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Mumford & Sons reign a second week
Friday, May 22, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

It's unbelievable, the first time in 14 weeks an album stays more than a week atop the Global Album Chart. Mumford & Son's 'Wilder Mind' remains for a second week at no.1, despite a massive 71% sales drop to 128.000 copies. The soundtrack to the sequel of the American musical comedy film 'Pitch Perfect' makes a perfect entry at no.2 globally with 111.000 initial sales. The lion share's of which comes from the US with 92.000 copies, nearly 6.000 from Australia and around 5.000 each from United Kindom and Canada. The first 'Pitch Perfect' soundtrack from 2012 sold more than 1,5 million copies to date. Second highest debut of the week is the fourth effort of the German hip-hop crew Genetikk. 'Achter Tag' opens at no.3 with massive 66.000 sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the biggest weekly sales by an album this year so far in these territories. After 51 weeks on the tally Sam Smith's million seller 'In The Lonely Hour' turns back to the top five with another 62.000 sales, a total of 5.078.000 units so far.

Another two big long-seller remain in the top ten: Taylor Swift's '1989' jumps four slots from no.10 to no.6 with 53.000 sales, a total of astonishing 7.235.000 units after 29 weeks on the hitlist and Ed Sheeran's 'X' holds no.8 with 51.000 sales, what makes a total 5.794.000 units after 47 weeks on the chart. Three veterans of the music biz turning back: Eros Ramazzotti opens at no.14 with his 12th studio album 'Perfetto' and 37.000 sales, 20.000 of it from Italy alone. 'Cuori Agitati', Eros' first album, was released 30 years ago in Italy. Rock legend Eric Clapton bows at no.20 with another compilation, 'Forever Man' found 31.000 buyers in its release week. Eric's first successes date back to 1965! Similary long the career of the gifted singer / songwriter Leonard Cohen, whose new live album 'Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour' arrives at no.24 with 29.000 sales globally. Some additional sales stats: 'Budo' by the Southern All Stars sold 11.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 479.000 so far, 'Rebel Heart' by Madonna sold 16.000 units last week, 705.000 so far, 'Wanted On Voyage' by George Ezra sold 13.000 units last week and has a total of 1.478.000 copies so far, 'Night Visions' by Imagine Dragons sold 4.447.000 copies so far, 'Four' by One Direction 2.735.000, and 'Motion' by Calvin Harris 714.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  There's a new feature on our website: NO.1 CHRONICLES. It's a list with all number one songs of the United World Chart in a chronological order with song-credits and many interesting facts about each tune. The feature is under construction, for the moment there's a test run with the no.1 smashes of the time between 2010 and 2015. In the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our chart-history. Back to this week's hitlist, the emotional 'See You Again', performed by American rapper Wiz Khalifa and compatriot and newcomer Charlie Puth, from the 'Furious 7' soundtrack defends its position atop the Global Track Chart for a straight sixth week. It gets another 492.000 points, a total of 3.522.000 points after only seven weeks on the hitlist. This week's highest debut is Japan's boy group sensation Arashi. Their new smash 'Aozora No Shita, Kimi No Tonari' catapults to the vice-position with massive 352.000 points. 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars slides at no.4 with 218.000 points (down 14%) after unbelievable 22 weeks at the top two positions. On the ALL TIME CHART 'Uptown Funk' jumps from no.28 to no.26 with massive 11.217.000 points. Sandwiched between Arashi and Mark Ronson remains Omi's 'Cheerleader' another week at no.3 with 238.000 points, a minor 0,5% decrease compared to the previous week. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other Galantis' 'Runaway (U & I)' at no.45 and Generations from Exile Tribe's 'Evergreen' at no.49 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'Don't Phunk With' Black Eyed Peas
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Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'Speed Of Sound' Coldplay
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Our weekly global countdown dated back to 1955. The year when Rock'n'Roll was born and popular music started to influence and determine the spirit and mood of any era. The music industry was at the very beginning, many countries hadn't yet an official chart. That's why the first hitlists merged the charts only from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and additional informations from France, Australia, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The first no.1 in January 1955 was 'Mr.Sandman' by the Chordettes and biggest hit of that year 'Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White', a mambo classic by Perez Prado.
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Billboard Report
'Pitch Perfect 2' soundtrack debuts at no.1
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack sings out at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set debuts atop the list. The album, which was released on May 12 through Universal Music, moved

107,000 units in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music. 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). Pitch Perfect 2 is the third soundtrack to reach No. 1 in 2015, following the companion albums from Fox TV’s Empire series and the theatrical film Furious 7. That’s the most No. 1 soundtracks in a calendar year since 2010, when three Glee albums topped the list. Pitch Perfect 2 earned $70.3 million at the U.S. and Canada box office in its debut weekend (May 15-17), according to Box Office Mojo -- out-grossing the entire domestic run of the first Pitch Perfect ($65 million). The first film’s soundtrack peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold 1.2 million copies. The Pitch Perfect soundtrack spawned the fluke hit single “Cups,” performed by the star of both films, Anna Kendrick. The tune peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has

sold 2.1 million downloads. Last week’s No. 1 album, Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind, slips to No. 2 in its second chart week with 58,000 units (down 77 percent). The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack scoots 6-3 with 48,000 units (down 8 percent). David Guetta’s Listen album zooms into the top 10, jumping from No. 30 to No. 4 -- a new peak for the album and artist -- with 43,000 units (up 198 percent), as the album was deeply discounted to 99 cents in the Google Play store during the tracking week. Listen sold 29,000 downloads (up 2,136 percent), re-entering at No. 2 on the Digital Albums chart. The Furious 7 soundtrack climbs 7-5 with 41,000 units (down 12 percent). Rock band Incubus is the second and final debut in the latest top 10, as its new EP Trust Fall

(Side A) bows at No. 6 with 40,000 units. It’s the sixth top 10 album for the group, which last visited the top 10 in 2011 with If Not Now, When? It debuted and peaked at No. 2, selling 80,000 copies in its first week. Rounding out the top 10… Zac Brown Band’s former No. 1, Jekyll + Hyde, slips 5-7 with 39,000 units (down 41 percent). Josh Groban’s Stages descends 2-8 with 38,000 (down 62 percent). Taylor Swift’s 1989 holds steady at No. 9 with 37,000 (and a 3 percent gain). Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour falls 8-10 with 36,000 (down 8 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100 Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, rules for a sixth week. "Again" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 229,000 downloads sold (down 9 percent) in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music. And it logs a sixth week at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs (22.9 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (7 million, down 7 percent). Airplay continues to close in on the higher sales and streaming points percentages on the Hot 100 for "Again," which pushes 4-2 on Radio Songs with a 16 percent bump to 148 million all-format impressions. Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, up by 5 percent to 19.5 million. It dips 3-4 on Digital Songs (113,000, down 6 percent) and inches 12-11 on Radio Songs (66 million, down 2 percent). The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" likewise stays at its Hot 100 peak (No. 3) and spends a fourth week atop Radio Songs (154 million, down 3 percent). The song lifts 5-4 on Streaming Songs (12.5 million, up 25 percent), likely powered in part by Fifty Shades of Grey's release on DVD and Blu-ray May 8. On Digital Songs, "Earned" holds at No. 7 (88,000, down 7 percent). Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" hits a new high on the Hot 100, rising 5-4. It keeps at No. 2 on Digital Songs (142,000, up 5 percent), aided by the band's performance of it on NBC's The Voice May 11. It backtracks 2-3 on Radio Songs, but with a 5 percent gain to 138 million, and retreats 11-12 on Streaming Songs, although also with an increase (6.8 million, up 4 percent). The pop/rock/dance hybrid hit tops Hot Rock Songs for an eighth week. Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, drops 4-5 on the Hot 100 after leading for 14 weeks, tying for the second-longest reign in the Hot 100's 56-year history. "Funk" posts its 24th week in the top five and is now just one week from tying the record for most weeks spent in the top five by any song: LeAnn Rimes totaled 25 weeks in the region with "How Do I Live" (which peaked at No. 2) in 1997-98. "Funk" passes Chubby Checker's iconic "The Twist," which tallied 23 weeks in the top five over two release cycles in 1960-62, the only song to top the Hot 100 in two runs.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Years & Years
are a British-Australian electronica trio founded in London. The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. Years & Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and '90s house elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core influences. The band formed in 2010, after Goldsworthy moved to the United Kingdom from Australia and met Turkmen online. Shortly afterwards, Alexander joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower. The band was originally a five-piece group, with Noel Leeman and Olivier Subria. Leeman left the band in 2013. Years & Years' debut single "I Wish I Knew" was released in July 2012 on the label Good Bait, with the band performing as a five-piece group. In 2013 the group signed to French label Kitsuné Records as a three-piece and released their second single "Traps" in September 2013. In 2014 the group signed to Polydor Records and released the single "Take Shelter". The EP reached the number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart. In January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015. Years & Years were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for the Brit Awards 2015. Their new single 'King' was released on March the 1st and became a number one smash in the British Singles Charts.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Brandon Flowers shoots atop the album chart
Monday, May 25, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

57 today, Paul Weller might have hoped that his birthday would coincide with Saturns Pattern delivering his seventh career number one (fifth solo) - but The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers instead gathers his sixth career number one with The Desired Effect debuting atop the chart on sales of 31,077, including 628 from streams. That represents his

entire studio output. The Killers' 2004 debut Hot Fuss opened at number six (29,349 sales) and took a further 31 weeks to top the chart. The rest of their albums were instant number ones, namely Sam's Town (2006 on sales of 268,946), Day & Age (2008, 200,299 sales) and Battle Born (2012, 93,989 sales). His only previous solo album, Flamingo, topped during a hiatus between Day & Age and Battle Born in 2010 on sales of 65,518 copies. With six number ones out of six in the UK, Flowers is batting 100% but in his native America none of them topped the list, although Sam's Town reached number two. Despite being their slowest starter, Hot Fuss is The Killers' biggest selling album in the UK, with a to-date tally of 2,153,555. Flamingo has sold 263,6812 copies. Paul Weller had only one number one album with The Jam and one with The Style Council. Though some would argue that his work with those bands was the best of his career, he has shown much more chart consistency as a solo artist, scoring

four number ones and five number twos from 11 studio albums issued in his name since 1992. Last album, Sonik Kicks, debuted atop the list a little over four years ago on sales of 30,269 copies. Saturns Pattern opens at number two on sales of 25,726 copies. Sol Invictus is only Faith No More's seventh album in a 30 year recording career, and their first for eighteen years. They disbanded in 1998, and reformed in 2009 but have spent long periods inactive since then, and the announcement of the release of Sol Invictus earlier this year caught many by surprise. It is their fourth consecutive Top 10 album, debuting at number six (11,655 sales). They have only one Top 10 album to their credit in their native America. The single Infinity is the only new track on the compilation

Number One To Infinity, which marks Mariah Carey's return to Sony, where her first seven albums were released between 1990 and 1999. The fourth and final new entry to the Top 10, it debuts at number eight (9,314 sales). It is her 13th Top 10 album, but her first in more than seven years. After becoming the first album in 2015 to string together consecutive weeks at number one, Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind dips to number three (17,929 sales). Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour dips 2-5 (12,129 sales) on its 52nd week on the chart, all of which it has spent in the Top 10. It is the 24th album in the 21st century to be in the Top 10 on its first anniversary, but only the third to spend the entire year there. The others: 21 by Adele (2011/2), Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande (2012/3). In The Lonely Hours sales as it enters its second year are 1,709,287 compared to same stage tallies of 3,855,537 for 21 and 1,547,568 for Our Version Of Events. Completing the Top 10: Taylor Swift's 1989 (4-4, 15,191 sales), Hozier (3-7, 10,808 sales), Ed Sheeran's X (7-9, 9,025 sales) and Paul Simon's The Ultimate Collection (5-10, 8,989 sales). Overall album sales are up 4.35% week-on-week at 1,251,915 - 10.66% below same week 2014 sales of 1,401,342. OMI's Cheerleader secures its fourth straight week at number one on sales of 76,572 copies (including 26,970 from streams). OMI - 28 year old Omar Pasley from Clarendon, Jamaica - thus passes the three week mark set by Shaggy's Angel in 2001 to become the longest running number one ever by a Jamaican (though two of the four members of Boney M, who spent five weeks at number one with Rivers Of Babylon in 1978 are from the island). Wiz Khalifa's See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth), which served as number one for a fortnight immediately before Cheerleader started its reign, rebounds 3-2 (56,819 sales). It swaps places with LunchMoney Lewis' Bills (2-3, 56,453 sales). Rumoured to be about Katy Perry, Bad Blood becomes the fourth hit from Taylor Swift's fifth album 1989 to make the chart, debuting at number four (48,958 sales) following the release of a new version featuring Kendrick Lamar. Swift's eighth Top 10 hit and 23rd Top 75 entry, Bad Blood previously sold 14,288 copies as an album track without entering the Top 200. After slipping 6-7 last week, Where Are U Now rallies to reach a new peak (number five) for Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber on sales of 46,447 copies. Hey Mama jumps 17-10 (30,642 sales) for David Guetta feat. AfroJack and Nicki Minaj. It is Guetta's 22nd Top 10 hit, Minaj's nunth and AfroJack's second. Rounding out the Top 10, there are dips for Galantis' Runaway (4-6, 44,298 sales), Major Lazer feat. MO & DJ Snake's Lean On (5-7, 42,698 sales), Carly Rae Jepsen's I Really Like You (6-8, 36,437 sales) and Jess Glynne's Hold My Hand (8-9, 32,302 sales). Overall singles sales decreased 0.06% week-on-week to 7,007,478. Streaming accounted for 4,524,537 sales – 64.57% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are up 2.01% week-on-week at 2,482,941. That is 13.12% below same week 2014 sales and the 93rd consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Single Chart
No.1  'Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai' AKB 48

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Andreas Gabalier
'Mountain Man'
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