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Global Chart Report

Pink Floyd back at no.1 after 20 years
Friday, November 21, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

The legendary British rock group Pink Floyd celebrates a triumphant comeback on the charts. 20 years after the last studio album 'The Division Bell', the new effort 'The Endless River' jumps easily at no.1 globally with 658.000 sales. In many countries the start-sales were higher than Taylor Swift's '1989' album two week ago. Not so in the USA and Canada, where 'The Endless River' starts with 160.400, respectively 31.000 sales. '1989' sold 1.286.500, respectively 107.000 copies in the initial week. But especially in United Kingdom and Germany the new Pink Floyd effort shines with huge sales. In UK 'The Endless River' bows with 139.400 units. That are the third-highest start sales of an album this year there, trailing only the 182.400 copies that Ed Sheeran's 'X' sold, and the 168.000 copies from Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'. In Germany it's even the second highest debut of the year, only topped by rapper Kollegah and his album 'King', which found 162.000 buyers in its first week at retail. It's difficult to compared the

new with the former Pink Floyd album, because 1994 there was no Media Traffic chart, but 'The Division Bell' started surely with much more than one million sales and it would have been also a quite clear no.1 on the Global Chart. Back to the current hitlist, 'The Endless River' ends Taylor Swift's two week reigns with her '1989' set. It slips at no.2 this week, after a 22% sales decline to 445.000 copies, a total of 2.699.000 units so far. Now it's at no.3 on the year-to-date list, topped only by the 'Frozen' soundtrack (6.370.000) and Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'  (2.845.000). Highest debut this week (Pink Floyd bowed at no.27 last week due earlier sales from Italy) is the eight album of the Foo Fighters, 'Sonic Highways' arrives at no.3 globally with massive 416.000 copies, the highest

tally for a no.3 album since the Xmas week 2012 (!!). The  sales of that week were dated to the week 01, 2013 and no.3 was One Direction's 'Take Me Home' with 442.000 copies. Foo Fighters' former set 'Wasting Light' was a clear no.1 in the week 17, 2011 with 505.000 start-sales. Some additional sales stats: '21' by Adele sold 454.000 copies this year and reaches a total of 26.620.000 so far, Beyoncé's self-titled sold 2.162.000 units this year, 3.516.000 so far, 'Unorthodox Jukebox' by Bruno Mars sold 1.140.000 units this year and has a total of 6.151.000 units so far, 'Christmas' by Michael Bublé sold 8.790.000 copies so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry 3.334.000, and 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson 1.497.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Any news from the top of the Global Track Chart, 'All About That Bass' by Meghan Trainor remains at the summit for an eighth consecutive week with 325.000 points, a 16% decrease compared to the previous week. Meghan's strongest competitor of the last weeks was Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' (this week at no.3 with 301.000 points), but now another Taylor Swift tune comes closer with giant steps. It's her 'Blank Space', which makes a surprising jump from no.11 to no.2 this week, driven by a massive 113% points boost to 305.000. It's Taylor Swift's 11th Global Top 10 smash. DJ and producer guru David Guetta returns to the global Top 10 the first time since nearly three years, 'Dangerous', a collaboration with Sam Martin, shoots from no.20 to no.10 with 149.000 points. His former smash 'Lovers On The Sun' (also with Sam Martin) missed the Top 10 narrowly and climbed to no.11 twelve weeks ago. David's former Top 10 smash was 'Turn Me On' (with Nicki Minaj), it reached no.6 in the week 13, 2012. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Berryz Kobo's 'Romance Wo Katatte' at no.46, Alesso feat. Tove Lo's 'Heroes (We Could Be)' at no.50, I Love Makonnen feat. Drake's 'Tuesday' at no.52, Big Sean feat. E 40's 'I Don't F**k With You' at no.53, and Meghan Trainor's 'Lips Are Moving' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'Lose My Breath' Destiny's Child
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
'Always' Bon Jovi
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The Jamaican producer Biddu has a new song for to that date unknown soul-singer Carl Douglas: 'I Want To Give You My Everything'. Carl sings the tune willingly, but asks, if he can releases an own song for the B-side of the planned single. The 32 year-old singer, a passionate fan of Asian martial arts styles, has written a song about this, called 'Kung Fu Fighting'. The decision makers of Pye Records are quick to agree, that this song should be the clear A-side. And they were right, 'Kung Fu Fighting' grows up to an enormous worldwide smash, a no.1 in many countries. On the Global Chart it peaked for 11 weeks and ranks at no.91 on the
ALL TIME CHART. The song and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee some months ago in

1973, unleashed a boom for Asian martial arts in the Western Hemisphere. 'Kung Fu Fighting' was the only big hit for Carl Douglas.  GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video

Billboard Report
One Direction to see their first four albums debut at no.1
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

One Direction's Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 387,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the second-largest debut sales week

of 2014 (after Taylor Swift's 1989 arrival of 1.287 million), and the largest week for an album by a group. One Direction's start is slightly less than anticipated. On Nov. 18, a day after the album's release, industry forecasters suggested it would start with 420,000. By Friday, Nov. 21, its first-week projection was scaled back to 400,000. One Direction's last album, Midnight Memories, bowed at No. 1 with their career-high sales week: 546,000. Swift's 1989 album slips one rung to No. 2 on the new chart — after three weeks at No. 1 — selling 214,000 (down 32 percent). The album has now shifted 2.21 million. With five weeks left in SoundScan's tracking year, 1989 is threatening to become the top selling album of 2014. Ahead of it is only the Frozen soundtrack, with 3.27 million. Four is the final No. 1 on a purely sales-based Billboard 200. As previously announced, the Billboard 200 will shift next week to a multi-metric popularity ranking, incorporating traditional sales, on-demand audio streaming and digital track sales. A sale-based chart,

named Top Album Sales will continue to exist however, both in print and on Shifting back to this week's Billboard 200, a cappella group Pentatonix collects its highest charting album yet (and biggest sales week ever) as That's Christmas To Me rises 8-3 with 99,000 (up 193 percent). It's their second top five album in 2014, following PTX: Vol. III (EP), which hit No. 5. That's Christmas To Me is one of three holiday albums in new the top 10, as it is joined by Michael Buble's Christmas (13-9 with 35,000; up 34 percent) and Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes (61-10 with 33,000 in its sixth chart week; up 39 percent). Holiday Wishes is Menzel's first top 10 album, and happens to feature a duet with Buble. As for Buble, his 2011 Christmas album is a former No. 1

(it spent five weeks atop the list in late 2011 and early 2012), and has returned to the top 10 in each successive holiday season. The new chart's second-highest debut is owned by Nickelback's No Fixed Address, which bows at No. 4. The rock band's latest effort sold 80,000 copies in its first week, and marks their sixth top 10. The set is the group's first for Republic Records, after a long tenure with Roadrunner Records. The four-piece band's previous studio effort, 2011's Here and Now, debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 227,000 sold. Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine falls one spot to No. 5 in its second week (62,000; down 52 percent). Pink Floyd's The Endless River dips 3-6 with 45,000 (down 74 percent) and Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways drives 2-7 with 36,000 (down 81 percent). The third and final debut in the top 10 is rock band's In This Moment with Black Widow at No. 8. The group's Atlantic Records debut is their first top 10, and earns them a career-high sales week of 36,000. They previously topped out at No. 15 with their final release for Century Media, Blood, back in 2012 (20,000). Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 23) totaled 5.49 million units, up 2 percent compared with the sum last week (5.38 million) and up 4 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.29 million). Year to date album sales stand at 215.01 million, down 12 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (245.01 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" stays at No. 1, selling 302,000 downloads (down 8 percent), while Hozier's "Take Me To Church" is also a non-mover at No. 2 (176,000; though up by 34 percent). Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, flies 18-3 with 111,000 (up 107 percent). Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" dips 3-4 with 106,000 (down 16 percent) and Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" rises 6-5 with 99,000 (up 7 percent). Maroon 5's "Animals" descends 4-6 with 96,000 (down 22 percent), Nick Jonas' "Jealous" is stationary at No. 7 with 90,000 (up 8 percent) and Swift's "Shake It Off" drops 5-8 with 83,000 (down 11 percent). Mr. Probz makes the top 10 for the first time, as "Waves" crashes 13-9 with 71,000 (up 17 percent). Trainor's "Lips Are Movin," the follow-up to "All About That Bass," also hits the top 10 for the first time: 19-10 (69,000; up 34 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.65 million downloads, up 5 percent compared with last week (17.72 million) and down 4 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (19.52 million). Year to date track sales are at 990.03 million, down 4 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (1.13 billion).  COMPLETE CHARTS

(∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother of Ferdy, head of A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs and, inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on GarageBand in their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's unusual sound stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where noise had to be kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums. The Band was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV presenter, Daljit Dhaliwal. After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they claimed Jobseeker's Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track EP ∆, was recorded with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first 2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7" "Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'Do They Know It's Christmas' returns to no.1 in a 4th version
Monday, November 24, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Matching Unchained Melody to become only the second song in chart history to reach number one in four different versions, Do They Know It's Christmas does so emphatically this week, on first week sales of 312,928 (including one streaming sale) for Band Aid 30, while the original 1984 version of the song re-enters the chart at number 61

(5,924 sales). Unchained Melody was number one for unrelated acts - Jimmy Young (1955), The Righteous Brothers (1990), Robson & Jerome (1995) and Gareth Gates (2002) - but Do They Know Its Christmas has been number one only by various incarnations of Band Aid - the original (1984), Band Aid II (1989), Band Aid 20 (2004) and now Band Aid 30. Its sales last week are far behind the 750,000+ that the original 1984 edition sold on its first week on release but exceed the 292,594 copies that the Band Aid 20 version sold on debut ten years ago next week. Do They Know It's Christmas outsold the next 10 biggest-selling singles combined last week, securing the highest weekly sale since James Arthur's Impossible opened on sales of 489,560 in December 2012. While nothing came near to matching Do They Know It's Christmas, it was a busy week for new entries, with five Top 75 debuts in the Top 10, including the entire top three for the first time since a year ago last week, when Martin Garrix's Animals

debuted at number one, Lily Allen's Somewhere Only We Know debuted at number two, and Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You debuted at number three. Goulding's single actually climbed 117-3 in the Top 200 on that chart, but was in the Top 75 for the first time. Before this week, the last time the top three comprised entirely of recordings making their Top 200 debut was sales week ending 20 April (chart dated 27 April) 2013 - some 83 weeks ago. The record which runs Do They Know Its Christmas closest - it is a mere 231,091 sales behind - is the second Top 10 hit in a fortnight called Real Love. The other, Tom Odell's cover of The Beatles song dips 7-14 (23,846 sales), while Clean Bandit's new song of that name, debuts at number two (81,837 sales). The sixth

charted single from the band's debut album New Eyes, it reunites them with Jess Glynne, who was also featured vocalist on Rather Be, which spent four weeks at number one earlier this year and has thus far sold 1,497,466 copies. New Eyes had sold just 75,545 copies since its release 25 weeks ago, and moves 151-139 (932 sales) this week. Olly Murs debuted at number one with the first single from each of his first three albums - Please Don't Let Me Go (2010, from Olly Murs), Heart Skips A Beat (feat. Rizzle Kicks, 2011, from In Case You Didn't Know) and Troublemaker (feat. Flo Rida) from Right Place Right Time - but Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy), the first single from fourth album Never Been Better, breaks that string by debuting at number three (75,081 sales). 13 weeks after their previous collaboration Lovers On The Sun debuted at number one on sales of 71,165 copies, David Guetta and Sam Martin debut at number five (55,643 sales) with follow-up Dangerous. It is 47 year old Guetta's 34th Top 75 entry, and his 20th Top 10 hit. Wretch 32 scores his fifth Top 10 hit, debuting at number eight (35,024 sales) with 6 Words. Blank Spaces climbs 11-9 (34,669 sales) to become Taylor Swift's seventh Top 10 hit. The only singles from last week's Top 10 still in the top tier are Thinking Out Loud (2-4, 57,297 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Steal My Girl (3-6, 50,973 sales) by One Direction, Wake Me Up (1-7, 42,811 sales) by Gareth Malone's All Star Choir and Outside (6-10, 33,208 sales) by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding. Overall singles sales are up 6.30% week-on-week at 6,139,850. Streaming accounted for 3,264,991 sales last week – 53.18% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are up 12.51% week-on-week at 2,874,859 – 3.42% below same week 2013 sales of 2,976,666 and the 67th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago, despite the injection of sales provided by Band Aid 30. There are emphatic debuts atop both the singles and albums charts this week, with One Direction scoring the number one album with a victory margin of 186.73% and Band Aid 30 storming to the top of the singles chart with a majority of 282.38%. More of the latter later - but for the moment let's concentrate on One Direction, who register their third (consecutive) number one album with their fourth release, appropriately entitled Four. First week sales of 141,780 represent the third highest one week sales for a number one album artist this year - trailing the 182,427 that Ed Sheeran's X sold on debut 21 weeks ago, and the 168,048 copies than Coldplay's Ghost Stories sold on debut 26 weeks ago - but are 40.53% down on the 237,388 copies One Direction's last album Midnight Memories sold when it opened at number one a year ago next week. It is three years to the week since their first album, Up All Night, debuted and peaked at number two on first week sales of 138,631, and two years and a week since their second album, Take Me Home, debuted and peaked at number one on sales of 155,316 copies. Like Midnight Memories, Four includes a track co-written by Ed Sheeran - 18. Sheeran himself would have returned to number one this week but four Four's release, with his X album which climbs 3-2 with sales up 8.73% week-on-week at 49,447. It's Bette Midler's birthday next Monday (1st December) and she gets an early birthday present in the form of her first Top 10 studio album since 1990. It's The Girls! (number six, 23,118 sales) is Midler's tribute to the great girl groups of the past, with tracks originally performed by the likes of The Supremes, The Shirelles, The Shangri-Las and The Andrews Sisters. Midler's solitary Top 10 solo album hitherto from 13 previous releases dating back to 1972 was 1990's Some People's Lives, which reached number five, and included the hit From A Distance. She made the Top 10 more recently with The Best Bette reaching number six in 2008. It has sold 667,666 copies to date. Since Decca released the budget LP The World Of David Bowie in 1970, compilations of his work have come thick and fast and many have performed exceptionally well over a long period, with 2002's Best Of Bowie, for example, never reaching the Top 10 (it peaked at number 11) but selling 1,122,963 copies. The latest, Nothing Has Changed, contains 59 tracks from throughout Bowie's 50 year career, with Sue (or In A Season Of Crime) being a new track recorded exclusively for the compilation. The album does something Best Of Bowie never did - making the Top 10 - by debuting at number nine (17,638 sales). It's a big week for fans of classical crossover acts with two of the most successful in recent times - Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins delivering new releases. Both make the Top 20, with Jenkins' Home Sweet Home leading the way at number 10 (17,434 sales). Home Sweet Home is Jenkins' 12th Top 40 album (and eighth Top 10 album) since 2004 and her first for Decca since returning from a spell with Warner Bros. Each of those Warner Music releases was undermined by a simultaneous catalogue release from Decca, much to Jenkins' chagrin, though now all seems to be forgiven. After debuting at number one last week, The Endless River flows to number four (40,066 sales) for Pink Floyd. Completing this week's Top 10: In The Lonely Hour (4-3, 40,815 sales) by Sam Smith, Sonic Highways (2-5, 26,739 sales) by Foo Fighters, 1989 (6-7, 23,087 sales) by Taylor Swift and Wanted On Voyage (8-10, 19,654 sales) by George Ezra. Overall album sales are up 6.93% week-on-week at 2,048,610 - their second highest level of the year but 11.74% below same week 2013 sales of 2,294,996 and a whopping 48.79% below the 4,000,700 albums sold in the nearest comparable week (14-20 November) ten years ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.2  Kana Nishino 'With Love'

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Kool Savas
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