'Savage Love' remains at no.1
Thursday, August 6, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
'Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)' by New Zealand
music producer Jawsh 685 and American singer Jason DeRulo keeps the
crown of the Global Track Chart for a second week with 316,000 points,
a 10% increase compared to the previous week. No movement also on the following
places: 'Rockstar' by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch sits tight at no.2
(down 6% to 267,000 points) and 'Blinding Lights' by the Weeknd stays
at no.3 (down 3% to 245,000 points). The ladder ranks since 29 weeks
in the top three. Five songs from Taylor Swift's new no.1 album
'Folklore' entering the current tally, two of it reaching the Top 10:
'Cardigan' lands at no.5 and 'Exile' bows at no.10 with 225,000,
respectively 150,000 points. With these two new songs Taylor Swift has
a total of 20 Global Top 10 smashes so far, the first was 'Love Story'
in 2009. 'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I shoots into the Top 10 of the
ALL TIME CHART at
no.9 with a total of 14,240,000 points. It relegates
the both most
successful Spanish-speaking songs of all time: 'Despacito' by Luis
Fonsi & Daddy Yankee from 2017 slides now to no.10 with 14,196,000
points and 'Macarena' by Los Del Rio from 1996 goes to no.11 with
14,126,000 points. Outside our weekly
Top 40 waiting among other 'Agua' by Tainy feat. J Balvin & J Balvin
at no.44, 'Un Dia (One Day)' by J Balvin | Dua Lipa | Bad Bunny |
Tainy at no.46, and 'Nobody's Love' by Maroon 5 at no.53 for their first appearance on the big list.
Taylor Swift's surprisingly released album 'Folklore' storms easily
atop the Global Album Chart with whopping 1,013,000 equivalent sales.
It's her eighth studio effort, the former, 'Lover', started only a
year ago, in the week 36, 2019, with 1,132,000 sales. Sorted by the
biggest sales in the countries 'Folklore' generated 846,000 in the
United States, 47,000 in Canada, and 37,000 in United Kingdom
(according to Nielsen Music / Billboard / OCC). Some sources, like the
Variety magazine, claim that 'Folklore' sold more than 700,000 in
China. Fact is, there are no official figures from the Chinese music
market, because till to date in China exists no tracking service like
Nielsen Music in the USA, Oricon in Japan or Hanteo in South Korea.
The numbers of the 'Folklore' album are from a Chinese website, which
published data from various streaming and digital sales platforms in
China. An example: according to this website Xiao Zhan's album 'Light
Spot' started on April 25, 2020, with stellar 24,378,112 sales in only
one day, that is simply impossible! I hope we'll become a reliable
Chinese track service in the future, because this market is growing
very quickly. And now, as every
week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album Top 10 in
alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second
figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 15,000 / 11,561,000,
'21' by Adele 9,000 / 30,177,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,530,000,
the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 15,000 / 6,043,000, 'After Hours' by
The Weeknd 54,000 / 2,200,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott
5,053,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 25,000 / 7,070,000,
'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby 39,000 / 943,000, 'Changes' by Justin Bieber
1,420,000, 'Chromatica' by Lady GaGa 48,000 / 1,145,000, 'Cuz I Love You'
by Lizzo 12,000 / 1,843,000, 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' by Drake 29,000 /
1,034,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
20,000 / 1,978,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 24,000 / 16,317,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 38,000 /
3,100,000, 'Eternal Atake' by Lill Uzi Vert 29,000 / 1,712,000, 'Evolve' by
Imagine Dragons 9,000 / 5,266,000, the 'Frozen
II' soundtrack 25,000 / 1,973,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa
42,000 / 1,236,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 27,000 / 3,453,000, 'High Off Life' by Future 25,000 / 609,000, 'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone
51,000 / 4,858,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
4,000 / 8,501.000,
'Indigo' by Chris Brown 11,000 / 1,532,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by
Cardi B 10,000 / 3,571,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 33,000 /
3,772,000, 'Manic' by Halsey 14,000 / 1,065,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 35,000 / 5,967,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 4,498,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 16,000 / 1,649,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 57,000 / 1,709,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran 20,000
/ 3,698,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 16,000 / 1,430,000, 'Please
Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 24,000 / 2,136,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 21,000 / 4,748,000, 'Rare' by Selena
Gomez 8,000 / 902,000, 'Romance' by Camila Cabello 8,000 / 956,000,
'Rough And Rowdy Ways' by Bob Dylan 36,000 / 401,000, 'Scorpion' by
Drake 18,000 / 6,746,000,
'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 8,000 / 2,965,000, 'So Much Fun' by
Young Thug 12,000 / 1,562,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 18,000 /
5,789,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 14,000 / 3,876,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 14,000 / 8,064,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 43,000 / 6,687,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
8,000 / 12,387,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 40 YEARS AGO...
"Funkytown" was the lead
single from the disco act's debut album Mouth To Mouth (1979).
Written by musician, composer, and record producer Steven
Greenberg and sung by Cynthia Johnson, the song expresses the
singer's pining for a metaphorical place that will "keep me
movin', keep me movin' with some energy". Steven wrote the
song while the band was living in Minneapolis with dreams of
moving to New York. The Time Out magazine reported that
'Funkytown' expresses a simple, repetitive yearning for the
pulse of a bigger city, goosed by a killer ten-note synth
riff. 'Gotta make a move to a town that's right for me', sings
Cynthia Johnson in a robotic, vocoderized voice (a precursor
to the audio-tune sound) before busting out an unmodified,
soulful wail, pleading for a trip to the party destination of
her dreams. Released in March 1980, 'Funkytown' came late to
the disco-party, but gave it a jolt of electricity... and it
was a huge success, no.1 in the United States, Canada,
Germany, France, Australia, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, and New Zealand. On the Global
Year-End Chart 1980 'Funkytown' reached no.2 with a total of
Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' rules at no.1 for second week
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Taylor Swift’s Folklore
holds atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, earning
135,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 6,
Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The set is down
84% from its opening of 846,000 units – the biggest week for any album
Of Folklore’s second-week units, SEA units comprise 102,000 (down 53%),
album sales total 30,000 (down 95%) and TEA units equal 3,000 (down
A pair of former No. 1s are next on the Billboard 200, as Pop Smoke’s
Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon climbs 4-2 with 97,000 equivalent
album units (though down 9%) and
Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die is steady at No. 3 with 88,000 units
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical
rises one spot to No. 4 with 66,000 units (down 7%).
Lil Baby’s former leader My Turn ascends 7-5 with 50,000 units (down
5%). DaBaby’s Blame It on Baby returns to the top 10, skipping 11-6 with
43,000 equivalent album units (up 47%), after the album was reissued on
Aug. 4 with 10 additional tracks. The LP debuted at No. 1 on the May
Blame It on Baby is one of at least 10 R&B and hip-hop albums released
in 2020 that have been reissued in a deluxe format with additional
tracks. It most recently follows reissues of Lil Durk’s Just Cause Y’all
Waited 2 (released May 8; reissued June 26 with seven additional
tracks), Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (released July
3; reissued July 20 with 15 additional tracks), Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo
(released March 6; reissued July 17 with nine additional tracks) and
Gunna’s Wunna (released on May 22; reissued on July 24 with eight
Back on the new Billboard 200, Harry Styles’ former No. 1 Fine Line
captures its third straight weekly unit gain, as it climbs 10-7 with
39,000 equivalent album units earned (up 26%). The rise is concurrent
with focused promotion around the album’s current hit single “Watermelon
Gunna’s previous leader Wunna slips 6-8 with just under 39,000
equivalent album units (down 42%) and
Post Malone’s former No. 1 Hollywood’s Bleeding is a non-mover at No. 9
with 33,000 units (down 1%).
Beyoncé closes out the top 10, as her album The Lion King: The Gift
re-enters the chart at No. 10 with 27,000 equivalent album units earned
(up 1,462%). The album originally debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the
Aug. 3, 2019-dated chart.
The Lion King: The Gift surges back onto the chart following the July 31
premiere of Black Is King on Disney+.
Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and was
written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé.
Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" takes the top seed on the Billboard Hot
100 songs chart, becoming his first No. 1 on the ranking, as it blasts
from No. 7.
Styles is the second member of One Direction to have led the Hot 100,
following Zayn with "Pillowtalk" in 2016.
"Watermelon Sugar," released on Erskine / Columbia Records, is the 1,107th
No. 1 in the Hot 100's 62-year history.
No. 1 sales, No. 2 in airplay: "Watermelon Sugar" bounds 9-1 on the
Digital Song Sales chart, up 614% to 63,000 downloads sold in the week
ending Aug. 6, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It pushes 3-2 on
Radio Songs, up 8% to 71.7 million audience impressions in the week
ending Aug. 9, and jumps 29-18 on Streaming Songs, although down 1% to
14.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 6.
The song was on sale in Styles' webstore via three physical/digital
combination offerings during the tracking week ending Aug. 6. Consumers
could buy cassette and vinyl singles (priced at $14.98-$15.98), with
each purchase including a digital download; the download (the sale of
which contributed to the latest tracking week) would be sent upon
purchase, with physical versions due to arrive at a later date. The song
(its original version and an instrumental) was also sale-priced to 69
cents at all digital retailers during the tracking week.
Harry's history: As Styles achieves his first Hot 100 No. 1, he
surpasses his prior best rank, earned when "Sign of the Times" debuted
and peaked at No. 4 in April 2017. In his other top 10 visit as a
soloist, "Adore You" reached No. 6 this April.
DaBaby's seven-week Hot 100 leader "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch,
holds at No. 2. It rebounds for a 10th week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs
(30.2 million, down 8%), slips 2-3 on Radio Songs (70.6 million, up 4%)
and rises 7-6 on Digital Song Sales (9,000, down 4%).
Jack Harlow's "Whats Poppin," featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil
Wayne, keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2.
The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" ascends 5-4 on the Hot 100, following its
four-week rule, and tops Radio Songs for a record-tying 18th frame (79.2
million in audience, up 4%). It matches Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" for the
longest Radio Songs command since the chart started in December 1990.
SAINt JHN's "Roses" climbs 8-5 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 4, as
it dominates the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 15th week.
Billie Eilish's "My Future," released July 30, roars onto the Hot 100 at
No. 6 following its first full week of tracking. It flies 50-3 on
Digital Song Sales (15,000) and opens at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (20.9
million), while having drawn 7.4 million in radio reach in the tracking
Eilish adds her third Hot 100 top 10 and notches her highest debut,
topping the No. 7 start in April 2019 of "Bad Guy," which led for a week
last August. She returned to the top 10 last November with the No.
8-peaking "Everything I Wanted."
Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)" hits a
new Hot 100 high, rising 10-7.
Taylor Swift's "Cardigan" falls to No. 8 on the Hot 100 a week after it
launched at No. 1. After bowing atop Streaming Songs and Digital Song
Sales, it falls to No. 5 on the former (17.5 million, down 48%) and No.
8 on the latter (8,000, down 88%), while entering Radio Songs at No. 43
(19.2 million, up 51%).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Chris Brown and Young Thug's "Go
Crazy" returns to the region at a new peak (12-9) and
Lil Mosey's "Blueberry Faygo" also re-enters the tier (11-10), after
reaching No. 8.
Record Of The Month
Currently a clear number one smash in Mexico and a Top 10 success in many other
Spanish-speaking countries: 'La Jeepeta' by Puerto Rican rapper Nio García,
supported by another Latin artists like Anuel AA, Myke Towers, Brray and Juanka.
On the Global Chart it arrives at no.33.
Music Week Report
Joel Corry and MNEK stay at
Monday, August 10, 2020
by Alan Jones, London
Now undisputedly one of the smash hit singles of the summer, Head &
Heart by Joel Corry and MNEK this week takes its market domination to a
brand new level. Spending a third week at the top of the charts the
track stretches its legs still further, a 3.8% increase in sales taking
its weekly total to 79,313 (72,876 of them via digital
the fourth-highest weekly sale achieved by any single so far in 2020.
The only single to make even an attempt at matching that total is Jawsh 685 and
Jason Derulo's Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat), which gamely holds steady at
No.2 albeit with its sales sliding once more to 55,642.
Its debut last week meant it felt like future No.1, but for the moment the
numbers of Lighter by Nathan Dawe and KSI wobble slightly, the track slipping to
35,970. Despite this, it is still a climber, moving up a rung to No.3. The
success of Lighter has had a curious knock-on effect on the streams of its
immediate predecessor, Dawe's reworking of Flowers enjoying a notable turnaround
to spring back to No.19 with 18,735 sales. The Top 5 is rounded off by
Watermelon Sugar from Harry Styles, which rebounds to a new peak of No.4 (35,088
sales), and West Ten by AJ Tracey and Mabel which also enjoys a new peak,
leaping four places to sit at No.5 (35,052
It isn't the instantaneous chart-topper that her Bond theme No Time To Die was
at the start of the year, but a brand new recording from Billie Eilish was
always going to be the biggest deal of the week. My Future is the highest new
entry of the week at No.7 (26,543 sales) to become the teenager's fifth Top 10
single in the last 18 months, the song another glowing example of her ability to
wrestle with both melancholy and euphoria and deliver both simultaneously.
Three other singles refresh the Top 10 line-up this week although two of them
are rebounds. Secrets by Regard & Raye charges to No.6 (29,331) to reach a brand
new peak in what is now its 15th chart week. Greece by DJ Khaled and Drake is
back to No.9 (25,832 sales) but after a fortnight at No.14 Go Crazy by Chris
Brown and Young Thug is mobile again and climbs to No.10 (25,576 sales). It is
Brown's 18th Top 10 hit single, his first in over a year, and the third for
Singles sales continue their summertime plateau, down just 0.16% week on week to
21,174,129 to sit above the 21 million mark for the fourth week in a row. Paid
sales are down 3.88% to 477,646, hovering below half a million also for the
fourth week on the bounce.
Looking for all the world as if it would follow in the footsteps of every other
chart-topping Taylor Swift album and spend a solitary week at No.1, Folklore was
lagging as of the first few midweek updates.
Then EMI Records threw us all a curveball, announcing that the album's physical
release (specifically the eight different CD editions) was to be brought forward
three days. The first batch of D2C pre-orders were posted on Tuesday with copies
delivered to stores at the same moment. Whatever the motivation, it worked:
8,830 physical copies of the album were registered last week, taking Folklore's
weekly sale to 22,550 to ensure that it remains the No.1 album and does indeed
become Swift's first record to retain its chart crown.
You cannot help but feel for the act who would otherwise have been headline
makers of their own. Irish post-punk rockers Fontaines DC are denied the chance
to celebrate their first No.1 album with A Heroes Death and instead are "only"
No.2, their one consolation being that their overall sale of 19,040 copies is
more than double that of their closest contenders. They can also point to the
fact that their album is easily the week's biggest physical seller, their 15,713
units far in excess of anyone else, Taylor Swift included. The album was written
and recorded almost entirely during the group's extensive touring in support of
their debut release Dogrel which charted at No.9 in April 2019 and has gone on
to sell 51,178 copies to date.
Eschewing the self-described "horror punk" of their 2017 debut, the second album
from Southampton-based rockers Creeper weaves in a more eclectic mix of Bowie,
goth and old-time rock and roll. Sex Death & The Infinite void is the second
highest new entry of the week and takes the group into the Top 10 for the very
first time, charting at No.5 with 6,620 copies to its name. Its predecessor
Eternity In Your Arms could only reach No.18 just over three years ago and has
18,219 sales to its name to date.
Having paused her recording career to focus on motherhood and the production of
a stage musical based on her previous works, Alanis Morissette makes her chart
return this week with what is either her seventh or ninth studio album
(depending which ones you count) and her first full release in eight years. Such
Pretty Forks In The Road is an easy Top 10 record this week, debuting at No.8
(5,188 sales). It is her fourth Top 10 album in this country, her highest
charting record since So Called Chaos also charted at No.8 in May 2004.
Albums sales overall stand at 1,797,771, a week-on-week decline of 2.14%.
Physical sales actually slide a little this week, dipping 4.71% to 364,020
although their market share remains healthy at 20.25%.