The infirmity of the album format
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The numbers are really
frightening, let's take a look on the biggest music markets last week:
in the USA the best-selling album of that week was 'Hard Love' by the
Christian rock band Needtobreathe with 46,021 sales, according to
Nielsen Soundscan. The second best-selling album, the 32nd installment
of the Kidz Bop Kids series sold only 28,095 copies, the no.10 slot,
Adele's '25' only 15,135 copies. Mind you, the United States having
still the biggest music market of the world! In United Kingdom the
London based R&B singer / songwriter Michael Kiwanuka tops with his
second album 'Love & Hate' and 11,054 sales, the no.10 slot there
moved only around 4,000 sales. The graphic below shows the music sales
in the United States between 1973 and 2014. After a peak in 1999, the
CD sales falling continuously year by year (also in 2015 and 2016).
New formats like digital download or streaming couldn't absorb this
crash. We have a similar situation in almost all other countries, the
future of the album segment seems gloomy.
On our Global Chart the
best-selling international album this week is Adele's '25' with 59,000
sales, overtaken only by the regional effort 'Just Love', the sixth
studio album by Japanese singer / songwriter Kana Nishino. According
to Oricon the set found 126,234 buyers in its initial week. As above
mentioned, 'Hard Love' by the American Christian rock band
Needtobreathe is the new number one in the United States, globally the
set bows at no.5 with 49,000 sales. Driven by the new single smash
'Ride', Twenty One Pilots' album 'Blurryface' reaches its highest
position since 19 weeks. It climbs back at no.10 with 38,000 sales. 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 12,000 / 9,611,000, '21' by Adele 13,000 / 28,147,000,
'Anti' by Rihanna 21,000 / 1,177,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by
The Weeknd 8,000 / 2,191,000, 'Cleopatra' by the Lumineers 8,000 /
391,000, 'Cloud Nine' by Kygo 10,000 / 219,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by
Ariana Grande 29,000 / 618,000, 'Ellipsis' by Biffy Clyro 22,000 /
89,000, 'Fallen Angels' by Bob Dylan 6,000 /
204,000, 'Get Weird' by Little Mix 6,000 / 789,000, 'I Still Do' by Eric Clapton
14,000 / 324,000, 'Immortalized'
by Disturbed 17,000 / 826,000, 'Loud Hailer' by Jeff Beck 31,000 /
31,000, 'Love & Hate' by Michael Kiwanuka 35,000 / 35,000, 'Purple
Rain' by Prince 7,000 / around 21 million, 'Pure McCartney' by Paul
McCartney 16,000 / 191,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber
24,000 / 4,831,000, 'Revival' by Selena Gomez 6,000 / 765,000, 'Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie' by Volbeat 22,000 /
'7/27' by Fifth Harmony 20,000 / 249,000, 'Stranger To Stranger' by
Paul Simon 13,000 / 263,000, 'Thank You' by Meghan
Trainor 16,000 / 366,000, 'The Very Best' by Prince 11,000 / 4,5
million, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 22,000 / 842,000, 'Youth Authority'
by Good Charlotte 34,000 / 34,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran
15,000 / 8,438,000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART 'Cant
Stop This Feeling!' by Justin TImberlake spends a fantastic 10th week
at the summit of the Global Track Chart. It gets another 348,000
points, a total of 4,668,000 after only 11 weeks on the tally. On the
year-to-date chart the good mood tune climbs to no.7. 'Can't Stop This
Feeling!' is the longest number one runner on the Global Chart since
Adele's 'Hello', which was massive 13 weeks at the tip between week
45, 2015 and week 4, 2016. By the way, exactly ten years ago, in the
week 30, 2006, Hips Don't Lie' by Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean was also
the 10th week at no.1, it was biggest success in that year. Back to
this week's hitlist, new number one on the Billboard Hot 100 called
'Cheap Thrills' by Sia. Globally it reaches a new peak at the no.2,
driven by an 11% points boost to 308,000. 'Rise' by Katy Perry is this
week's highest debut on the Global Chart at no.6 with 208,000 points.
'Rise' is the theme song of NBC Sports' coverage of the 2016 Summer
Olympics in Brazil. Katy co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha and its
producers Max Martin and Ali Payami. Outside the Top 40
waiting among other 'Perfect Strangers' by Jonas Blue feat. JP Cooper
at no.41, 'Kill Em With Kindness' by Selena Gomez at no.46, 'Never Be Like You' by Flume feat. Kai at no.48,
'All In My Head (Flex)' by Fifth Harmony at no.49 and 'Tears'
by Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson at no.57 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
Drake's 'View' back at no.1 on Billboard Album 200
Thuesday, July 19, 2016
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Drake’s Views enters
double-digit territory at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the album
jumps 2-1 to collect a 10th non consecutive week atop the list. The set
earned another 92,000
equivalent album units in the week ending July 14
(down 22 percent), according to Nielsen Music.
Views spent its first nine weeks on the chart at No. 1, then stepped aside a
week ago for Blink-182, which opened at No. 1 with California. The latter album
slips to No. 3 in its second week with 37,000 units (down 80 percent). Views is
only the 10th album in the last 20 years to spend 10 weeks at No.1.
In addition, Views now has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a solo male
artist since Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All wrapped a 17-week run at No. 1 on
Oct. 30, 1992. (Views surpasses Usher’s nine-week run at No. 1 with Confessions
Views’ reign at No. 1 is driven mainly by its strong popularity on streaming
services. In the latest tracking frame, 58,000 of its units were powered by SEA
(63 percent of the album’s total units for the week).
That said, it’s not as if the album hasn’t sold well. Views is the
highest-selling album released in 2016, with 1.34 million copies sold. It’s the
biggest selling album overall in 2016, behind Adele’s 25 (which was released in
2015) with 1.44 million. (25 has sold 8.88 million overall.)
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 is ScHoolboy Q’s debuting Blank Face LP, with
74,000 units (of which 52,000 are in traditional album sales). The set also
launches at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the top selling
albums of the week.
Blank Face LP is ScHoolboy Q’s second top 10 album on the Billboard 200, and
follows his No. 1-debuting Oxymoron effort in 2014. The latter started with
139,000 copies sold. Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface rises 5-4 on the new chart
with 36,000 units (down 5 percent), while the original Broadway cast recording
of Hamilton jumps 8-5 with 35,000 units (up 10 percent). The latter
likely gains courtesy of news
coverage generated by the departure of some of the show's cast members during
the tracking week. On July 9, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa
Soo took their final bows. The Hamilton album was up in traditional album sales
(both physical and digital -- 31 percent and 3 percent, respectively), streaming
equivalent albums (3 percent), and track equivalent albums (9 percent). In
addition, Miranda performed on NBC's Today on July 11 with Jennifer Lopez,
singing their charity single "Love Make the World Go Round" (which is not part
of the Hamilton album).
Rihanna’s Anti is steady at No. 6 with 34,000 units (down 5 percent) and
Beyonce’s Lemonade descends 4-7 with 33,000 units (down 15 percent).
Rock band Chevelle collects its fourth top 10 album as The North Corridor debuts
at No. 8 with nearly 33,000 units (of which 31,000 were in pure album sales). It
follows the group’s 2014 effort La Gargola, which debuted and peaked at No. 3
(the act’s highest charting album ever) with 45,000 copies sold in its opening
Adele’s 25 moves 7-9 with 32,000 units (down 1 percent), racking up a 29th
nonconsecutive week in the top 10.
Rounding out the top 10 is rock act Switchfoot with its debuting Where the Light
Shines Through at No. 10 (29,000 units; 27,000 in traditional album sales). It’s
the fourth top 10 album for the group, following the Fading West soundtrack (No.
6 in 2014), Vice Verses (No. 8 in 2011) and Nothing Is Sound (No. 3 in 2005).
With a 10th week atop the Hot 100 (and ninth consecutively), "Dance," released
on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, becomes just the 32nd No. 1 in the
Hot 100's history to reign for at least 10 weeks. Put another way: 1,055 No. 1s
have led the Hot 100 since the chart launched in 1958, so "Dance" is in the top
3 percent of the longest-commanding hits of all-time.
"Dance" scores a record-tying 13th week atop the audio subscription
services-based On-Demand Songs streaming chart with 16.3 million on-demand U.S.
plays (down 8 percent) in the week ending July 14, according to Nielsen Music.
It ties Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz (13 weeks, 2013)
for the most time atop On-Demand Songs since the list began in 2012.
"Dance" stays at No. 2 on the overall Streaming Songs chart, which it led for a
week (May 21), with 17.9 million U.S. streams (down 8 percent). It returns to
No. 1 on Radio Songs for a third (nonconsecutive) week as the most-heard song on
U.S. airwaves (159 million in audience, down 1 percent), while on the Digital
Songs sales chart, which it topped for two weeks, it slips 6-7 (58,000 downloads
sold, down 7 percent).
After debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100 nine weeks ago, becoming just the 26th
single to start on top in the chart's history, Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop
the Feeling!" ranks at No. 2 (for a fifth straight week). It spends a 10th week
at No. 1 on Digital Songs (92,000, down 6 percent), encompassing its entire run
on the chart.
"Feeling" descends 1-2 after five (nonconsecutive) weeks atop Radio Songs (157
million, down 4 percent) and holds at No. 12 on Streaming Songs (10.7 million,
up 1 percent).
Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, hits a new high on the Hot 100,
rising 5-3. The rank also marks a new career best for Sia, who previously peaked
at No. 5 in May 2012 as featured on Flo Rida's "Wild Ones." (As a writer, Sia
has charted higher on the Hot 100 thanks to her co-write of Rihanna's
"Diamonds," which led for three weeks in December 2012.)
"Thrills" is the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer for a sixth straight week, marking
the longest streak of winning the award since Pharrell's "Happy" (eight weeks,
in 2014); the last song by a woman to earn the honor for at least that long?
Rihanna's "Rude Boy" (seven weeks, 2010). "Thrills" gains by 12 percent to 133
million and pushes 4-3 on Radio Songs. The track (originally intended to be
recorded by Rihanna) bullets at its No. 2 high on Digital Songs for a third week
(91,000, up 8 percent) and lifts 9-7 on Streaming Songs (12.5 million, up 6
Kaleo is an Icelandic folk / rock / blues band, formed in 2012. The band
consists of JJ Julius Son (vocals, guitar), Davķš Antonsson (percussion,
vocals), Danķel Ęgir Kristjįnsson (bass guitar), and Rubin Pollock (guitar,
vocals). The band's first major public appearance was at Iceland Airwaves Music
Festival in November 2012. They gained fame after their song "Vor ķ Vaglaskógi"
got heavy rotation on Icelandic state broadcaster RŚV's radio station Rįs 2 and
was featured on the station's top 10 list. This song is also featured in the
first episode of the TV series Trapped. In 2014, the band gained further
attention with their single "All the Pretty Girls", which garnered over 23
million streams on Spotify. In early 2015, Kaleo signed with Atlantic Records
and now their 2nd album 'A/B' is out and starts at no.17 globally this week with
31,000 sales. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the
Music Week Report
Michael Kiwanuka lands his first no.1
Monday, July 25, 2016
by Alan Jones, London
London R&B/soul singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka effects the 17th change of
leadership on the album chart in as many weeks, debuting atop the list with his
second album, Love & Hate. First week sales of 11,639 (including 585 from
streams) for Love & Hate - which becomes the UK's 1,085th No.1 album 60
years to the day after Frank Sinatra's
Songs For Swinging Lovers!
became the first - are substantially below the 30,163
pure sales that Kiwanuka's introductory album, Home Again, sold when debuting
and peaking at No.4 in March 2012, in the wake of his BBC Sound Of 2012 victory,
on its way to to-date sales of 129,482.
With the traditional summer slump exacerbated by the continuing advance of
streaming, Kiwanuka's album secured the fourth lowest sale of a No.1 album in
the 864 chart weeks that have thus far elapsed in the 21st century, beating only
Rihanna's Talk That Talk (9,578 sales, week 32, 2012), Lumineers' Cleopatra
(10,892 sales, week 15, 2016) and PJ Harvey's The Hope Six Demolition Project
(11,436 sales, week 16, 2016). Number one for 12 straight weeks when first
released in 1984, Bob Marley & The Wailers' Legend is the fifth biggest
selling compilation, and the 16th biggest selling album overall. It is
also back in the Top 10, charging 39-8 (7,518 sales) after the digital
version was reduced £4.99 on iTunes. Although on its 487th
week in the Top 75, Legend has
spent only 22 weeks in the Top 10, but has accumulated sales of
The Top 10's other member of the 3m sales club, Adele's 25 is No.2 for the third
week in a row, and the 10th week in all, on sales of 10,844 copies.
Rising to a new peak on its fifth week in the Top 10, France's Christine And The
Queens' Chaleur Humaine jumps 8-3 (10,360 sales).
No.1 on debut last week, Biffy Clyro's Ellipsis slips to No.6 (8,150 sales), but
is stronger in their native Scotland where it remains No.1 by some distance,
with more than twice as many sales as any other album. Completing the overall UK
Top 10 are Views (3-4, 10,301 sales) by Drake, A Full Head Of Dreams
(4-5, 8.456 sales) by Coldplay, All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO
(5-7, 7,743 sales),
50 (6-9, 5,519 sales by Rick Astley and I Cry When I
Laugh (12-10, 4,707 sales) by Jess Glynne.
Overall album sales are down 7.11% week-on-week at 1,420,212. Streaming
accounted for 510,585 sales - 35.95% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are
down 11.13% week-on-week at 909,627 and are 25.01% below same week 2015 sales of
1,213,034. The last time that fewer paid-for album sales were made was
week-ending 21 January 1995 (1,122 weeks ago, issue date: 28 January 1995) when
904,237 albums were sold. Over on the single chart
Drake ducks the challenge and remains top of the
pecking order for a barely believable 15th consecutive week at No.1 with One
Dance. Its streaming sales are down for the 14th week in a row at 43,340, but
its paid-for sales are up 33.29% to 16,223, the two elements combining for an
overall sale of 59,563 - its best for four weeks. The blip in paid-for sales is
explained by the fact the track was reduced from 99p to 59p all week at iTunes,
a canny and timely intervention that likely made the difference between it
continuing at No.1 and dropping. Whatever the reason, One Dance now moves to
joint second place in the list of songs with most consecutive weeks at No.1,
alongside Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around (1994), with only Drake's fellow
Canadian Bryan Adams' 16 week reign with (Everything I Do) I Do It For You in
1991 ahead of him.
Despite its victory, its challengers grow ever closer, with Jonas Blue's Perfect
Strangers - also re-priced at 59p - climbing 3-2 to match the peak position of
his earlier hit Fast Car, while increasing sales week-on-week by 16.74% to
Also a new member of the 59p club, Treat You Better becomes the second Shawn
Mendes solo single to reach the Top 10, with a 13-9 move (42,962 sales).
It's a week of great stability in the Top 10, with seven records stationary, and
only one - Drake's Too Good (feat. Rihanna) suffering a decline in sales, and
then only marginally, with a fall of just 0.25% week-on-week to 45,649 as it
holds at No.6.
The rest of the Top 10: Don't Let Me Down (2-3, 53,255 sales) by Chainsmokers
feat. Daya, Dancing On My Own (4-4, 52,313 sales) by Calum Scott, This Girl
(5-5, 45,935 sales) by Kungs Vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners, This Is What You Came For
(7-7, 45,632 sales) by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna and Don't Mind (10-10, 40,639
sales) by Kent Jones. Helped by a 59p price tag at iTunes and the release of a
new Tiesto mix, Dancing On My Own tops the paid-for sales list for the first
time, with said purchases contributing 31,479 sales to its overall tally.
Overall singles sales are up 1.32% week-on-week at 9,804,408. Streams accounted
for 8,133,512 sales, 82.96% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 4.40%
week-on-week at 1,670,896 - 32.62% below same week 2015 sales of 2,479,930 and
below same-week, previous-year sales for the 154th week in a row. They are are
at their lowest level since week 49, 2007 (sales week-ending 8 December 2007,
issue date 15 December 2007), more than eight years (450 weeks, to be precise)
ago, when 1,659,043 singles were sold, with Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love
accounting for 29,616 of them at No.1. COMPLETE
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Kani Nishino 'Just Love'
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GfK Track Chart
No.1 'Don't Be So Shy (Remix)' Imany
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