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'Rock Or Bust' quakes the holiday season
Friday, December 12, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

Lately various countries added track sales and streaming to their national album chart. And from this week on, the biggest music market of the world, the USA, makes the same. The official Billboard Top 200 Album Chart combined now album sales (conversion factor 1:1), digital track sales (10:1) and streaming (1500:1). And it seems that other countries follow this example in the next time. Let us look back in the past: with the breakthrough of the Compact Disc at the end of the Eighties and the earlier Nineties, the global album sales grew strongly with a peak in the second half of the Nineties. But now, for over 10 years the global album sales shrink dramatically. What happened?? The main reason for this decline was the new market of the Digital Tracks! Today many people don't buy a complete album as before, but they looking for the best tunes of an album and purchase only these songs. Since one, two years there's another 'problem'... Streaming! More and more people having a subscription of Spotify or other

streaming-providers and buying no longer music in digital or physical formats. That's why the downward momentum of the global album sales accelerated this year and for the first time ever also the digital track sales are on the way down. Several times in the last months i thought about it, to give it up the Global Album Chart, because the worldwide sales fall further and further (certainly also in the coming years). I will summarize again: the Digital Track Sales and Streaming are the reasons for the decay of the global album sales, and that's why we follow the example of the US-Billboard Chart and other... from next year on we'll integrate Track Sales and Streaming tentatively for a hidden Global Album Chart. But the official hitlist on our Media Traffic website remains provisionally

a pure sales chart (by popular request), till more countries and key markets switch over to a combined album chart ... and now to the current hitlist: as expected the clear winner of the this week is Australian's rock legend AC/DC. The band is more than 40 years on stage and their 17th studio album 'Rock Or Bust' shoots atop with 806.000 initial sales. Sorted by countries it sold 246.000 in Germany, 171.900 in the USA, 92.800 in United Kingdom, 91.800 in France, 31.000 in Canada, and 26.700 in Australia. In Germany 'Rock Or Bust' is the fastest selling album since more than seven years. Only Herbert Grönemeyer's '12' moved more copies in its first week at retail (March, 2007). Back to AC/DC, their former album 'Black Ice' was a big surprise, when it exploded with stellar 1.762.000 copies in the week 45, 2008. And it sold nearly 7 million copies to date. Taylor Swift's '1989' slides down at no.2 with a 12% sales decline to 334.000 copies, a total of 3.728.000 after only six weeks on the tally. Still at no.3 is this year's most successful Xmas album, 'That's Christmas To Me' by Pentatonix with another 234.000 sales. Second highest debut at no.8 and the clear new no.1 in United Kingdom is former boy-group legend Take That. Their new smash 'III' started with 158.000 units, the most of it from UK (144.500). No.1 in Japan and new at no.13 globally with 81.100 copies is 'Love Ballade' by Exile Atsushi, lead vocalist of the super group Exile. Some additional sales stats: 'Racine Carrée' by Stromae sold 12.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 2.606.000 so far, 'Native' by One Republic sold 16.000 units last week, 1.733.000 so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey sold 9.000 units last week and has a total of 1.173.000 units so far, 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 1.511.000 copies so far, 5 Seconds Of Summer's self-titled album 1.227.000, and 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde 2.840.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Taylor Swift's million seller '1989' must (temporarily) leave the pole position, but at the same time a second lift-off from that album reaches the hot spot of the Global Track Chart. After 'Shake It Off' was four weeks at the summit in September, now the follow-up 'Blank Space' goes to no.1, despite a 12% points decline to 357.000. Last week's big winner, AKB 48's 'Kibôteki Refrain' throws down at no.15, after a 75% points implosion to 138.000. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass', one of the most successful hits of 2014, returns at no.2 with 249.000 points and Hozier's Grammy-nominated 'Take Me To Church' reaches a new peak at no.3 with 245.000 points. Mark Ronson, producer of Amy Winehouse's spectacular album 'Back To Black', enters the Global Top 10 for the first time ever as main artist. 'Uptown Funk!' with the vocals by Bruno Mars climbs from no.11 to no.5, after another 15% points increase to 226.000. Will it be the next number one on our Global Chart? 20 years ago, Mariah Carey's Xmas classic 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' was on the way to no.1 globally. Meanwhile it's a good tradition, that the song returns on the hitlists every year in December and it's the only Xmas classic which enters the Global Top 40 every year. Some additional interesting facts: 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is one of only three Xmas songs, which went to no.1 globally. The other two are Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' (1984, 2004, 2014) and Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody' (1973). With the return of the song on the Global Top 40 this week, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' reaches a total of more than 6 million points, enough for a debut on the ALL TIME CHART. It's only the second Xmas song on that list after 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Since the release of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' 20 years ago, there was born no further Xmas classic. No composer, no poet, no singer / songwriter in the whole wide world created a big Xmas tune in the last 20 years... it's high time for a new smash!! Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Sung Si Kyung & Kwon Jin Ah's 'Don't Forget' at no.44, Big Sean feat. E 40's 'I Don't F**k With You' at no.46, I Love Makonnen feat. Drake's 'Tuesday' at no.54, and Iggy Azalea feat. Mo's 'Beg For It' at no.56 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
No.1
'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Band Aid
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
No.2
'All I Want For Christmas' Mariah Carey
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Timeline
30 years ago Madonna landed her first big smash on the Global Chart with 'Like A Virgin'. In the week 49, 1984 the song entered the Top 10 and went to the vice-position some weeks later. The song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and produced by Chic-mastermind Nile Rodgers. In the USA Madonna was the first time seen on the charts one year earlier at October 29, 1983, when 'Holiday' arrived on the Billboard Top 100 at no.88. After two other hits ('Borderline' and 'Lucky Star') 'Like A Virgin' was her first no.1 in the USA. Now after 30 years Madonna is the most successful female artist of all time with massive 47 hits on the Global Top 10, included 22 no.1 smashes, more than each other act in history! By the way,

Madonna's biggest hit according to the performance on the Global Chart was 'Like A Prayer' from 1989. It ranks at no.70 on the ALL TIME CHART. There are nine songs by Madonna on that list, only the Beatles had more with 18 hits.  GLOBAL CHART - 30 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video


USA
Billboard Report
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Taylor Swift's '1989' spends fifth week at no.1
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a 5th non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping

albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and Mariah Carey (30) have more weeks atop the tally. As reported previously, the Billboard 200 chart now measures multi-metric album consumption, including pure album sales. The ranking combines on-demand streaming and digital track sales in addition to traditional album sales, all measured by Nielsen Music. On the latest Billboard 200, 81.4 percent of its total album equivalent units (adding up the weekly unit totals of Nos. 1 through 200) are pure album sales. The rest of its units are track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Swift's 1989 moved 274,000 units in the week ending Dec. 7. That's down 19 percent from its 339,000 sum a week earlier. It's not unusual for albums to dip a bit on the chart in the week following the always-busy Thanksgiving shopping frame (which was reflected on last week's chart).

1989 also stays puts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, which maintains the old Billboard 200's methodology of ranking pure album sales. It sold 230,000 copies in the most recent tracking week (down 18 percent). A cappella group Pentatonix is stationary at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with its holiday album That's Christmas To Me (221,000 units, down 3 percent; 208,000 in album sales). It's the highest-charting Christmas album since the Jan. 7, 2012-dated chart, when Michael Buble's Christmas spent its fifth and final week at No. 1. Veteran rock band AC/DC debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with Rock Or Bust. It starts with 174,000 units, the bulk of which is powered by 172,000 in album sales. The new set is the group's first studio effort

since 2008's Black Ice blasted in at No. 1. The latter was initially exclusively sold through Walmart, Sam's Club and AC/DC's Web site, and powered through 784,000 copies in its first week. Rock Or Bust -- which is not exclusive to any one retailer -- is the act's ninth top 10 album. Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour rises one rung to No. 4 (81,000 units, down 35 percent) with a handsome chunk of its units coming from both track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Of its 81,000 total for the week, 71 percent (57,000) is comprised of pure album sales. The rest were TEA and SEA units. One Direction's Four slips 4-5 on the Billboard 200 with 74,000 units (down 40 percent). The album also falls 4-5 on the Top Album Sales chart (61,000; down 41 percent). Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes rises 13-6 with just over 66,000 units (up 14 percent). Its rise is mostly encouraged by pure album sales, which make up 63,000 of its total for the week. Menzel can also be heard singing on the Frozen soundtrack, which descends 9-10 with 43,000 units -- down 39 percent. (Pure album sales make up 37,000 of the latter figure.) Holiday Wishes is the second of three Christmas albums in the top 10. It follows Pentatonix at No. 2, and precedes Michael Buble's surging Christmas at No. 7 (up eight rungs). The latter title shifted 66,000 units (up 18 percent). It also zips 13-6 on Top Album Sales and spends a 19th non-consecutive week atop the Top Catalog Albums chart (57,000 in album sales; up 14 percent). Back on the Billboard 200, Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine returns to the top 10, as the country king's latest studio effort rises 11-8 with 57,000 units (down 10 percent). His chart placing is driven entirely by pure album sales, as his album is unavailable on streaming services and its tracks are not being sold individually in digital stores. The second and final debut in the top 10 is Mary J. Blige's The London Sessions, starting at No. 9 with 57,000 units. It's her lucky 13th top 10 album, and it arrives mostly based on pure album sales (55,000). It's Wednesday, the day that the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is compiled each week, so let's run down all the spaces in the chart's top 10 and more. With "Space," released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic Records, at No. 1 for a fourth frame, Swift ties her longest Hot 100 reign. Her prior single, and second No. 1, "Shake It Off," spent four weeks on top (the first two in September, then two in November; in between it held at No. 2 for eight weeks while Trainor's breakthrough "All About That Bass" led). Swift's first leader, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," ruled for three weeks in 2012. "Space" stays at No. 1 on the Hot 100 fueled by its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the Digital Songs chart with 254,000 downloads sold (down 26 percent) in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music. She matches her longest command on Digital Songs, as well, first set by "Never." "Space" paces Streaming Songs for a fourth week, with 12 million U.S. streams (down 15 percent). On Radio Songs, it rises 3-2 with a 17 percent increase to 131 all-format impressions, securing the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for a fifth straight week (tying the best streak this year; "Bass" snared the honor for five weeks in a row in August/September). Swift and Trainor's stranglehold on the Hot 100's top two wraps as "Bass" descends 2-3. Trainor is on the rise again, however, as follow-up "Lips Are Movin" vaults 13-8. The similarly doo-wop/pop-styled cut soars to the Digital Songs top five (8-5; 110,000, up 2 percent) and the Streaming Songs top 10 (13-7; 7.8 million, up 20 percent). On Radio Songs, "Lips" lifts 44-36 (36 million, up 26 percent). Maroon 5's "Animals" rebounds 5-4 on the Hot 100 after rising to No. 3 four weeks ago. "Animals" tops Radio Songs for a fourth week (132 million, down 3 percent). Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, charges 8-5. The retro-soul collab dips 3-4 on Digital Songs (152,000, down 9 percent) but jumps 27-22 on Streaming Songs (5.2 million, up 18 percent) and 46-31 on Radio Songs (37 million, up 34 percent). With the move, Mars scores his 11th top five Hot 100 hit. Dating to his first week in the tier (March 27, 2010, as featured on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You"), he passes Katy Perry and Rihanna (10 each) for the most top five titles in that span. Swift's "Shake " dips 4-6 on the Hot 100, followed by Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One," which holds at its No. 7 highpoint. Below Trainor's new top 10 at No. 8, Nick Jonas' No. 8-peaking "Jealous" returns to the bracket (11-9) and Ariana Grande & The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder" stays at No. 10 after reaching No. 7.  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
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
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'Uptown Funk!' bows with more than 100.000 sales
Monday, December 15, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Its release brought forward after Fleur East's X Factor cover topped iTunes' chart, Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk! (feat. Bruno Mars) didn't become available until very late on Monday but made light of its late start and trounced the opposition to debut convincingly atop the chart on sales of 118,117 copies, including 13,455 streaming sales. East's version

would likely also be in the Top 10 but, like all X Factor tracks prior to the winner's coronation single, its sales are not logged by The Official Charts Company, and it has no chart position. Uptown Funk! is the first single from 39 year old Ronson's upcoming fourth album Uptown Special. It is his first number one, and Mars' fifth. Ronson's previous biggest hits as an artist came within six months of each other in 2007, when first Stop Me (feat. Daniel Merriweather) then Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse) reached number two. Having topped the chart in July with his debut hit Gecko (Overdrive) which featured Becky Hill on vocals, 19 year old Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens continues his survey of exotic pets with follow-up hit Last All Night (Koala) debuting at number five (38,937 sales). Both tracks started life as instrumentals, and had their animal epithets added when vocalised. He's only toying with us, as the creatures concerned aren't

mentioned in the lyrics of either track. Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas rebounds 12-3 following its physical release. CD sales accounted for 43,856 of the track's sales, with 11,312 downloads and 20 streaming sales making up the rest of its 55,188 total. One Direction score their 12th Top 10 single, with Night Moves improving 19-7 (34,120 sales). Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud dips 1-2 on sales of 57,208 copies. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Take That's These Days falls 3-4 (46,102 sales), Taylor Swift's Blank Space retreats 4-6 (38,937 sales), Olly Murs' Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy) falls  5-8 (29,159 sales), Calvin Harris' Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding) recovers 10-9 (28,642 sales) and Clean Bandit's Real Love (feat. Jess Glynne) falls 6-10

(27,674 sales). Overall singles sales are up 3.61% week-on-week at 6,151,677. Streaming accounted fo r3,528,390 sales – 54.24% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are up 4.91% week-on-week at 2,623,287 – 6.82% below same week 2013 sales of 2,815,215 and the 70th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. A week after Take That lost leadership of the singles chart but gained leadership of the album chart, Ed Sheeran does the same. 2014's biggest selling album by far, Sheeran's X sold 152,262 copies last week - its highest sale since it debuted atop the chart 24 weeks ago on sales of 182,427 - and racks up its 10th week at number one. The album topped the chart for its first eight weeks on release, and returned to the summit five weeks ago. Never out of the top six thus far, it has now sold 1,263,505 copies. While Sheeran is number one for the week and the year, Sam Smith is number two for the week and the year. Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour rebounds 4-2. Also not out of the top six in a chart career that so far stretches to 29 weeks and includes four weeks at number one, In The Lonely Hour sold 108,495 copies last week, a personal best which exceeds the 101,752 copies it sold on debut. With a total of 936,744 copies sold by midnight on Saturday, it should waltz past the million sales mark later this week. After debuting at number one last week, Take That's III dives to number six (71,771 sales). With release schedules looking threadbare, the only album to enter the Top 10 this week is a returning favourite - Michael Buble's Christmas. Sales of the set were already strong and rising, and really took off as the week went on, with the album ultimately selling 39,487 copies, as it jumped 13-10. It is the fourth straight Christmas that the album has made the Top 10, topping the chart for three weeks in 2011, reaching number two in 2012 and number seven in 2013. Selling as little as seven copies in its weakest week, it has nevertheless amassed a massive 2,124,475 sales and is the fourth biggest seller of the 2010s. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Olly Murs' Never Been Better climbs 6-3 (80,474 sales), One Direction's Four moves 5-4 (75,975 sales), George Erza's Wanted On Voyage improves 7-5 (71,855 sales), AC/DC's Rock Or Bust declines 3-7 (51,353 sales), Pink Floyd's The Endless River holds at number eight (44,926 sales) and Taylor Swift's 1989 recovers 10-9 (44,022 sales). Overall album sales are up 5.89% week-on-week at 3,767,515 - their highest level of the year for the third week in a row. They are 7.25% below same week 2013 sales of 4,062,130.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Kinki Kids 'M Album'

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Helene Fischer
'Farbenspiel'
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