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Global Chart Report

'Frozen' and 'Happy' rule another week
Friday, April 18, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

It's another week with no change atop our both global hitlists. On the album tally Walt Disney's soundtrack to the blockbuster 'Frozen' remains at no.1 for a seventh week with healthy 223.000 sales. That's a 10% decrease compared to the previous week, but still far away from the competition: the current no.2 slot, Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' sold only 79.000 copies. Anyway, it was once again a week with alarmingly low sales globally. The no.10 album, John Legend's 'Love In The Future', sold only 32.000 units, the no.40, Chevelle's 'La Gargola', 17.000 units. Some years ago, the sales in the USA were higher than now in the whole wide world! Frightening is the decline especially on the key-markets USA and United Kingdom. The latter posts a loss of 10% in overall album sales, compared to last year and in the USA the slump is even at 17%! Back to the current hitlist, where Los Angeles based heavy metal band Black Label Society bows at no.6 with their 10th album 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican'.

It's this week's highest debut on the global tally and found 42.000 buyers in its initial week, 25.600 of it in the USA alone. French Christian trio Les Prêtres, opens at no.12 with their third set 'Amen' and 31.000 sales. The former two albums were huge sellers in France, the debut 'Spiritus Dei' sold more than 800.000 copies there and the follow-up 'Gloria' moved more than 300.000. American Christian rock band MercyMe lands at no.16 with the ninth studio album 'Welcome To The New' and 27.000 sales. The band's biggest success was their debut album 'Almost There' from 2001, which sold more than 2,2 million copies in the USA alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. German punk icons Die Toten Hosen jump at no.20 with the live-set 'Krach Der Republik' and

25.000 units. American singer-songwriter Joseph Somers-Morales, better known as SoMo, follows at no.22 with his self-titled album and 24.000 initial sales. Finally US country star Martina McBride appears at no.28 with her 12th album release 'Everlasting' and 22.000 sales. Exactly 40 years ago, Swedish pop legend ABBA started their sensational career with the victory of 'Waterloo' at the Eurovision Song Contest. Because of this anniversary the best-of compilation 'Gold' returns at no.39 with 17.000 sales this week. 'Gold' is the fourth most successful best-of compilation of all time with total sales of 29 million. More successful were only the Beatles' '1' with 33 mllion sales, Bob Marley's 'Legend' with nearly 34 million sales and the Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' with 37 million sales. Some additional sales stats: 'Artpop' by Lady GaGa sold 7.000 copies last week and 1,77 million in total, 'Moon Landing' by James Blunt sold 12.000 units last week, 1,11 million so far, 'Supermodel' by Foster The People moved 12.000 copies last week and 133.000 in total, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 2,75 million copies so far, 'Midnight Memories' by One Direction 3,73 million and 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem 3,94 million. Last few words: there are many questions every week about the sales of Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. The current sales of their albums are much too low for our monitoring, that's why we haven't updates.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  It's unbelievable, Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' reigns the global track chart for a straight 12th week, and even increases the weekly points frame 0,5% to 549.000. No other song since 'We Found Love' by Rihanna & Calvin Harris, which ruled 14 weeks in 2011/ 2012, was such a long time at no.1... and an end is not in sight! With a total of 8.170.000 points 'Happy' jumps from no.184 to no.143. Now an interesting comparison with the three most successful tracks of the 21st century (so far): Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling' was at no.6 with 226.000 points in the week 48, 2009, when it jumped over the 8 million border in total points. Robin Thickes' 'Blurred Lines' was no.2 with 469.000 points in the week 35, 2013 and Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' was at no.9 with 161.000 points in the week 36, 2012. So the chances are not bad that 'Happy' grows up to the biggest hit of the 21st century (so far). Back to this week's hitlist, John Legend's 'All Of Me' remains at no.2 and loses 4% to 304.000 points. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J's 'Dark Horse' climbs back at no.3, despite a 9% points decrease to 272.000. South Korean pop duo Akdong Musician boosts with three songs on the hitlist. The most successful tune, '200%', shoots at no.13 globally with 121.000 points and leads massive ten new-entries on this week's tally! The only two international releases are Ed Sheeran's new smash 'Sing', which lands on a remarkable no.16 with 109.000 points, and Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX's 'Fancy' at no.36 with 83.000 points. Outside the top 40 waiting among other Sekai No Owari's 'Honoô To Mori No Carnival' at no.45, the Japanese version of Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go', performed by Takako Matsu, at no.46, Vamp's 'Last Night' at no.53 and Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance' at no.58 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART




Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatlemania reached its climax. What happened? A year ago, in 1963, the Beatles became more and more success in United Kingdom, but outside their native country it just didn't work. Several labels like Swan, Vee-Jay and Tollie tried to release successful UK hits like 'She Loves You', 'Please Please Me' and 'Twist And Shout' in the USA, but they flopped. Everything changed with the publication of 'I Want To Hold Your

Hand' in December 1963. In United Kingdom it sold more than one million copies only in that month and short time later the whole wide world was infected by the Beatles virus. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' developed into a giant success around the globe and hold still no.5 on the Alltime Chart. As a result of this all other older songs entered the charts. Early April 1964 there was a unique and strange situation on the US Billboard chart: five Beatles songs blocked the top. 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Twist And Shout', 'She Loves You', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please Me'. A very similar constellation was on the global chart. Never before and after an act or a band reached such a massive success and since then the Beatles are an eternal legend!  GLOBAL CHART - 50 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video

Billboard Report
'Frozen' scores biggest sales week yet
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen", fueled by Easter shopping, earns its biggest sales week yet and 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album sold 259,000 copies in the week

ending April 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (The Easter holiday was April 20.) That's up 94% compared with the previous week, when the album shifted 133,000 at No. 1. This is also the fifth consecutive week that frozen sold more than 100,000 copies. To date, "Frozen" has sold 2.3 million copies. As the weeks tick by, "Frozen" continues to rack up impressive chart feats. Since SoundScan's point-of-sale data began powering the Billboard 200's rankings on May 25, 1991, "Frozen" is just the ninth album — and third soundtrack — to spend at least 11 weeks at No. 1. Going back even farther: Since the Billboard 200 started publishing on a regular, weekly basis in 1956, "Frozen" is one of only 15 soundtracks to spend at least 11 weeks at No. 1. "Frozen" also surpasses "The Lion King" (with 10 weeks at No. 1) as the longest-running No. 1 soundtrack by an animated film. Sales for "Frozen" in the week ending April 20 were powered by Easter shopping, which tends to lift sales of music that appeals

to families and children. "Frozen" is over 190,000 copies ahead of the No. 2 set this week, the debuting "Testimony" from August Alsina. It's the singer's first album, which also starts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In fact, all of the titles between Nos. 2 and 5 are debuts. Rock band NEEDTOBREATHE launches at No. 3 with its highest-charting album ever, "Rivers In the Wasteland" (49,000), followed by Jason Derulo's first top 10 effort, "Talk Dirty," at No. 4 (44,000). Ingrid Michaelson closes out the debut party, as her "Lights Out" bows at No. 5 (37,000). For NEEDTOBREATHE, "Rivers" logs the band's best sales week yet, surpassing the No. 6 debut and peak of 2011's "The Reckoning." It entered with a handful of copies less than that logged by "Rivers."

Derulo's "Talk Dirty" scores the pop singer's best sales week as well, exceeding the 42,000 copies of his self-titled debut that he sold in its first week in 2010. The latter album also tallied his previous high-water mark, when it debuted and peaked at No. 11.Derulo's new album — his third full-length effort — is powered by its title track, which hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart dated April 26. Michaelson's "Lights Out" is the singer-songwriter's second top 10 effort, and follows 2012's "Human Again," which also debuted and peaked at No. 5. It started slightly stronger than "Lights Out," selling 40,000 in its first week. As for the rest of the top 10, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rises 8-6 (33,000; up 77 percent), Pharrell's "G I R L" dips 2-7 (just under 33,000; up 12 percent), and Lorde's "Pure Heroine" rises 12-8 (26,000; up 62 percent). 5 Seconds of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" falls 3-9 (just under 26,000; up less than 1 percent), and the "Now 49" compilation climbs 13-10 (22,000; up 45 percent). Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 20) totaled 5.3 million units, up 23 percent compared with the sum last week (4.3 million) and down 2 percent compared with the comparablesales week of 2013 (5.4 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 76.2 million, down 16 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (90.5 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Pharrell's "Happy" nets a 10th week at No. 1 (274,000 downloads; up 7 percent) —the longest run at No. 1 since Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" wrapped a 10-week No. 1 reign on the chart dated Aug. 24, 2013. ("Blurred" also featured Pharrell.) John Legend's "All of Me" is stationary at No. 2 (214,000; up 9 percent), as is Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, at No. 3 (198,000; up 22 percent) and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" at No. 4 (158,000; up 4 percent). DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" ascends 8-5 with 120,000 (up 28 percent). Lana Del Rey scores her best debut sales week yet with the arrival of "West Coast." It enters at No. 6 with 118,000 sold. It's the first single from her upcoming album "Ultraviolence," which is due later this year. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, falls 6-7 (113,000; up 2 percent), Ed Sheeran's "Sing" falls 5-8 in its second week (106,000; down 14 percent), and Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" drops 7-9 (105,000; down 3 percent). Aloe Blacc's "The Man" rounds out the top 10, down one spot to No. 10 (91,000; up 2 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 24million downloads, up 11 percent compared with last week (21.7 million) and up 1 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (23.7 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 379 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (434 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS

Clean Bandit
are a British electronic group, founded in 2009. After their 2013 single "Mozart's House" reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart, and the release of 'Nightingale' featuring pop singer Horner Woods and dubstep band Camo & Krooked, which peaked to number 39 on the UK Singles Chart, in January 2014 they scored their first UK number one single with "Rather Be", featuring elements of classical music, along with a dance music beat. "Rather Be" is current UK number one single since four weeks. Clean Bandit's music has been described as 'fusion' music, mixing electronic music with classical and dubstep / brostep elements. They produce the music themselves and invite guest artists to sing their songs (as Jess Glynne on "Rather Be"). The album "New Eyes" is due to be released on May 12, 2014 through Atlantic Records. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Kiesza's 'Hideaway' storms at the summit
Monday, April 21, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Singer/songwriter Kiesza makes a dramatic start to her chart career, debuting at number one with maiden hit Hideaway, on sales of 136,286 copies, the fourth highest tally of the year to date, and the highest for 11 weeks. The 25 year old singer/songwriter, who originally hails from Alberta in Canada now lives in New York, where she is signed indie

label Lokal Legend - which licensed the track to Universal's Virgin EMI division for UK release - but has been tweeting about a move to East London. And while she is number one on the singles chart, she has been exchanging Twitter messages with Ed Sheeran., in which they concur about their mutual love for the new number one album by Paolo Nutini. Hideaway easily dislodges last week's number one, Sigma's drum & bass smash Nobody To Love, which retreats to number two while selling a further 73,789 copies. Meanwhile Touch, the introductory single by Shift K3y - 20 year old Lewis Jankel, son of Chas who used to be in Ian Dury's Blockheads - has a UK garage flavour, and is slightly redolent of early Craig David. It is also a hit, debuting this week at number three (46,085 sales). The third and last new arrival to the Top 10, Swedish singer Tove Lo's debut hit Stay High jumps 12-6 (32,905 sales).

Elsewhere in the top tier, All Of Me holds at number four (45,330 sales) for John Legend, The Man slips 3-5 (38,271 sales) for Aloe Blacc, Happy holds at number seven (30,843 sales) for Pharrell Williams, I Got U declines 6-8 (27,832 sales) for Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, Fancy fades 5-9 (26,962 sales) for Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX and My Love descends 8-10 (25,441 sales) for Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne. The seventh annual Record Store Day took place on Saturday. 7-inch and 12-inch singles formed the vast majority of the 643 releases on the day – a new record, up from 509 in 2013. Overall singles sales were down 3.89% week-on-week at 2,838,793 – a 16 week low, and 13.50% below same week 2013 sales of 3,281,678. Vinyl sales increased

1345.55% week-on-week to 37,671, but were 12.28% below the same week 2013 tally of 42,947. Oasis’ Supersonic topped the 12-inch chart, with sales of 1,710, whilst David Bowie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide emerged to top the 7-inch chart on sales of 1,959 copies. Paolo Nutini scores the biggest first week sales of his career and the biggest weekly sale of 2014, with his third album Caustic Love selling 109,011 copies last week to debut at number one. Undoubtedly helped by the presence of two of its songs in the Top 40, his appearance on Graham Norton's BBC1 chat show and Easter gift-buying the album easily eclipsed the 72,644 copies that Sam Bailey's album The Power Of Love sold on its debut to set the previous 2014 high just four weeks ago, and also the 62,937 copies his second album, Sunny Side Up, sold when it debuted at number one nearly five years ago. Despite spawning three top three hits in the last six months, The Vamps' debut album Meet The Vamps was no match for Nutini, and debuts at number two on sales of 47,160 copies. That is, however, the highest sale for a number two album so far in 2014, beating the 43,167 copies that George Michael's Symphonica sold three weeks ago. Those sales would have delivered a number one in 11 of 15 prior 2014 chart weeks. The Vamps' latest single, Last Night, suffers a 2-14 dip (23,130 sales) on its second week on the chart, an even faster decline than their October 2013 debut Can We Dance, which slid 2-10, or February 2014 follow-up Wild Heart, which fell 3-12, on their second chart weeks. After two consecutive weeks with small victory margins atop the chart - 8.96% in the first week, and 5.80% in the second week - Kaiser Chiefs' Education, Education, Education & War tumbles to number five (8,506 sales), while the track Coming Home falls 31-62 (3,450 sales) on the singles chart. The rest of this week's Top 10 artist albums: Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction (2-3, 12,814 sales), John Legend’s Love In The Future (3-4, 12,813 sales), George Michael’s Symphonica (4-6, 8,298 sales), Elbow’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (11-7, 7,781 sales), Pharrell Williams’ Girl (8-8, 7,398 sales), Johnny Cash’s Out Among The Stars (6-9, 7,292 sales) and Sam Bailey’s The Power Of Love (7-10, 6,495 sales). The combination of Easter and Record Store Day brought only a modest 3.42% increase in sales week-on-week to 1,490,706 – but that’s 10.92% above same week 2013 sales of 1,343,889, and the third week in a row sales have been above same week 2013 levels.  COMPLETE CHARTS


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