AKB 48 have their 29th no.1
Thursday, June 14, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's a remarkable
fact, that nine albums on this week's tally have six-digit numbers in
sales, the same as in the last Christmas and New Year week, usually
the two strongest sales weeks of the year. Three albums of it from
South Korea. This country exerts an ever stronger influence on the
international music scene. Boy group Wanna One wins this week's chart
battle with the impact of their third EP 'Undivided'. The set bows
with 364,000 sales, 355,000 of it from the band's native country
alone, according to Hanteo. Meanwhile 'Love Yourself
Tear' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) falls two slots down at no.4, but with
another healthy 228,000 sales, a total of 1,73 million so far. Finally
another South Korean boy group, Seventeen, arrives at no.6 this week
with an album especially for the Japanese market: 'We Make You' jumps
at no.2 there and at no.6 globally with 128,000 sales, according to
Oricon. At no.1 in Japan and at no.2 globally with 305,000 sales bows
by Japanese boy band Kanjani8. Because of the huge competition from
Asia, the highly-traded new album by American rap superstar Kanye West
lands only at no.3 with 283,000 equivalent sales. 208,000 from the
United States alone, according to Nielsen Music / Billboard. Another
22,000 sales were generated in United Kingdom, according to OCC and
14,000 in Canada (Nielsen Music / Billboard). 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 / 10,570,000, '21' by Adele
7,000 / 29,149,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 18,000 / 4,577,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,479,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid
2,111,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 7,000 / 2,545,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by
Pink 20,000 / 2,787,000, 'Beauty Behind The
Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,202,000, the 'Black Panther'
soundtrack 30,000 / 1,313,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 27,000 / 1.175,000,
'Culture II' by Migos 30,000 / 1,303,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar
24,000 / 4,537,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
8,000 / 2,060,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 65,000 / 12,002,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 42,000 / 3,096,000, the
'Fifty Shades Freed' soundtrack 12,000 / 593,000, 'Golden' by Kylie
Minogue 11,000 / 274,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 9,000 / 1,313,000,
'Illuminate' by Shawn
Mendes 15,000 / 2,288,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 /
7,595,000, 'KOD' by J.Cole 42,000 / 931,000, 'Man Of The Woods' by Justin Timberlake 10,000 / 1,042,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 14,000 / 2,797,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 18,000 / 3,616,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 27,000
/ 683,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 32,000 /
827,000, 'Purpose' by Justin
Bieber 8,000 / 6,450,000, 'Red
Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 34,000 / 941,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift
30,000 / 3,900,000, 'Revival' by Eminem 14,000 / 1,819,000, 'Songs Of
Experience' by U2 4,000 / 1,222,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd
14,000 / 3,651,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 22,000 /
351,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 39,000 / 3,183,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me'
by Demi Lovato 11,000 / 1,032,000, 'The Beautiful & Damned' by G-Eazy
10,000 / 776,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 17,000 /
2,307,000, 'Views' by Drake 15,000 / 4,301,000, 'Voicesnotes' by
Charlie Puth 32,000 / 222,000, 'Wildness' by Snow Patrol 33,000 /
108,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 19,000 / 10,885,000. COMPLETE
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
'Teacher Teacher', the summer single 2018 of the Japanese pop
phenomenon AKB 48, bows as expected, easily at no.1 with 669,000
points. It's the 29th global no.1 smash for the idol group. For
comparison: Madonna and Elvis Presley had 22 no.1 hits, the Beatles 21
and Michael Jackson 13 no.1's. 'Teacher Teacher' is also the 38th
Global Top 10 success for AKB 48, the same number as the Beatles
managed. Madonna is still the act with the most Top 10 hits (47),
Elvis Presley follows with 43 and Michael Jackson is on the fifth
place with 33 hits. Back to this week's hitlist: 'One Kiss' by
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris and British singer, songwriter and model Dua
Lipa (temporarily) slides down to the runner-up slot with 284,000
points, a 5,5% increase compared to the previous week. Ariana Grande's
'No Tears Left To Cry' sails to no.3 with 238,000 points (down 2%).
'Teacher Teacher' by AKB 48 leads massive nine debuts on the current
tally. Second highest new-entry is 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5. It's
third single from their album 'Red Blue Pills' with guest vocals by
rap newcomer Cardi B and bows at no.4 with 210,000 points. Three
debuts are from Kanye West's new album 'Ye': 'Yikes' arrives at no.16
with 126,000 points, 'All Mine' comes in at no.18 with 119,000 points
and 'Ghost Town' bows at no.27 with 88,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'I'll Be There' by Jess Glynne at no.42
and 'Familiar' by Liam Payne and J Balvin at no.54 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
40 YEARS AGO
... 'Rivers Of Babylon'
by Boney M. led the Global Charts for seven consecutive weeks. It was the
biggest success in the career of the exotic German band. The song went to no.3
on the year-end chart 1978
and with a total of 10,734,000 points it ranks at no.40 on the All
Kanye West earns eighth no.1 album
Thuesday, June 12, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Kanye West lands his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his
latest studio effort, Ye, bows atop the list. The set -- which was released on
June 1 via G.O.O.D. Music / Def
Jam Recordings --
earned 208,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 7, according to
Nielsen Music, and is the fifth-largest week for an album in 2018. Of Ye’s
starting sum, 85,000 were in traditional album sales.
Kanye West ties Eminem for the second-most No. 1 albums among
hip-hop acts in the history of the chart. Only JAY-Z is ahead of them, as he
owns 14 chart-toppers. (Among all acts, The Beatles have the most No. 1s, with
19.) Record-Tying Eight No. 1s in a Row: West has earned all eight of his No. 1s
consecutively. Every single one of West’s chart entries, starting with his
second album, 2005’s Late Registration, have debuted at No. 1. (West missed the
top only with his No. 2-peaking debut, 2004’s The College Dropout.) He matches
Eminem (2000-2018, a still-active streak) and The Beatles (1965-68) as the only
acts to tally eight straight No. 1 albums. Eminem also matches West in terms of
eight consecutive No. 1 debuts.
(The Beatles’ stretch of
eight No. 1s in a row in the '60s did not include any titles that debuted at No.
Fifth-Biggest Week of 2018: As Ye starts with 208,000 equivalent album units, it
logs the fifth-biggest week for an album this year. The only larger frames were
earned by the debut weeks of Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (461,000), J.
Cole’s KOD (397,000), Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods (293,000) and Cardi
B’s Invasion of Privacy (255,000 units).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Post Malone’s former No. 1, beerbongs &
bentleys, is a non-mover with 99,000 units (down 5 percent).
Coming in at No. 3 is rock band Ghost with its highest-charting album, and third
top 10, Prequelle. The set launches with 66,000 units, of which 61,000 were in
traditional album sales — the act’s best sales week ever.
Country singer Luke Combs nabs a new chart high with his This One’s for You
album, as the set zooms from No. 39 to No. 4, thanks to a deluxe reissue of the
album on June 1. The set, bolstered by five new songs, garnered 55,000 units (up
314 percent). The album blows past its previous best week, logged when it bowed
at No. 5 with 43,000 units on the June 24, 2017-dated tally.
Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy is steady at No. 5 on the new Billboard 200
(49,000 units; up 3 percent), Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance continues to
climb, as it rises 8-6 (42,000 units; though down 3 percent), and The Greatest
Showman soundtrack ascends 9-7 (just under 42,000 units; down 3 percent).
Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album falls from No. 1 to No. 8 in its second week
(39,000 units; down 78 percent), Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever slips 7-9 (37,000
units; down 18 percent) and Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town vaults 27-10 (34,000
units; up 117 percent). The latter set, like Ghost’s Prequelle, is goosed by
sales generated from a ticket/album sale redemption offer.
Post Malone notches his second leader on the Billboard Hot 100, following 'Rockstar,' and featured artist
Ty Dolla $ign earns his first. "Psycho," released on
Republic Records, is the 1,074th No. 1 in the Hot 100's history, which dates to
its Aug. 4, 1958, inception. The song is from Post Malone's second album,
beerbongs & bentleys, which holds at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 after spending
its first three weeks at No. 1, beginning May 12.
Post Malone earns his second Hot 100 leader, after "Rockstar," featuring 21
Savage, which ruled for eight weeks beginning Oct. 28, 2017.
No. 2 in Airplay & Sales, No. 10 in Streaming: Notably, "Psycho" tops the Hot
100 despite not leading any of the tally's three main component charts: Radio
Songs, Digital Song Sales or Streaming Songs. It rises 4-2 on Radio Songs (98.2
million in audience, up 4 percent, in the week ending June 10, according to
Nielsen Music) and drops to No. 2 after two nonconsecutive weeks atop Digital
Song Sales, although up 18 percent to 37,000 sold in the week ending June 7,
helped by a continued 69-cent sale price in the iTunes Store.
On Streaming Songs, "Psycho" falls from No. 4 to No. 10 (after reaching No. 2),
down 5 percent to 30.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 7. That's
the lowest that a Hot 100 No. 1 has ranked on Streaming Songs in over four
years, since Pharrell Williams' "Happy" also led the Hot 100 while placing at
No. 10 on the Streaming Songs chart dated April 12, 2014. Still, a point to
consider: the gap between the No. 1-streamed song ("All Mine" by Kanye West;
keep reading for details) and the No. 10 title in the latest tracking week is a
relatively small 6 million U.S. streams.
Beyond "Psycho," Drake's "Nice for What" drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 and Cardi
B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" lifts 7-3. Following the first full week
of tracking after its official video premiered May 29, "Like" gains by 9 percent
to 33.8 million U.S. streams, as it holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs.
Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, rockets 94-4 on the Hot 100. The
song was originally available on Maroon 5's 2017 album Red Pill Blues by the
band solo and released May 30 as a single featuring Cardi B, along with its
star-studded video. Following its first full week of tracking after the clip's
arrival, "Girls" soars 12-1 on Digital Song Sales (82,000, up 331 percent),
becoming Maroon 5's fourth leader and Cardi B's first. On Streaming Songs, "Girls" debuts at No.
12 (24.5 million, up 527 percent). COMPLETE
The soft reggae tune 'I Can See Clearly Now'
by Johnny Nash was a global no.1 smash in 1972.
Now the 14 year-old American singer / songwriter Grace VanderWaal dares a clever
Music Week Report
'The Greatest Showman' reigns a 18th week
Monday, June 11, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
show goes on and on…The Original Motion Picture Sound to The Greatest Showman is
No.1 for the third week in a row and the 18th time in 22 weeks, with sales down
5.00% to 38,063 (including 11,944 sales-equivalent streams). In previous chart
combat it has denied No.1 debuts to albums by Camila Cabello, Fall Out
David, Justin Timberlake, UB40 (feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey),
Manic Street Preachers, J Cole, James Bay and Snow Patrol – and this week, it
foils Kanye West, who was in pursuit of his third No.1 with latest studio album
Ye but has to settle for runners-up position on sales of 22,192 copies
(including 18,112 from sales-equivalent streams). Certain to deliver West his
eighth No.1 in The USA, Ye is a compact seven song effort with a playing time of
less than 24 minutes, which raises West’s tally of UK album chart entries to 10,
of which five have made the Top 10, with 2007’s Graduation and 2013’s Yeezus
both opening at No.1 on sales of 84,611 and 25,400 – the latter in a five day
frame – respectively. His last album, The Life Of Pablo, belatedly debuted and
peaked at No.30 (2,722 sales) in May 2016, immediately after an OCC rule change
that made albums available on streaming services chart-eligible for the first
time. It was made available very briefly
through Tidal for sale but its lifetime OCC consumption total of 132,688
includes only 32 digital sales, with the rest from streaming.
British indie/folk singer/songwriter Ben Howard maintains his record of making
the top five with every album as third release Noonday Dream debuts at No.4
(13,720 sales). It’s a decent first showing for the album, from which the track
Nica Libres At Dusk has accumulated upwards of 30 plays on Radio 1. Howard’s
2011 debut, Every Kingdom, opened at No.7 (14,492 sales) and peaked 71 weeks
later at No.4 (21,840 sales) after he won Brit awards for Best British
Breakthrough Act and Best British Male. His second album, I Forget Where We
Were, subsequently debuted at No.1 (44,993 sales) in 2015. With Every Kingdom
selling 759,255 copies, and I Forget Where We Were 229,643, Howard’s cumulative
UK album sales passed the million mark in the week.
Lead singer and co-founder of The Who, 74-year-old Roger Daltrey returns to the
chart this week with As Long As I Have You (No.8, 10,312 sales), a
newly-recorded set comprising both originals and covers, among them songs
previously recorded by Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs, with the 1964 title track
being a Northern soul classic by Garnett Mimms. As Long As I Have You is
Daltrey’s ninth solo album, his first since the uncharted Rocks In The Head in
1992, and the first to make the Top 10 since the introductory Daltrey in 1973 –
although 2014 Wilko Johnson collaboration Going Back Home debuted and peaked at
No.3 (34,119 sales) and he has a further 15 Top 10 albums between 1965 and 2006
fronting The Who. A mysterious and satanistic metal band from Sweden, Ghost are becoming more
popular with ever album, and are in the Top 10 for the first time with fourth
set, Prequelle (No.10, 8,044 sales). Their 2010 debut Opus Eponymous sold 106
copies on debut and has never made the Top 200; 2013’s Infestissumam sold 1,894
copies debuting and peaking at No.58; and Meliora sold 2,350 copies in debuting
at No.23 in 2015.
The rest of this week’s Top 10: Staying At Tamara’s (5-3, 15,809 sales) by
George Ezra, Wildness (2-5, 12,911 sales) by Snow Patrol, Beerbongs & Bentleys
(6-6, 10,944 sales) by Post Malone, ÷ (8-7, 10,381 sales) by Ed Sheeran and
Shawn Mendes's self-titled new release (3-9, 8,925 sales).
The day after his 25th birthday, George Ezra replaces himself in Top 10, with
Paradise easing 6-12 (23,821 sales) after 11 straight weeks in the top tier, and
Shotgun climbing 20-8 (25,790 sales). Both songs are from Ezra’s second album,
Staying At Tamara’s, which itself advances 5-3, to spend its 11th straight week
in the top five.
There are new Top 10 peaks for Solo (10-6, 30,871 Sales) by Clean Bandit feat
Demi Lovato, and Better Now (9-7, 26,509 sales) by Post Malone.
The rest of the Top 10: 2002 (3-3, 36,271 sales) by Anne-Marie, Nice For What
(2-4, 34,057 sales) by Drake, No Tears Left To Cry (4-5, 31,380 sales) by Ariana
Grande and Flames (8-9, 24,476 sales) by David Guetta feat. Sia.
Overall singles sales are down 0.54% week-on-week at 16,674,034, 27.42% above
same week 2017 sales of 13,085,873. Streams accounted for 15,693,221 sales,
94.12% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 6.56% week-on-week at 980,813, and
are 33.25% below same week 2017 sales of 1,469,299. They are below same-week,
previous-year sales for the 253rd week in a row.COMPLETE