Global Chart Report
Massive 22 debuts on this week's album list
Friday, September 19, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
between September and November, after the
summer break and before the holiday season starts, there's a flood of
new releases. Now the time has come again, this week there are 22 new
entries on the Top 40 list, a very rare incident! But despite so many
Maroon 5 remains at no.1 for a second week with their latest
effort 'V'. The set moved another 130.000 copies last week, a total of
405.000 since its release. Sorted by countries 'V' sold 80.000 last
week in the USA, 8.800 in Japan, 7.700 in Canada and 6.100 in United
Kingdom. Close behind starts this week's highest debut, the new album
by Japanese singer / songwriter Mariya Takeuchi. Her new set 'Trad'
bows at no.1 in Japan and at no.2 globally with 119.000 initial sales,
according to Oricon. New chart-leader in the USA is Reformed Christian
rapper, record producer and actor Lacrae. His 7th studio album
'Anomaly' storms in at no.4 on the global chart with 91.000 sales,
88.400 of it in the USA alone, according to Billboard. In France rules
casting star Kendji Girac with his first full
and self-titled album. It sold a total of 70.000 units in France,
Belgium and Switzerland and rockets at no.8 on the world chart. In
Germany Ghetto rapper Majoe jumps atop the official chart with his
first solo album 'Breiter Als Der Türsteher' (brouder than the
bouncer) and 46.000 estimated sales, enough for a no.16 entrance on
the global tally. A final look to United Kingdom, no.1 for a fourth
non-consecutive week is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' (no.7 on the
global chart with 71.000 sales) and the highest debut comes from
former lead vocalist of the legendary rock-act Led Zeppelin, Robert
Plant. His new effort 'Lullaby And...The Ceaseless Roar' opens at no.2
there and at no.3 globally with 96.000 sales.
Some additional sales
stats: 'Night Visions' by Imagine
Dragons sold 13.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 4,03 million so far,
'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 14.000 units last week, 1,42 million so far,
'The Hunting Party' by Linkin Park sold 17.000 units last week and has a total
of 783.000 units so far, Shakira's self-titled album sold
695.000 copies so far, 'Britney Jean'
by Britney Spears around 600.000 and
'Swings Both Ways' by
Robbie Williams 1,76 million.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
This season there are two big giants atop the global track chart, which compete
for the pole position. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' wins the race for a third
time, this week it expands another 11% in points to 394.000. Biggest competitor,
'All About That Bass' by newcomer Meghan Trainor, sits tight at no.2 with
358.000 points, a 6% increase compared to the previous week. Calvin Harris' new
single 'Blame' (feat. John Newman) is the first song ever, which passed the
limit of ten million Spotify streams in a week! On the global chart 'Blame'
opens as this week's highest debut at no.9 with 182.000 points (see the video on
'Centuries' is the first sign of the upcoming sixth album from the American
Pop-Punk band Fall Out Boy. It arrives at no.18 with 128.000 points. Fall Out
Boy's biggest hit so far was 'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race', which
climbed at no.5 on the world chart in March 2007. 'Tokyo Victory', the 57th (!!)
single of the Japanese rock / pop band Southern All Stars, enters the tally at
no.31 with 94.000 points. The band's biggest smash, 'Tsunami', started at no.3
on the global chart in the week 6, 2000 and sold a total of 2,9 million copies
in Japan, the fourth best-selling single of all time there.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other E-Girls' 'Highschool Love' at no.41, Postmen's 'Can't Go To
Shinchon' at no.42, Sam Smith's 'I'm Not The Only One' at no.45, GRL's 'Ugly Heart' at no.53
and Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era:
'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written
and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC
& The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by
soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George
visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was
behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop
history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit,
reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On
the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for
sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved
no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The
Sun'. And on the
ALL TIME CHART
'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points,
only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By
the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash
'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit
wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A
Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.
GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO
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Meghan Trainor remains at no.1 on the Digital Track Chart
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his
new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week
ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's also the first chart-topper for
Lecrae's label, Reach Records.
Anomaly's launch is Lecrae's best sales week, trumping the 72,000-unit start of
2012's Gravity, which debuted and peaked at No. 3. (Gravity was also Lecrae's
highest-charting album — and only top 10 — until Anomaly's arrival.)
Anomaly is the Grammy winner's sixth No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart and his
fifth leader on Christian Albums. (Most Christian hip-hop releases are eligible
to appear on both sales charts.) Thus, Anomaly is the first title to crown both
Gospel Albums and the Billboard 200, and just the fifth set to lead both
Christian Albums and the Billboard 200.
Lecrae leads a parade of new entries in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, where
six more titles arrive. The seven debuts are the most the top 10 has seen since
Oct. 26, 2013, when seven titles also stepped in (led by Miley Cyrus' Bangerz).
Last week's No. 1, Maroon 5's V, falls to No. 2 with 80,000 (down just 51
percent). It had a smaller-than-normal sales decline because its sales were
buoyed by redemptions of the album
sold with tickets to the band's upcoming tour. Traditionally, those titles that
debut at No. 1 tumble by more than 70 percent in their second week.
The chart's second-highest debut is Jhene Aiko's full-length debut album, Souled
Out, which enters at No. 3 with 70,000. It also opens at No. 1 on Top
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums.
Rocker Ryan Adams snags his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 as his
new self-titled release starts at No. 4 with 45,000. He previously went as high
as No. 7 with two different albums, 2007's Easy Tiger and 2011's Ashes & Fire.
Country singer Lee Brice starts at No. 5 with I Don't Dance selling 38,000. It
also crowns the Country Albums chart — his first leader on that tally. His last
2 Love, debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2
on Country Albums, selling 46,000 in its first week.
Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography dips 2-6 on the Billboard 200 in its
second week, selling 33,000 (down 73 percent).
Following Jeezy is rock band Interpol with El Pintor, which launches at No. 7
with 31,000. It's the group's third consecutive top 10, following a self-titled
album in 2010 (which debuted and peaked at No. 7) and Our Love to Admire in 2007
Country singer Dustin Lynch is the sixth new album in the top 10. His Where It's
At bows at No. 8 with 31,000 — his best sales week yet. It's his second album,
and follows his self-titled debut, which hit No. 13 in 2012. The Guardians of
the Galaxy soundtrack slides 3-9 with 30,000 (down 43 percent).
Lastly, Robert Plant scores his eighth top 10 album as a solo artist, with the
arrival of Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar at No. 10 (29,000). It's his third
straight top 10 as well, following 2010's Band of Joy and 2007's Raising Sand
(with Alison Krauss).
Overall album sales in the chart week ending Sept. 14 totaled 4.2 million units,
up 1 percent compared with last week's sum (4.1 million) and down 9 percent
compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.5 million). Year-to-date
album sales stand at 166.9 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total
at this point in 2013 (195.5 million).
On the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass” holds at No.
1, selling 312,000 downloads (down less than 1 percent). Taylor Swift's “Shake
It Off” is steady at No. 2, with 309,000 (up 10 percent). Also stationary in the
No. 3 slot is “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, selling
147,000 (down 14 percent).
Fall Out Boy's “Centuries” logs the week's highest debut, starting at No. 4 with
138,000. It's the first single from the band's upcoming sixth studio album.
Iggy Azalea's “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora) descends 4-5 (127,000; down 11
percent), Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” falls 5-6 (126,000; down 3 percent), and
Clean Bandit's “Rather Be” (featuring Jess Glynne) climbs 8-7 (80,000; down 2
Jason Aldean's “Burnin' It Down” steps 11-8 (78,000; down less than 1 percent),
Maroon 5's “Maps” vaults 43-9 with 78,000 (up 161 percent), and Ariana Grande's
“Break Free” (featuring Zedd) drops 6-10 (74,000; down 21 percent).
Digital track sales totaled 18.5 million downloads, down 3 percent compared with
last week (19.1 million) and down 16 percent stacked next to the comparable week
of 2013 (22.1 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 812.3 million, down 13
percent compared with the same total at this point in 2013 (932.4 million).
Magic! is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of
songwriter and record producer Nasri Atweh on lead vocals and Mark Pellizzer,
Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. In 2013, they released their debut single, 'Rude'
from their debut album 'Don't Kill The Magic' released worldwide on July 1,
2014. All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area. The lead
singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been working with and writing songs for different
pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger,
together known as The Messengers. He had met Mark Pelli in the studio and within
a week they had written the song 'Don't Judge Me' for Chris Brown. Nasri
described the chemistry between himself and Pelli as 'different than writing
chemistry, it was more artistic'. A few weeks later, while Mark played a reggae
tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested to start a band like 'modern-day Police'.
The debut single 'Rude' is a great international success now. >>
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Music Week Report
Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' stays a fourth week at no.1
Monday, September 15, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
It may or may not be an omen but Scotland decides whether or not it will
go it alone later this week, with one of its own, Calvin Harris, proudly
flying the Saltire atop the UK chart. His latest single, Blame - a
collaboration with Englishman John Newman - sold 70,312 copies last week
(including 9,379 streaming sales) to take
the title. It's the third number
one for Newman, who was featured vocalist on
Rudimental's 2012 chart-topper Feel The Love, and returned to the summit
last year with his debut solo hit, Love Me Again.
It's not so easy to say how many number ones Harris has had. As a
completely solo artist, he has had two, as a primary artist he has had
five, as a primary or contributing artist he has had seven, and as a
writer and producer he has had 10 - all in a little over six years,
during which period four more of his songs have reached number two.
Harris' single is one of four to blow into the Top 10 this week, though
none of the rest can get past Prayer In C, which has spent the last two
weeks at number one but now dips to second place for Lilly Wood & Robin
Schulz (65,377 sales).
After debuting last week at number 184 with actual paid for sales of 10
swelled to 1,761 by streaming, Ten Walls' Walking With Elephants is now
fully released and charges to number six (37,187 sales). An episodic
house / techno track, it is the first hit for Lithuanian DJ / producer
Basanov - and is one
of the very few wholly instrumental tunes to make the upper reaches of
the chart in recent times, without a single vocal to be heard. Number
one with She Looks So Perfect in April and number two with Don't Stop in
June, Australian boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer score their third Top 10
hit in less than six months, with Amnesia surging 38-7 (34,959 sales).
Chris Brown scores his 37th Top 75 entry and his 12th Top 10 hit with
New Flame - from new album X - debuting at number 10 (28,133 sales). The
track also features Usher (26th or 27th hit as is the simultaneously
debuting Body Language listed below) and rapper Rick Ross who has had 36
Hot 100 hits in America but, surprisingly, has never troubled the UK
chart before. Elsewhere in the
Top 10: Sam Smith's
I'm Not The Only One edges 4-3
(42,556 sales), Taylor Swift's Shake It Off rebounds from number six to
spend its third week at its number four peak (42,092 sales), Iggy
Azalea's Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora) dips 4-5 (38,023 sales), The
Script's Superheroes subsides 3-8 (32,900 sales) and Magic!'s Rude holds
at number nine (32,510 sales).
Like albums, overall singles sales are down a minuscule amount
week-on-week, falling by just 1,039 (0.02%) to 5,311,741. Streaming
accounted for 2,752,740 sales – 51.82% of the total. Under previously
existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall
singles sales are down 2.53% week-on-week at 2,559,000 – 13.45% below
same week 2013 sales of 2,956,800, and the 57th consecutive week in
which they have declined versus a year ago.
It is the busiest week of the year-to-date with 18 new entries and eight
re-entries flooding into the Top 75 artist album chart - but not one of
them could muster enough sales to prevent Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour
from securing its second straight week at number one (fourth in all) on
sales of 30,398 copies.
Although finally emerging triumphant, Smith was behind on midweek sales
flashes throughout the week, with Led Zeppelin veteran Robert Plant - at
66, he is three times Smith's age - leading the way with his 10th 'solo'
album, Lullaby And...The Ceaseless Roar, on which he is accompanied by
his uncredited backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
Plant steered Led Zeppelin to eight straight number one albums (seven
studio, one live) between 1970 and 1979 but hasn't topped the chart
since, either solo or in collaborations, though he reached number two
both with first solo album Pictures At Eleven in 1982 and with Raising
Sand, his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss. A missing consonant
away from being the groover from Vancouver (Bryan Adams), Ryan Adams is
a 39 year old alternative/country singer/songwriter from North Carolina,
and has opted for the eponymous option for his latest studio album.
Formerly with Whiskeytown, Adams has released 14 albums under his own
name since 2000 - many of them with The Cardinals, although they are not
always credited. Debuting at number six (8,641 sales), the latest is
only the second to make the Top 10 and his highest charting to date,
beating last album, Ashes & Fire, which debuted and peaked at number
nine (13,464 sales) in 2011. Adams admits his latest album is
self-titled simply because he couldn't think of anything else, and
Interpol seem to also be lacking inspiration as their new album El
Pintor is a thinly veiled anagram of their name, though it also means
The Painter in Spanish. Their fifth album, it delivers their third
straight Top 10 entry, opening at number nine (7,466 sales), following
2007's Our Love To Admire (number two, 24,539 sales) and the eponymous
Interpol which opened and peaked at number 10 (11,114 sales) four years
ago this week.
The deluxe 29 song edition of Bob Marley & The Wailers' classic
compilation Legend was 99p at Amazon and Google Play all last week. The
album sprints 49-7 as a result, with sales increasing 537.50% to 8,574.
It is the 13th straight week in the Top 75 for the album in its current
run, raising its overall residency in the published album chart since
its 1984 debut to 454 weeks - the fifth longest of any album. Although
it spent its first 12 weeks in the chart at number one, and the
following eight weeks in the Top 10 (2-3-2-4-5-9-10-10) it hasn't been
in the Top 10 again since, although it did return to the Top 20 several
times, reaching number 11 in 1991, number 18 in 1993, number 16 in 1994,
number 17 in 2003 and number 20 in 2012. However, as a consistent seller
spanning slightly more than 30 years, it has accumulated massive sales
of 3,264,877 copies to-date, making it one of the biggest selling albums
of all-time. Americans were able to buy Legend even more cheaply last
week, with Google Play (but not Amazon) selling it at 99c - about 61p.
As a result it sold 41,000 copies and charged 100-5 on the Billboard
chart, its highest ever position.
Elsewhere in the Top 10 on this side of the Atlantic: Ed Sheeran's X
holds at number three (23,612 sales), Royal Blood descends 2-4 (18,400
sales), George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage holds at number five (12,671
sales), Paulo Nutini's Caustic Love repeats at number eight (7,992
sales) and Collabro's Stars fades 6-10 (7,412 sales).
Despite the big new intake, overall album sales continue to retreat,
falling just 990 - 0.08%- week-on-week to a 999 week low, at 1,182,377.
That's 17.37% below same week 2013 sales of 1,430,926.
Oricon Singles Chart
No.1 'Tokyo Victory' Southern All Stars
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Media Control Album Chart
'Breiter Als Der Türsteher'
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