'Stay' stays a great 10th at no.1
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
'Stay' by Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber keeps the top slot of the
Global Track Chart for a fantastic 10th week with another 403,000
points, down 4,5% compared to the previous week and a total of
5,571,000 points after 14 weeks on the tally. That's enough for a
jump to no.7 on the year-to-date list. Sorted by segments 'Stay' got
268,000 points last week by streaming (down 7%), 36,000
points by sales (down 0,5%) and 99,000 points by airplay (up 2%).
'Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)' by Nigerian singer, songwriter and
producer Chukwuka Ekweani, better known as CKay, remains on the
runner-up slot for a second week with 313,000 points (up 8%). Ed
Sheeran's 'Bad Habits' follows still at no.3 with 268,000 points
(down 3%). It's the 16th week for that song inside the top three.
Let's do a little preview of next week's hitlist, where Adele's new
smash 'Easy On Me' will be make a deep impact. In its first two days
at retail (Friday 15 and Saturday 16) the song generated
already massive 264,000 points, so we reckon with more than 500,000
points in the song's initial week. Exactly 24 years ago, in October 1997, Elton John's hymn for
Diana, 'Candle In The Wind', broke all sales records in music
history. It turned out to be the biggest hit of all time and Elton
John's final Global Top 10 smash... til now! 'Cold Heart', a
collab with Dua Lipa, climbs at no.6 this week with 204,000 points.
For this song, the Australian trio Pnau mashes up John's singles
'Rocket Man (1972), 'Sacrifice' (1990), 'Kiss The Bride' (1983), amd
'Where's The Shoorah?' (1976). 'Cold Heart' is Elton John's 28th
Global Top 10 success, his first was more than 50 years ago, when
'Your Song' peaked at no.8 in February 1971. Outside our
weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Where Are You Now' by Lost Frequencies & Callum Scott at
no.41, 'Meet Me At Our Spot' by The Anxiety | Willow | Tyler Cole at
no.52 and 'Cúrame' by Rauw Alejandro at
no.53 for their first appearance on the big list.
There are three new entries inside the Top 10 of our current Global
Album Chart, and the highest is 'Savage', the debut extended play by
South Korean girlie group Aespa. The set was the best-selling album
last week globally with 287,000 equivalent sales, 257,000 of it
coming from the band's native country alone (according to Hanteo).
'Life Of A Don', the second studio album by American singer and
rapper Don Oliver, arrives at no.3 with 89,000 sales, 68,000 of it
are from the United States (according to Billboard / Nielsen Music).
Finally 'Seventeen Going Under', the second effort by British
musician Sam Fender, comes in at no.9 with 61,000 sales. The lion's
share of it - 44,000 - are from United Kingdom (according to OCC).
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 / 12,341,000, '21' by
Adele 23,000 / 30,787,000, '25' by Adele 29,000 / 23,099,000, the 'A
Star Is Born' soundtrack 7,000 / 6,797,000, 'After Hours' by The
Weeknd 29,000 / 5,168,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 18,000 /
6,403,000, 'BE' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 10,000 / 5,267,000, 'Beerbongs
& Bentleys' by Post Malone 14,000 / 8,261,000, 'Best Of BTS' by BTS
(Bangtan Boys) 13,000 / 1,230,000, 'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby
6,000 / 2,220,000, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Morgan Wallen
46,000 / 2,973,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 14,000 /
3,113,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 28,000 / 17,903,000, 'Divinely
Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 20,000 / 4,933,000,
'Donda' by Kanye West 58,000 / 1,083,000,
'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 19,000 / 2,636,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry
Styles 37,000 / 5,968,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 25,000 /
4,437,000, the 'Frozen II' soundtrack 5,000 / 2,741,000, 'F*ck Love' by The Kid Laroi
51,000 / 2,559,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa
47,000 / 4,693,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 20,000 / 5,179,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 18,000 / 4,201,000, 'Happier Than
Ever' by Billie Eilish 67,000 / 1,373,000,
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 25,000 / 7,126,000, 'Justice' by
Justin Bieber 52,000 / 2,147,000, 'Legends
Never Die' by Juice WRLD 25,000 / 4,276,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift
4,869,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 15,000 / 7,298,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 9,000 / 2,857,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 25,000 / 3,689,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 4,391,000, 'Positions' Ariana Grande
17,000 / 2,700,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 15,000 / 5,899,000,
Drake 12,000 / 7,770,000, 'Senjutsu' by Iron Maiden 34,000 / 419,000, 'Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' by
Pop Smoke 41,000 / 5,588,000,
'Stoney' by Post Malone 11,000 /
6,659,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 9,000 / 4,599,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 10,000 / 8,988,000, 'The Highlights' by
The Weeknd 34,000 / 1,657,000, 'The Voice' by Lil
Durk 9,000 / 1,026,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 25,000 / 9,102,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
7,000 / 12,840,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO
... "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was released on June 18, 1991. The
power ballad was featured on two albums, firstly the soundtrack album from the
1991 film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves and then on Adams' sixth album, Waking
Up The Neighbours (1991). The musicians on the original recording are Adams on
the lead vocals, backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey
Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (lead guitar & backing vocals),
and Mutt Lange (synthesizers). Based on orchestral music by Michael Kamen, the
song was written in London, at the studio Adams working at in 1990, and he and
Lange wrote it in 45 minutes. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was an
enormous chart success internationally, reaching the number-one positions in
almost all countries, inter alia 17 weeks in the United States (sales-only
chart) and 16 weeks in United Kingdom. On the Year-End Chart 1991 the song was
the clear winner with massive 15.694.000 points.
'Industry Baby' hits no.1 on Billboard Hot 100
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow's "Industry Baby" ascends to
No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, from No. 2. The collab is
Lil Nas X's third leader on the list and Harlow's first.
Baby," released July 23 on Columbia Records, is the 1,130th No. 1
in the Hot 100's 63-year history. It drew 64 million radio airplay audience
impressions (up 10%) and 23.2 million U.S. streams (down 1%) and sold 34,300
downloads (soaring 564%) in the week ending Oct. 14, according to MRC Data.
The track rebounds 2-1 for a second week atop the Streaming Songs
chart, vaults 12-1 for its first week atop Digital Song Sales, as it wins top
Sales Gainer honors on the Hot 100, and pushes 5-4 on Radio Songs.
Sparking its sales surge, along with the original single, two new
versions of "Baby" (one with an "alternative digital single cover" and an
"extended" mix) were made available for purchase Oct. 9, with all discounted to
69 cents in the tracking week.
Lil Nas X achieves his third Hot 100 No. 1. His debut smash "Old
Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, spent a record 19 weeks at No. 1 in
April-August 2019, and "Montero (Call Me by Your Name")
led for a week upon its debut this April.
Harlow crowns the Hot 100 for the first time after he hit a prior
No. 2 best in July 2020 with his breakthrough hit "Whats Poppin," featuring
DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne. Meanwhile, Kanye West, one of the writers and
producers of "Baby," scores his fifth Hot 100 No. 1 in those roles. His new
leader follows Ludacris' "Stand Up," featuring Shawnna (one week, December
2003); Twista's "Slow Jamz," featuring West and Jamie Foxx (one week, February
2004); and West's "Gold Digger," featuring Foxx (10 weeks, beginning September
2005), and "Stronger" (one week, September 2007).
"Baby" debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 dated Aug. 7 and reaches
No. 1 in its 12th week on the chart. It's the 15th song to log its first week at
the summit in 2021, although just the fifth not to have opened at No. 1, and
only The Weeknd and Ariana Grande's "Save Your Tears" has taken a longer trip to
the top this year (21 weeks).
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" slips to No. 2 on the
Hot 100 after seven weeks on top, with 89.2 million in airplay audience (up 3%),
as it leads Radio Songs for a fifth week; 21.6 million U.S. streams (down 7%);
and 12,400 sold (up 67%, helped by its placement in the iTunes Store's "69¢ Pop
Hits" promotion during the tracking week). Walker Hayes' "Fancy Like" holds at
its No. 3 Hot 100 high, as it rules the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for
the 14th week; Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" rises 5-4 on the Hot 100, after
reaching No. 2; and Drake's "Way 2 Sexy," featuring Future and Young Thug, dips
4-5, following its No. 1 premiere five weeks earlier.
Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" keeps at No. 6 on the Hot 100, after
it debuted at No. 1 in May, and Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," featuring SZA,
repeats at No. 7, after reaching No. 3. Dua Lipa's "Levitating" remains at No. 8
on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 2. It spends a 39th week in the top 10, tying
Post Malone's "Circles" (2019-20) for the second-longest such run in the chart's
archives. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" leads with 57 top 10 weeks (February
Wizkid's "Essence," featuring Justin Bieber and Tems, pushes 10-9
for a new Hot 100 best. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Ed Sheeran's
"Shivers" rises 11-10 with 37.3 million in radio audience (up 5%), 12.1 million
streams (essentially even week-over-week), and 9,100 sold (down 3%).
Drake’s Certified Lover Boy rebounds to No. 1 on the Billboard
200 albums chart (dated Oct. 23) for a fourth nonconsecutive week in the lead,
as the set bumps up from No. 2 with 94,000 equivalent album units earned (down
14%) in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 14, according to MRC Data.
Of Certified Lover Boy’s 94,000 equivalent album units earned in
the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 14, SEA units comprise 92,000 (down 14%,
equaling 125.77 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales
comprise 1,000 (down 9%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 10%).
Don Toliver lands his highest-charting album yet, as Life of a
Don debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 68,000 equivalent album units. Of
that sum, SEA units comprise 49,000 (equaling 64.13 million on-demand streams of
the album’s songs), album sales comprise 18,000 (all from a digital download, as
no physical product is available) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum.
Life of a Don surpasses the No. 7 debut and peak of his one
earlier charting album, Heaven or Hell (March 28, 2020 chart).
YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s Sincerely, Kentrell climbs 4-3 with
51,000 equivalent album units earned (down 28%) while Meek Mill’s Expensive Pain
falls 3-4 with 46,000 units (down 51%). Life of a Don, Sincerely and Expensive
Pain were all released through Atlantic Records, giving the label three of the
top four on the Billboard 200 for the first time since the Jan. 20, 2018, chart.
That week, Atlantic held the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 slots with the soundtrack to The
Greatest Showman, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic,
Back on the new Billboard 200, Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 Sour
climbs 6-5 with a little more than 43,000 equivalent album units earned (up less
than 1%), Lil Nas X’s Montero dips 5-6 with 43,000 (down 5%) and Doja Cat’s
Planet Her is a non-mover at No. 7 with 42,000 units (down 2%). Morgan Wallen’s
former No. 1 Dangerous: The Double Album rises 9-8 with 42,000 equivalent album
units earned (up 6%). The album debuted atop the chart 40 weeks ago, and has yet
to depart the top 10. It has the fifth-most weeks in the top 10 among country
albums all-time (with country albums defined as those that are eligible for
Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart). Ahead of it are Swift’s Fearless (58
weeks), Shania Twain’s Come On Over (53), Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind (50) and
Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All (43).
Rounding out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 are a pair of
former No. 1s: Kanye West’s Donda rises 10-9 (33,000 equivalent album units
earned; down 12%) and The Kid LAROI’s F*ck Love climbs 12-10 (32,000 units; down
Record Of The Month
Nigeria is gradually becoming a hot spot in our new multicolored
music world. Already last year a song from there, 'Jerusalema' by Master KG
feat. Nomcebo Zikode, was a big international success and now 'Love Nwantiti (Ah
Ah Ah)' by Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Chukwuka Ekweani, better
known as CKay, is on the way to the top. After its dream start at no.8 three
weeks ago, the song ranks currently at the runner-up slot for a second week with
points (up 8%).
Music Week Report
Elton John & Dua Lipa top the singles chart
Monday, October 18, 2021
by Alan Jones, London
The timely release of a batch of autographed CD singles means Cold Heart
by Elton John & Dua Lipa enjoys a massive 25.5% boost in sales and
finally ejects Ed Sheeran from the summit, rising to No.1 in its ninth
week on the chart. The Pnau-created mix of vintage Elton vocal fragments
recorded material by
his female co-star lands a chart sale of 63,298, which includes 50,405 from
audio streams but most notably 5,057 physical sales.
This is the third No.1 hit to which Dua Lipa has contributed, her first since
her turn on Calvin Harris' One Kiss climbed to the top almost exactly three and
a half years ago. It is Elton John's eighth chart-topper, his first for 16
years, and quite possibly his most significant one so far. Elton joins the
select group of artists to have topped the charts in four separate decades, with
No.1 hits to his name in the 70s, 90s, 00s and now 20s. At the age of 74 he is
now the second-oldest artist ever to top the singles chart, beaten only by the
exploits of the 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore last year. It is exactly 50 years
and nine months to the week since Elton’s British chart debut, meaning he is top
of the charts deeper into his career than any other artist in history. Signing
all those CD sleeves turned out to be very worthwhile.
Commiserations then to Ed Sheeran, denied at the death the chance to equal the
record for the longest consecutive No.1 run. For the first time since its
release Shivers was the most-streamed track of the week with 6.5m plays but with
its sales down 2.4% to 59,865 it is relegated to No.2. Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)
by Ckay holds steady at No.3 in the face of some strong competition with a sale
of its own of 37,031.
Built around a sample from P Diddy's 2001 No.13 hit Bad Boy For Life, Boyz is
the highest new entry of the week for the newly solo Jesy Nelson, this week’s
No.4 with 34,693 sales. The track features guest vocals from Nicki Minaj, the
scheduling of her contribution reportedly the reason the single was delayed from
its originally slated August release. However belatedly it becomes Nicki Minaj's
59th chart hit, her 13th to reach the Top 10 and her first to do so since Woman
Like Me in October 2018 – as performed by the original Nelson-inclusive lineup
of Little Mix.
Heat Waves by Glass Animals remains static in fifth place with 31,620 to
complete the Top 5. Most of the rest of the Top 20 are on a downward curve or at
best hold steady. The one exception is My Heart Goes (La Di Da) by Becky Hill &
Topic which is up to No.13 with 21,513 sales. New to the Top 20 from below are
Love Tonight by Shouse which climbs to No.18 (16,379 sales) and after a
fortnight trapped at No.24, Meet Me At Our Spot by The Anxiety (the duo of
Willow Smith and Tyler Cole) which moves to No.19 (15,636 sales). First released
in March 2020 the track owes its belated success, inevitably, to Tik Tok
Singles sales rise 2.19% to 22,801,057 and hit their highest level for 12 weeks.
Paid-for sales similarly tick up 3.36% to 386,716 but remain below 400,000 for
the 13th week in a row.
The only show in town in a quiet week for big releases, Sam Fender’s second
album Seventeen Going Under duplicates the success of his 2019 debut Hypersonic
Missiles and hits No.1 with some considerable ease. The South Shields native
commands the fourth-highest weekly sales tally of the year so far of 43,717
including 34,603 from physical formats. With few other sales challengers around
Seventeen Going Under obliterates the competition and comes close to outselling
the rest of the Top 10 put together.
Fender's nearest sales rival then is a mere 36,863 copies behind, Certified
Lover Boy by Drake rising as high as No.2 for the first time in three weeks with
6,854 mostly streaming-originated sales. Also back in the Top 3 after a short
break is Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, who takes third place with 6,072 sales.
The second highest new entry of the week is from a British singer-songwriter of
a previous generation. Friends That Break Your Heart is James Blake's fifth
studio album, originally due for release a month ago only for production delays
to force a reschedule. Arriving at No.4 with 5,727 sales, it becomes his fourth
to reach the Top 10, predecessor Assume Form having charted at No.6 in 2019. His
only miss to date has been third album The Colour In Anything which could only
reach No.13 when released in 2016.
With her new single out today (October 15) the spontaneous rediscovery of
Adele's back catalogue of albums has continued apace. 25 rockets back to No.6
(4,773 sales) for its first Top 10 appearance since March 2017. 21 isn't too far
behind at No.14 (3,697 sales) for its best showing since July 2016, while her
debut release 19 is charting for the first time in five years as it arrives at
No.54 (1,781 sales). All told, Adele albums increase consumption by over 45%
week on week as everyone re-familiarises themselves with her past work.
Albums sales ease off just slightly this week, down 0.84% to 1,778,090. Physical
sales dip to 308,539 in a 9.11% fall and have a market share of 17.35%.