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A legend takes over the album chart
Friday, September 26, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

Congratulations!... nearly 50 years after her first no.1 album on the US-Billboard Chart, the legendary Barbra Streisand comes back atop the Global Album Chart with her 36th album 'Partners'. The effort is her first no.1 album on the Media Traffic Album Chart, features duets with the likes of Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Michael Buble and Billy Joel, and sold 281.000 units in its initial week. 195.700 of it in the USA, 38.100 in United Kingdom and 13.000 in Canada. The 72 year-old American singer and songwriter, author, actress, film producer, and director is a perfect allround-talent. She sold nearly 250 million records so far, according to Wikipedia, won eight Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, five Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globes. Barbra's biggest success was the ballad 'Woman In Love' from 1980, written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. The song held the no.1 slot of the Global Chart for nine weeks and ranks at no.24 on the ALL TIME CHART with massive 11.227.000 points. Second highest

debut on this week's tally is R&B star Chris Brown with his sixth album 'X'. It bows at no.2 globally with 206.000 sales. The other 'X' album (Ed Sheeran) climbs back at no.9 in its 13th week on the list with another 68.000 sales: a total of 1,78 million so far and that's enough for no.4 on the year-to-date chart, behind Beyoncé's self-titled album (2,12 million), Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' (2,66 million) and 'Frozen' (5,93 million). Last two weeks' chart-topper, Maroon 5's 'V', catapulted back at no.7 after another 43% sales decrease to 73.000, a total of 478.000 since its release. Some additional sales stats: 'Turn Blue' by The Black Keys sold 10.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 788.000 so far, 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 13.000 units last week, 1,44 million so far, 'Pure Heroine'

by Lana Del Rey sold 10.000 units last week and has a total of 2,74 million units so far, 'Native' by OneRepublic sold 1,58 million so far, 'Farbenspiel'' by Helene Fischer 1,43 million and 'Racine Carrée' by Stromae 2,51 million.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  The two big giants of the current season solidify their positions: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' leads a 4th non-consecutive week, driven by another 5% points increase to 412.000. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' remains a 5th non-consecutive week at the vice-position, after a 5% points growth to 376.000. And then there's a big gap to no.3, 'Prayer In C' by Lilly Wood & The Prick reaches a new peak with its climb at no.3, but loses 4% in points to 223.000. British drum & bass duo Sigma score their second chart topper in their native country with 'Changing'. Globally it's the highest debut on this week's tally at no.28 with 99.000 points. Guest vocalist Paloma Faith had a big solo-smash in United Kingdom (no.6) and Australia (no.1) with 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' (sounds a little bit like a good Amy Winehouse song). On the global chart the song peaked at no.54 some weeks ago. Sigma's former smash 'Nobody To Love' debuted at no.19 with 108.000 points in the week 17, 2014. 'I'm Not The Only One', Sam Smith's follow-up to his huge global smash and no.1 hit  'Stay With Me', bows at no.38 with 80.000 points. The final debut at no.40 comes from South Korean idol group 2PM. 'Midaretemina', their new single-release in Japan, opens with 75.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Girls' Generation Taetiseo's 'Holler' at no.51, Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' at no.54, E-Girls' 'Highschool Love' at no.55 and Postmen's 'Can't Go To Shinchon' at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 50 Years Ago
No.1
'Oh, Pretty Woman' Roy Orbison
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
No.1
'I Just Called To Say' Stevie Wonder
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Timeline
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


USA
Billboard Report
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Barbra Streisand makes history at no.1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

As reported, Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners. The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending

Sept. 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With the arrival at No. 1, Streisand becomes the only act with No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. The new Columbia Records album was released on Sept. 16 and features duets with the likes of Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Michael Buble and Billy Joel. She last hit the top with 2009's Love Is the Answer. Partners' opening sum is the largest sales week for a female artist in 2014, and Streisand's biggest sales frame since Christmas week of 1997. Her last album to sell more in a week was Higher Ground, which shifted 402,000 in the frame ending Dec. 28, 1997. During the new album's release week, she performed on NBC's The Tonight Show (on Sept. 15, and it was her first proper visit to late night TV in more than 50 years), and also stopped by ABC's Good Morning America (Sept. 16) and The View (Sept. 18). With a 10th No. 1, she ties for the fourth-most No. 1s in history with Elvis Presley (who is featured on Partners). Ahead of them are the Beatles, with 19,

Jay Z, with 13, and Bruce Springsteen, with 11. (Streisand continues to hold the record for the most No. 1 albums among women.) Streisand's first No. 1 album came nearly 50 years ago: People hit No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 31, 1964. Streisand's Partners is one of seven albums to debut in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart, where the entire top five are new arrivals. It's the first time the top five are debuts in a year, since the Oct. 5, 2013-dated chart. Chris Brown's X starts at No. 2 with 146,000 -- his best sales week since 2011's F.A.M.E. bowed with 270,000. The album before X, Fortune, entered at No. 1 with 135,000 in 2012. In total, this is Brown's sixth top 10 -- the entirety of his output. Country star Tim McGraw is up next, as his Sundown Heaven

Town bows at No. 3 with 71,000. It's his 16th top 10 album. It also enters at No. 1 on Top Country Albums -- his 15th No. 1. McGraw's last studio effort, 2013's Two Lanes of Freedom, entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 107,000 (and No. 1 on Top Country Albums). Another country titan, George Strait, clocks in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (51,000). The guest-laden set captures Strait's last show of his final tour, and gives Strait his 18th top 10 album. It's only the fourth live album to reach the top 10 in 2014. Train chugs in at No. 5 with Bulletproof Picasso, selling 50,000 in its first week. It's the band's fifth top 10 set, and follows 2012's California 37, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 75,000. OneRepublic's Native makes a huge leap up the chart, flying 57-6 with 49,000 (and a gain of 840 percent), after the Google Play store discounted the album to 99 cents during the tracking week. Courtesy of the cheap price, the set (which is in its 78th week on the chart) earns its second-largest sales week, after only its debut frame (60,000). Maroon 5's V slides 2-7 with 34,000 (down 57 percent) and last week's No. 1, Lecrae's Anomaly, descends 1-8 with just over 31,000 (down 65 percent). Rock band Motionless In White scores its best sales week ever, as its Reincarnate debuts at No. 9 with 31,000. The group's previous best week came in 2012, when Infamous sold 10,000 to debut at No. 53. That album has so far sold 83,000. To round out the top 10: Slash's World On Fire, featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, enters at No. 10 with 29,000. It's Slash's third top 10 set, and his second with Kennedy and The Conspirators. Their last collaboration, 2012's Apocalyptic Love, debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 38,000 in its first week. Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 21) totaled 4.36 million units, up 5 percent compared with the sum last week (4.15 million) and down 4 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.55 million). Year to date album sales stand at 171.3 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (200 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" regains the No. 1 position (294,000 downloads sold; down 5 percent), bumping Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" down to No. 2 with 282,000 (down 10 percent). "Bass'" total sales have now surpassed 2 million downloads (total through Sept. 21: 2.28 million). "Bang Bang," by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, holds at No. 3 with 144,000 (down 2 percent) while Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, moves up one rung to No. 4 with 121,000 (down 5 percent). Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" zips 13-5 with 107,000 (up 51 percent), marking its sixth consecutive weekly sales gain and first visit to the top 10. Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" is stationary at No. 6 with 103,000 (down 19 percent), Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, is a non-mover at No. 7 with 83,000 (up 4 percent) and Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em," featuring YG, climbs 11-8 with 79,000 (up 8 percent). Closing out the top 10 is Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" (8-9 with 78,000; down less than 1 percent) and Sia's "Chandelier" (12-10 with 73,000; up 1 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.17 million downloads, down 2 percent compared with last week (18.54 million) and down 17 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (21.92 million). Year to date track sales are at 830.46 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (954.3 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
Magic!
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
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Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' stays a fourth week at no.1
Monday, September 22, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

British drum & bass duo Sigma score their second chart topper, and guest vocalist Paloma Faith her first with their collaboration, Changing, which jumps 115-1 on sales of 104,191 copies, including 3,065 streaming sales. Faith's 11th Top 75 entry and fourth Top 10 hit, it replaces her last solo single, Only Love Can Hurt Like This - number six

in May - as her highest charting single. Reviving 48-42 (8,505 sales) on its 26th straight week in the chart, Only Love Can Hurt Like This become Faith's biggest seller on Saturday, with a to-date tally of 366,359 putting it just ahead of her previous biggest seller, Picking Up The Pieces, which has sold 365,872 copies. Sigma's previous number one came in April when Nobody To Love debuted at the summit on higher first week sales of 122,522. Calvin Harris' seventh number one as an artist and John Newman's third, Blame dips to number two (50,331 sales) on its second frame. Having scored a number one with help from TMS, Professor Green was up against them this week, but still fared fairly well, with Lullaby becoming the rapper's 11th Top 75 entry and fourth Top 10 hit. Featured vocalist on the track - which debuts at number four (45,517 sales) - is previously uncharted American Tori Kelly. Rising singer/songwriter George Ezra scores his second Top 10 single, with Blame It On Me increasing sales

for the eighth week in a row, as it jumps 20-10 (26,690 sales). A year to the week after it was released, attracting first week sales of just 421 copies, Ezra's debut hit Budapest, which only made the Top 10 itself 13 weeks ago, recovers 19-11 (24,987 sales). Its first year on sale brought a highly satisfactory 540,974 sales for Budapest, which peaked at number three. Home to both hits, Ezra's debut album Wanted On Voyage - which also reached number three - spends its 12th straight week in the Top 10, and has sold 160,377 copies to date. The rest of this week's Top 10: Prayer In C dips 2-3 (49,925 sales) for Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz, Shake It Off drifts 4-5 (45,294 sales) for Taylor Swift, I'm Not The Only One slides 3-6 (41,350 sales) for Sam Smith, Black Woman decline

5-7 (33,597 sales) for Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, The Script's Superheroes holds at number eight (30,871 sales) and Magic!'s Rude remains at number nine (30,188 sales). Overall singles sales are down 7.19% week-on-week at 4,930,088 - a lower tally than any of the previous 37 weeks of 2014, although some were initially reported lower and were belatedly revised upwards to include streaming sales. Streaming accounted for 2,350,366 sales last week – 47.67% of the total, and its lowest tally for 22 weeks. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are up 0.81% week-on-week at 2,579,722 – 12.16% below same week 2013 sales of 2,936,916 and the 58th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. It's another busy week at the sharp end of the artist album chart, with eight new entries to the Top 20, including No Sound Without Silence, which delivers Irish pop/rock band The Script their third number one from four releases in a little over six years. Home to the preview track It's Not Right For You, which reached number 49 in August, and first single Superheroes, which debuted a fortnight ago at number three and now holds at number eight, No Sound Without Silence sold fewer copies last week than any of The Script's previous albums did on their debut, with an opening tally of 42,546 sales. It is the first time they have fallen short of a 50k opening - their eponymous 2008 debut topped the chart on sales of 54,520, follow-up Science & Faith did likewise on sales of 70,816 in 2010, and third album, Number Three opened and peaked at number two on sales of 52,878 in 2012. Barbra Streisand became the oldest woman to have a number one album with newly recorded material when she scored her sixth chart-topper with Love Is The Answer in 2009. 67 then, she is now 72, and would have broken her own record had The Script not trumped her this week. As it is, her new collaborations disc Partners - which includes duets with Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Babyface and her son Jason Gould - debuts at number two on sales of 38,146 copies. Giving Sony Music a clean sweep of the top three new entries and three of the top four albums, bad boy Chris Brown's X debuts at number four on sales of 25,616 copies. It is the follow-up to 2011 album Fortune, which was Brown's first number one, on sales of 29,980 copies. Either way, it ostensibly shares its title with Ed Sheeran's second album - though, of course, Sheeran's album title is the cross symbol for multiplication - which is in the Top 5 for the 13th straight week, dipping 3-5 (20,804 sales). A member of Guns 'n' Roses for four of their five Top 10 album, UK-born, US-raised rock guitarist Slash has previously undermined his ability to have one of his own but makes it at the third attempt this week, debuting at number seven (15,621 sales) with World On Fire. That's a combination of 10,199 CD sales, 5,107 digital sales and 315 vinyl sales - and therein lies the clue to his previous failure to make the Top 10. Departing the Top 40 of the radio airplay chart after four weeks - it falls 26-122 - Angel In Blue Jeans is the first single from US rock band Train's seventh studio album Bulletproof Picasso. The public's lukewarm reception to the track - which debuted at number 58 on the singles chart last week and now dips to number 95 (3,241 sales) hasn't derailed the album, which becomes only their third to make the Top 10, debuting at number nine (11,965 sales). Welsh band Catfish And The Bottlemen seem to be men of few words, with all 11 songs on their debut album bearing one word titles. Six of them have already been singles - with combined sales of more than 52,000 - but none has charted. Widely acclaimed, the album has more luck, debuting this week at number 10 (10,417 sales). Sam Smith's second two week stint atop the album chart is over, with In The Lonely Hour dipping to number three (29,845 sales). With two hits in the Top 20, George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage increases sales 45.70% week-on-week but slips 5-6 (18,459 sales) in a more competitive Top 10. Royal Blood's eponymous debut slips 4-8 (12,581 sales). Overall album sales are up 8.69% on the 999 week low they reached a week ago but, at 1,285,117, they are 2.61% below same week 2013 sales of 1,319,542.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Singles Chart
No.1 'The Revolution' Exile Tribe

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1 Kraftklub
'In Schwarz'
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