Three soundtracks inside the top five
Thursday, February 22, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Yes, with the two
debuts this week, there are a total of three soundtracks inside the
top five of the Global Album Chart. The list is led by the soundtrack
for the Marvel Studios film 'Black Panther'. It was curated by
Kendrick Lamar, and features a variety of collaborators, including
many of Lamar's fellow artists signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. The
set got 202,000 equivalent sales in its initial week, 154,000 of it in
the United States alone. Another 14,000 sales come from Canada, 3,000
from United Kingdom, 7,000 from Germany and 4,000 from France. 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack remains on the runner-up slot with
164,000 sales, a total of 1,31 million so far. Finally the soundtrack
to 'Fifty Shades Freed', the third and final installment in the Fifty
Shades film series after 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' (2015) and 'Fifty
Shades Darker' (2017), bows at no.5 globally with 112,000 equivalent
sales. Sandwiched between these soundtracks is last week's no.1,
'Man Of The Woods', which slides down at no.3 now with 134,000 sales.
That's a 67% decline, compared to its opening week. And Ed Sheeran's
'Divide' ranks at no.4 in its 50th week inside the Top 10! The smash
generated another 119,000 sales, a total of 10,65 million so far. And now, as every
week, additional stats from outside the current Top 10 in alphabetic
order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the
total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 10,000 / 10,416,000, '21' by Adele
9,000 / 29,019,000, '25' by Adele 14,000 / 21,282,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 32,000 /
1,682,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 10,000 / 2,419,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by
Pink 35,000 / 2,256,000, 'Beauty Behind The
Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,048,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One
Pilots 10,000 / 3,545,000, 'Carthasis' by Machine Head 14,000 / 79,000, 'Concrete And Gold' by the Foo Fighters
4,000 / 753,000, 'Culture' by Migos 13,000 / 1,658,000, 'Damn' by
Kendrick Lamar 46,000 / 3,988,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
7,000 / 1,949,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 45,000 / 2,317,000, 'Finally' by Namie Amuro
9,000 / 2,113,000, 'Flicker' by Niall Horan
10,000 / 693,000, 'Grateful' by DJ Khaled 8,000 /
1,093,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Awesome Mix Vol.2'
soundtrack 9,000 / 1,247,000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 6,000 /
1,484,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 10,000 / 1,135,000,
'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man 11,000 / 2,202,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn
Mendes 9,000 / 2,093,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 16,000 /
7,405,000, 'Lust For Life' by Lana Del Rey 7,000 / 748,000, 'Mania' by
Fall Out Boy 22,000 / 280,000, 'Melodrama' by Lorde 8,000 / 775,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers 10,000
/ 1,568,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 18,000 / 2,546,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 24,000 / 3,273,000, 'One
More Light' by Linkin Park 7,000 / 1,122,000, 'Purpose' by Justin
Bieber 9,000 / 6,308,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 9,000 / 568,000, 'Red
Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 22,000 / 679,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift
40,000 / 3,399,000, 'Songs Of Experience' by U2
19,000 / 1,074,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd
21,000 / 3,376,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me'
by Demi Lovato 19,000 / 781,000, 'The Damned & Beautiful' by G-Eazy
30,000 / 519,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 38,000 /
1,932,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 12,000 /
1,901,000, 'Views' by Drake 18,000 / 4,035,000, 'Witness' by Katy
Perry 6,000 / 955,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 28,000 / 10,504,000. COMPLETE
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Canadian rapper Drake remains for a second week on the top slot of the
Global Track Chart with his new smash 'God's Plan'. The song got
350,000 points, a little 0,3% decrease from last week. Former chart
leader, Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect', holds tight at no.2 with another
338,000 points, a total of 7,785,000 points after 25 weeks on the
tally. Camila Cabello's 'Havana' rounds out the top three with 314,000
points. Highest debut of the week and new no.1 in Japan is the South
Korean girl group Twice with 'Candy Pop'. The song arrives at no.8
with 147,000 points. The draft horses of the two new soundtracks from
our album list, are the biggest winner on the track tally: 'For You'
by Liam Payne & Rita Ora from the 'Fifty Shades Freed' set storms from
no.26 to no.9 (up 69% to 143,000 points) and 'All The Stars' by
Kendrick Lamar & SZA from the 'Black Panther' album sprints from no.34
to no.11 (up 86% to 136,000 points). Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Sick Boy' by The Chainsmokers at
no.41, 'Tip Top' by Jason Derulo feat. French Montana at no.42, and 'Friends' by Marshmello
& Anne-Marie at
no.44 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
20 YEARS AGO
... 'Titanic' began its triumphant advance at the cinemas. For director
James Cameron and the film studio 20th Century Fox, it was a risky undertaking,
because the originally estimated US $ 150 million production costs and the time
limits were far exceeded. To complete the film at all, a second major production
company was brought aboard - Paramount Pictures. But the gigantic effort should
pay off, 'Titanic' became the most suceessful film in history (till that date),
showered with prizes, including 11 Oscar Awards. Embedded in the technically
complex and brilliant story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic 1912 in the North
Atlantic Ocean is the love story of Jack and Rose. Since the film plays on two
time levels, the transience of human being forms to a central issue here,
reinforced by the ship disaster. The many impressions and emotions bundle up in
the phenomenal music of James Horner. He used largely orchestral elements and
merged them with Celtic folklore, for which one originally wanted to commit
Enya. Also this soundtrack broke records, with 27 million copies sold, it's the
best-selling classic album of all time. And the only real song on this album,
'My Heart Will Go On', performed by Celine Dion, pulled along. Also released in
January 1998, it became Celine's biggest hit, 15 weeks at number one on the
Global Chart and the biggest smash in that year worldwide, decorated with three
'Black Panther' debuts at no.1 album on Billboard 200
Thuesday, February 20, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Black Panther: The Album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart,
launching with 154,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending
Feb. 15, according to Nielsen
Music. Of that sum, 52,000 are in traditional album sales.
The set, which features music from and inspired by the blockbuster Marvel
Studios film Black Panther, garners the biggest week for a soundtrack — in terms
of total units earned — in a year-and-a-half. The last soundtrack to score a
larger week was Suicide Squad: The Album, which bowed atop the Aug. 27,
2016-dated list with 182,000 units earned. Black Panther: The Album was released
on Feb. 9 through Top Dawg / Aftermath/Interscope Records.
The Black Panther album includes a number of songs by Kendrick Lamar, who
curated and produced the hip-hop-heavy album with Top Dawg Entertainment’s
founder/CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. The set’s tunes also boast contributions
from The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and James Blake, among others. The album is the
fifth No. 1 for Top Dawg, following a trio of leaders from Lamar (DAMN.,
untitled unmastered. and To Pimp a Butterfly)
and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron.
Black Panther is the second soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in
2018, following The Greatest Showman, which spent two weeks atop the list (dated
Jan. 13 and 20).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods falls a
spot in its second week on the list, with 74,000 units (down 75 percent). The
Greatest Showman soundtrack holds steady at No. 3 with 72,000 units (down 10
percent), while Migos’ Culture II slips from No. 2 to No. 4 with 68,000 units
(down 23 percent).
The soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed bows at No. 5 with 58,000 units (of which
36,000 are in traditional album sales). It’s the third soundtrack in the Fifty
Shades film trilogy to reach the top five, following Fifty Shades Darker (No. 1
in 2017) and Fifty Shade of Grey (No. 2 in 2015). Fifty Shades Freed features
songs by Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Julia Michaels, Jessie J and Sia.
With Black Panther: The Album, The Greatest Showman and Fifty Shades Freed at
Nos. 1, 3 and 5, the chart houses a trio of soundtracks in the top five for only
the second time in the last 10 years. The only other time three soundtracks have
populated the top five in the last 10 years was on the May 30, 2015-dated list,
when Pitch Perfect 2 debuted at No. 1, Fifty Shades of Grey moved 6-3 and
Furious 7 rose 7-5.
Back on the new Billboard 200, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) is pushed down 4-6,
despite a gain, as it earns 42,000 units (up 5 percent). Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic
falls 5-7 with 32,000 units (down 7 percent), Post Malone’s Stoney descends 6-8
with 31,000 units (down 4 percent) and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. dips 7-9 with just
under 31,000 units (down 5 percent). Camila Cabello’s Camila closes out the top
10, moving 8-10 with 29,000 units (down 9 percent).
Drake's "God's Plan" rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fourth week,
logging a record-extending fourth frame of over 75 million U.S. streams,
according to Nielsen Music.
As on the Hot 100, "Plan," released on Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records,
posts its fourth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 75.5 million
U.S. streams (down 5 percent) in the week ending Feb. 15. The song is the first
to tally four weeks of over 75 million U.S. streams, following its prior sums of
(in order) 82.4 million, 83.3 million and 79.6 million.
Its four weeks mark the fourth- through seventh-best streaming frames ever,
trailing only Baauer's "Harlem Shake" (103.1 million and 97.6 million in its
first and second weeks, March 2 and 9, 2013, respectively, driven largely by
viral videos incorporating the song's official audio) and Taylor Swift's "Look
What You Made Me Do" (84.5 million; Sept. 16, 2017).
Following the Feb. 16 premiere of its official video, "God's Plan" could surge
on next week's charts.
"Plan" posts a third week at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, up 1 percent to 56,000
downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 15. It jumps 17-13 on the Radio Songs
chart, gaining 31 percent to 62 million in all-format airplay audience in the
week ending Feb. 18, good for the Hot 100's top gain in airplay for a second
week. "Plan" ascends to the top of two airplay charts: Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop
and Rap Airplay, becoming Drake's record-extending 30th and 27th No. 1 on each
Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after six weeks at No. 1,
and rules Radio Songs for a seventh week (140 million, down 4 percent). Sheeran previously topped AC with "Thinking Out Loud," for 19 weeks in
2015, and "Shape of You" (24 weeks, 2017).
Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" holds at its No. 3 Hot 100 high and leads Hot
R&B Songs for a sixth week. The Hot 100's entire top five is stationary for a
second week, as two former No. 1s keep at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively: Camila
Cabello's "Havana," featuring Young Thug, and Post Malone's "Rockstar,"
featuring 21 Savage. COMPLETE
No.2 in United Kingdom and at no.19 on
the Global Chart is 'These Days' by the British drum and bass outfit Rudimental
with additional vocals from Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
Music Week Report
'The Greatest Showman' ranks a sixth week at no.1
Monday, February 19, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
Greatest Showman's high-wire balancing act continues, with the Motion Picture
Cast Recording spending its sixth straight week at No.1 with sales increasing
again to a new peak of 51,462 (including 15,375 from sales-equivalent streams) –
more than the rest of the top five combined. The only albums to spend more
consecutive weeks at
No.1 than The Greatest
Showman in the 2010s are Adele's 21 and 25, and Ed Sheeran's X and ÷.
The latter album – presumably helped by Valentine's Day gift buying - arrests a
run of seven straight weeks in which its sales have fallen, recording a modest
11.11% uptick to 15,119 sales as it rebounds to No.2. Beautiful People Will Ruin
Your Life is the fourth album by Liverpool band The Wombats, and debuts at No.3
(11,265 sales) to extend their run of consecutive top five albums to three. The
first release for their own eponymous label (via Kobalt), it is the follow-up to
Glitterbug, which opened at No.5 (9,155 sales) a little under three years ago.
Their best first week sale came nearly seven years ago, when their second album,
The Modern Glitch, debuted and peaked at No.3 on sales of 23,357 behind Adele's
21 and 19. Their introductory 2007 album, A Guide To
Love, Loss & Desperation is their lowest charting but highest selling
set. Opening and peaking at No.11 on sales of 19,892 copies, it has since gone
on to become their only platinum album, with sales to date of 352,478.
Two rising British hip-hop/grime MCs who just missed out on the Top 75 with
debut releases simultaneously make their Top 10 debuts with follow-up
mixtapes/EPs this week. Both include collaborations with Not3s, and neither is
available in physical form.
Birmingham's Mist leads the way, with his nine song, 24-minute set Diamond In
The Dirt, which opens at No.4 (8,925 sales), while London's Fredo follows at
No.5 (8,094 sales) with his 13-song, 40-minute selection, Tables Turn. Mist's M
I S To The T reached No.83 in September 2016 and has sold 20,416 copies, while
Fredo's Get Rich Or Get Recalled got to No.77 last March, and has sold 12,003
Thumbing its nose at fate, Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand's fifth regular studio
album is called Always Ascending. It's a brave title for a band whose album
sales have been constantly descending, with their eponymous 2004 debut selling
1,290,294 copies, 2005's You Could Have It So Much Better selling 509,724
copies, 2009's Tonight selling 119,801 copies and 2013's Right Thoughts, Right
Words, Right Action selling 37,256 copies. Always Ascending sold 7,671 copies
last week to debut at No.6, compared to the 9,515 copies that earned most recent
set Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action a No.6 debut in 2013. The band's
best first week came when You Could Have It So Much Better became their only
No.1 on sales of 101,884 copies 13 years ago. In addition to their own
recordings, Franz Ferdinand were part of FFS alongside American fraternal duo
Sparks, reaching No.17 (5,879 sales) in 2015 with an album also called FFS.
The rest of the Top 10: Revival (6-7, 7,585 sales) by Eminem, Man Of The Woods
(2-8, 6,721 sales) by Justin Timberlake, The Thrill Of It All (7-9, 6,616 sales)
by Sam Smith and Beautiful Trauma (9-10, 6,561 sales) by Pink.
The big increases in sales once triggered by Valentine's Day are a thing of the
past but overall album sales are up 2.80% week-on-week at 1,769,952, 2.14% below
same week 2017 sales of 1,808,683. Streaming accounted for a record 940,665
sales – 53.15% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 5.03% week-on-week
at 829,287, 26.70% below same week 2017 sales of 1,131,322.
Drifting 5-8 on the paid-for sales list, God's Plan by Drake nevertheless racks
up its fourth straight week atop the singles chart, with total consumption of
51,983, of which sales-equivalent streams account for 44,402.
Runner-up for the second time, Rudimental's fifth Top 10 hit, These Days (feat.
Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen), increases sales 14.15% week-on-week to
44,969, reducing Drake's lead from a commanding 43.51% in the last frame to
15.60%. These Days remains top of the paid-for sales list, with digital
purchases accounting for 18,752 of its total.
Four weeks after debuting at No.11, Liam Payne & Rita Ora's For You – from Fifty
Shades Freed – responds to the release of said film and its soundtrack album by
jumping 18-8 (27,399 sales). It thus becomes Ora's 12th Top 10 hit and Payne's
17th, including 15 with One Direction.
Keala Settle's barnstorming performance of The Greatest Showman breakout hit
This Is Me on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One last week, fuels a further
increase in sales of the soundtrack album, while the track itself springs 6-3 on
the singles chart, with sales up 24.10% week-on-week at 33,590.
Up for the fifth week in a row since it re-entered the Top 75, Feel It Still
moves 9-6 (29,999 sales) for Portugal The Man on its 27th appearance in the
Its sales down marginally after growing for 10 weeks in a row, IDGAF is No.4
(32,551 sales) for the fourth straight week for Dua Lipa.
The rest of the Top 10: Barking (3-5, 32,163 sales) by Ramz, River (5-7, 27,839
sales) by Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran, Finesse (7-9, 25,848 sales) by Bruno Mars &
Cardi B and Breathe (11-10, 25,525 sales) by Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen.
Overall singles sales are up 1.41% week-on-week at a record 16,046,935, 30.62%
above same week 2017 sales of 12,284,738. Streams accounted for 14,991,807
sales, 93.42% of the total, both new highs. Paid-for sales are down 0.88% week –
on-week at 1,055,128 and are 28.45% below same week 2017 sales of 1,474,600.
They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 237th week in a row.COMPLETE