'Blinding Lights' is the new leader
Thursday, February 20, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd reaches the hot seat of the Global
Track Chart. In its eleventh week on the tally the smash with the
typical 1980s sound and mood overtakes 'Dance Monkey' with 376,000
points (up 5% compared to the previous week). It's The Weeknd's third
global number one success, after 'Can't Feel My Face' led for three
weeks in August / September 2015 and 'Starboy' topped for four weeks
in December 2016. 'Blinding Lights' ends the impressive 16-week run of
'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I. On the current hitlist the song slides
to the runner-up slot with 358,000 points (down 5%) and with a total of
8,808,000 points it jumps to no.126 of the
ALL TIME CHART. Dua
Lipa's 'Don't Start Now' climbs back at no.3 with 313,000 points (up
6,5%). 'Intentions' is the 2nd lift-off from Justin Bieber's new album
'Changes', which was released some days ago. The song, a collab with
rapper Quavo, bows at no.14 globally with 164,000 points.
Top 40 waiting among other 'High Fashion' by Roddy Ricch at no.44,
'Sigues Con El' by Arcangel at no.47, 'What If I Told You That I Love
You' by Ali Gatie at no.48, 'Yikes' by Nicki Minaj at no.51, and
'The Bones' by Maren Morris at no.55
for their first appearance on the big list. 'Pop x Step' by Japanese
boy group Sexy Zone starts at no.1 on the Global Album Chart, only due
the 131,000 CD album sales in Japan, according to Oricon. In this
country it's Sexy Zone's seventh no.1 album, but the first globally.
The only important international debut this week is 'Father Of All
Motherfuckers', the thirteenth studio album by the legendary punk-rock
band Green Day. The set bows at no.2 with 123,000 sales. The band's
former studio set, Revolution Radio', started also on the hot spot in
the week 42, 2016 with 206,000 sales. Green Day's most successful
efforts were 'Dookie' from 1994 with 19 million and 'American Idiot'
from 2004 with 15 million sales. Back to this week's hitlist: rounds
out the top three is Eminem's 'Music To Be Murdered By' with 106,000
sales, still the year-to-date leader with a total of 822,000 sales.
And now, as every
week, additional stats from outside the current Global Top 10 in
alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second
figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 14,000 / 11,331,000,
'21' by Adele 11,000 / 29,947,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,315,000,
the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 23,000 / 5,626,000, 'American Teen' by
Khalid 15,000 / 3,671,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 25,000 /
4,351,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 30,000 / 6,416,000,
the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack 10,000 / 4,167,000, 'Circles' by Mac
Miller 35,000 / 357,000, 'Courage' by Celine Dion
578,000, 'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 28,000 / 1,426,000, 'Damn.' by
Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,749,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
23,000 / 1,522,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 29,000 / 15,714,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 58,000 /
'Everyday Life' by Coldplay 19,000 / 835,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 12,000 /
Spirit' by Khalid 18,000 / 1,943,000, the 'Frozen II' soundtrack
51,000 / 1,104,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by
Juice WRLD 30,000 / 2,826,000, 'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers
13,000 / 1,322,000, 'In The
Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 8,365,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown
18,000 / 1,234,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 13,000 /
3,324,000, 'Jesus Is King' by Kanye West 7,000 / 768,000, 'Kamikaze'
by Eminem 7,000 / 2,949,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan
Boys) 10,000 / 2,830,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 48,000 / 3,100,000,
'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 4,334,000,
'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran 43,000 / 3,038,000,
'Norman Fucking Rockwell!!' by Lana Del Rey 13,000 / 823,000,
'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 6,000 / 1,706,000, 'Over It' Summer
Walker 27,000 / 980,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco
7,000 / 1,740,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 23,000 / 4,235,000,
'Rammstein' by Rammstein 8,000 / 1,299,000, 'Rare' by Selena Gomez
43,000 / 405,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor
Swift 13,000 / 5,171,000, 'Romance' by Camila Cabello 34,000 / 545,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 22,000 / 6,246,000,
'Seven' by Lil Nas X 21,000 / 1,182,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn
Mendes 15,000 / 2,706,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 26,000 /
1,196,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 19,000 / 5,348,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana
Grande 8,000 / 2,796,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 24,000 /
3,486,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 20,000 / 7,683,000,
'Views' by Drake 11,000 / 5,308,000, 'We Love You Tecca' by Lil Tecca
17,000 / 820,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 10,000 / 12,161,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 40 YEARS AGO...
"Another Brick In The Wall
(Part II)" was released on November 30, 1979 as a part of
Pink Floyd's rock opera The Wall that explores Pink, a jaded
rockstar whose eventual self-imposed isolation from society is
symbolized by a wall. The protest song "Another Brick In The
Wall (Part II)" against rigid schooling, features a children's
choir. It describes the protagonist's traumas including his
overprotective mother and abusive schoolteachers become
metaphorical bricks in the wall. Dave Gilmour recorded his
impressive guitar solo in one take, with no editing or mixing.
The song went to no.1 in many countries around the world, like
the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada,
Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland and it
was the biggest hit of the year 1980 globally.
'The Box' tops Hot 100 for seventh week
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Roddy Ricch's "The Box" notches a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot
100. It posts an eighth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, despite a
12% drop to 52.2 million
U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music/MRC
Data. It pushes 8-7 on Digital Song Sales, down 3% to 11,000 sold in the
week ending Feb. 20, and 13-10 on Radio Songs, gaining by 12% to 59.3
million all-format airplay audience impressions in the week ending Feb.
23. Future's "Life Is Good," featuring Drake, spends its sixth
consecutive week at No. 2 on the Hot 100, encompassing its entire, and
unprecedented, run on the chart; a week ago, it became the first song
ever to log its first five weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 2. It also keeps
at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (42 million, up 6%), while surging 21-5 on
Digital Song Sales (11,000, up 56%) and rising 26-25 on Radio Songs
(39.5 million, up 12%). Helping spark the track's gains, a remix,
featuring Drake, DaBaby and Lil Baby, was released on Feb. 15. Post
Malone's "Circles" is steady at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after three
nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, as it notches a ninth week at
No. 1 on Radio Songs (104.5 million, essentially even week-over-week),
and Tones and I's "Dance Monkey" climbs from No. 5 to a new No. 4 Hot
100 high. Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" rises 6-5 on the Hot 100, marking
her first top five hit. Her sole prior top 10, "New Rules," reached No.
6 in February 2018. "Start" also becomes Lipa's second No. 1 on the Pop
Songs airplay ranking, after "Rules" reigned for four weeks, also in
February 2018. Arizona Zervas' "Roxanne" bumps 7-6 on the Hot 100, after
reaching No. 4; Maroon 5's "Memories" drops 4-7, after hitting No. 2;
and Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" keeps at No. 8, after it spent
three weeks at No. 1. Bieber's "Intentions," featuring Quavo, rises 11-9
on the Hot 100, as parent album Changes launches as Bieber's seventh No.
1 on the Billboard 200. The track holds at No. 3 on Streaming Songs, up
10% to 24.3 million streams. Bieber adds his 18th Hot 100 top 10, and
second from Changes, after "Yummy" bowed and peaked at No. 2 in January.
Quavo collects his sixth top 10, and third via a Bieber collab, after DJ
Khaled's "I'm the One," featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and
Lil Wayne (No. 1, one week, May 2017), and "No Brainer," by the same
lineup minus Lil Wayne (No. 5, August 2018). Quavo further outpaces the
top 10 total of Migos (the trio of himself, Offset and Takeoff), which
has tallied four top 10s. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, The
Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" lifts 12-10. It also ranks at No. 10 on
Streaming Songs (19.4 million, up 11%). The Weeknd achieves his 10th Hot
100 top 10 and second from his album After Hours, due March 20, after
"Heartless" topped the chart dated Dec. 14, becoming his fourth No. 1.
Justin Bieber scores his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as
Changes debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on Feb. 14 via
SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Def Jam Recordings, earned 231,000 equivalent album
units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC
Changes’ 231,000 first-week units represent the third-largest week of 2020 for
an album, behind the debut frames of Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (279,000;
chart dated Feb. 1) and Halsey’s Manic (239,000; also Feb. 1).
Changes is Bieber’s first album in more than four years, since Purpose debuted
at No. on the Dec. 5, 2015-dated chart with 649,000 units (with 522,000 of that
sum in album sales).
Of Changes’ first-week sum, 126,000 are in album sales, 101,000 are in SEA units
(equating to 135 million on-demand streams of the songs on the album) and 4,000
are in TEA units. The album’s sales were bolstered by a concert ticket/album
sale redemption offer with Bieber’s upcoming tour, and many merchandise/album
bundle offers sold via Bieber’s official webstore.
Notably, at 25, Bieber is the youngest solo artist to achieve seven No. 1
albums. (He turns 26 on March 1.) Previously, the youngest soloist to land seven
No. 1s was Elvis Presley, who logged his seventh leader (of 10 total) when he
was 26 years and 11 months old (with Blue Hawaii on Dec. 11, 1961).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Artist 2.0 debuts
with 111,000 equivalent album units -- nearly all from streaming activity. Of
the set’s starting sum, 106,000 are in SEA units (equaling 149 million in
on-demand streams of songs from the album), making it the No. 1 most-streamed
album of the week. The remainder of the album’s units were driven by album sales
(3,000) and TEA units (1,000). Artist 2.0 is A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s sixth
charting album and third top 10 effort, following Hoodie SZN (No. 1 on Jan. 19,
2019) and The Bigger Artist (No. 4 on Oct. 21, 2017). Of note, the rapper’s last
album, Hoodie SZN, also debuted at No. 2 (on Jan. 5, 2019), but waited until
Jan. 19 to ascend to No. 1.
Tame Impala achieves its highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as
The Slow Rush bows at No. 3 with 110,000 equivalent album units (with 80,000 of
that in album sales). The act previously topped out at No. 4 in 2015 with
Currents. Further, The Slow Rush logs Tame Impala its best sales week for an
album, trumping the 45,000 first-week sales of Currents. (The Slow Rush’s sales
were goosed by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the act’s
upcoming tour, as well as a handful of merchandise/album sale bundles sold via
Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial falls from No. 1 to No. 4
on the new Billboard 200 chart with 70,000 equivalent album units earned (down
11%). The set has logged four total weeks on top.
Monsta X rounds out the new arrivals in the top 10, as the six-member South
Korean vocal group makes its Billboard 200 chart debut at No. 5 with its first
all-English-language album, All About Luv. The set launches with 52,000
equivalent album units earned, with 50,000 of that sum comprising album sales.
All About Luv is Monsta X’s first album for Epic Records since signing with the
label in 2019.
All About Luv's first week was bolstered by sales generated from a concert
ticket/album sale redemption offer, a bevy of merchandise/album bundles,
in-store appearances during street week, and more than a dozen different
variants of the album available for fans to purchase (such as multiple CD
editions, each with a different cover for one of the group’s members).
Post Malone’s former No. 1 Hollywood’s Bleeding descends from No. 2 to No. 6
with 50,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%), while
Billie Eilish’s former leader When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? dips
from No. 5 to No. 7 with 44,000 units (down 4%).
Pop Smoke’s Meet the Woo, V.2 is pushed down one spot to No. 8, though with an
11% increase in units (to 40,000) in its second week on the list. The album
gains in the wake of fan reaction to the rapper’s death on Feb. 19.
Eminem’s former chart-topper Music to Be Murdered By, slipping from No. 3 to No.
9 with 39,000 equivalent album units earned, and Halsey’s Manic, falling from
No. 8 to No. 10 with 31,000 units.
Record Of The Month
The 33 year-old Guyanese-Amercian rapper Sainth Jhn
was previously largely unknown, until this remix. Originally 'Roses' was
released in July 2016. Three years later the Kazakh producer and musician
Imanbek Zeykenov remixed this song and released it as a single in September 2019
through the Russian label Effective Records without Saint Jhn's involvement.
Music Week Report
Billie Eilish has her first number one
Monday, February 24, 2020
by Alan Jones, London
No Time To Die is the theme to the 25th
James Bond film of the same name, but only the 2nd to reach No.1, debuting
atop the chart on sales of 90,488 copies (including 72,596 from sales-equivalent
streams) for Billie Eilish, Eilish’s 10th chart entry but first No.1, it tops
the chart more than four years after Sam Smith’s Writing On
The Wall – the theme to the last Bond vehicle,
Spectre – opened its account at No.1 on consumption of 69,604 units (including
13,953 from sales-equivalent streams), and is the 14th Bond theme to make the
Top 10. It secures the highest first week sales of any Bond theme, beating the
84,010 copies that Adele’s Skyfall sold when debuting at No.4 in 2012, on its
way to a No.2 peak.
Although 007 himself seems invulnerable – he has survived numerous sticky
situations since the Bond franchise’s first film Dr. No was released in 1962 –
Eilish is the fifth artist to have a hit Bond theme which includes die or
derivatives thereof in its title, following Paul McCartney & Wings’ Live And Let
Die (No.9, 1973), Tomorrow Never Dies (No.12, 1997) by Sheryl Crow, Die Another
Day (No.3, 2002) by Madonna and Another Way To Die (No.9, 2008) by Jack White &
Alicia Keys. That’s a lot of dying, when you consider that, in more than 67
years of singles charts,
there has been an average of less than one die/died/dying/dies/dead/death hit
a year. That being the case it is surprising that the week’s second highest
chart entry, is not only another ‘death’ song – To Die For (No.20, 22,631 sales)
– but one by the person who was responsible for the last Bond theme Sam Smith,
who thus registers chart entry No.20.
Getting back to Bond for a moment, in addition to the death songs, there have
also been a couple of kills – A View To A Kill (No.2, 1985) by Duran Duran and
License To Kill (No.6, 1989) by Gladys Knight.
It’s a good week for Justin Bieber, who tops the album chart with Changes,
secures his 19th Top 10 hit with Intentions (14-10, 32,389 sales) and scores his
third hit from the set (and 60th hit in total), with Forever (No.29, 17,158
sales), which also features rappers Post Malone and Clever. Meanwhile, Yummy –
the first single from Changes – climbs to No.12 (31,316 sales), ending a
four-week run at No.13 – the longest in chart history. Seven more tracks from
Bieber’s album are ‘starred-out’ of the Top 75.
Reaching a new peak for the fifth week in a row, SAINt JHN’s Roses improves 8-7
The rest of the Top 10: Blinding Lights (1-2, 64,466 sales) by The Weeknd, The
Box (2-3, 50,756 sales) by Roddy Ricch, Before You Go (3-4, 44,597 sales) by
Lewis Capaldi, Don’t Start Now (4-5, 42,859 sales) by Dua Lipa, Someone You Love
(7-6, 41,248 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Life Is Good (6-8, 33,373 sales) by Future
feat. Drake and Everything I Wanted (9-9, 32,697 sales) by Billie Eilish.
Singles sales are up 1.70% week-on-week at 21,173,927, 17.60% above same week
2019 sales of 18,005,647. Paid-for sales are up 5.01% week-on-week at 585,499 –
25.77% below same week 2019 sales of 788,781, and below same week, previous year
sales for the 342nd week in a row.
Lewis Capaldi gathered a pair of BRIT awards on Tuesday (February 18), but the
boost this gave to his blockbusting debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A
Hellish Extent, wasn’t quite enough to send it to the top of the chart for the
sixth time. It ultimately fell 144 sales short, remaining at No.2 with sales up
20.20% week-on-week at 17,537.
After a titanic battle with Tame Impala, it is Justin Bieber who emerges
triumphant with his fifth studio album, Changes, providing his second No.1 on
consumption of 17,681 units (including 11,237 from sales-equivalent streams) –
the lowest for a No.1 for 40 weeks.
Bieber’s third studio album, Believe, delivered his only previous No.1 album in
2012 on sales of just 38,115 copies, while his last album, Purpose, shifted a
massive 90,596 copies on the week of its release in 2015 but still had to settle
for runners-up position behind One Direction’s Made In The AM. Despite not
topping the chart, Purpose is by far Bieber’s most successful album in terms of
consumption, with 1,330,226 units to date, followed by 2010 debut My World 2.0,
which peaked at No.3 (828,291 units) with Believe a distant third (249,309
Like Bieber, Australia’s Tame Impala debuted in 2010, and last delivered an
album in 2015. The act’s fourth studio album, The Slow Rush made a fast break,
topping early sales flashes – like its 2015 predecessor Currents – but
eventually ending up at No.3, again like Currents, but on considerably higher
consumption of 16,489 units versus Currents’ 12,391. A psych-rock act whose only
permanent member is 34-year-old Kevin Parker, Tame Impala had never had a Top 75
single until this week (see singles analyses for details) though the uncharted
The Less I Know The Better – the stand-out track on Currents – has achieved
hit-level consumption of 538,589 units, including 22,710 paid-for downloads.
Currents tops the Tame Impala album consumption rankings, with a to-date tally
of 180,972 units.
Pop trio New Hope Club – former Stereo Kicks member Reece Bibby plus Blake
Richardson and George Smith – have released several singles without charting but
their eponymous first album is off to an encouraging start, debuting at No.5
Aside from Lewis Capaldi, there were major Brit-fuelled boosts inside the Top 10
for Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go (6-4, 10,384 sales, a
48.20% increase) and Harry Styles’ Fine Line (9-8, 6,849 sales, 29.32% increase)
– and elsewhere in the Top 40 for Eilish’s Don’t Smile At Me (17-13, 4,492
sales, 28.86% increase), Dave’s Psychodrama (57-14, 3,772 sales, 110.94%
increase) and Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You (126-35, 2,393 sales, 113.67% increase).
The rest of the Top 10: Music To Be Murdered By (3-6, 7,435 sales) by Eminem,
Heavy Is The Head (7-7, 7,225 sales) by Stormzy, No.6 Collaborations Project
(5-9, 6,811 sales) by Ed Sheeran and Big Conspiracy (4-10, 6,127 sales) by J
Overall album sales are up 1.35% week-on-week at 1,833,447, 9.37% above same
week 2019 sales of 1,676,356. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,364,893
sales, a record 74.44% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 1.82%
week-on-week at 468,554, 12.03% below same week 2019 sales of 532,600.