly than its predecessors, with debut album + (which falls 6-10, 8,894 sales, this week) reaching the figure on its 170th day on release and follow-up X (3-6, 15,502 sales) doing so on day 161. More Life is the title of Drake's new album (or playlist as it is being marketed). Although it didn't become available until some time last Saturday, the shorter week it had in which to accumulate its sales probably didn't affect its debut position. With 62,690 copies sold (including 36,411 from streams), it opens at No.2, far behind Divide, while all 22 of its tracks are in the Top 75 singles chart. Drake's most recent solo album, Views - his fifth - debuted atop the chart and set his personal best sales of 78,397 copies (including 12,328 from streams) last May. Already the oldest living person to have a No.1 thanks to her compilation We'll Meet Again: The Very Best Of, which topped the chart in 2009, when she was 92, Vera Lynn becomes the first centenarian to feature in the chart, with simultaneous debuts for 100 (No.3, 38,378 sales), and Her Greatest From Abbey Road (No.45, 2,037 sales) and a re-entry of 2014 No.13 album National Treasure: Ultimate Collection (No.30, 2,936 sales). The trigger for all this activity was Dame Vera's 100th birthday last Monday (20th). 100 is a 'new' album, with re-orchestrations of original tracks, some of which have been turned into duets with the addition of vocals by the likes of Aled Jones, Alexander Armstrong and Alfie Boe. In light of this, we're probably safe to say that Petula Clark remains the oldest female soloist to chart an album of new recordings, thanks to her 2016 album From Now On, which reached No.70 a few weeks before her 84th birthday. Four years after last album, Delta Machine, debuted and peaked at No.2 (28,450 sales), veteran electronic music group Depeche Mode's Spirit debuts at No.5 (23,658 sales). Spirit is Depeche Mode's 21st chart album, and the 17th to make the Top 10, a total which includes every single one of the 14 studio albums they have released since 1981 debut Speak & Spell. Their 2006 compilation, The Best Of - Volume 1 is back in the Top 75 for the first time in a little under eight years, advancing 139-57 (1,733 sales). Swedish singer/songwriter Zara Larsson made her singles chart debut in September 2015, and has remained a fixture of the chart continuously ever since, with a tag team of eight hits, including collaborations. Six of those hits - including Clean Bandit collaboration Symphony which simultaneously opens its singles chart account at No.6 this week - are included on Larsson's So Good, which debuts at No.7 (15,166 sales). So Good is the 19 year old's first proper UK album release, though Swedish domestic release 1 - released when she was 16 - has sold a few hundred copies here. The fifth and last new arrival in the Top 10 is the Motion Picture Cast Recording of Disney's reboot of Beauty And The Beast, which advances 12-8 (13,648 sales) on its second frame. Elsewhere in the Top 10, Rag'n'Bone Man's Human dips 2-4 (27,068 sales) and Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer falls 4-9 (10,195 sales). Overall album sales are up 1.71% week-on-week at 1,923,071, 10.48% above same week 2016 sales of 1,740,720. Streaming accounted for a record 766,273 sales – 39.85% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 1.04% week-on-week at 1,156,798 and are 7.78% below same week 2016 sales of 1,254,378.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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