Drake's 'God's Plan' rules a 5th week
Thursday, March 15, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
There's only one
new entry on this week's Top 10 of the Global Album Chart. 'Memories
Don't Die', the 2nd album by the Canadian rapper and singer Tory
Lanez, lands at no.4 with 81,000 equivalent sales. Two-thirds of this
sum - 54,000 - are from the United States, another 8,000 from Tory's
native country. At the summit for a third non-consecutive week is the
soundtrack to 'The Greatest Showman'. In the 11th week on the chart it
generated another 174,000 sales, even a 10% increase over the last
week. Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' rises back to no.2 with 110,000 sales.
Exactly one year ago, in the week 11, 2017, the album exploded atop
the Global Chart with massive 1,789,000 sales... now it has a total of
10,971,000 so far. And it's the fourth best-selling album of this
decade, after Michael Bublé's 'Christmas' (11,75 million), Adele's
'25' (21,32 million) and her '21' (29,05 million). The 'Black Panther'
soundtrack rounds out this week's top three with 109,000 sales.
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 9,000 / 10,443,000, '21' by Adele
9,000 / 29,046,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 36,000 / 4,246,000, '25' by Adele 14,000 / 21,323,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 31,000 /
1,774,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 9,000 / 2,445,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by
Pink 29,000 / 2,342,000, 'Beauty Behind The
Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,076,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One
Pilots 11,000 / 3,574,000, 'Culture' by Migos 12,000 / 1,694,000,
'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 42,000 / 4,126,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
6,000 / 1,968,000, 'Finally' by Namie Amuro
12,000 / 2,154,000, 'Flicker' by Niall Horan
10,000 / 723,000, 'Grateful' by DJ Khaled 7,000 /
1,113,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Awesome Mix Vol.2'
soundtrack 7,000 / 1,269,000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 4,000 /
1,497,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 9,000 / 1,164,000,
'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man 10,000 / 2,236,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn
Mendes 8,000 / 2,120,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 14,000 /
7,445,000, 'Mania' by
Fall Out Boy 11,000 / 318,000, 'Melodrama' by Lorde 8,000 / 797,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers 10,000
/ 1,600,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 18,000 / 2,598,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 24,000 / 3,346,000, 'Purpose' by Justin
Bieber 10,000 / 6,338,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 6,000 / 588,000, 'Red
Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 19,000 / 737,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift
30,000 / 3,494,000, 'Revival' by Eminem 38,000 / 1,529,000, 'Songs Of Experience' by U2
12,000 / 1,115,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd
19,000 / 3,435,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me'
by Demi Lovato 20,000 / 838,000, 'The Damned & Beautiful' by G-Eazy
24,000 / 594,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 31,000 /
2,031,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 11,000 /
1,933,000, 'Views' by Drake 18,000 / 4,088,000, 'Witness' by Katy
Perry 4,000 / 968,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 27,000 / 10,582,000. COMPLETE
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Canadian rapper Drake holds the number one of the Global Track Chart for
a fifth consecutive week with 404,000 points, a 7% decline
over the last week. Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' follows still at the
runner-up slot and lost also 7% in points to 264,000. Camila Cabello's
'Havana' climbs back to no.3 in its 25th week with a 4%
points decrease to 238,000. 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
is now the most successful Spanish-language song of all time. Last
week it turned back on the hitlist at no.38 and remains there this
week. After 54 weeks on the tally is got a total of 14,137,000 points, climbs to no.9 of the
ALL TIME CHART
and relegates Los Del Rio's 'Macarena' (1996) to no.10. Highest debut
on our current hitlist is 'Doraemon' by the 37 year-old Japanese
singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino. The song starts at no.15 globally with
137,000 points and tops the current chart is Japan with 144,000
physical and 54,000 digital sales. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Leave A Light
On' by Tom Walker at no.53 and 'King's Dead' by Jay Rock feat.
Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake at no.57 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
20 YEARS AGO
... 'Titanic' began its triumphant advance at the cinemas. For director
James Cameron and the film studio 20th Century Fox, it was a risky undertaking,
because the originally estimated US $ 150 million production costs and the time
limits were far exceeded. To complete the film at all, a second major production
company was brought aboard - Paramount Pictures. But the gigantic effort should
pay off, 'Titanic' became the most suceessful film in history (till that date),
showered with prizes, including 11 Oscar Awards. Embedded in the technically
complex and brilliant story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic 1912 in the North
Atlantic Ocean is the love story of Jack and Rose. Since the film plays on two
time levels, the transience of human being forms to a central issue here,
reinforced by the ship disaster. The many impressions and emotions bundle up in
the phenomenal music of James Horner. He used largely orchestral elements and
merged them with Celtic folklore, for which one originally wanted to commit
Enya. Also this soundtrack broke records, with 27 million copies sold, it's the
best-selling classic album of all time. And the only real song on this album,
'My Heart Will Go On', performed by Celine Dion, pulled along. Also released in
January 1998, it became Celine's biggest hit, 15 weeks at number one on the
Global Chart and the biggest smash in that year worldwide, decorated with three
'Black Panther' earns third week at no.1
Thuesday, March 13, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Black Panther: The Album collects a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard
200 chart, as the set climbs 2-1 on the list dated March 17. The album
earned 76,000 equivalent album units
in the week ending March 8 (down 23 percent), according
to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 15,000 were in traditional album sales. With a
third week atop the list, Black Panther: The Album has now logged the most weeks
at No. 1 for a soundtrack since Frozen topped the chart for 13 nonconsecutive
weeks in 2014. Between Frozen and Black Panther, there were eight soundtracks
that reached No. 1, all spending either one or two weeks in the penthouse. At
No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, The Greatest Showman soundtrack steps 5-2 with
60,000 units (up 14 percent). The album benefits from exposure on ABC TV’s
broadcast of the Academy Awards on March 4, where the soundtrack’s “This Is Me”
was nominated for best original song and was performed on the show by the
movie’s Keala Settle. While the tune didn’t take home the Oscar, the
show-stopping performance clearly motivated music consumers. The album’s sales
grew 19 percent to 39,000
for the week. The set also gains thanks to its vinyl LP release on March 2, as
The Greatest Showman also debuts at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart with 5,000
With Black Panther: The Album and The Greatest Showman at Nos. 1 and 2 on the
Billboard 200, soundtracks rule the top two on the chart for the first time in
nearly eight years. It last happened on the June 26, 2010-dated list with the TV
soundtrack Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals at No. 1, and the theatrical
movie soundtrack The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at No. 2.
Notably, it’s been nearly 20 years since two theatrical film soundtracks have
monopolized the top two. One has to scroll all the way back to July 25, 1998,
when Armageddon — The Album and City of Angels were at Nos. 1 and 2.
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, Tory Lanez notches his highest charting
album yet, as his second full-length studio effort Memories Don’t Die debuts at
No. 3. The set earned 54,000 units, of which 15,000 were in traditional album
sales. The album’s bow is driven mostly by streaming activity, as it tallied
36,000 SEA units (equaling 54 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s
tracks in its opening week).
Memories Don’t Die follows Lanez’s debut effort, I Told You, which bowed and
peaked at No. 4 on the Sept. 10, 2016, list with 52,000 units earned in its
Migos’ Culture II slips 3-4 on the latest Billboard 200, with 52,000 units (down
13 percent), while Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) climbs 6-5 with 36,000 units (down 9
percent). Post Malone’s Stoney is up one slot to No. 6 with 35,000 units (down
11 percent), Imagine Dragons’ Evolve rises 8-7 with 29,000 units (down 4
percent) and Camila Cabello’s Camila jumps back into the top 10 with a 12-8
ascent, tallying 27,000 units (up 3 percent).
Rounding out the top 10: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is steady at No. 9 with 26,000
units (down 9 percent) while 6ix9ine’s DAY69 falls 4-10 in its second week with
24,000 units (down 55 percent).Drake's "God's Plan" tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a seventh week. As the song sports 81.8 million U.S. streams, according
to Nielsen Music, it has now logged seven of the top 10 streaming weeks ever.
As on the Hot 100, "Plan," released on Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records,
posts its seventh week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, down 12 percent to
a still-giant 81.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 8.
"Plan" rebounds 2-1 for a fifth week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart,
despite decreasing by 14 percent to 57,000 downloads sold in the week ending
March 8. On the Radio Songs chart, "Plan" pushes 5-3, up 8 percent to 95 million
in all-format airplay audience in the week ending March 11.
Ed Sheeran's former six-week No. 1 "Perfect" rebounds 3-2 on the Hot 100, while
dropping to No. 2 on Radio Songs after nine weeks at No. 1 (130 million, down 2
percent). That means that there's a new No. 1 on Radio Songs … Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" returns to its No. 3 Hot 100 peak, from No.
4, and crowns Radio Songs with a 2-1 rise (133 million, up 3 percent). Mars
earns his eighth Radio Songs leader, passing Usher for the most No. 1s among
male acts in the chart's 27-year history.
After debuting a week ago at No. 2 on the Hot 100, Post Malone's "Psycho,"
featuring Ty Dolla $ign, dips to No. 4. Streams again account for the bulk of
the track's activity, as it holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (41.8 million,
down 24 percent).
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" rises to the Hot 100's top
five (7-5). It tops Hot Country Songs for a 15th week, extending its record for
the most weeks at No. 1 in the chart's 59-year history for a song with lead
female vocals; a week ago, it passed Little Big Town's "Girl Crush", which led for 13 weeks in 2015.
No.2 in United Kingdom and at no.9 on
the Global Chart is 'These Days' by the British drum and bass outfit Rudimental
with additional vocals from Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
Music Week Report
'The Greatest Showman' ranks a ninth week at no.1
Monday, March 12, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
These Days tops the paid-for sales tabulation for the fifth time – but,
as in its last four frames, the Rudimental track's inferior streaming
tallies cost it dear, and it remains at No.2 on the singles chart, also
for the fifth time, with total consumption of 46,621 copies, while
Drake's God's Plan is No.1 for the seventh straight week with total
consumption of 51,713 sales, including 44,264 from
sales-equivalent streams. It tops the streaming chart but is only No.8 on
There's no change at No.3 either, with Dua Lipa's IDGAF in the bronze medal
position for the third time (35,517 sales) – but Portugal The Man's debut smash
Feel It Still rebounds 6-4 (34,852 sales) to revisit its peak on its 30th week
in the Top 75.
Say Something reaches a new high, climbing 10-9 (24,372 sales) for Justin
Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton.
The rest of the Top 10: Friends (5-5, 33,590 sales) by Marshmello & Anne-Marie,
Psycho (4-6, 29,434 sales) by Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign, This Is Me (8-7,
27,668 sales) by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble, All The Stars
(7-8, 27,384 sales) by Kendrick Lamar & SZA and For You (9-10, 23,930 sales) by
Liam Payne & Rita Ora.
Overall singles sales are up 0.47% week-on-week at 15,766,018, 19.16% above same
week 2017 sales of 13,230,810.
Streams accounted for 14,695,490 sales, 93.21% of the total. Paid-for sales are
up 5.41% week -on-week at 1,070,528 and are 29.68% below same week 2017 sales of
1,522,279. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 240th week in a
The show goes
on... The Greatest Showman was snubbed by Academy Awards voters last week,
winning no Oscars but The Motion Picture Cast Recording is No.1 for the ninth
straight week, and once again is way ahead of the chasing pack, with consumption
of 41,547 units – its third best tally – including 13,191 from sales-equivalent
The Greatest Showman has previously blocked albums from Camila Cabello, Fall Out
Boy, Craig David and Justin Timberlake from debuting at No.1, and now prevents A
Real Labour Of Love (No.2, 16,445 sales) from doing the same for UB40 feat. Ali,
Astro & Mickey. It is the fifth Labour Of Love album: the original Labour Of
Love debuted and peaked at No.1 in 1983, while Labour Of Love II debuted at No.9
in 1989 and peaked at No.3 in 1990, Labour Of Love III debuted and peaked at
No.8 in 1998 and Labour Of Love 4 debuted and peaked at No.24 in 2010. Hitherto
comprising covers of reggae songs they enjoyed while growing up, the latest in
the series is songs they listened to after UB40 achieved fame. The Labour Of
Love strand that runs through UB40's history also saw a 1994 pairing of the
first two albums reaching No.5, a 2003 release housing the first three albums
reaching No.7 and a 2009 Best Of Labour Of Love set reaching No.29.
Another band spearheaded by two brothers, and with origins in the last century
also return to the Top 10 this week. They are Yorkshire indie/alternative band
Embrace. Arriving nearly 20 years after their first and four years after their
last, their seventh studio album Love Is A Basic Need - written and produced by
lead singer Danny McNamara and his brother, lead guitarist Richard McNamara -
maintains their unbroken run of Top 10 entries, debuting at No.5 (6,291 sales).
Three of their albums have debuted at No.1, most recently This New Day, which
sold 76,322 when it trumped Massive Attack compilation Collected for chart
honours in 2006. Its 2004 predecessor Out Of Nothing – also a No.1 - had
first-week sales of 55,613, while their 1998 debut album The Good Will Out
opened in pole position, with first-week sales of 42,932. Their most recent
studio album before Love Is A Basic Need, which debuted and peaked at No.5 on
sales of 11,855 copies.
Also in the veterans category are US alternative band The Breeders, who made the
chart for the first time in 1990, when their debut album Pod reached No.22. All
Nerve is only their fifth album, and first for 10 years, and debuts at No.9
(4,732 sales) to become their highest charting set since second album Last
Splash reached No.5 in 1993. The Breeders have remained with Beggars Banquet
imprint 4AD throughout their career.
Canadian rapper Tory Lanez reached No.18 (2,801 sales) with his introductory
long player, I Told You in 2016. In an age where urban albums, particularly
those by rappers, are packed with guests and samples, I Told You had no credited
co-performers, and only contains a handful of samples. No other rap album has
charted this high without at least a couple of 'featuring' credits this decade.
His follow-up, Memories Don't Lie, is still refreshingly light on samples, but
loaded with assists from the likes of Future, Nav, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and
Fabolous, and debuts at No.8 (5,139 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: ÷ (2-3, 15,722 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa (3-4,
9,889 sales), Human (4-6, 6,204 sales) by Rag'N'Bone Man, The Thrill Of It All
(6-7, 6,023 sales) by Sam Smith and Beautiful Trauma (9-10, 4,719 sales) by
Overall album sales are up 8.31% week-on-week at 1,719,407, 25.49% below same
week 2017 sales of 2,307,505. Streaming accounted for 911,730 sales – 53.03% of
the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 18.84% week-on-week at 807,677,
49,05% below same week 2017 sales of 1,554,730, which were distorted by huge
first week numbers for Ed Sheeran's ÷.COMPLETE