Muse bow with 4th global no.1 album
Friday, June 26, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's a little sensation, 13
years after the last studio album 'October Road', the 67 year-old
legendary American singer / songwriter James Taylor released
his 17th album and lands the first global number one in his long
career! 'Before This World' opens at the summit with 123.000 sales,
95.900 of it in the USA alone, another 13.500 in United Kingdom.
Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor began his career in 1970
with the song 'Fire And Ice' (no.9 in the week 49, 1970) and landed
the biggest hit some months later with a cover of the Carole King
classic 'You've Got A Friend' (no.4 in the week 31, 1971). For this
song he won a Grammy Award for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in
1971. His 'Greatest Hits' compilation from 1976 peaked at no.15 in the
US Billboard Charts. However it became a steady seller for many years
and sold more than 11 million copies to date in this country alone.
Back to this week's hitlist: shy behind James Taylor follows last
week's no.1 album, 'Drones' by Muse with 122.000 sales, a 66%
decline compared to the
initial week. Behind at no.3 lands the second highest debut of the
week, 'The Original High' by American singer and stage actor Adam
Lambert. It's his third album and starts with 69.000 sales globally,
41.800 of it in the USA, another 9.500 in United Kingdom and 4.800 in
Canada. Ed Sheeran's six-million seller 'X' is now exactly one year on
the tally and makes an impressive jump back from no.11 to no.5 with
another 59.000 sales. On the year-to-date chart 'X' ranks still at
no.2 with 2.565.000 sales, behind Taylor Swift's '1989' with 2.944.000
sales. The complete half-year balance sheet of the Global Album and
Track Chart 2015 here on our
FACEBOOK account. Some additional
sales stats: 'My Everything' by Ariana Grande sold 9.000 copies last
week and reaches a total of 1.573.000 so far, 'Night Visions' by
Imagine Dragons sold 14.000 units last week, 4.478.000 so far,
the 'Frozen' soundtrack sold 17.000 units last week and has a total of
8.316.000 copies so far, '1000 Forms Of Fear' by Sia sold 1.179.000 copies
so far, 'Listen' by David Guetta 1.049.000, and 'Sol Invictus' by
Faith No More 183.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's a new feature on our
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: Will be 'Cheerleader' the
next global number one? The Felix Jaehn Remix of the reggae / pop song
by Jamaican singer Omi climbed constantly over the last weeks and
reaches now no.2 globally with 297.000 points (up 6%). For the moment 'See You Again' by Wiz
Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth has still the lead. It reigns now for
an impressive 10th week with 328.000 points (down 8%). Highest new
entry of the week is 'Five More Hours', a collaboration between
American R&B star Chris Brown and Mexican DJ Deorro. The song bows at
no.26 with 82.000 points. American rapper Silento debuts at no.32 with
'Watch Me' and 72.000 points, finally Swedish electronic duo Galantis
jumps at no.39 with 'Runaway (U&I)' and 61.000 points.
Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other Bangtan Boys' 'For You' at no.48, Feder feat. Lyse's 'Goodbye' at no.53,
and Nicky Jam feat. Enrique Iglesias' 'El Perdón' at no.59 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
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of that tune
Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' leads Hot 100 for 10th week
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Again,"
featuring Charlie Puth, crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week. It
holds the No. 1 spot over Taylor Swift's former leader
"Bad Blood" (featuring Kendrick
Lamar), which disrupted the rule of "Again" when it topped the chart four weeks
"Again," released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner
Promotions, keeps the No. 1 rank on the Hot 100 by tallying a fifth week atop
the Radio Songs chart with 167 million in all-format audience (down 3 percent),
according to Nielsen Music. It holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (16.6 million
U.S. streams, down 10 percent), after eight weeks on top, and slides 2-4 on
Digital Songs (118,000 downloads sold, down 15 percent, in the week ending June
21), which it led for seven weeks.
As it extends its run atop the Hot 100, "Again" joins the elite list of songs
that have spent 10 or more weeks at No. 1. It becomes just the 30th No. 1 in Hot
100 history to lead for at least 10 weeks. That's out of 1,043 toppers dating to
the chart's Aug. 4, 1958 debut. Put another way: Only 3 percent of all Hot 100
No. 1s, now including "Again," have logged rules of 10 weeks or more.
"Again" keeps its stranglehold
on the Hot 100's top spot with nearly
the same margin of victory that it sported over "Blood" last week, as the former
decreases by 8 percent in overall activity and the latter by 7 percent. "Blood"
tops Digital Songs for a fifth week (173,000, down 16 percent); pushes 4-3 on
Radio Songs (144 million, up 13 percent); and slips 5-7 on Streaming Songs (9.4
million, down 13 percent). Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" holds at No. 3 after reaching No.
2. It logs a third week atop Streaming Songs (19.4 million, down 5 percent) and
a fifth week at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart
(5.7 million, down 6 percent). OMI's "Cheerleader" jumps into the Hot 100's top
five, vaulting 7-4 with top Digital Gainer honors. The reggae / pop hit surges
3-2 on Digital Songs
(159,000, up 18 percent), 10-6 on
Streaming Songs (9.6 million, up 17 percent) and 18-12 on Radio Songs (68
million, up 27 percent).
Looking ahead, "Cheerleader" appears to be a challenger for No. 1 on the Hot
100. With "Blood" still gaining in airplay, it still has a chance to reclaim the
top spot from "Again," but the across-the-board momentum of "Cheerleader" makes
it a solid contender for a potential Hot 100 reign in coming weeks. Wrapping the Hot 100's top five, Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" drops from
its No. 4 peak to No. 5. It also rules Hot Rock Songs for a 13th week.
(Follow-up single "Different Colors" debuts on Alternative Songs at No. 36.) After a 45-year wait, legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor has earned his
first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Before This World. The album,
which was released on June 16 through Concord Records, arrives atop the chart
dated July 4 — more than 45 years after Taylor arrived on the list with Sweet
Baby James (on the March 14, 1970 list).
The new album launches atop the Billboard 200 with 97,000 equivalent album units
earned in the week ending June 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of its start,
pure album sales equated to 96,000 copies sold -- Taylor’s best debut week for
an album since his last studio effort, 2002’s October Road, launched at No. 4
with 154,000 sold.
Taylor surpasses Black Sabbath for the second-longest wait for a No. 1 -- the
rock band's first chart-topper, 2013's 13, came 43 years after their self-titled
debut bowed on Aug. 29, 1970. Tony Bennett's 54-year wait for his first No. 1
remains the longest -- between the Feb. 23, 1957 debut of Tony and the No. 1
launch of Duets II on Oct. 8, 2011.
Back on the new Billboard 200, Taylor Swift’s 1989 holds at No. 2 for another
week, moving 57,000 units (down 11 percent) in its 34th week on the list.
Adam Lambert notches the chart’s second-highest bow, as his third album The
Original High arrives at No. 3 with 47,000 units. The Original High is Lambert’s
first album for Warner Bros. Records after departing RCA Records, where he
logged his two earlier top 10s: His For Your Entertainment debut in 2009 (No. 3
debut and peak) and its follow-up, the No. 1-bowing Trespassing in 2012.
The new album’s first week was powered by pure album sales, as it sold 42,000
copies. Comparably, Trespassing bowed with 77,000 sold. The Original High’s lead
single, “Ghost Town,” is No. 31 on the Pop Songs airplay chart dated July 4.
Ed Sheeran’s x climbs to its highest rank in four months, as it steps 6-4 with
39,000 units (up 17 percent). x was last in the top four on the Feb. 28-dated
list, when it was also No. 4.
Hilary Duff returns to the top 10 for the first time in eight years, as Breathe
In. Breathe Out. debuts at No. 5 with 39,000 units (33,000 in pure album sales),
marking her fifth top 10 album. It’s the pop singer’s first studio effort since
2007’s Dignity debuted and peaked at No. 3. She also notched top 10s with
Metamorphosis (No. 1 in 2003), her self-titled album (No. 2 in 2004) and Most
Wanted (No. 1 in 2005).
Country singer Sam Hunt continues his upward climb, as his Montevallo rises 7-6
with 32,000 units (up 3 percent). It is the set’s fourth straight weekly unit
Nate Ruess, lead singer of fun, arrives at No. 7 with his first solo album,
Grand Romantic (31,000 units; 28,000 from album sales). Ruess follows last
years’ chart success by his fun. bandmate Jack Antonoff, who -- under the stage
name Bleachers -- debuted and peaked at No. 11 with Bleachers.
Rounding out the latest top 10 is Meghan Trainor’s Title (10-8 with 27,000
units; up less than 1 percent), Maroon 5’s V (stationary at No. 9 with 27,000
units; down 5 percent) and Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind (19-10 with 27,000). The
latter title vaults up the list after it was sale priced for $6.99 in the iTunes
Store during the tracking frame. It grew by 50 percent in download album sales
for the week.
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
Music Week Report
Jason Derulo tops for a fourth straight week
Monday, June 22, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
In the new chart era, two plus three can equal one and indeed does for
Jason Derulo, whose Want To Want Me continues for a fourth week
atop the singles chart although it was only the second biggest seller and the third most streamed title in the survey period.
Its grand total of 57,039 sales is the lowest for a number one single
this year - trailing the 57,372
tally secured by Jess Glynne's Hold My Hand on its third
and final week at the summit in April - and was made up of 35,859 paid-for
downloads and 21,180 streaming 'sales'. The paid-for tally is the lowest for a
number one single since Ne-Yo's Closer climbed 2-1 on sales of 30,676 copies
seven years ago next week.
Deorro & Chris Brown's Five More Hours was the biggest selling song of the week
but is denied a number one debut as it is lagging well behind on streams. Its
overall tally of 47,210 sales (39,820 actual, 7,390 from streams) is enough for
it to spring 86-4. It's a reworked vocal version of a Deorro instrumental called
Five Hours, which has sold 27,537 copies since it was released more than
a year ago. Five More Hours is Deorro's first Top 200 entry, though he
has had more than 30 songs released here in little more than two years.
It's quite a contrast to Chris Brown's haul of 56 Top 200 entries of
which 43 have made the Top 75, and 14 have made the Top 10. He has made
the chart every year since his 2006 debut, and
Five More Hours is his fifth
chart entry already in 2015.
Trap Queen climbs for the 11th week in a row, and finally reaches the Top 10,
moving 12-8 (34,598 sales) for Fetty Wap.
On its ninth week in the Top 10, Major Lazer's Lean On (feat. MO & DJ Snake)
sees its sales fall marginally but it climbs to a new peak, moving 3-2 (48.760
It climbed 67 places last week, and Walk The Moon's debut hit Shut Up & Dance
advances a further three places this week, moving 8-5 (40,923 sales).
After four straight weeks at number 10, there is also a new peak for David
Guetta's Hey Mama (10-9, 32,921 sales). Number one on streaming sales, OMI's Cheerleader racks up its 10th straight week
in the top three, falling 2-3 (48,316 sales, 21,707 of them from streams). The
rest of the Top 10:
Runaway (5-6, 36,769 sales) by
Galantis, Where Are U Now (4-7, 35,997 sales) by Skrillex & Diplo feat.
Justin Bieber and See You Again (6-10, 32,551 sales) by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth.
Overall singles sales decreased 1.23% week-on-week to 6,783,085. Streaming
accounted for 4,482,333 sales – 66.08% of the total. Under previously existing
criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are
down 0.62% week-on-week at 2,300,752. That's 16.01% below same week 2014 sales
of 2,739,191 and the 97th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a
In a year of frenetic turnover, Mumford & Sons' Wilder Minds is the only album
to spend consecutive weeks at number one in 2015 hitherto - but Muse's Drones
now becomes the second, remaining in pole position even though its sales are off
66.45% week-on-week at 24,445 (including 996 from streaming). It is also only
the second of Muse's five number ones to sustain for more than a week, emulating
their 2006 topper Black Holes & Revelations.
The week's highest new entry is folk singer/songwriter James Taylor's 17th
studio effort, Before This World. Debuting at number four (13,801 sales), it
equals his highest chart position and is only his fourth Top 10 album, following
1970 breakthrough Sweet Baby James (number six), 1971 follow-up Mud Slide Slim
And The Blue Horizon (number four) and 2003 compilation The Best Of James Taylor
(number four). It is the 67 year old's first album of new self-penned material
since October Road, which reached number 39 in 2002, and the follow-up to a 2008
number 23 album that was both called and consisted of Covers. American Idol 2009
runner-up Adam Lambert scores his first Top 10 entry in the UK with
third studio album The Original High debuting at number eight (9,817
sales). The Original High is the follow-up to Trespassing, which opened
and peaked at number 16 (7,107 sales) in 2012. Lambert's first solo
album, For Your Entertainment, debuted and peaked at number 36 (5,884
sales) in 2010. The most obvious beneficiaries of Father's Day
giftbuying, Paul Simon's The Ultimate Collection bounces 12-3 (17,390
sales), The Very Best Of Glenn Miller surges 16-6 (11,387 sales) and The
Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac dashes 18-10 (8,868 sales).
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Florence & The Machine's How Big, How Blue, How
Beautiful holds at number two (19,218 sales), Ed Sheeran's X falls 4-5 (12,733
sales) while completing a full year in the Top 10, Mumford & Sons' Wilder Minds
climbs 9-7 (11,069 sales) and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour falls 5-9 (9,201
sales). It is the lowest chart position yet for In The Lonely Hour which has
spent 56 weeks in the Top 10. Overall album sales are up 8.65% week-on-week at
1,863,876. Streaming accounted for 411,878 sales - 22.10% of the total.
Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were
included, overall album sales are up 12.57% week-on-week at 1,451,998 -
19.30% above same week 2014 sales. The reason, of course, is Father's
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Golden Bomber 'No Music No Weapon'
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