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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 634.000 sales. 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 

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' Green Day
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
'I Want To Know What Love Is' Foreigner
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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. 

Billboard Report
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 with 211,000. 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 comprised

 of 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 sales. 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 2007's Version.) 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 Digital Albums). 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.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
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 Chiefs' Education,

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 eponymous

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 week-on-week. 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 weeks. 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.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Sekai No Owari 'Tree'

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Media Control Albums Chart
No.1  Prinz Porno
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