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Global Chart Report

Magic! climbs back on the hot seat
Friday, August 22, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

A sad new low in the history of the Global Album Chart: this week One Direction returns at no.40 with 'Midnight Memories' and only 14.000 sales! Never before since the start of the weekly hitlist in 2004 an album placed with such low sales. Let's look to the other end of our current Top 40: it seems that the Japanese use almost all their income for the purchase of new recordings from all these countless idol groups. Almost no week goes by, without a new successful single or album. This week NMB 48, a sister group to AKB 48, shoots atop the Global Album Chart with the second effort 'Sekai No Chuushin Wa Osaka Ya (Namba Jichiku)'. The set found 325.000 buyers in its first week at retail, according to Oricon. The first album of NMB 48, 'Teppen Tottande!', started also at the summit with almost the same sales (328.000, in the week 11, 2013). Last week's number one, the soundtrack to 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', slips at no.2 after an 8% sales decline to 133.000. 'Frozen', the other big soundtrack for now, climbs

two slots back at no.3, driven by a 12% sales boost to 87.000. Ed Sheeran's 'X' takes the other direction and slides two spots at no.4 (down 7% to 85.000 sales). This week's second highest debut comes from American rock band Gaslight Anthem. Their fifth album 'Get Hurt' starts at no.5 with 66.000 sales. Nearly eight months have passed, so it's time for another interim balance: 'Frozen' leads outstanding with 5.625.000 sales, following by Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' with 2.441.000 sales and Beyoncé's self-titled album with 2.051.000 sales. The complete Top 40 lists for albums and tracks are available on our FACEBOOK - account. Some additional sales stats: 'Whispers' by Passenger sold 11.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 277.000 so far, 'Don't Kill

The Magic' by Magic! sold 9.000 units last week, 117.000 so far, 'If You Wait' by London Grammar sold 12.000 units last week and has a total of 895.000 units so far, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem sold 4.174.000 copies so far, 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde 2.669.000 and 'Prism' by Katy Perry 3.183.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  'Am I Wrong' by Nico & Vinz spent only one week on the throne of the Global Track Chart and slides currently at no.3 after a 15% points decline to 242.000. Also 'Rude' by Magic! lost 3% in points to 260.000, but that's enough for a return to top position. It's the third non-consecutive week at the summit for that song. The 20 year-old Meghan Trainor is the shooting-star of the season. Her debut smash 'All About That Bass' reached with a record pace the vice-position of the Global Chart (up 21% to 244.000 points). Thematically in the near of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' and musically in the near of Duffy and her blue-eyed soul, 'All About That Bass' will be surely one of the biggest hits in the last third of this year. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy', this week at no.18, reached a total of 13.025.000 points after 36 weeks on the tally. It's enough to overtake 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio feat. L.V. on the ALL TIME CHART. So 'Happy' climbs now at no.9 and next week it will be overtake 'I Gotta Feeling' by the Black Eyed Peas, the biggest hit of the 21st century so far! Back to this week's hitlist, Japanese seven-member boy band Kis-My-Ft2 brings the highest debut, 'Another Future' lands at no.15 with 141.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Winner's 'Coloring' at no.41, Kana Nishino's 'Darling' at no.43, Dierks Bentley's Drunk On A Plane' at no.57 and Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' at no.59 and  for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'This Love' Maroon 5
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
'I Swear' All 4 One
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It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era: 'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC & The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit, reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The

Sun'. And on the ALL TIME CHART 'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points, only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash 'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.  GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video

Billboard Report
'Guardians Of The Galaxy' spends second week at No.1
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,

according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the chart for 15 weeks in 2014 -- nearly half of the year so far. Earlier this year, the soundtrack to Frozen clocked 13 weeks atop the list. Speaking of Frozen, thanks to sale pricing in the iTunes Store, the album rebounds 8-3 on the Billboard 200, selling 43,000 (up 53 percent). It sits behind the non-moving Now 51 various-artists compilation at No. 2, which sold 52,000 (down 45 percent). With the Now 51 album at No. 2, all of the top three albums are multi-artist projects for the first time since the April 11, 2009 chart. That week, Now 30 debuted at No. 1, followed by an also-arriving Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack at No. 2. The first Twilight soundtrack held firm at No. 3. Back on the new Billboard 200, The Gaslight Anthem's Get Hurt is the chart's highest new entry, debuting at No. 4 with 33,000 sold. It's the second top 10 effort for the rock band, which hit No. 3 with its last studio set, 2012's Handwritten. Nineteen-year-old

YouTuber Troye Sivan starts at No. 5 with his new EP, TRXYE, selling 30,000 copies after only three days of sales. The five-song set was exclusively available as a download and also debuts at No. 2 on the Digital Albums chart (behind Guardians of the Galaxy). Sivan's album was released Friday, Aug. 15, instead of the usual Tuesday, so that the set would have a global release date. Friday is the day when new albums are released in Australia, where Sivan is based. He signed with EMI Australia in June 2013, and his EP was released on Capitol Records in the United States. Five Seconds of Summer's self-titled album dips one position to No. 6, with 27,000 (down 24 percent); Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour rises 9-7 with 26,000 (down 3 percent); and

Godsmack's 1000HP falls 3-8 in its second week with 21,000 (down 63 percent). Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Hypnotic Eye descends 6-9 with 20,000 (down 41 percent), and Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rises 12-10 with 19,000 (up 19 percent). Bryan's album, like Frozen, was also discounted in the iTunes Store. Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 10) totaled 4.1 million units, down 4 percent compared with the sum last week (4.3 million) and down 19 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.1 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 150.5 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (176.1 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" stays put at No. 1, selling 239,000 downloads (up 21 percent), while the diva team-up of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj with "Bang Bang" holds at No. 2 with 131,000 (down 7 percent). Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, rises 7-3 with 125,000 (up 17 percent); Grande's "Break Free," featuring Zedd, zooms 14-4 with 116,000 (up 54 percent); and Smith's "Stay With Me" dips 4-5 with 105,000 (down 15 percent). The highest debut on the chart is Grande's "Best Mistake," featuring Big Sean, which enters at No. 6 with 104,000. With the arrival of “Best Mistake” alongside "Bang Bang" and "Break Free," Grande is the first female artist to have three songs in the top six of the chart at the same time. The last artist to notch three in the region was Michael Jackson, who achieved the feat shortly after his death (on the chart dated July 18, 2009). Magic’s "Rude" falls 5-7 with 104,000 (down 15 percent), and Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, jumps 12-8 with 95,000 (up 12 percent). Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" moves 6-9 with a little more than 93,000 (down 13 percent), and Sia's "Chandelier" hangs out at No. 10 for another week with 93,000 (up 3 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.6 million downloads, down 3 percent compared with last week (20.2 million) and down 15 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (23.1 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 735.1 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (843.3 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS

is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri Atweh on lead vocals and Mark Pellizzer, Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. In 2013, they released their debut single, 'Rude' from their debut album 'Don't Kill The Magic' released worldwide on July 1, 2014. All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area. The lead singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been working with and writing songs for different pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger, together known as The Messengers. He had met Mark Pelli in the studio and within a week they had written the song 'Don't Judge Me' for Chris Brown. Nasri described the chemistry between himself and Pelli as 'different than writing chemistry, it was more artistic'. A few weeks later, while Mark played a reggae tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested to start a band like 'modern-day Police'. The debut single 'Rude' is a great international success now.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Debut hits of Nico & Vinz and Magic! continue to hold the top positions
Monday, August 18, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

The debut hits of Nico & Vinz and Magic! continue to hold the top two positions in the singles chart. After exploding 52-1 last week, Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong suffers a 41.01% dip in sales to 62,750 (including 10,323 streaming sales). It is the lowest sale for a number one single since Lily Allen's version of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know

sold 47,676 copies on its second and last week at number one last December, 35 weeks ago. Its lead over Canadian pop/reggae group Magic!'s introductory smash Rude is reduced from 43.76% to 6.90%, with the latter selling 58,697 copies to increase its overall sales to 342,296. A genuine hit, Rude's popularity is not reflected in the fortunes of Magic!'s debut album, Don't Kill The Magic, which slumps 19-62 (1,475 sales) on its second appearance in the chart. Completing a gridlocked singles chart top three, OneRepublic's Love Runs Out suffers a 33.37% diminution in sales - to 34,019 - but holds at number three. 17 weeks after her debut hit Hideaway debuted at number one with pent-up demand generating excellent first week sales of 136,286 copies, fellow Canadian Kiesza's follow-up Giant In My Heart debuts at number four (33,414 sales). Climbing 37-34 (10,321 sales), Hideaway is the year's 13th biggest hit, with a to-date tally of 588,221 sales. The rest of this week's Top 10, all suffering double digit dips in

sales percentages are: Ghost by Ella Henderson (6-5, 29,150 sales), Budapest by George Ezra (5-6, 28,740 sales), Faded by ZHU (7-7, 25,625 sales), Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea (8-8, 24,998 sales), Crazy Stupid Love by Cheryl Cole feat. Tinie Tempah (4-9, 24,114 sales) and Boom Clap by Charli XCX (9-10, 22,486 sales). Overall singles sales are down 2.63% week-on-week, at 5,116,368. Streaming accounted for 2,619,137 sales - more than half the total (51.19%) for the first time. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 6.01% week-on-week at 2,497,231 – 20.11% below same week 2013 sales of 3,125,804, and the 53rd consecutive week in which they have declined versus

a year ago. Ed Sheeran's lock on the album chart continues with his second album X registering its eighth straight week at number one. The only other album in chart history by a male solo artist to spend its first eight weeks at number one is Phil Collins' ...But Seriously, which turned the trick in 1989/90. X has seen its sales fall every single week since release, declining 182,427-93,270-52,152-39,375-33,283-31,229-29,741-27,208 which - along with the 26 copies it sold prior to official release - raise its cumulative sales to 488,711. It will become the first artist album of the year to break the half million barrier later this week. Sheeran's debut album + didn't achieve 500,000 sales until its 13th week. Sheeran's runner-up is Sam Smith, whose debut album In The Lonely Hour bounces 3-2 with sales up 8.74% week-on-week at 12,163. In the top five throughout its 12 week chart run, In The Lonely Hour has sold 332,891 copies to date, making it the fourth biggest artist album of the year overall, and by far the biggest 2014 debut album. American rock quartet The Gaslight Anthem have the week's highest debuting album, opening at number four (9,166 sales) with their fifth album Get Hurt. It's a step back from the giddy heights of number two scaled by their last album, Handwritten a little over two years ago, when it sold 18,380 copies on its debut and was denied top billing only by Plan B's Ill Manors soundtrack. More than most, reality TV stars have to make hay while the sun shines, which is why fraternal Britain's Got Talent act Richard & Adam - a Welsh classical crossover duo, who finished third in last year's series of the show - have released three albums in just 54 weeks. Their debut album, The Impossible Dream, reached number one last August, while their seasonal selection The Christmas Album reached number 54 last December. Their latest, At The Movies, debuts at number five (8,762 sales). This very week in 2008, The Saturdays were enjoying their first hit single with If This Is Love. Six years on, they score their 20th - but smallest - hit, debuting at number 38 (9,982 sales) with What You Waiting For?. All of these songs, and a fair few more are on their first compilation, Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits, which debuts at number 10 (7,268 sales) on the album chart. 73 weeks after it debuted at number 35, and 43 weeks after it reached its previous peak position of number 17, OneRepublic's newly expanded Native makes the Top 10 for the first time. One of the new tracks on the album is the current single Love Runs Out. Native jumps 70-9 (7,960 sales) this week to become OneRepublic's second Top 10 album, following 2007 debut Dreaming Out Loud, which reached number two and has sold 308,802 copies. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Blue Smoke/The Best Of Dolly Parton retreats 2-3 (10,905 sales), George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage slips 5-6 (8,705 sales), Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction ebbs 6-7 (8,626 sales) and Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love holds at number eight (7,979 sales). Overall album sales are down 6.11% week-on-week at 1,242,467. That is their lowest level for eight weeks, and 3.80% below same week 2013 sales of 1,291,352.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1 NMB 48 'Sekai No Chuushin Wa Osaka'

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Media Control Track Chart
'Lovers On The Sun' David Guetta
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