Global Chart Report
'Frozen' and 'Happy' rule another week
Friday, April 18, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's another week with no change atop our both
global hitlists. On the album tally Walt Disney's soundtrack to the
blockbuster 'Frozen' remains at no.1 for a seventh week with healthy
223.000 sales. That's a 10% decrease compared to the previous week,
but still far away from the competition: the current no.2 slot,
Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' sold only 79.000 copies. Anyway, it was
once again a week with alarmingly low sales globally. The no.10 album,
John Legend's 'Love In The Future', sold only 32.000 units, the no.40,
Chevelle's 'La Gargola', 17.000 units. Some years ago, the sales in
the USA were higher than now in the whole wide world! Frightening is
the decline especially on the key-markets USA and United Kingdom. The
latter posts a loss of 10% in overall album sales, compared to last
year and in the USA the slump is even at 17%! Back to the current
hitlist, where Los Angeles based heavy metal band Black Label Society
bows at no.6 with their 10th album 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican'.
It's this week's highest debut on the global
tally and found 42.000 buyers in its initial week, 25.600 of it in the
USA alone. French Christian trio Les Prêtres, opens at no.12 with
their third set 'Amen' and 31.000 sales. The former two albums were
huge sellers in France, the debut 'Spiritus Dei' sold more than
800.000 copies there and the follow-up 'Gloria' moved more than
300.000. American Christian rock band MercyMe lands at no.16 with the
ninth studio album 'Welcome To The New' and 27.000 sales. The band's
biggest success was their debut album 'Almost There' from 2001, which
sold more than 2,2 million copies in the USA alone, according to
Nielsen SoundScan. German punk icons Die Toten Hosen jump at no.20
with the live-set 'Krach Der Republik' and
25.000 units. American singer-songwriter Joseph
Somers-Morales, better known as SoMo, follows at no.22 with his
self-titled album and 24.000 initial sales. Finally US country star
Martina McBride appears at no.28 with her 12th album release
'Everlasting' and 22.000 sales.
Exactly 40 years ago, Swedish pop legend ABBA started their
sensational career with the victory of 'Waterloo' at the Eurovision
Song Contest. Because of this anniversary the best-of compilation
'Gold' returns at no.39 with 17.000 sales this week. 'Gold' is the
fourth most successful best-of compilation of all time with total
sales of 29 million. More successful were only the Beatles' '1' with
33 mllion sales, Bob Marley's 'Legend' with nearly 34 million sales
and the Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' with 37 million sales.
Some additional sales stats: 'Artpop' by Lady GaGa sold 7.000
copies last week and 1,77 million in total, 'Moon Landing' by James
Blunt sold 12.000 units last week, 1,11 million so far, 'Supermodel'
by Foster The People moved 12.000 copies last week and 133.000 in
total, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 2,75 million copies so far,
'Midnight Memories' by One Direction 3,73 million and 'The Marshall
Mathers LP 2' by Eminem 3,94 million. Last few words: there are many
questions every week about the sales of Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and
Ariana Grande. The current sales of their albums are much too low for
our monitoring, that's why we haven't updates.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART It's
unbelievable, Pharrell Williams'
'Happy' reigns the global track chart for a straight 12th week, and
even increases the weekly points frame 0,5% to 549.000. No other song
since 'We Found Love' by Rihanna & Calvin Harris, which ruled 14 weeks
in 2011/ 2012, was such a long time at no.1... and an end is not in
sight! With a total of 8.170.000 points 'Happy' jumps from no.184 to
no.143. Now an interesting comparison with the three most successful
tracks of the 21st century (so far): Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta
Feeling' was at no.6 with 226.000 points in the week 48, 2009, when it
jumped over the 8 million border in total points. Robin Thickes'
'Blurred Lines' was no.2 with 469.000 points in the week 35, 2013 and
Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' was at no.9 with 161.000 points in the
week 36, 2012. So the chances are not bad that 'Happy' grows up to the
biggest hit of the 21st century (so far). Back to this week's hitlist,
John Legend's 'All Of Me' remains at no.2 and loses 4% to 304.000
points. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J's 'Dark Horse' climbs back at no.3,
despite a 9% points decrease to 272.000. South Korean pop duo Akdong
Musician boosts with three songs on the hitlist. The most successful
tune, '200%', shoots at no.13 globally with 121.000 points and leads
massive ten new-entries on this week's tally! The only two
international releases are Ed Sheeran's new smash 'Sing', which lands
on a remarkable no.16 with 109.000 points, and Iggy Azalea feat.
Charli XCX's 'Fancy' at no.36 with 83.000 points.
Outside the top 40 waiting among other Sekai No Owari's 'Honoô To Mori
No Carnival' at no.45, the Japanese version of Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go', performed
by Takako Matsu, at no.46, Vamp's 'Last Night' at no.53 and Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance' at no.58 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
GLOBAL CHART - 10 YEARS AGO
USHER FT. LIL JON & LUDACRIS
GLOBAL CHART - 30 YEARS AGO
No.1 'HELLO' LIONEL RICHIE
Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatlemania reached its climax. What
happened? A year ago, in 1963, the Beatles became more and
more success in United Kingdom, but outside their native
country it just didn't work. Several labels like Swan, Vee-Jay
and Tollie tried to release successful UK hits like 'She Loves
You', 'Please Please Me' and 'Twist And Shout' in the USA, but
they flopped. Everything changed with the publication of 'I
Want To Hold Your
Hand' in December 1963. In United
Kingdom it sold more than one million copies only in that month and
short time later the whole wide world was infected by the Beatles
virus. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' developed into a giant success
around the globe and hold still no.5 on the Alltime Chart. As a result
of this all other older songs entered the charts. Early April 1964
there was a unique and strange situation on the US Billboard chart:
five Beatles songs blocked the top. 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Twist And
Shout', 'She Loves You', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please
Me'. A very similar constellation was on the global chart. Never
before and after an act or a band reached such a massive success and since then the Beatles are an eternal
GLOBAL CHART - 50 YEARS AGO
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'Frozen' scores biggest sales week yet
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
The soundtrack to Disney's
"Frozen", fueled by Easter shopping, earns its biggest sales week yet and 11th
week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album sold 259,000 copies in the week
ending April 20, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. (The Easter holiday was April 20.) That's up 94% compared with the
previous week, when the album shifted 133,000 at No. 1. This is also the fifth
consecutive week that frozen sold more than 100,000 copies. To date, "Frozen"
has sold 2.3 million copies.
As the weeks tick by, "Frozen" continues to rack up impressive chart feats.
Since SoundScan's point-of-sale data began powering the Billboard 200's rankings
on May 25, 1991, "Frozen" is just the ninth album — and third soundtrack — to
spend at least 11 weeks at No. 1.
Going back even farther: Since the Billboard 200 started publishing on a
regular, weekly basis in 1956, "Frozen" is one of only 15 soundtracks to spend
at least 11 weeks at No. 1.
"Frozen" also surpasses "The Lion King" (with 10 weeks at No. 1) as the
longest-running No. 1 soundtrack by an animated film. Sales for "Frozen" in the
week ending April 20 were powered by Easter shopping, which tends to lift sales
of music that appeals
to families and children.
"Frozen" is over 190,000 copies ahead of the No. 2 set this week, the debuting
"Testimony" from August Alsina. It's the singer's first album, which also starts
at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In fact, all of the titles between Nos. 2 and 5 are debuts. Rock band
NEEDTOBREATHE launches at No. 3 with its highest-charting album ever, "Rivers In
the Wasteland" (49,000), followed by Jason Derulo's first top 10 effort, "Talk
Dirty," at No. 4 (44,000). Ingrid Michaelson closes out the debut party, as her
"Lights Out" bows at No. 5 (37,000).
For NEEDTOBREATHE, "Rivers" logs the band's best sales week yet, surpassing the
No. 6 debut and peak of 2011's "The Reckoning." It entered with a handful of
copies less than that logged by "Rivers."
Derulo's "Talk Dirty" scores the pop
singer's best sales week as well, exceeding
the 42,000 copies of his self-titled debut that he sold in its first week in
2010. The latter album also tallied his previous high-water mark, when it
debuted and peaked at No. 11.Derulo's new album — his third full-length effort —
is powered by its title track, which hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart
dated April 26.
Michaelson's "Lights Out" is the singer-songwriter's second top 10 effort, and
follows 2012's "Human Again," which also debuted and peaked at No. 5. It started
slightly stronger than "Lights Out," selling 40,000 in its first week.
As for the rest of the top 10, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rises 8-6 (33,000;
up 77 percent), Pharrell's "G I R L" dips 2-7 (just under 33,000; up 12
percent), and Lorde's "Pure Heroine" rises 12-8 (26,000; up 62 percent). 5
Seconds of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" falls 3-9 (just under 26,000; up less
than 1 percent), and the "Now 49" compilation climbs 13-10 (22,000; up 45
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 20) totaled 5.3
million units, up 23 percent compared with the sum last week (4.3 million) and
down 2 percent compared with the comparablesales week of 2013 (5.4 million).
Year-to-date album sales stand at 76.2 million, down 16 percent compared with
the same total at this point last year (90.5 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart,
Pharrell's "Happy" nets a 10th week at No. 1 (274,000 downloads; up 7 percent)
—the longest run at No. 1 since Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" wrapped a 10-week
No. 1 reign on the chart dated Aug. 24, 2013. ("Blurred" also featured
John Legend's "All of Me" is stationary at No. 2 (214,000; up 9 percent), as is
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, at No. 3 (198,000; up 22
percent) and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" at No. 4 (158,000; up 4 percent).
DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" ascends 8-5 with 120,000 (up 28
Lana Del Rey scores her best debut sales week yet with the arrival of "West
Coast." It enters at No. 6 with 118,000 sold. It's the first single from her
upcoming album "Ultraviolence," which is due later this year.
Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, falls 6-7 (113,000; up 2 percent),
Ed Sheeran's "Sing" falls 5-8 in its second week (106,000; down 14 percent), and
Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" drops 7-9 (105,000; down 3 percent). Aloe Blacc's
"The Man" rounds out the top 10, down one spot to No. 10 (91,000; up 2 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24million downloads, up 11 percent
compared with last week (21.7 million) and up 1 percent stacked next to the
comparable week of 2013 (23.7 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 379
million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year
Clean Bandit are a British electronic group, founded in
2009. After their 2013 single "Mozart's House" reached number 17 on the UK
Singles Chart, and the release of 'Nightingale' featuring pop singer Horner
Woods and dubstep band Camo & Krooked, which peaked to number 39 on the UK
Singles Chart, in January 2014 they scored their first UK number one single with
"Rather Be", featuring elements of classical music, along with a dance music
beat. "Rather Be" is current UK number one single since four weeks. Clean
Bandit's music has been described as 'fusion' music, mixing electronic music
with classical and dubstep / brostep elements. They produce the music themselves
and invite guest artists to sing their songs (as Jess Glynne on "Rather Be").
The album "New Eyes" is due to be released on May 12, 2014 through Atlantic
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Music Week Report (Excerpt)
Kiesza's 'Hideaway' storms at the summit
Monday, April 21, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
Singer/songwriter Kiesza makes a dramatic start to her
chart career, debuting at number one with maiden hit Hideaway, on sales
of 136,286 copies, the fourth highest tally of the year to date, and the
highest for 11 weeks. The 25 year old singer/songwriter, who originally
hails from Alberta in Canada now lives in New York, where she is signed
label Lokal Legend - which licensed the track to Universal's Virgin EMI division for
UK release - but has been tweeting about a move to East London. And
while she is number one on the singles chart, she has been exchanging
Twitter messages with Ed Sheeran., in which they concur about their
mutual love for the new number one album by Paolo Nutini.
Hideaway easily dislodges last week's number one, Sigma's drum & bass
smash Nobody To Love, which retreats to number two while selling a
further 73,789 copies.
Meanwhile Touch, the introductory single by Shift K3y - 20 year old
Lewis Jankel, son of Chas who used to be in Ian Dury's Blockheads - has
a UK garage flavour, and is slightly redolent of early Craig David. It
is also a hit, debuting this week at number three (46,085 sales).
The third and last new arrival to the Top 10, Swedish singer Tove Lo's
debut hit Stay High jumps 12-6 (32,905 sales).
Elsewhere in the top tier, All Of Me holds at number four (45,330 sales)
for John Legend, The Man slips 3-5 (38,271 sales) for Aloe Blacc, Happy
holds at number seven (30,843 sales) for Pharrell Williams, I Got U
declines 6-8 (27,832 sales) for Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, Fancy fades
5-9 (26,962 sales) for Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX and My Love descends
8-10 (25,441 sales) for Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne. The seventh annual
Record Store Day took place on Saturday. 7-inch and 12-inch singles
formed the vast majority of the 643 releases on the day – a new record,
up from 509 in 2013. Overall singles sales were down 3.89% week-on-week
at 2,838,793 – a 16 week low, and 13.50% below same week 2013 sales of
3,281,678. Vinyl sales increased
1345.55% week-on-week to
37,671, but were 12.28% below the same week 2013 tally
of 42,947. Oasis’ Supersonic topped the 12-inch chart, with sales of
1,710, whilst David Bowie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide emerged to top the
7-inch chart on sales of 1,959 copies. Paolo Nutini scores the biggest first week sales of his
career and the biggest weekly sale of 2014, with his third album Caustic
Love selling 109,011 copies last week to debut at number one.
Undoubtedly helped by the presence of two of its songs in the Top 40,
his appearance on Graham Norton's BBC1 chat show and Easter gift-buying
the album easily eclipsed the 72,644 copies that Sam Bailey's album The
Power Of Love sold on its debut to set the previous 2014 high just four
weeks ago, and also the 62,937 copies his second album, Sunny Side Up,
sold when it debuted at number one nearly five years ago.
Despite spawning three top three hits in the last six months, The Vamps'
debut album Meet The Vamps was no match for Nutini, and debuts at number
two on sales of 47,160 copies. That is, however, the highest sale for a
number two album so far in 2014, beating the 43,167 copies that George
Michael's Symphonica sold three weeks ago. Those sales would have
delivered a number one in 11 of 15 prior 2014 chart weeks. The Vamps'
latest single, Last Night, suffers a 2-14 dip (23,130 sales) on its
second week on the chart, an even faster decline than their October 2013
debut Can We Dance, which slid 2-10, or February 2014 follow-up Wild
Heart, which fell 3-12, on their second chart weeks.
After two consecutive weeks with small victory margins atop the chart -
8.96% in the first week, and 5.80% in the second week - Kaiser Chiefs'
Education, Education, Education & War tumbles to number five (8,506
sales), while the track Coming Home falls 31-62 (3,450 sales) on the
The rest of this week's Top 10 artist albums: Paloma Faith’s A Perfect
Contradiction (2-3, 12,814 sales), John Legend’s Love In The Future
(3-4, 12,813 sales), George Michael’s Symphonica (4-6, 8,298 sales),
Elbow’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (11-7, 7,781 sales),
Pharrell Williams’ Girl (8-8, 7,398 sales), Johnny Cash’s Out Among The
Stars (6-9, 7,292 sales) and Sam Bailey’s The Power Of Love (7-10, 6,495
The combination of Easter and Record Store Day brought only a modest
3.42% increase in sales week-on-week to 1,490,706 – but that’s 10.92%
above same week 2013 sales of 1,343,889, and the third week in a row
sales have been above same week 2013 levels.
ORICON ALBUM CHART
No.1 NANA MIZUKI
MEDIA CONTROL ALBUM CHART
No.1 JAN DELAY
'HAMMER & MICHEL'
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