'Abbey Road' storms back at no.1
Thursday, October 10, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The reissue of the
legendary 'Abbey Road' album by the Beatles, due the 50th anniversary,
returns atop the Global Album Chart this week with 218,000 equivalent
sales. Since its release on September 26, 1969, the set sold nearly
27,5 million copies worldwide. 'Abbey Road' is the eleventh studio
album by the Beatles, the record sessions were the last in which all
four Beatles participated. 'Let It Be' was the twelfth and final album
that the Beatles completed and released before the band's dissolution
in April 1970, but most of the album had been recorded before the
Abbey Road sessions began. The album's cover features the four band
members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios and
has become one of the most famous and imitated images in popular
music. Back to this week's hitlist: the highest debut on the current
tally is 'Feel Special', the eighth EP by the South Korean girl group
Twice. It bows shy behind 'Abbey Road' at
no.2 with 216,000
sales, 154,000 of it coming from the band''s native country (according
to Hanteo), another 55,000 from Japan (according to Oricon). And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current
Global Top 10 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's
sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 8,000
/ 11,156,000, '21' by Adele 8,000 / 29,751,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,146,000,
the 'A Star
Is Born' soundtrack 32,000 / 5,126,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid
16,000 / 3,402,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 33,000 / 3,812,000,
'Beerbongs & Bentleys'
by Post Malone 35,000 / 5,829,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack
3,821,000, 'Care Package' by Drake 12,000 / 320,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 14,000 / 1,577,000,
'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 45,000 / 894,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick
Lamar 12,000 / 5,530,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 14,000 /
'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 31,000 / 15,194,000, 'Divinely Uninspired To A
Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 46,000 / 960,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine
Dragons 13,000 / 4,805,000, 'Father Of Asahd' by DJ Khaled 9,000 /
'Free Spirit' by Khalid 28,000 / 1,537,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by
Juice WRLD 16,000 / 2,276,000, 'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers
20,000 / 1,024,000, 'Homecoming: The Live Album' by Beyoncé
3,000 / 413,000, 'Hurts 2B Human' by Pink 10,000 / 910,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
8,000 / 8,221,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown 33,000 / 737,000,
'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 13,000 / 3,085,000, 'Kamikaze' by
Eminem 10,000 / 2,806,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan
Boys) 7,000 / 2,655,000, 'Madame X' by Madonna 4,000 / 475,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan
Boys) 12,000 / 4,088,000, 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!!' by Lana Del Rey
44,000 / 441,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 11,000 /
1,554,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 8,000 /
1,586,000, 'Question Mark'
by XXXTentacion 23,000 / 3,835,000, 'Rammstein' by Rammstein 16,000 /
1,090,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 8,000 / 5,029,000,
'Scorpion' by Drake 24,000 / 5,802,000, 'Seven' by Lil Nas X 36,000 /
768,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes
28,000 / 2,341,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 46,000 / 547,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack
6,000 / 1,296,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 6,000 /
1,576,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone
21,000 / 4,977,000, 'Sweetener' by
Ariana Grande 12,000 / 2,625,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 29,000 / 2,996,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 24,000 / 7,246,000, 'The Lion King: The
Gift' by Beyoncé 8,000 / 219,000, 'Trench' by Twenty
One Pilots 7,000 / 1,363,000, 'Views' by Drake 10,000 / 5,117,000, 'We
Are Not Your Kind' by Slipknot 20,000 / 504,000, 'We Love You Tecca'
by Lil Tecca 53,000 / 327,000,
'Western Stars' by Bruce Springsteen 11,000 / 664,000, and
'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,967,000. 'Señorita' by Shawn Mendes &
Camila Cabello returns to the top spot of the Global Track Chart for a
12th non-consecutive week with another 388,000 points, down 4%
compared to the previous week. Will be 'Dance Monkey' the next global
number one? At the moment the smash by the 19 year-old Australian
singer / songwriter Toni Watson, better known as Tones And I, climbs
another place to the runner-up slot with an 8% increase to 271,000
points. Last week's chart-leader, 'Sustainable' by AKB 48 throws down
at no.24 with 92,000 points (down 78%). Back to the upper region of
our current tally, behind Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello and Tones And
I rises Post Malone's 'Circles' at no.3 with 242,000 points (up 2%),
Lewis Capaldis' 'Someone You Loved' reaches a new peak after 33 weeks
on the hitlist and a jump at no.4 with 233,000 points (up 1%) and
rounds out the top five is Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' with 222,000
points (down 4%). Exactly one year ago, in the week 41, 2018,
'Shallow' from the movie 'A Star Is Born', starring Lady GaGa and
Bradley Cooper, debuted at no.27. Now, one year later, the track is
still on the tally at no.35 and with a total of 8,789,000 points it
climbs at no.121 on the
ALL TIME CHART. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Intro' by DaBaby at no.42, 'Feel
Special' by Twice at no.43, 'No
Me Conoce' by Jhay Cortez at no.48, 'Post Malone' by Sam Feldt at
no.50, and 'Adicto' by Tainy at no.52 for their first appearance on the big list.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO...
Madonna's "Cherish" was the third single from the album Like A Prayer.
The song was built around the themes of love and relationships, with
William Shakespears's Romeo & Juliet being one of the major
inspirations. The track also included a line from the 1966 hit
"Cherish" by the Association. Musically constructed as a doo-wop-style
pop song, it's regarded as a light-hearted track by critics and
includes instruments such as a drum machine, percussions, keyboards
and a saxophone. Lyrically, it speaks of Madonna's devotion to her
lover, and her promise to be always by his side.
The black-and-white music video for the song was directed by
photographer Herb Ritts at the Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu,
California. In the video, Madonna plays herself, while three co-actors
dressed as mermen swim in and out of the sea. "Cherish" reached
only the no.1 spot in Canada, in the United States it peaked at no.2
and in United Kingdom at no.3.
'Truth Hurts' tops Billboard Hot 100 for 6th week
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Lizzo logs her sixth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with
"Truth Hurts." She concurrently adds her second top 40 Hot 100 hit, as
"Good as Hell" jumps from No. 43 to No. 28.
"Truth," released on Nice Life / Atlantic Records, doubles the record for
the longest Hot 100 command for a rap No. 1 by a female artist
unaccompanied by another act, having surpassed Cardi B's three-week rule
with "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" in October 2017. (One other rap No. 1
by a female artist and no accompanying acts has led the list: Lauryn
Hill's "Doo Wop [That Thing]," for two weeks in 1998.)
Among all rap No. 1s by female artists, "Truth" moves to within one week
of potentially tying for the longest domination: Iggy Azalea's "Fancy,"
featuring Charli XCX, led for seven weeks in 2014. "Truth" rebounds for
a fifth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart, up 19% to 30,000 sold in
the week ending Oct. 3, according to Nielsen Music, and tops Radio Songs
for a third week, up 2% to 122 million audience impressions in the week
ending Oct. 6. It rises 7-6 on Streaming Songs, up 1% to 27.8 million
U.S. streams in the week ending Oct. 3. Shawn
Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Señorita" stays at No. 2 on the Hot
100, after leading the Aug. 31-dated list. As previously reported, the
song rises to No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, becoming
Mendes' sixth No. 1 on the survey, a new record among male soloists.
Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" (which "Señorita" dethrones atop
Adult Pop Songs after two weeks in charge) keeps at its No. 3 Hot 100
Lil Tecca's "Ran$om" remains at its No. 4 Hot 100 best, while leading
Streaming Songs for a seventh week (43.1 million, down 6%), a sum that
lifts it to among the 10 longest-reigning debut entries (by artists in
lead roles) on the latter ranking.
Chris Brown's "No Guidance," featuring Drake, holds at its No. 5 Hot 100
high, while leading Hot R&B Songs for a sixth week, and Billie Eilish's
"Bad Guy," which ruled the Aug. 24 Hot 100, rebounds 7-6.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10 are two tracks each by Post Malone and
Lil Nas X. The former's "Circles" rises 8-7 after reaching No. 4 and
"Goodbyes," featuring Young Thug, is steady at No. 9 after hitting No.
3. The latter's "Panini" drops 6-8 after hitting No. 5 and his record
19-week No. 1 "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, remains at No.
10. DaBaby scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard
200 chart as Kirk opens in the top slot.
The set, which is the hip-hop artist’s second studio effort, starts with
145,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending
Oct. 3, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, just 8,000 were in
album sales, as the set was powered largely by streaming activity. Kirk
was released on Sept. 27 via SouthCoast / Interscope Records.
Kirk, which is DaBaby’s actual last name (real name: Jonathan Kirk),
follows his first studio release, Baby on Baby, which peaked at No. 7 on
the June 1-dated list. The latter boasts DaBaby’s breakthrough single
“Suge,” which marked his first top 10 hit on the all-genre Billboard Hot
100 songs chart (reaching No. 7 on July 6). Through the week ending Oct.
2, Baby on Baby has earned 719,000 equivalent album units, and collected
over 1 billion on-demand audio streams for its songs.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding
shifts down one slot after spending its first three weeks at No. 1. The
album tallied 124,000 equivalent album units in the new tracking week,
The Beatles’ former No. 1 album Abbey Road zooms back into the top 10
for the first time since 1970, as the set vaults from No. 71 to No. 3
after the album was reissued on Sept. 27 to commemorate its 50th
anniversary. It earned 81,000 equivalent album units in the week ending
Oct. 3 (up 803%) with 70,000 of that sum in album sales (up 3,091%).
Abbey Road was released on Sept. 26, 1969, and spent 11 nonconsecutive
weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in late 1969 and early 1970. It
first reached the top of the list dated Nov. 1, 1969, and it spent its
final week at No. 1 on Jan. 24, 1970.
With Abbey Road’s rise to No. 3 on the new chart, the album nets its
first week in the top 10 since April 25, 1970 (when it ranked at No. 9)
and its highest placing since March 14, 1970 (No. 3).
Back on the new Billboard 200, Kevin Gates collects his fourth top 10
album, as I’m Him bows at No. 4 with 70,000 equivalent album units
earned (with 10,000 of that sum in album sales). He previously visited
the top 10 with Luca Brasi 3 (No. 4 in 2018), By Any Means 2 (No. 4,
2017) and Islah (No. 2, 2016).
Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Lover falls one rung to No. 5 with 57,000
equivalent album units (down 13%).
Country-rock band Whiskey Myers captures its first top 10 album on the
Billboard 200 as the group’s self-titled effort starts at No. 6 with
42,000 equivalent album units earned (of which 39,000 were in album
sales). Sales of the new album were boosted by a concert ticket/album
sale redemption offer with the band’s tour in 2019.
The debut of the new album follows the Texas act’s first big national
attention back in 2018, when it was seen performing the song “Stone” in
an episode of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner.
During the release week of the new album, Whiskey Myers landed its first
live performance on national television, performing “Rolling Stone” on
NBC’s Today on Oct. 1.
On the new Billboard 200, Billie Eilish’s former No. 1 When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go? climbs 8-7 with 39,000 equivalent album units
(up 20%). The set gains in the wake of Eilish’s performances on NBC’s
Saturday Night Live on Sept. 29.
Rounding out the rest of the new top 10: Young Thug’s former leader So
Much Fun dips 5-8 with nearly 39,000 equivalent album units earned (down
13%), Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You is steady at No. 9 with 37,000 units
(though up 13%) and Lil Tecca’s We Love You Tecca falls 6-10 with 35,000
units (down 10%).
Song Of The Month
'10,000 Hours', with guest vocals by Justin Bieber, is the first sign of the
upcoming new studio album by Dan & Shay, an American country music duo composed
of vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.
Music Week Report
Tones And I dances to number one
Monday, October 7, 2019
by Alan Jones, London
Oh, the irony. In the week that Prime Minister Boris Johnson fired off
his make-or-break Brexit plan, Britain harmonised with EU member
countries Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,
Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden by elevating
Tones And I’s Dance Monkey to the top of the singles
Jumping 7-1, the debut hit for the 19-year-old, real name Toni Watson, Dance
Monkey has been No.1 in her home land, Australia, for nine weeks, and its UK
coronation occurs on consumption of 50,468 units (including 42,852 from
sales-equivalent streams) - the lowest for a No.1 since Lady Gaga & Bradley
Cooper’s Shallow topped for the second and last time 48 weeks ago on consumption
of 48,704 units.
Tones And I is the first wholly Australian act to top the chart since 5 Seconds
Of Summer in 2014, and Dance Monkey – which she wrote herself - is the first
No.1 in chart history to celebrate the simian, the previous highest-charting
such hit being Ian Brown’s 2000 No.5 hit Dolphins Were Monkeys. Its lyrics
mention monkey only once, however, in the phrase “just like a monkey”. On
release here for 11 weeks and in the Top 75 for seven weeks prior to its
coronation, Dance Monkey has increased sales and decreased position every week
It ends the five-week reign of Ed Sheeran’s Take Me Back To London (feat.
Stormzy) which slips into ACR and consequently slides to No.13 25,867 sales).
Serendipitously, were it not on ACR, Take Me Back To London would still have
lost leadership of the chart on consumption of 48,477 units.
Dance Monkey’s dash puts paid – at least for the moment – to DJ and producer
Dardan Aliu’s chances of becoming the first act from Kosovo to have a No.1. As
Regard, his interpretation of Jay Sean’s 2008 No.11 hit Ride It is his debut hit
and jumps 5-2 (42,653 sales), with consumption up for the ninth straight week
since release, the last six of which have also seen it achieve new chart peaks.
In the Top 10 weeks before Tones And I and Regard charted, AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke
Grove has spent 12 weeks in the Top 10 and 25 weeks in the Top 75 thus far. It
achieves a new peak this week, advancing 4-3 (37,165 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Taste (Make It Shake) (2-4, 36,605 sales) by Aitch,
Higher Love (3-5, 36,481 sales) by Kygo & Whitney Houston, Circles (9-6, 34,140
sales) by Post Malone, Sorry (6-7, 33,470 sales) by Joel Corry, 3 Nights (8-8,
32,236 sales) by Dominic Fike, Strike A Pose (10-9, 30,953 sales) by Young T &
Bugsy feat. Aitch and Ran$om (11-10, 29,057 sales) by Lil Tecca.
Overall singles sales are up 1.36% week-on-week at 18,983,487, 22.59% above same
week 2018 sales of 15,485,739. Paid-for sales are up 2.63% week-on-week at
603,377 – 29.10% below same week 2018 sales of 851,050. They are below same
week, previous year sales for the 322nd week in a row.
Speaking to in GQ in 2011, Liam Gallagher said: “My
favourite album would have to be something from The Beatles: Abbey Road, A Hard
Day’s Night, John Lennon’s Imagine…I like everything they’ve done”.
He will, therefore, most likely be happy that the album to dislodge his Why Me?
Why Not album from the top of the chart is indeed Abbey Road, which returns to
the summit 50 years to the week after it first topped the chart, with multiple
remastered and expanded editions issued to mark its golden anniversary helping
it to top the list on consumption of 34,680 units (including 2,284 from
sales-equivalent streams and 8,707 on vinyl).
It is the first time the 1969 Beatles album has topped the chart since its
initial foray, which saw it spend 17 of its first 18 weeks at No.1. Their 11th
studio album, and 10th of their record 15 No.1s, it was last in the Top 20 in
2009, reaching No.6 as one of 16 Beatles albums in the Top 75, immediately after
they were released in newly remastered versions. It also reached No.21 in 2017
following the release of a new edition with a booklet that was TV-advertised by
Italian publishers D’Agostini.
Abbey Road is only the second album in chart history to top the chart at 50,
emulating another Beatles classic, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which
did so in June 2017 in an identical scenario.
Abbey Road is also the Beatles’ second biggest-selling studio album after
Pepper, with to-date consumption of 2,327,230 units, of which 2,240,608 are pure
physical sales, 30,918 are paid-for downloads and the rest are sales-equivalent
Abbey Road’s return extends to eight the number of weeks in a row that
leadership of the album chart has changed, with Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not
slipping to No.2 (15,345 sales).
Lewisham rap duo D-Block Europe – Young Adz and Dirtbike LB – have the highest
of the week’s 13 Top 75 debuts with their 28-song, 98-minute PTSD mixtape
debuting at No.4 (14,320 sales). It is their third chart album in less than 15
months following Yxng Bane collaboration Any Minute Now (No.14 in July 2018) and
the mixtape Home Alone (No.6 in February).
The release of new mixes of Lewis Capaldi’s Bruises boosts parent album Divinely
Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which sprints 7-3, with consumption up 63.00%
week-on-week to 14,379 units.
The rest of the Top 10: Hollywood’s Bleeding (3-5, 13,894 sales) by Post Malone,
No.6 Collaborations Project (4-6, 12,845 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Hypersonic
Missiles (5-7, 8,489 sales) by Sam Fender, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We
Go (10-8, 8,424 sales) by Billie Eilish, Lover (8-9, 5,994 sales) by Taylor
Swift and Bohemian Rhapsody (9-10, 5,812 sales) by Queen.
Overall album sales are up 2.46% week-on-week at 1,759,068, 5.22% above same
week 2018 sales of 1,671,723. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record
1,220,580 sales – 69.39% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 2.41%
week-on-week at 538,488, 24.32% below same week 2018 sales of.